Early Childhood Services launched its Week of the Young Child with its second annual pyjama party at Books & Books on Monday night.
Between 6pm and 8pm, hundreds of pyjama-clad children and parents flocked to the bookstore where milk, cookies and pillowcases were available. Children were given markers to decorate their pillowcases with and were also presented with a five per cent off coupon for the bookstore, valid for that night only.
Emceed by JR Douglas Cameron from Black Pearl Skate Park, the event featured a projection screen and a small podium on which storytellers relayed bedtime tales to the gathered children.
Local radio personality Ellio Solomon took to the stage for the first hour to read popular bedtime stories, ending with the favourite Goodnight Moon.
Mr. Cameron then introduced local authors Joseph Betty and Helen Thomas to the stage who, alongside Rick Singer (who was unable to attend), have recently co-authored a book titled Daddy, What is Success?.
The authors read from the book, described its premise and also signed copies afterwards. The book tells the story of children completing a school project which leads them on a search to discover what ‘success’ means. It teaches moral lessons while also entertaining with its illustrations, courtesy of Mr. Betty, a well-known local artist.
The Paseo had come alive at Camana Bay with the activities and children sporting a wide variety of pyjama styles delighted in the pillowcase artistry and listening to the stories.
Deanna Peterson, early childhood development officer with the Early Childhood Services, was delighted with the event.
‘We were very pleased,’ she said. ‘Many families who came last year came again this year. This year’s event was a great success and could not have been possible without the donations and volunteers who worked hard in ensuring that everyone had a good time.
‘We are looking forward to doing this again next year.’
Pillowcases, markers and discount coupons were donated by Books & Books, milk and juice was donated by Burger King and cookies were donated by The Brewhouse café at Grand Harbour. South Sound Community Centre donated the balloons and Cayman Imports and Bodden Beverages donated water. Lions Production helped by setting up the equipment.
Other events happening throughout the week continue to celebrate children and the week concludes with a Family Fun Day at Mary Miller Hall on Saturday, 21 March from 8am to 12pm.