Kids’ activities: An imagination celebration

Pirates Week, Cayman’s National
Festival, is fun for all the family – but the youngsters have a really cool set
of events to look forward to this year too.


Snapper Cook-off

Most delicious among the contests
this year is undoubtedly going to be the snapper cook-off. Kids 16 and under
from each district will be vying to create the most delectable version of the
famous Caribbean fish at each district day. The contestants can bring their own
seasonings but must not pre-mix at home – these must be off-the-shelf packets
which the talented youngsters will then use to get mouths watering across the
Cayman Islands. The snappers are provided by sponsors Just Sea Food, and the
district committees will organise a barbecue or fire to cook the fish.

There will be prizes for each
district winner before a final cook-off on Saturday, 20 November in George Town
which will decide the ultimate winner. The snapper has been a huge part of
Cayman’s past – here in the present, we’re going to get a real sense of what
the future of culinary talent has to offer, too.


Festival Queen

The popular costume fashion show
for over-12s returns on Friday, 12 November and is a wholesome, family-friendly
showcase of historical and cultural creativity. In contrast to other kinds of
contests, those involved in the show will not be based around talents like
singing, dancing or saying how much they like animals. The Festival Queen is
purely based on the fashion costumes – these young people will show off their
creations and smile as their supporters in the crowd encourage them. There’s no
doubt that this event, which is organised in partnership with the Beauty Club
of Cayman, is one of the most colourful and well-loved parts of Pirates Week.
Not only is it an artistic display of colour and excitement, it also helps
visitors and participants alike learn about some of the traditional costumes
and techniques to make clothing that are kept alive by heritage-friendly festivals
such as Pirates Week.


Children’s Funfair Day

A true tradition of Pirates Week is
the Children’s Funfair Day, sponsored by Progressive Distributors and CITN,
where adults and kids have one heck of a lot of fun. No wonder it’s now in its
16th year!

The community comes together at
Camana Bay’s Crescent to enjoy a plethora of exciting, educational and splendid

There will be painting contests,
fancy dress, beautiful baby contests, bouncy castles, Books & Books’ story
time corner, and much more.

The Rotary Club will be cooking and
serving food, the Leos Club will provide snow cones and entertainment will come
from the Cayman Islands Royal Police Service dog handlers, drug squad and
community officers.

Kids can win one of five bicycles
donated by First Caribbean International, GEL and Kirk’s Home Centre.

Since World Diabetes Day falls on
14th November, this year the fun day has joined forces with the Cayman Diabetic
Association in an effort to bring awareness to the need to reduce childhood
obesity through diet and exercise. With the help of Mobile Fitness Solutions,
they will offer a series of exercises and games, including hula hoops,
trampoline, rope jumping and more. They will be helped by members of the Rotary
Central Club. Look out for the Seattle Seafair Pirates and some stilt walkers
from Colorado!

Food and drink including hot dogs,
hamburgers, juice, sports drinks, and snow cones, will be provided for all the
children. To ensure that the little ones do not get sun burned, there will be
ample supplies of sunscreen courtesy of Ocean Potion.

Also, the Children’s Artwork
Competition Awards will be handed out, honouring students who participated in
the schools’ artwork competition across the islands.

The event starts at noon and runs
until 4pm.