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Mar 30, 2015
Activities For Kids & Teens Overview
Last updated:6th January 2015
This section outlines in great detail many of the activities available for children and teens in the Cayman Islands. With such a tightly-knit community of parents and families, we have gathered advice and information about local favourites to help keep your kids entertained, educated and your schedule busy. We have covered details on family outings, cultural organisations, sporting associations, sporting events, summer camps, park and playgroups and interesting places to visit. A great resource for when you are looking to book trips and tours for your kids in cayman is the Explore Cayman website. Here you will find child-friendly options for family outings, how much they cost and other useful information.
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Cayman’s idyllic weather and diverse community encourage an active lifestyle and there is no shortage of activities to keep the family and little ones busy and entertained. The real issue will be finding the time to do it all. One of our all-time favourite outings is a North Sound boat trip with one of the local Caymanian charter boat companies: Frank’s Watersports (Tel: (345) 945 5491 or (345) 925 2783) and Tours Cayman (Tel: (345) 814 0170.) Both are very reliable operators with a wealth of local knowledge. By organising trips with local operators, you can customise your excursion to suit your family. The stops can include Stingray City, the Sandbar, Coral Gardens, Barrier Reef and Kaibo. Not only will your tour be tailored to you, but you will also get to know some true ‘Islanders’ and experience true Caymanian hospitality.
If you have little thrill-seekers in the family, you may enjoy a trip to Stingray City and then continue on to Rum Point by jet ski. Action Watersports (Tel: (345) 548 3147) offers two-hour tours on two-man Sea Doo watercraft for US$105 per person. Another sea-based activity that is fun for the whole family is a mangrove kayak tour. Cayman Kayaks (Tel: (345) 746 3249) offer a magical tour of the bioluminescent bay, twice every night. They also take small groups on morning tours to explore the fascinating mangrove eco-systems. Reservations are required, email: email@example.com or visit www.caymankayaks.com.
Cayman Sea Elements (Tel: (345) 936 8687 or firstname.lastname@example.org) also offer boat tours of the bioluminescent bay, plus mangrove boat tours which show birds, starfish, jellyfish, anemones and iguanas climbing through the mangroves. This tour is suitable for children of all ages. For more fun, you could take a banana boat ride with Red Sail Sports (Tel: (345) 949 8745). Kids particularly love to ride with a group of their friends and you’ll have them taking turns for hours. Email: email@example.com for more information. Finally, you could take the entire family for a swim with the dolphins at either Dolphin Cove (Tel: (345) 623 2683) or Dolphin Discovery (Tel: (345) 769 7946). Make sure to ask about resident’s discounts.
For an amazing aerial helicopter experience of Cayman from the North Sound to Stingray City, Seven Mile Beach to the whole Island, take a helicopter tour with Cayman Islands Helicopters Tel: (345) 943 4354). Another great way to see Seven Mile Beach from the air is to take a panoramic tandem parasailing ride with Parasailing Professionals (Tel: (345) 916 2953).
Rainy day options include Atlantis Submarine rides, or ten-pin bowling at the King’s Sports Centre. Very young children (12 months to 5 years), can let off steam at one of the Toddler’s Play Days at Motions Unlimited. Children aged 18 months to 8 years old will enjoy the Imaginarium Children’s Museum in the Mirco Centre in the Industrial Park. For children and their parents the Cayman Islands National Museum offers a fascinating look into the natural and cultural history of the Cayman Islands.
Land-based activities for the whole family are almost endless! You could explore the beach, build sandcastles on Seven Mile Beach, take an aqua or land-based tour or relax at Rum Point. The Cayman Turtle Farm in West Bay is interesting, educational and brimming with interactive activities including shark, turtle and crocodile feedings and a waterslide that will delight your children. Once you have had your fill of local wildlife, you could wander across the road for lunch at the Cracked Conch or Macabuca Tiki Bar followed by an afternoon admiring the amazing cars in the Cayman Motor Museum (Tel: (345) 947 7741), just across the road.
