1. Visit the Humane Society and give Cayman’s homeless cats and dogs some much needed attention. The pups are always eager for a good stroll and the kitties in the cat room are always happy to receive a cuddle or two!
2. Hike the Mastic Trail and look out for parrots, hermit crabs and birds along the 2.3 miles. Don’t forget to pack water and bug spray! Leaflets are available from the National Trust visitor centre. (Unsuitable for children under 10).
3. Grab a mask and snorkel and check out Cayman’s top snorkelling sites including Turtle Reef (West Bay), Cemetery Beach (SMB), Wreck of the Cali (GT), Morritt’s (East End) and Rum Point (Cayman Kai).
4. Story Time on Saturdays at both George Town and West Bay Public Libraries at 10.30am is free to drop in! Make it part of your family’s regular schedule by getting a library card and borrowing books while you are there!
5. Experience the thrill of hermit crab racing. Find hermit crabs (rainy season is best for this!), mark your competitor with a dab of paint, draw a big circle in the sand and place the crabs in the middle. First crab to the edge wins!
6. Visit the Duck Pond on Bel Air Drive where kids will be able to feed ducks, chickens and loads of hicatees (turtles). Try not to feed them bread or crackers as it’s not good for their tummies. Instead bring kernelled corn, peas or seeds.
7. Plan a family adventure to the Cayman Turtle Centre where kids can learn about these amazing and majestic creatures, hold them and swim with them too! Entrance for resident children aged five years and under is free and a seasonal pass is available for CI$50 for resident adults. A valid Cayman ID is required.
8. Practise your plane spotting at the Airport Park (the playground next to Foster’s). Aviation enthusiasts big and small will love watching the planes take off and land. Bring a blanket, lay down in the grass and make yourselves comfortable for the full effect of feeling the rumble of the engines and the wheels upon impact!
9. Lounge in the hammocks on the island at Camana Bay. Sometimes doing nothing is really, really fantastic. Encourage your kids to bring a book or two and spend some time just swinging away in the shade of the palms.
10. Watch the weigh-ins at fishing tournaments for a chance to see some truly impressively sized fish! Visit the Cayman Islands Angling Club’s website to learn of upcoming tournament dates and locations for weigh-ins.
11. Plan a beach clean-up with a couple of friends. Bring lots of trash bags and make a game of it. See who can collect the largest bag of trash for bragging rights to Seven Mile Beach Saviour of the Year!
12. Visit Pedro St. James and check out the 3D movie theatre, playground and explore the 18th Century Great House! Kids under 12 enjoy free entry.
13. Play some beach volleyball. You’ll find nets at Public Beach (SMB) where you can teach your kids to bump, set and spike their way to victory. Follow practice drills with some healthy family competition.
14. Practise rock climbing at Camana Bay. Be sure kids are wearing some sturdy runners with good grips and, with your supervision, they can practise their climbing skills on the rocks lining the Crescent by the fountains.
15. Take a trip to Starfish Point and count how many of these fascinating marine invertebrates you can spot amongst the shallow shores. Be sure not to remove these little guys from the water!
16. Visit each one of Cayman’s public parks. Make it a family affair to try each park on-Island from Dart Park to the Pedro St. James playground.
17. The Cayman Islands Museum offers free entry for residents on the first Saturday of each month. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Cayman’s history and stroll through the children’s gallery.
18. Plan a day trip out to East End. Stop along your way at the blow holes and watch your kids’ wonderment as the powerful sea water is blown into the air. Or head to Lover’s Wall for a walk along the rocks, and maybe a photo or two, stopping for a picnic lunch on your way back home!
19. Search for Poof of the Blue Dragon Find fifteen sculptures of the endangered Blue Iguana dotted around Grand Cayman. Pick up a Blue Dragon Trail map from The Discovery Centre in Camana Bay and visit them all. Make sure to take a picture with each one!
20. Enjoy free entry to the National Gallery and pick up a Family Guide filled with interactive activities such as scavenger hunts and games. Don’t forget to see the permanent collection upstairs.
21. Feed the tarpons at Rackams or The Wharf. No matter the age, kids and adults are sure to be impressed by the sheer size of these fish. With nightly feedings, show up, grab yourselves some grub, sit back and enjoy a truly entertaining show!
22. Climb the 75ft Observation Tower in Camana Bay and enjoy panoramic views of Grand Cayman. Check out the mosaic tiles which mimic the experience of scuba diving Little Cayman’s famous Bloody Bay Wall. Spot the horse-eye jacks, the spotted eagle ray and other marine life!
23. Head to Spotts Beach and see if you can find the sea turtles who come in to feed on the sea grass. The rock pools to the far right of the dock are also fun to explore when the tide is low; here you can search for whelks, crabs and tiny fish.
24. Plan a trip to the Flip Flop Tree. The next time one of your kids is left with a lonely flip flop, make an adventure out of taking the sandal to its final resting place, upon the tree. Consider writing their names on it or adding some distinguishing characteristic so they can spot it each time they drive past!
25. Visit local artist Gordon Solomon’s West End Studio for a truly incredible artistic experience! His studio is open Tuesday to Thursday 10am-3pm, and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 3pm-8pm. Visit www.gordonsolomon.com for more information.
26. Cool down in the fountains at Camana Bay. Both operate daily on the Crescent or outside Jasmine Court.
27. Catch a moonlit movies at Camana Bay. From June to August each Tuesday and on special occasions like Valentines, Halloween and the Christmas holidays, you can enjoy a free kid-friendly film under the stars on the Crescent!
28. Make sea almond boats. You know those trees with the red blooms that drop little seeds that look a lot like almonds? They are actually called Terminalia Catappa trees, and those little sea almonds can be made into some pretty amazing boats, complete with a Seagrape leaf for a sail. Let the races begin!
29. Baseball/Little League is free of charge. Children must bring their own glove, but the coaching, a uniform and all other items are included! Contact the Cayman Islands Little League Association at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
30. Have a blow-up floatie race using whatever inflatables you have kicking around and your arms as paddles. Set up a race and may the best and fastest paddler win!
Suggestions courtesy of Lindsay Thompson, owner of Fuse-In Designs.
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