Summer is almost upon us, so it is time to gather some activity suggestions for teenagers to keep them occupied throughout the next few months. Teens may seem independent and able to organize their own time, but they would still probably appreciate a few pointers about how to occupy those long summer days.
Here are a few of the best activities available on island, that are sure to spark some interest.
Book a horseback ride at Coral Stone Stables in West Bay and you can swim with them in the warm Caribbean sea, too. The location is at Barkers National Park, just past Pappagallo Restaurant. The hour-long rides are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and in the afternoon at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You can also book a sunset ride at 5 p.m. or moonlight one on full-moon nights at 8 p.m.
Jet Skis are popular with teenagers and can be booked through Red Sail Sports on 949-8745 or Action Watersports on 548-3147. You can also book banana boats, or paddle boards through these companies.
The magic of the bioluminescence tours never gets old and the Bio Bay on the north side of Grand Cayman is one of the best in the world. The Sweet Spot does three–stop eco-tours almost every night in a “bio boat” or kayaks. Experience the blue luminescence of this magical area surrounded by wildlife.
Cayman Kayak tours meet to the far left of the car park at Rum Point at 7:10 p.m. and 9 p.m. for a 1.5–2 hour trip.
Sweet Spot: Tel: 925-8129.
Take advantage of Cayman’s warm and steady wind, protected bays, and clear, glassy-flat water to learn to kitesurf. Sweet Spot teaches in East End and has a private beach, quality instruction and modern equipment. There are occasional skills camps and pro clinics with top kitesurfers.
Kitesurf Cayman learn on Barkers Beach in West Bay. They have 2-hour introductory lessons and use radio helmets to enable your coach to speak directly to you while you are on the water.
Hurricane Kiteboarding also does 2-hour masterclasses.
Experience new views of the island
For a stunning bird’s-eye view of Grand Cayman, try parasailing. From a height of 500 feet you can see the crystal clear water along Seven Mile Beach and all the way to the other side of the island. Call Parasailing Professionals on 916-2953.
The other way to see the beauty of the island from above is by helicopter. You can fly over North Sound, and see Stingray City, Seven Mile Beach, East End, Rum Point and West Bay. Call Cayman Islands Helicopters on 943-4354.
Alternatively, take a trip on Atlantis Submarines to see underwater Cayman and the beautiful sea life without having to learn to dive.
There are many activities for teens on offer at Kings Sports Centre on Crewe Road. A 1980s’-style teen skate is held from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturdays. King Pin Bowling has four lanes which can accommodate 24 bowlers (six per lane). Tel: 946-2695.
Check the website for Cayman Associated School of Karate (CASK), and 5-a-side football, roller hockey, basketball and squash. www.kingssportscentre.com. Tel: 946-5654.
The Arts and Recreation Center (ARC) at Camana Bay also offers basketball, volleyball and badminton. Tel: 640-2878.
Black Pearl Skate Park has 62,000 square feet of beginner, intermediate and expert flow and street skateboard courses. It is open from Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to sunset for a $5 entry fee. Equipment is available for rental. Check the website for a skate camp the first week of August with youth skateboard program, TopGrom. Tel: 947-4161 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take out a three-month membership for your teen at one of the many gyms on island, such as Life Extension Cayman. The class schedule can be viewed online. Dance courses in jazz, hip hop, ballet and contemporary dance all help reduce stress, overcome shyness and improve self-esteem. Email: email@example.com. Tel: 949-3753.
YMCA youth groups summer programs
At the YMCA, the “Counselors in Training” C.I.T. program is for ages 13-16. Here they develop leadership skills through both training and working hands-on with younger campers (ages 5-12) in a variety of camp activities. The focus is on both leadership and character development. The camp runs all day Mon-Fri for the seven weeks of summer. Some teens help all seven weeks and others as little as two to three weeks. There is a selection process for the program, but no fees, and space is limited. www.ymcacayman.ky. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 926-9622.
Take a boat trip to North Sound with Shaun Ebanks of K’mon Sunsplash Watersports, one of the many members of the Cayman Land and Sea Cooperative. Meet at Safehaven harbor and go to either the shallow sandbar and meet the stingrays, Kaibo, Rum Point, Starfish Point or snorkel on the barrier reef. Tel: 938-9617.
You can spend a whole day at the Turtle Farm, have lunch at its waterside restaurant, cuddle a baby turtle, watch the sharks being fed, and snorkel with hundreds of fish. There is an aviary where you can see Cayman’s national bird, the green parrot, and red and white ibis; and fresh water pool for swimming and lazing by the pool. Of course, no one is ever too old or too cool for the helter-skelter slide.
The National Gallery has workshops for the creative in photography, ceramics, interior design, abstract painting and life drawing and a specialized teen program to help students develop their portfolio. www.nationalgallery.org.ky/openstudio. Email: email@example.com. Tel: 945-8111
Check the Cayman National Cultural Foundation for the registering process for the summer camp for visual, traditional and performing arts. The camp includes day trips to Mind’s Eye “Miss Lassie’s”, catboat rides and the Cayman Islands National Museum. On the last day of camp, participants present a “work show” for parents and guests at the Harquail Theater. www.artscayman.org/creative-kids. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 949-5477.
It is always good to encourage your teen to get involved in something to help the community. The Cayman Islands Humane Society are always looking for dog walkers. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tel: 949-1461.
Cooking classes at Bon Vivant
These are every week during the summer from June 23.
Create Mexican dishes using an exciting blend of flavours and traditional methods at the Mexican Fiesta class; discover the benefits and basics of tree-nut cheeses, such as cultured cashew cheese and almond feta; and an alternative cheesecake recipe at the dairy-free indulgences class; discover the steak aging process, different cuts and the best way to enjoy them at the steak class; and find out options
for BBQ sides and light picnic lunches at the summer salad class. www.bonvivant.ky. Email: email@example.com. Tel: 623-2665.
Take a trip to the Farmers’ Market at the Grounds to look around for the freshest ingredients for your new found culinary skills. Saturday mornings, 6 a.m to noon.
Moonlight and Movies
Check the program for Camana Bay Regal Cinema has “Moonlight and Movies” in Gardenia Court every Tuesday at 7 p.m. throughout June, July and August. Tel: 640-3456.