A number of booths held a wealth of information for youngsters visiting the Child Month Children’s Expo at the Mary Miller Memorial Hall Saturday.
Coordinated and hosted by the Department of Children and Family Services, the first-ever expo offered children, parents and caregivers the unique opportunity to view and sample products which promote child development.
In his opening address Health Minister Anthony Eden said he hoped to see more functions like this where families could come together and experience educational and fun activities.
He urged those in attendance to make time to spend with their children, not just during Child Month but throughout the year.
He said he was pleased to see the many booths that offered so much in the way of child development, especially the section on positive role models called Cayman Celebrities.
The group, he said, offered a glimpse of those individuals who had excelled in various areas such as academics, sports, singing and fashion.
He also warned parents about the dangers of the Internet.
‘On Internet usage and safety for children this has been has been one of my greatest concerns – the easy access of the Internet,’ said Mr. Eden. ‘I urge the proper mentoring by parents to make sure they are watching what their children are doing. While it is positive, it is also dangerous.’
Public and private schools and organisations were invited to participate in the talent and exhibitions
At the Expo, the Cayman National Bank section taught children about the importance of saving.
Big Brothers Big Sisters offered applications forms for mentoring.
Photo Plus offered photo shoots against the child month logo, souvenirs and raffles.
Little Darling’s emphasized the importance of home safety products for children.
Progressive Distributors promoted be active and a smart eating campaign.
Smyles had activities for children and All Fired Up gave youngsters a chance to design and paint their own ceramic tile or mug.
At the Boatswain’s Beach booth youngsters heard about Cayman’s newest attraction and the park.
Party Mart the public Library, Prep School Key Club, Kiwanis Youth Club D.A.R.E and many others offered a variety of productions and entertainment.