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Activities For Kids & Teens Overview

Last updated: 4th November 2013



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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Family Outings
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:
Charter Boat Headquarters (Tel: (345) 945 4340) and Captain Marvin's Water Sports (Tel: (345) 945 4590) both organise trips using local operators for either full or half-day outings. (A full-day trip includes lunch and conch diving, when in season.) The stops include Stingray City, the Sandbar, Coral Gardens, Barrier Reef and Kaibo (if lunch is not cooked and served on the boat). The cost for local residents per person is US$27.50 for a half-day and US$50 for a full-day. Both are really good value for the family

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) explore the mangroves of the North Sound with a short kayak ride from Rum Point. Their day tours start from US$25 per person and are ideal for children over six and adults. They also guide a very magical evening tour in a bioluminescent bay which we highly recommend. Cayman Sea Elements (Tel: (345) 936 8687 or caymansea@gmail.com) offers mangrove boat tours which show birds, starfish, jellyfish, anemones and iguanas climbing through the mangroves. This tour is suitable for children of all ages. Cayman Private Charters offers half and full-day private charters with a fleet of six boats including a 55' yacht, 36' Intrepid, 32' Regal cruiser, 34' Intrepid, 44' catamaran and a 23' catamaran. For more information call (345) 945 2389. For a laugh you could take a banana boat ride with Red Sail Sports (Tel: (345) 949 8745). Kids particularly love the ride with a group of their friends and you'll have them taking turns for hours. 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).



For an amazing view of the North Sound and Seven Mile Beach or the whole Island by air you can take a 20 or 50 minute 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 , or for very young children (12 months to 5 years), letting off steam at one of the Toddler's Play Days at Motions Unlimited is a great way to occupy the day.

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 there are plenty of 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 really nice 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, playground equipment and maze. While you are in that area, a trip to the Botanic Park is an absorbing and renewing outing for the whole family. Large blue iguanas lounge on the grass soaking up the sun while there are butterflies, birds, turtles, agouties, 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 enjoy art activities at the National Gallery (NGCI) every Saturday, inspired by the current exhibition schedule. Coined 'Family Fun', this drop-in art class takes place between 9am-10am for all ages. Email:education@nationalgallery.org.ky for more information. Classes are free to NGCI members and CI$5 for non-members.

There are parks to explore like Dart Park on South Church Street and Camana Bay is always good value; you can walk and explore, get a cappuccino, hire a bike and explore its beautifully landscaped areas, have lunch or catch a movie and young children will love playing in the fountains. (Bring a towel!) Then, there is the observation tower to climb for a great panoramic view and Books & Books has a wonderful children's room full of books, puzzles and toys. For more options and details read further in this section.

Indoor Facilities
The Arts and Recreation Centre (ARC) at Camana Bay
Situated near 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 retractable bleacher seating for more than 400 spectators. A number of events and performances are held throughout the year at ARC for various organisations. Contact the Discovery Centre on (345) 640 4000 or email: info@camanabay.com.

Bright Start
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-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm and on Sundays and public holidays 1pm-6pm. Call (345) 925 7624 for more information.


Cayman Motor Museum

Located next to the Turtle Farm in West Bay, the Cayman Motor Museum features some of the rarest cars in the world. There are 86 cars and 20 bikes on show, including the original Batmobile from the 1960s television show and an 1886 Benz (the first car ever produced). General opening hours are Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and admission costs US$15 for adults, US$7.50 for children under 12 and is free for children under five. Special resident rates are offered on Saturdays. Call (345) 947 7741 or visit www.caymanmotormuseum.com.

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, aerobics classes, steam rooms and more. KSC also holds children's birthday parties and hosts a popular 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. For more information call (345) 946 5464 or visit www.kingssportscentre.com or facebook.com/kingssportscentre.

Margaritaville's Waterslide
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. Tel: (345) 949 6274.

Motions Unlimited
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 from 12-36 months. The Friday playday is for children from 12 months to 6 years though. 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 eight years and older can enjoy an open gym session for CI$10. One Saturday per month from 6pm-9pm, children over the age of 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 and cheerleading classes are now also offered. For class schedules call (345) 749 8365, email: info@motionsunlimited.com or visit www.motionsunlimited.com.