Another worthwhile thing to do is to go early on a Saturday morning to the Farmers’ Market at the Grounds in Lower Valley (open Saturdays 6.30am-1pm) where parents can shop for local produce and sample Caymanian dishes while the kids explore the interesting stalls. While you are in that area, a trip to the Botanic Park is an absorbing and invigorating outing for the whole family. Large blue iguanas lounge on the grass soaking up the sun while there are butterflies, birds, turtles, agoutis, reptiles and a huge array of native and exotic plants and trees to discover and enjoy. You could also stop in at the Mission House in Bodden Town (open Monday-Friday 9am-1pm) and Pedro St. James Castle in Savannah for a historical trip back in time.
Bring the family to the National Gallery (NGCI) any Saturday to enjoy art activities which are inspired by the current exhibition schedule. Coined “Family Fun,” this drop-in art class takes place between 9am-10am and is great for all ages. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Classes are free to NGCI members and cost CI$5 for non-members.
There are local parks to relax in such as Dart Park located in South Church, West Bay and East End.
In Camana Bay, you can take a walk, get a coffee, ride a bike, and explore its beautifully landscaped areas. Young children will love playing in the fountains (bring a towel!) and climbing the Observation Tower for a great panoramic view. Books & Books has a wonderful children’s room full of books, puzzles and toys, and there is always a good selection of movies at the cinema, as well as a great choice of restaurants for lunch.
The Arts and Recreation Centre(ARC) at Camana Bay
Situated in the campus of Cayman International School, the Arts and Recreation Centre offers (outside school hours) world-class sporting venues including basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, women’s and men’s locker and shower rooms, and a retractable bleacher seating for more than 400 spectators. A number of events and performances are held throughout the year at the ARC for various organisations. To make a booking request, call (345) 640 2878 or email email@example.com.
This children’s learning centre in Seven Mile Shops houses an indoor playground with slides, swings and a multi-purpose room which is used for arts and crafts, music jamboree, storytime and puppet shows. Drop-in playtime sessions cost CI$5 per hour if accompanied by an adult, or CI$10 per hour if unaccompanied. Children from 1-8 years of age are welcome and the centre is open Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm. Call (345) 939 8355 for more information.
Cayman Islands National Museum
The National Museum houses Cayman’s National Collection as well as artefacts (which include boats, furniture, textiles, paintings and ceramics) and is an interesting look into Cayman’s traditions, culture and natural history. Many of the Museum’s exhibits are interactive and innovative and will be fascinating to children. For more information visit www.museum.ky or call (345) 949 8368.
Cayman Motor Museum
The Cayman Motor Museum houses an impressive collection of covetable vintage and rare automobiles. Visit www.caymanmotormuseum.com or call (345) 947 7741.
This is a hands-on children’s science museum located in the Mirco Centre in the Industrial Park. Open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm, the museum offers interactive educational activities for children aged 18months to 10 years old. These include a large train set, building blocks, a noodle jelly fish tent, a supermarket and hospital play station, magnets, supersized Jenga, arts, crafts and more. The cost is CI$15 per child based on a 2 hour visit and CI$10 for a sibling. Adults can relax while their children learn through play. For more information call (345) 525 2222 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
King’s Sports Centre (KSC)
A multi-sports facility on Crewe Road in Red Bay, KSC offers indoor youth roller hockey, five-a-side football, an arcade, a bowling alley, karate, spinning, squash courts, aerobics classes, steam rooms and more. KSC also holds children’s birthday parties and children’s roller skating afternoon every Saturday 4.45pm-7.30pm and Sundays 1pm–4pm, along with teen skating from 7.30pm-10pm. A summer programme is also offered. Call (345) 946 5464 or visit www.kingssportscentre.com or their Facebook page and Kings Sports Centre, Grand Cayman.
Kids will enjoy the “Green Monster” waterslide at Margaritaville in downtown George Town while you enjoy the casual dining atmosphere. They are open Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm with the exception of Fridays when they are open until 2am. They operate reduced hours over the summer. Tel: (345) 949 6274.
Located on Sparky’s Drive, off North Sound Road in the Industrial Park, Motions Unlimited is an 11,500sq ft facility packed with state-of-the-art gymnastics equipment for children and teens along with a party room, snack bar and complimentary wireless internet access. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday is Toddler Play Day 10.30am-12pm, Saturdays 8.45am-10.15am and Fridays 2.30pm-4pm for children six and under. Accompanied by an adult, children can run, play and explore in a fully padded gym for CI$15. Every Monday 7pm-8pm and Wednesday night 6.30pm-7.30pm, visitors aged eight years and older can enjoy an open gym session for CI$10. One Saturday per month from 6pm-9pm, children over four can be dropped off for three hours of Super Saturday supervised play, games and activities for CI$30. Pizza and drinks are included. Parkour, trampoline and tumbling classes are now also offered. For class schedules call (345) 749 8365, email: email@example.com or visit www.motionsunlimited.com.
