Fun outings for baby and you

Cayman, with its temperate climate,
makes trips out a breeze as long as your baby/toddler is wearing sunscreen and
has a broad-brimmed hat to keep the sun out of his/her sensitive eyes. Days out
will provide much needed external stimuli and assist in your child’s social
development. A list of our favourite outings includes:

The Dart parks

With parks in every district,
mothers and babies are spoiled for choice when it comes to well-designed green
spaces teeming with play equipment, shade trees and local flora. Take a blanket
and put the stroller’s hood up for extra shade while taking in the great
outdoors. Parks like Dart Family Park in South Sound provide ample scope to
explore. Wander around and give a running commentary on all that you see and
hear. Make a daisy chain and hold on firmly as children enjoy the parks’ play

Babies’ beach time

Grand Cayman has some 27 beaches.
Spots like Heritage Beach in East End or West Bay Public Beach have large shady
cabanas to shield sensitive skins. Rum Point is also an excellent option. With
its pristine shallows, ample sun loungers and on-site food/beverage service,
the North Side beach is popular with families. A couple of hours spent
strolling and dipping into the warm sea will ensure a good night’s sleep all

Camana Bay’s fountains

A firm favourite with those in
search of an interesting stroll and some playtime, Camana Bay is an ideal
outing with your baby/toddler. Pack their swimwear and yours too before heading
for one of the two dancing fountains: at The Paseo or in The Crescent. The
interactive water features are magnets for little ones and are a great way to
cool down after a walk through the area’s landscaped courtyards and walkways.
The fountain at The Crescent is close to an expansive grassy area offering
shade under the palm trees and soothing breezes wafting off the North Sound.

Babies love the Botanic Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
in Frank Sound offers 65 acres to roam at will. Visit the scenic Colour Garden
with its riot of lush and vibrant blooms and check out the Blue Iguanas that
live in the park. With so many areas to see, visitors can easily spend a few
hours taking in a fraction of it. Find a quiet spot and take in the bucolic
splendours of the park with a picnic spread. With themed gardens and plenty of
woodlands, the park provides days out you can enjoy for many years to come. For
opening times and further information, call 947-3558.

Smyles for wet weather fun

For an indoor day out, and a great
way to spend a rainy day, try Smyles children’s play centre on Lawrence
Boulevard. The activity space has child friendly climbing apparatus, including
a colourful meshed-in climbing gym and a roomy soft play area for younger
children. And when they’re ready for some quiet time, head over to the lounge
area, which has a pile of magazines for a well-deserved break. For opening
times and admission price, call 946-5800.

Check out the Turtle Farm

Boatswain’s Beach Adventure Park
and Turtle Farm on West Bay’s North West Point Road is a splendid attraction
with plenty to see and do. With activities ranging from the Boatswain’s Lagoon
– a tempting spot for a dip and some shade, the Nature Trail, the Aviary and of
course the turtle touch tanks, the farm is always a hit with youngsters. For
opening times and admission prices, call 949-3894.

Feature Story

Many of Cayman’s beaches are ideal for an outing with your young child.
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