Outdoor Facilities
Ambassadors of the Environment
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman offers the Jean Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment programme. These are unique Caribbean eco-tours, where the Islands' ecological resources become a natural classroom and living laboratory in which adults, families and kids learn in a fun-filled atmosphere! Contact The Ritz-Carlton on (345) 815 6120.

Amphibious Buses
MarineLand runs a unique amphibious bus that takes you on land and sea adventures. Underwater cameras on-board allow you to view the wonders of Cayman's underwater world. Amphibious bus tours cost US$50 per adult and US$45 per child (12 years and under). Based at the Barcadere Marina, they also offer private yacht charters, Cayman Explorer vessel tours to Stingray City for US$54 adults and US$44 for children as well as a sunset cocktail cruise. Call (345) 945 8687 or visit www.marinelandtours.com.

Black Pearl Skate Park
The largest outdoor skatepark in the western hemisphere, this park is located behind Grand Harbour Shopping Centre in Red Bay and has 62,000sq ft of beginner, intermediate, expert flow and street courses. Management of the park changed hands in 2013 and is now 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. 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. Contact Michael Myles on (345) 925 2012 or CISA 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 including the mighty hawksbill turtle. 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 an historic Cayman street and learn to make traditional Caymanian arts and crafts. To finish, cool off at Breaker's Lagoon with its two waterfalls, underwater viewing panel and Turtle Twister Water Slide. The facilities are open year round (except for Christmas Day and Good Friday) Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm and on Sundays 10am-4pm. The resident rate for adults is CI$10 and CI$4 for children 12 years and under with free admission for children under 4 years. 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
Camana Bay's Town Centre is a nice 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. Complimentary bikes and helmets are also available for use on their riding trails. Visit the Camana Bay Security Centre, next to Mail Boxes Etc. or ask one of the Town Centre security guards. The book store, Books  & Books, has a great kids' section and hosts Story Time on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (see later in this section for more information). 

Dolphin Encounters
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$99 for residents and CI$69 for kids 12 and under) or encounter them in waist deep water from CI$59 for adults and CI$49 for kids 9-12 years and children 8 and under are free. 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 exploring the touch tank. For information call (345) 623 2683 or email: reservations@caymandolphincove.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: reservations@dolphindiscovery.com 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, Cheeseburger Reef and demonstrates fish feeding, as well as providing the opportunity to snorkel and 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, opposite 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 also 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, walk 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.

Pedro St. James Castle (Savannah)
The Castle is a great place for both children and adults to learn about the early history of Cayman. Refer to the Attractions section for more information or call (345) 947 3329. 

The Pirate Caves
Located in Bodden Town, the Pirate Caves have been updated and expanded over the last year and 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 fresh water stingrays, turtles, parrots, iguanas, crabs, agoutis and bats. Children can hold rescued birds and interact with animals in the bird encounter and petting zoo. The caves, park and gift shop are handicap accessible and open daily from 9am-dusk, seven days a week. Residents admission is CI$6.40 for adults and CI$4 for children aged 4-12. Children under four are free. For information call (345) 947 3122.

The Pirate Ship
The Jolly Roger offers pirate cruises (there is a great one for kids called the Pirate Encounter) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm and takes two hours (including a stop for snorkelling) which is perfect for the entire family. Activities include a pirate trial, sword fighting and walking the plank. The cost for residents is CI$30 for adults, and CI$16 for children (ages 4-12). Children under four sail for free. Trips include complimentary fruit punch, sodas, water and rum punch for adults and 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 or visit www.piratesofthecaymans.com.

Submarine Rides & Underwater Observatories
Refer to the Watersports section for information on submarine rides offered by Atlantis Submarine Rides (Tel: (345) 949 7700) and semi-submersible and glass-enclosed crafts operated by Atlantis Adventures (Tel: (345) 949 7700) and Nautilus Undersea Tours (Tel: (345) 945 1355) that offer a bird's eye view of Cayman's magnificent underwater life.