Starfish Village is a unique and innovative “edutainment” centre for newborns to children up to 12 years old. It offers a wide range of fun and educational activities in a safe, clean and secure environment. They offer after school programmes, holiday camps, birthday parties and special events such as a “kids’ night out.” They are located at 94 Solaris Ave, Camana Bay and are open Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday and Saturday 8am-9.30pm. Drop in rate: CI$15 for the first two hours, $5 every hour after that, drop off rate: CI$25 for the first two hours, CI$10 every hour after that (limited to ages 2 to 12). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.starfishvillage.com for more information.
Ambassadors of the Environment
Learn from trained naturalists about Grand Cayman’s natural wonders with eco-adventure days offered to families, children and adults through The Ritz-Carlton’s Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment programme. Activities include everything from shipwreck snorkelling and mangrove kayak explorations to gardening, cooking and science experiments. The days are fun for all and are offered as after-school activities, summer camps and birthday parties. For more information, contact The Ritz-Carlton at (345) 815 6120 or email: GrandCaymanAmbassadors@ritzcarlton.com.
Children will love the land and sea adventures offered by MarineLand. They will discover the wonders of Cayman’s sealife through onboard underwater cameras. Amphibious bus tours cost US$50 per adult and US$45 per child (12 years and under). For tours to Stingray City (US$54 adults and US$44 for children) call Cayman Explorer on (345) 945 8687 or visit www.marinelandtours.com.
Black Pearl Skate Park
The largest outdoor skate park in the Western hemisphere, this park is located behind Grand Harbour Shopping Centre in Red Bay and has 62,000sq ft of beginner, intermediate and expert flow, as well as street courses. Management of the park is run by the Cayman Islands Skateboard Association (CISA). Operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8.30am-sunset and Saturday-Sunday, 10am-sunset. Membership fees range from CI$45 per month to CI$300 for the year. Daily admission is CI$5. Equipment available for rental includes scooters, helmets and elbow and knee pads. The Cayman Islands Extended After-School Programme’s skateboard club meets here five times a week. The programme is run in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Policing Unit and provides supervision and support for children every evening at the park. For bookings, contact Michael Myles on (345) 925 2012 or Carl Cargill on (345) 939 7897.
Cayman Turtle Farm
Located in West Bay, The Cayman Turtle Farm offers guests a variety of unique experiences. Learn about and observe sea turtles up close and take the photo of a lifetime in one of the turtle touch tanks. You can swim or snorkel with yearling green sea turtles and other colourful marine life and even peer into a predator tank to come nose to nose with sharks and other predators of the sea. Meet Smiley, the resident 9ft saltwater crocodile or stroll through a free-flight bird aviary and along the nature trail, which ends with a fantastic view of the famous Blue Hole. Walk down the replica of a historic Cayman street and visit the Education Centre & Hatchery to learn more about the sea turtle life cycle. To finish, cool off at Breaker’s Lagoon with its two waterfalls, underwater viewing panel and Turtle Twister water slide. The facilities are open all year round (except for Christmas Day and Good Friday) Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm and on Sundays 10am-5pm during the winter high season and 11am-5pm during the summer low season. The resident rate for adults is CI$10 and CI$4 for children 12 years and under with free admission for children 4 years and under. There is also a courtesy shuttle bus that picks up guests from hotels along Seven Mile Beach. For more information call (345) 949 3894 or visit www.turtle.ky.
Camana Bay’s Town Centre is a delightful place to take a stroll with your children with its wide, shady avenues, four landscaped courtyards with water features, fountains for children to play in and benches to sit on. Climb The Observation Tower, one of the tallest buildings on Grand Cayman (lifts are also available), for panoramic views of the Island. The book store, Books & Books, has a great kids’ section and hosts Story Time on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (see our Storytelling section further down the page for more information).
