Swing into summer activities

Are the kids still looking for something to do this summer? Here’s a round-up of some of the activities and camps available on island. 

 

In Mama’s Yard 

Local heritage will be featured every day in the Summer Arts Camp of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation from 8-19 August. Under the theme In Mama’s Yard, children ages 7-16 will explore performing arts (Cayman quadrille and storytelling and steel pan), traditional arts and crafts (calavan construction and thatch plaitings) and guest artists (including Swanky, among others). There will be sailing activities as well.  

On the last day of camp, 19 August, participants will have the opportunity to present all that they have done at camp, with arts and crafts on display and creative performances.  

Camp will run Monday to Friday, 9am to 1.30pm at the F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre. Cost is $150 for two weeks. Snacks are included. 

For more information, contact 949-5477 or email [email protected]
Also, to download application forms, please visit www.artscayman.org or visit www.facebook.com/caymanculture 

 

Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp 

Little Cayman 

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is running the Ball Foundation Sea Camp from 6-13 August at the Little Cayman Research Station. The fully supervised camp is for 14-18 year-old divers and non-divers. If your kids care about the oceans and want to learn how to help protect them contact [email protected] 

 

 

Sea and Discover Camp 

This camp highlights the importance of the Cayman Islands marine environment and the relationship with the land. Activities include snorkelling on the reef, exploring the mangroves, learning about underwater photography and more. Sessions run 25-29 July, 1-5 August and 8-12 August. Hours are 9amto 3pm; $285 cost includes lunch from Cafe del Sol. Contact [email protected] or call 925-2183. Meets at Heliconia room in Camana Bay. 

 

Photography on the Brac 

Are your kids shutterbugs? The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands offers a free day camp on Saturday, 27 August, at the Cayman Brac Heritage House, with photographer Sean Smith. Teens, bring your digital camera or phone camera and learn professional tips. Sessions runfrom 10am to 2pm.  

 

Visual Arts Society  

The arts society’s summer arts camps for teens includes painting and stained glass. For children, there are half-day arts and crafts. For more information, email [email protected] 

 

More activities 

Kid Flicks Thursdays: Kids ages 7-11 are invited to the National Gallery Education Centre to watch films relating to art while learning to create in the techniques featured. Programme runs 3.30 to 4.30pm and costs $5 per child. Groups of more than three must register in advance. Contact [email protected] or call 945-8111. 

 

Even more activities 

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands offers lots of ways for kids to be engaged in worthwhile and fun activities this summer. For more information, call 749-1121. 

 

Blue Iguana safari: Monday through Saturday 11am at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Meet the Blues on a one-and-a-half-hour fully guided tour that takes you behind the scenes at the captive breeding facility. Cost is $24 and includes admission to the Park. Tickets available at the Park Gate, reservations are not required. 

 

Historic and environmental experiences: Visit the Mission House, 63 Gun Square Road, and the National Trust Visitors Centre in Bodden Town. Take a guided tour of the house and grounds. There is also a gift shop with a variety of toys and locally made crafts and a research room for guests to read information on Cayman’s past. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9am to 5.30pm, with the last tour at 4pm. Admission to the house is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12.  

 

Mangrove boat tour: Learn about Grand Cayman’s mangrove forest while looking for birds unique to the Island; see baby fish like barracuda in the mangrove nursery and seahorsed, anemones and iguanas climbing among the tangled mangrove roots. Tickle a jellyfish in the touch tank on the mangrove tour. Suitable for all ages. Several tours weekly. Cost is $20 for National Trust members, $25 for nonmembers. Please contact [email protected] or call 916-0303 for more information. 

 

Mangrove and seagrass snorkel tour: Learn about these environments before you follow your guide among the mangrove forests and over the seagrass meadows. Look small for tunicates, anemones, seahorses and octopus. You might even see Spotted Eagle Rays. Suitable for the more experienced snorkeller or diver. Several tours weekly. Cost is $30 for National Trust members; $35 for nonmembers. Please contact [email protected] or 916-0303 for 
more information. 

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