Cultural Activities
Along with the regularly scheduled activities listed below, there are many activities for children throughout the year in celebration of local traditions and festivals, including Pirates' Week, Batabano and Cayfest, and in recognition of international events such as the 'Week of the Young Child' in April. Check the comprehensive events calendar at www.explorecayman.com/event-calendar for special youth events throughout the year.

Afternoon Tea
Every Bloomin' Thing
, a plant nursery located on Crewe Road (Tel: (345) 945 1701), has a charming English tearoom where you can have afternoon tea (they also do lunch). 

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman also offers traditional afternoon tea every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon 2.30pm-3.30pm in its Silver Palm Lounge. Special afternoon tea events are held for holidays including a magical Teddy Bear Tea leading up to Christmas Eve and a lively Easter Bunny Tea. Call (345) 943 9000 to make your reservation.

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. 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, and is held every Thursday 3.30pm-5.30pm, along with a teen programme scheduled to start in September 2013. Education courses include evening and daytime classes in subjects such as photography, ceramics, interior design, abstract painting and live 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: education@nationalgallery.org.ky.

Visual Arts Society of the Cayman Islands (VAS) offers an after-school arts and craft camp from 3pm-6pm as well as half days on Saturdays and during the summer school break. The camp is held at the studio on the grounds of Pedro's Castle providing an inspiring location and space for painting, drawing, crafts and ceramics with lots of room for the children to enjoy the outdoors while waiting for their paint or glue to dry. The 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 such as Art@Governors and the VAS Annual Art show. Email: info@visualartcayman.com, call (345) 926 2019 or visit www.visualartcayman.com.

David Bridgeman works from his studio in Pasadora Place and intermittently runs children's art classes covering topics such as experimenting with mixed media, research, ideas, print making and using an etching press. For more information check out his Facebook page.       

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation (Tel: (345) 949 5477) also offers courses and summer camps for children. Refer to the Cultural Activities section for more information on programmes scheduled throughout the year and the Summer Camps section of our website for camp information.

Bookclubs
Books & Books (Tel: (345) 640 2665) launched a bookclub in March 2013 for teens aged 14-18 years that meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the store from 7pm-8.30pm and focuses on young adult literature. For more information email: megan@booksandbooks.com.

Cadet Corps
Cadets learn life skills and develop morals and high standards of conduct through challenging, military-style activities. The programme offers a range of activities including drills, field craft, adventure, navigation, first aid, music and water-based activities. Contact (345) 946 9810, (345) 938 8820 or email: cadetcorps@gov.ky for more information and application details.

Celebrating Birthdays & Special Occasions
School children are invited to birthday parties almost every weekend. Children are very inclusive in Cayman and often the entire class will be invited if your child is of nursery or kindergarten age. 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 Movies
Regal Camana Bay Stadium 6 at Camana Bay (55 Market Street in Jasmine Court) offer specially-priced matinees every day before 6pm. Their six screens show all the latest releases and during the school holidays, especially at Christmas and during the summer, there are more films for children. Fridays evenings are very popular with teenagers who meet at the cinema and see a film. However, on Saturday nights the cinema has a policy of not allowing any minor under the age of 18 into a film starting after 6pm unless accompanied by an adult or a 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 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. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and don't forget to bring a blanket to sit on. For more information see the calendar of events on www.camanabay.com.

In addition, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman also features Movies Under the Stars at Periwinkle with family-friendly movies outside every night at dusk (although if it is a particularly windy evening, the screening will be cancelled). Enjoy homemade pasta and pizza at the alfresco grill overlooking the resort's winding waterways. Then curl up on comfortable lounge chairs at the adjacent Periwinkle Theatre for a complimentary movie. Contact The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on (345) 943 9000 for a movie schedule.

Cultural Workshops
Immerse your child in Cayman's culture and get involved in a cultural workshop at Camana Bay. Every second Saturday of the month, children aged 7-10 years are welcome to learn traditional art practices at Camana Bay. For more information, email: karie.bounds@camanabay.com.
 
Local artist, Chris Christian runs PEAK Cayman Traditional Arts which, amongst other ventures, 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, visit his Facebook page.