Davinoff's Concrete Sculpture Garden
Located on the North Side of the Island, Davinoff's Concrete Sculpture Garden is a quick and interesting stop for those who head off the beaten track. Sculptor and owner, David Quasius, has created a range of concrete island animals such as a giant 16 foot Blue Iguana, a 6 foot giant land crab and a 17 foot crocodile. The garden is a great spot to take photos and kids will love climbing over the sculptures! It is also a popular geocaching site. The sculpture garden is free to access and is open every day. It is located on the highway between Old Man Bay and the Queen's Monument.
There are two dolphin attractions in Cayman. Dolphin Cove is situated in West Bay near Morgan’s Harbour, and offers various programmes including the opportunity to swim with dolphins (from CI$79 for residents and CI$69 for kids 12 and under). Alternatively, encounter them in waist-deep water from CI$59 for adults and CI$49 for kids 5-12 years. Children 4 and under are free (includes free Turtle Farm admission or a trip to Stingray City sandbar). True dolphin devotees can even sign up to be a ‘Dolphin Trainer for a day,’ a four-hour interaction with dolphins and trainers for US$399. The jungle nature trail features a variety of exotic parrots and the children will enjoy feeding the lovebirds. For information call (345) 623 2683 or email: email@example.com. Located adjacent to the Cayman Turtle Farm in West Bay, Dolphin Discovery offers several types of swims with dolphins, for children and adults, with prices ranging from CI$59-CI$99 for residents (on the weekend you can get a free upgrade). A free educational show takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 12noon-3pm, with two for the price of one beers. In addition, all dolphin programme participants get free admission to the Turtle Farm. For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (345) 769 7946.
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Explore Cayman’s fascinating underwater world without getting wet and take a ride on the ‘Cayman Glass Bottom Boat’. The 34 ft ‘Reef Roamer’ visits the wrecks of the Cali, the Balboa and Cheeseburger Reef. The crew also feed the fish giving those who wish to snorkel, the opportunity to see the fish up close. With its thatched cover providing shade from the sun, it is perfect for a family outing. Call (345) 928 9449 or visit www.caymanglassbottomboat.com.
The Humane Society
The Humane Society is located at 153 North Sound Road, next to A. L. Thompson’s in the Industrial Park. Local families are encouraged to consider adopting a dog from the Humane Society as an alternative to shipping in a dog from overseas or buying from a breeder. Volunteers are also always needed for dog walking, pet grooming and dog and cat socialising. The Society operates an excellent second-hand book store (Book Loft) and thrift shop (Claws It). The Humane Society also runs an after school programme with Red Bay Primary School in which children are taught how to care for animals, including bathing and walking the dogs and are educated about animal behaviour. It is hoped that this programme will prove successful and be the pilot for a Junior Club in the future. Call (345) 949 1461 for more information or visit www.caymanhumanesociety.com.
Pedro St. James Castle (Savannah)
This 18th Century Castle is a great place for both children and adults to learn about the early history of Cayman. Admission for children under 12 is free. For more information, refer to the more detailed Pedro St. James listing on our Attractions page or call (345) 947 3329.
The Pirate Caves
Located in Bodden Town, the Pirate Caves are suitable for all ages. A self-guided tour takes you through underground passages actually used by pirates as hiding places for treasure. The caves lie beneath tropical gardens, where visitors can also stroll along a nature trail and through an animal sanctuary featuring close to 100 animals, including freshwater stingrays, turtles, parrots, iguanas, crabs, agoutis and bats. There is also a shop that sells unique Caymanian gifts made by local artisans. The caves, park and gift shop are handicap accessible and open daily from 9am–5pm, seven days a week. Admission is CI$8 for adults and CI$5 for children under 12. For information visit www.piratescaves.ky or call (345) 947 3122.
The Pirate Ship
The Jolly Roger offers cruises for children and adults. Pirate Encounter is a cruise especially for kids and activities include a pirate trial, sword fighting and walking the plank. It runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm. Trips take two hours (including a stop for snorkelling and is perfect for the entire family. The cost for residents is CI$35 for adults, and CI$20 for children (ages 4-12). Children under four sail for free. Trips include complimentary fruit punch, sodas, water and rum punch for adults. Catering can also be arranged. Sunset cruises and dinners for adults are also held Monday-Thursday and on Saturdays from 5.30pm. A boozier affair departs on Friday nights at 6pm. For information call (345) 945 7245, email: email@example.com or visit www.jollyrogercayman.com.
