Top Tip! It’s not too late to sign your child up for a fun half term camp. Check out Cayman Resident’s list of Cayman Half Term Camps.
Make Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday
Get the eggs, butter, sugar and lemon juice ready as Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 25th February. Traditionally a day of fun and feasting before lent, this is a great opportunity to get kids busy in the kitchen learning vital cooking skills and coming up with delicious fillings. Yum! Don’t forget to let the kids have a go at tossing the pancake!
Head to the Agricultural Show
Held on Ash Wednesday the Agricultural Show is a fantastic family day out which attracts over 10,000 people. Highlights include meeting the animals, pony rides, face painting and local craft demonstrations. There is also live music and entertainment, delicious local food to try and local produce and plants to buy. Top tip – get there early before it gets too hot and crowded. Gates open at 7am. Wednesday 26th February. Adults CI$10 and children CI$5.
Take Advantage of FREE Activities
Half term fun doesn’t need to break the bank, there are numerous opportunities for free fun in Cayman! From playing in the fountains and parks to viewing art exhibitions and learning about Cayman there is something to keep the kids entertained on a budget.
Visit the Cayman Turtle Centre
Swim with turtles and other colourful marine life in Turtle Lagoon, take a ride on the Turtle Twister waterslide and visit exotic birds in the Caribbean Aviary. The Turtle Centre also offers a nature trail, two lagoons, waterfalls and a Predator Reef tank where sharks and other marine predators live! Plus, you can meet the turtles, which range from tiny hatchlings to adults weighing over 500 pounds. There is a courtesy shuttle bus from SMB to the Cayman Turtle Centre. Don’t forget to ask about residents rates.
Make the most of Beach Time
February offers some of the best weather for playing on Cayman’s beaches with the kids. With cool temperatures and calm waters kids will have great fun splashing around in the water, snorkelling or playing ball on the beach. Half term is also a great opportunity to take advantage of Cayman Ferries’ water taxi up to Kaibo or Rum Point. Take a morning taxi and spend a few hours playing in the shallow waters of Cayman Kai before enjoying a delicious lunch at Kaibo or Rum Point.
Enjoy hours of entertainment at Oasis AquaPark which offers an obstacle course of fun with a trampoline, waterslides, ladders and more. Starfish Cay at the Ritz-Carlton is perfect for younger children with its shallow splash pool, gentle waterslides and fountains. Residents can buy guest passes.
Blue Iguana Safari and Picnic in the Botanic Park
Meet Grand Cayman’s famous “Blue Dragons” behind the scenes at the breeding facility at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. Tours are held at 10.30am and 11.30am Monday to Saturday and at 2pm Monday to Friday. A guide will explain how the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme was able to bring this endangered species back from the brink of extinction and they will introduce you to their star breeders. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and enjoy lunch in the stunning gardens.
Enjoy a Glass Bottomed Boat Tour
Kids will love seeing Cayman’s fish and coral life from the Seaworld Observatory without going too deep under the water. Guests simply descend into the observatory and sit in air-conditioned comfort five feet below the surface. Spot shipwrecks, stunning coral and hundreds of multi-coloured fish as a diver enters the water to feed the fish. There is no minimum age for this trip so even young ocean enthusiasts can enjoy Cayman’s underwater world.
Take the Mastic Trail Guided Tour
Be at one with nature and learn all about Cayman’s endemic flora and fauna and indigenous wildlife on a guided tour of the Mastic Trail. This tour is perfect for nature lovers aged eight and above who will get the chance to see Cayman Parrots, birds, butterflies, agouti and more. Guided tours are available every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8.30am.
Pedro St. James
Kids will love exploring Pedro St. James which is set in seven acres of gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Relive history at the 18th century Great House, explore the rooms and learn about its history of pirate raids, tragedy, triumph, and political reformation. Then let the children let off steam in the gardens and in the playground.
Check out the promotions on Explore Cayman for some great discounts on Cayman’s activities.
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