Guides Association
The Cayman Islands Guide Association accommodates four age groups in the youth programme: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers and runs 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: jlfrates@candw.ky.

Live Theatre for Kids & Teens
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 develop their acting skills and delight in the fantastic productions of the Cayman Drama Society (CDS). With at least six productions per year, there are a variety of theatre opportunities. Students  learn stage management, set design, construction, sound and lighting design and theatrical make-up. The very popular 'Stomp The Rock' which played in March 2013 was 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 at (345) 916 6331 or email: theatremanager@cds.ky or see www.cds.ky. Contact membership@cds.ky for membership queries. To receive the Masque Mail newsletter outlining upcoming events, subscribe at www.cds.ky/newsletter.htm.

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation also offers an after-school theatre programme for students aged 12-17 years. Places are awarded by audition and tuition includes storytelling, music, dance, acting and theatre. Email: cayfest@candw.ky for registration details or call (345) 949 5477. 

Centre Pointe Dance Studio (CPDS) (Tel: (345) 323 7960, (345) 947 7089 or (345) 926 9603 or visit www.centrepointedancestudio.com) also produces theatre and dance shows involving students of the school. In 2013, musical students performed excerpts from the musicals Mary Poppins and Matilda as part of their IDTA musical theatre awards for which there was a 100% pass rate and six distinctions were awarded.

Musicians.ky (Tel: (345) 525 6787) also teaches drama students and performed its annual production, 'The Little Mermaid' in 2013 for which students auditioned and prepared over a number of months.

Music
Cayman Music School in Camana Bay, offers a wide variety of instrumental lessons in guitar, piano, drums, violin, saxophone and tuition in singing and recording. They also offer a Rock School programme, scholarships for eligible students and dance classes. For younger children, there is a special 'Music Time' session (aged 1-4 years) and music camps are held over school breaks. Other facilities include a music shop and recording studio. Visit www.caymanmusicschool.com, email: info@caymanmusicschool.com 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: janine@musicians.ky or call (345) 525 6787.

Julio Jimenez Ortiz teaches piano and percussion lessons to children of all ages and levels in the genres of jazz, classical, popular music and gospel. For more information, call (345) 925 4276.

Nicole Bodden teaches singing and piano at her studio at the Barnett Centre, call (345) 917 3753.


The National Trust
This 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. For information refer to the Cultural Activities section or call (345) 749 1121.

Playgroups
A number of informal playgroups for mothers and infants meet on a weekly basis. One such group is the South Sound Community Playgroup (also known as The Mother and Toddler Group), a volunteer-based organisation which provides a much-needed service for parents living in Grand Cayman. Refer to the Having A Baby section 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: caymanmultiples@hotmail.com.

Public Libraries
Cayman's public libraries are a great place to inspire your child to read and encourage their love for books. The 'Play, Read, Learn!' programme is aimed at getting children 'ready to read' and is held on Wednesdays at 10.30am in George Town and on Thursdays at 10.30am in West Bay. Children accompanied by a parent of caregiver learn music, movement, role playing and crafts from trained staff and parents are taught creative ways to interact with their children. For those children who are already confident readers, the Summer Reading Challenge 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. Students can login online with prizes given at the end of the challenge. Visit www.cipl.gov.ky for more information on these programmes. If your children show their Cayman Islands library card they will receive a 10% discount on selected books at the Book Nook and Books & Books stores.

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 Rd, 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 Rev Blackman Rd, West Bay, Tel: (345) 949 7659

Scouts Association
Scouting is a uniformed movement with more than 300 local members that promotes exploration and the development of leadership skills through fun activities.  In March 2013, the organisation held a Gala that was extremely popular and which they hope will become an annual event. 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. 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: ciscouts@candw.ky or visit www.scouts.org.ky.

Storytelling
Books & Books, a bookstore in Camana Bay, offers weekly storytelling and sing-along for little ones up to four years old on Wednesdays at 10.30am. On Saturdays, at the same time, they offer storytelling and crafts for kids up to age seven. Check the schedule on www.explorecayman.com. 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 (bring a towel). It's a great way to meet other mums and update your bedtime story collection!

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