Submarine Rides & Underwater Observatories
Atlantis Submarines (Tel: (345) 949 7700) brings underwater exploration to everyone aged four and up, aboard the state-of-the-art, air conditioned Atlantis Submarine. The vessel dives to depths of up to 100ft. For the more adventurous, there is also a submarine night dive. Families with kids under four years old can try the semi-submersible craft with an observatory that drops five feet below the surface. Residents are eligible for a discount on the presentation of an accepted ID. For tour times and availability visit www.caymanislandssubmarines.com.
Along with the regularly scheduled activities listed on this page, there are many activities for children, throughout the year, in celebration of local traditions and festivals, including Pirates’ Week, Batabano and Cayfest. Check the comprehensive events calendar at www.explorecayman.com/event-calendar for special youth events throughout the year.
Afternoon TeaEvery Bloomin’ Thing, a plant nursery located on Crewe Road (Tel: (345) 945 1701), has a charming English tea room where you can take your children to have afternoon tea (they also do lunch). Silver Palm Lounge hosts Afternoon Tea, every afternoon from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Reservations are required for this iconic Ritz-Carlton tradition. Easter and Christmas feature whimsical Afternoon Tea services: Easter Bunny Tea and Teddy Bear Tea, both of which are extremely popular with small children. For reservations, please call The Ritz-Carlton at (345) 815 6912.
Arts & Crafts The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NCGI) has an extensive education schedule that offers a wealth of first-rate community programmes such as “Family Fun,” created for families to enjoy quality time together. This takes place each Saturday morning 9am-10am and offers a self-run activity based on current exhibitions. In addition, they offer an after-school programme, ‘Walkers Art Club,’ that caters to two groups of primary level students aged 7-9 years and 10-12 years. It is held every Tuesday at 3.15pm-4.15pm (Primary) and 4.30-5.30pm (Secondary). There is also a teen programme every Thursday which aims to help students develop their portfolios. Education courses include evening and daytime classes in subjects such as photography, ceramics, interior design, abstract painting and life drawing. The National Gallery Sister Islands also offers a summer camp catering to kids of all ages at the Heritage House in Cayman Brac, as well as regular programmes throughout school term time, such as the Walkers Art Club. For more information on classes call (345) 945 8111 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Visual Arts Society of the Cayman Islands (VAS) offers art and craft camps after school, during school breaks and in the summer. The camp is held at the studio on the grounds of Pedro’s Castle, which provides an inspiring location and space for painting, drawing, crafts and ceramics, with plenty of room for the children to enjoy the outdoors while waiting for their paint or glue to dry. Throughout the year the camp is also offered from the exhibition space at Camana Bay. VAS also offers more streamlined art classes to adolescents and children, depending on their interest and experience. Children’s competitions are held throughout the year at annual events. Email: email@example.com or visit www.visualartcayman.com.
The Cayman National Cultural Foundation offers Young Image Makers, a short film competition for ages 10-17. Their Creative Kids summer camp includes storytelling, folk songs, dance and traditional Caymanian crafts, as well as day trips. See our Live Theatre for Kids and Teens section further down for their drama courses. For more information on their activities and to book a space call (345) 949 5477 or visit www.artscayman.org.
Budding Chef Cooking ClassesBon Vivant in Camana Bay runs a regular after school programme that is designed to inspire budding young chefs. It teaches children (aged 4 to 7 years and 8 to 11 years of age) to be thoughtful about what they eat, they learn basic cooking concepts and skills, they then create delicious and nutritious dishes, and learn about local and international foods. For more info or to book a class call (345) 623 2665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 2.30pm-3.30pm (for ages 4-7 years) and 3.45pm-4.45pm (for ages 8-11).
Cadet CorpsCadets learn life skills, and develop morals and high standards of conduct through challenging, military-style activities. The programme offers a wide range of activities including drills, field craft, adventure, navigation, first aid, music and water-based activities. For more information on how to get involved contact (345) 946 9810, (345) 938 8820, email: email@example.com or visit www.cicadetcorps.ky.
