Thousands attend Family Fun Day at Turtle Farm

More than 3,000 local visitors packed the Cayman Turtle Farm on Family Fun Day.

Excited kids flocked to the pool on Family Fun Day.

Excited kids flocked to the pool on Family Fun Day.

The Cayman Turtle Farm’s recent Family Fun Day was such a success, the venue is planning on holding regular family events in the coming months.

The farm’s India Narcisse-Elliot says there were more than 3,000 local visitors to the park on the Family Fun Day on Monday, Jan. 25, the National Heroes Day holiday. Prior to the event, the farm’s Tina Trumbach, noted the intent was to showcase the whole park to the local community.

“There is so much to experience here that many residents may still not know about. The Cayman Turtle Farm is the number-one land-based attraction with visitors to the Cayman Islands, and we want residents to see and experience all that we have to offer,” she said.

“It was basically all local residents, along with a few stay-over visitors, making for really an overwhelming attendance,” added Ms. Narcisse-Elliot.

The Turtle Farm’s Cayman Street was full of action, with artisans making crafts, rope making and top spinning demonstrations, along with snow cones and cotton candy for the kids.

Rosemay Ebanks was on hand making fritters.
Rosemay Ebanks was on hand making fritters.

Ms. Narcisse-Elliot says plans are for future events to be held on the last Saturday of every month, under the “Coming Home Family Style” theme.

She said that the events will be similar to the January family fun day, minus a few of the animal feeding demonstrations, which are generally not held on weekends.

“Other than that, expect a similar event, and we look forward to having everyone out on Saturday, Feb. 27,” said Ms. Narcisse-Elliot.

Discounted resident rates and free admission for kids under 4 provided access to the entire park, including the Turtle Twister waterslide, the wading pool and touch tanks, the

The water slide was a big draw at the event.
The water slide was a big draw at the event.

saltwater turtle snorkel lagoon, the Caribbean free-flight aviary, feeding shows at Predator Reef and Smiley’s Saltwater Lagoon, home to the farm’s 9-foot hybrid crocodile.

The Turtle Farm opened in 1968 as a commercial venture to domesticate green sea turtles, and has slowly grown into a major attraction.

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