May is Child Month

More than 30 interactive and family-friendly events have been planned to celebrate Cayman’s children in May.

A church service at Church of God Chapel, Walkers Road, Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon officially kicks off Child Month.

Under the theme “Rise Up and A.F.F.I.R.M.” (Acknowledge, Friend, Favor, Influence, Respect and Motivate our children), Child Month activities are taking place at preschool centers, elementary schools, high schools and businesses throughout the islands.

On Tuesday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, all Brac primary schools and day care centers will host a Celebrity Reading Day. The event involves several well-known local residents visiting classrooms to promote literacy by reading popular children’s books.

Also on the Brac, a teen disco will take place at the Youth Development Centre in Creek on Saturday, May 5.

On Sunday, May 13, a church service with refreshments and games will be held at the Little Cayman Baptist Church at 1-3 p.m.

Other activities include a family fun day at the government pool in Stake Bay on Cayman Brac, Monday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a Movie and Game Night at Cayman Brac’s Aston Rutty Civic Centre from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 17.

“Snuggle up and read” sessions begin at George Town Primary on Wednesday, May 2, and continue at North Side Primary on Monday, May 7; Savannah Primary on Wednesday, May 9; East End Primary on Friday, May 11; Bodden Town Primary on Wednesday, May 23 and John A. Cumber Primary on Friday, May 25.

A Foster Care Recruitment Drive is being planned for Thursday, May 17, at the George Town Yacht Club from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Youth Conference is also being planned for Friday, May 18 at the Marriott hotel, West Bay Road.

A “Rise Up and a Celebrate our Children” Talent Expo takes place on Monday, May 21 at the old Glass House grounds on Grand Cayman from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The “Islandwide Dress for a Cause Day,” which assists the charity Feed Our Future, takes place on Friday, May 25.

The Child Month activities culminate on the Brac with a church service at Cross Roads United Church from 11 a.m. to noon.

For a full listing of Child Month events, call the Department of Children and Family Services at 949-0290 or visit the department’s Facebook page.