Celebrating Birthdays & Special OccasionsChildren are very inclusive in Cayman and often the entire class will be invited to a birthday party. If your child is of nursery or kindergarten age, they may be invited to a party almost every weekend. As children get older, they tend to have a smaller number of close friends and parties tend to shrink in size as a result. Many parties are held on the beach or at an activity-based venue, and there are a number of companies that cater for arts and crafts, face-painting, magicians and bouncy castles, to keep the kids entertained.
As far as catering is concerned, there are gourmet treats on offer at many Cayman eateries. The Cake Studio (345) 926 4944 can create a cake to match your party’s chosen theme.
Cinema & Outdoor MoviesRegal Camana Bay Stadium 6 at Camana Bay (55 Market Street in Jasmine Court) offers specially priced matinees every day before 6pm. The six screens show all the latest releases and during the school holidays, especially at Christmas and in the summer, they show more films for children. A Friday evening out at the cinema is very popular with teenagers. However, on Saturday nights the cinema has a policy of not allowing any person under the age of 18 into a film that starts after 6pm, unless they are accompanied by an adult or parent. For schedules and information call (345) 640 3456 or book tickets online at www.regmovies.com.
During the summer months, families can come together and enjoy Camana Bay’s popular summer series of Moonlight & Movies in Gardenia Court. Only movies that are rated PG-13 and under are shown. Take a picnic or dine beforehand in one of Camana Bay’s restaurants. Movie showings are held every Tuesday at 7pm throughout June, July and August and over Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and it is highly recommended that you bring a blanket to sit on. For more information see the calendar of events on www.explorecayman.com/event-calendar.
In addition, The Ritz-Carlton features Movies Under the Stars outdoors at Periwinkle Restaurant. Families are invited to relax on comfortable lounge chairs for nightly family-friendly movies. Make it a Family Date Night with Periwinkle’s homemade pasta, pizza or other Italian favourites, served al fresco, overlooking the resort’s winding waterways. For reservations and movie schedule, please call The Ritz-Carlton on (345) 815 6912.
Cultural WorkshopsLocal artist and curator of the Art Gallery at the Ritz-Carlton, Chris Christian runs CTA Cayman Traditional Arts, which offers an after-school programme for children, “Bringing Heritage to Life.” Students learn about Caymanian traditions such as making cassava cake, twisting thatch rope and exploring Cayman’s seafaring heritage. For more information, call (345) 926 0119 or visit Cayman Traditional Arts on Facebook.
Girl Guides AssociationThe Cayman Islands Guide Association accommodates four age groups in the youth programme: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers. The run a variety of annual events including sleepovers, leadership days and pack holidays. Start-up fees are between CI$25-CI$35 and the groups operate from September to June. For more information, call Joy Rose Frater on (345) 949 6897 or (345) 917 1800 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most high schools and some church youth groups provide opportunities for taking part in dramatic presentations. Budding young actors, actresses and theatre lovers are welcome to further develop their acting skills in the high standard productions of the Cayman Drama Society (CDS). With at least six productions per year, there is plenty of scope for young would-be thespians. Students learn stage management, set design, construction, sound and lighting, as well as theatrical make-up. Some of the productions are almost completely staffed by teens. CDS also welcomes by appointment school tours of the playhouse and hosts rehearsals and annual drama exams. For more information contact Paul de Freitas on (345) 916 6331, email: email@example.com or visit www.cds.ky. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for membership queries. To receive the Masque Mail newsletter outlining upcoming events, subscribe at www.cds.ky/newsletter.htm.
The Cayman National Cultural Foundation offers Young At Arts (YAA), a year-round performing arts group, for students aged 12-17 years. There is also a YAA 6-week summer intensive course. Places are awarded by audition and tuition includes storytelling, music, dance, acting and theatre. To register email: email@example.com. For further information on their activities call (345) 949 5477 or visit www.artscayman.org.
Centre Pointe Dance Studio (CPDS) also produces theatre and dance shows, involving students of the school. In 2014, musical students performed excerpts from the musicals Mathilda, Les Miserables and Hairspray. They can be reached on (345) 323 7960, (345) 947 7089 or (345) 926 9603.
Musicians.ky (Tel: (345) 525 6787) is also known for its musical theatre performances, for which students audition and prepare over a number of months. Its annual production in 2014 was “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”
MusicCayman Music School in Camana Bay, offers a wide variety of instrumental lessons in guitar, piano, drums and violin, as well as tuition in singing, music theory and recording. They also offer a Rock School programme, a Jazz programme, bands and dance classes. For younger children (aged 1-5 years) there is a special “Music Time” session and music camps are held over school breaks. Other facilities include a music shop – The Music Box and a recording studio. Visit www.caymanmusicschool.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (345) 938 3838.
Musicians.ky offers group or private lessons in various instruments, dance, drama and music theory, as well as a full scholarship every year to one of its instrumental students. Holiday camps are also offered. Email: email@example.com or call (345) 525 6787.
Nicole Bodden teaches singing and piano at her studio at the Barnett Centre. Call (345) 917 3753 for availability and more information.
The National TrustThis conservation non-profit organisation offers programmes for kids on such topics as coral reefs, butterflies, birds, blue iguanas, traditional Caymanian homes, historic walking tours, Cayman flora and fauna and much more. Various kids’ activities are also run from the Mission House in Bodden Town. The Trust also offers a family programme called “Families in the Wild,” which is aimed at getting families to enjoy the great outdoors together. For further information visit www.nationaltrust.org.ky or call (345) 749 1121.
PlaygroupsA number of informal playgroups for mothers and infants meet on a weekly basis. One such group is the South Sound Playgroup, a volunteer-based organisation which provides a much-needed service for parents living in Grand Cayman. All children, from a few days to five years old are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by at least one adult. Light refreshments are available and the cost is CI$7 per family for each session they attend. Refer to the Having a Baby page for more information. Parents of multiples and twins can connect, share and exchange resources via the Multiples Group of Cayman. Contact Tim Dailey on (345) 916 8005 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Caymum is also a good resource for chatting with other parents on the Island. Check out their Facebook page.
Public LibrariesCayman’s public libraries are a great place to inspire your child to read and to encourage their love for books. Children who are confident readers can take part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which is a great way to maintain their interest in reading over the summer school break. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the challenge is open to children aged 6-17 years, with different age categories and runs for six weeks from July to August. Visit www.cipl.gov.ky for more information on these programmes. The public libraries in the Cayman Islands are as follows:
- George Town Library: 68 Edward Street, George Town, Tel: (345) 949 5159
- East End Library: 2739 Sea View Road, East End, Tel: (345) 947 7729
- North Side Library: 891 North Side Road, North Side, Tel: (345) 947 9362
- Bodden Town Library: 69 Bodden Town Road, Bodden Town, Tel: (345) 947 0966
- Cayman Brac Library: 263B Stake Bay Road, Cayman Brac, Tel: (345) 948 0472
- Emily Redley Powery Memorial Library and Learning Centre: 182 Reverend Blackman Road, West Bay, Tel: (345) 949 7659
Scouts AssociationThe Scouts Association is a uniformed movement, with more than 300 local members, that promotes exploration and the development of leadership skills through fun activities. At present, membership is for boys only and is divided into four groups: Beavers (6-8 years), Cubs (8-11 years), Scouts (11-16 years) and Venture-Scouts (16-20 years), with weekly meetings for all groups. A local programme is run with the Lighthouse School for physically and mentally challenged students. For information call (345) 949 1515 or (345) 939 8813, email: email@example.com or visit www.scouts.org.ky.
On Saturdays, Books & Books in Camana Bay offers storytelling and crafts for kids up to age seven at the bookstore. Weekly storytelling and sing-alongs for little ones aged up to four years old are held on Wednesdays at 10.30am, at the Cinema. Check the schedule on www.explorecayman.com/event-calendar. Quite a few mums with toddlers meet at the Wednesday morning storytelling time and then let their children play in the small shaded fountain afterwards. The children love it! Don’t forget to bring a towel and a small cup or two for the children to scoop water up with!
Youth GroupsYMCA Teen Leaders’ Club, provides teens with leadership training as well as guidance on learning the importance of social responsibility and service to others. Leaders’ Club provides a safe, genuine place for teens and helps direct energy towards positive outcomes. One of the unique traits of Teen Leaders’ Club is that everything is organised by the teens themselves, focusing on youth empowerment. Clubs meet in various locations within districts, meeting one evening per week during the school year. The programme is free for teens and registration takes place at school. Contact the YMCA for more information: www.ymcacayman.ky, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (345) 926 9622.
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