HOORAY – it’s time for a long weekend! As many of you may know, this Monday 25th of January 2021 is National Heroes Day – an annual public holiday in the Cayman Islands. If you are looking for ways to keep you and your family occupied this weekend, look no further! We’ve put together a list of the most fun, exciting things you can do to make the most of your time out in the cool weekend breeze!
AVIS now offer MOKE rentals, which allows you to take a ride in snazzy retro vehicles designed in the 1950s! Take a tour around the island with the top down and enjoy the breeze. MOKE rides are suitable for kids aged 13 and up.
Residents can rent MOKEs for CI$97 a day – all inclusive! Visit AVIS for more information.
For a day of family fun check out the annual Botanic Park’s Family Fun Day on Sunday, 24th January 2021! Have fun with the whole family making crafts, playing games, watching live performances and more. There will also be raffle tickets, food, drinks, treats and selected plants on sale. All proceeds raised from this event will help fund the construction of the Children’s Garden.
Why not take a drive or boat ride to Kaibo beach this long weekend? Dine at Kaibo Restaurant & Beach Bar and enjoy local fish, salads and pizzas surrounded by coconut palms. On Saturday from 1pm-3pm enjoy live music on the beach from saxophonist Denys Carbo. If you are still looking for adventure then take a stroll down to Starfish Point to see the beautiful sea stars in their natural habitat. Please check directly with Cayman Ferries to see which crossings they are running this weekend.
Having a picnic is so much fun, and the prep can be fun too! Get the kids to help you make sandwiches and pack your picnic basket with all of their favourite snacks. There are so many great parks and playgrounds on Grand Cayman, perfect for a family outing and to burn off some energy! Check out our map of Cayman’s 17 Parks and Playgrounds.
The Cayman Parrot Sanctuary is an amazing nature preserve offering an interactive experience for the whole family! This long weekend, they will be open from Saturday, 23rd January to Monday, 25th January 2021 from 10am-5pm. Head over there to come face-to-face with some of Cayman’s most beautiful creatures, including Frangipani Worms (also known as the ‘rasta caterpillar’), Cayman parrots, goats, agoutis, snakes and more! Kids will also love the large slides and playground, as well as the many trucks and toys to play with.
Make it a perfect family day and head over to Tukka for brunch on the Sunday (from 11am-3.30pm), right across the street from the Sanctuary! Tukka will be open all weekend from Friday, 22nd January to Monday, 25th January, between 11am-8pm. Of course, if you don’t make it in time for brunch, their regular food menu is always available for lunch and dinner.
Join Tukka for their Sunday Brunch and receive a FREE drink!
Looking for something to do on Saturday the 23rd of January? Check out The Westin’s Saturday Movie Nights, a weekly event they put on for families to watch a movie in style. This Saturday at 6.30pm they are playing the children’s Pixar classic – The Incredibles – right on Seven Mile Beach! Entry is FREE. Tortuga Beach Grill & Bar is also open for dinner and drinks and they have a great kids menu. Secure your spot this weekend by emailing Reysiel.Tumali@westin-cayman.com or calling (345) 321 5513.
For an entertaining learning experience for the whole family, take a Blue Iguana Conservation Tour at the QEII Botanic Park, courtesy of the National Trust. Learn more about the endangered Blue Iguana while you walk through the beautiful trails, learning about different species of flora and fauna along the way. Tours are run very week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and slots can be booked between 10.30am and 2pm (depending on availability). Tours are 45 minutes long and cost CI$10 for children and CI$20 for adults.
The Cayman Turtle Centre in West Bay is a popular destination for families. Explore the exhibits and animal attractions, hand-feed birds at the aviary, watch the croc feeding, go for a swim in the pool, take a ride on the slide and MORE! Take a moment to recharge with some lunch at Schooner’s while you prepare your little ones to go snorkelling in the Turtle Lagoon, or peer at tarpon and barracuda through the underwater viewing panels.
Adult residents can enter the Turtle Centre for CI$15. Child residents 12 years and under can under for CI$10. Children two years old and under get in FREE!
Appreciate Cayman’s natural heritage and walk the 2.3 mile Mastic Trail! Experience an exploration into Cayman’s evolving undisturbed woodland while you watch Cayman parrots soar and trees sway away! It takes about 3 hours to walk the Mastic Trail and you can navigate the route yourself. If you would prefer to book a guided tour they are offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We suggest the Mastic Trail is suitable for kids aged 8 and up.
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When you have some down time to spend with the kiddos it’s a great opportunity to take them to the beach to make sand castles, relax, swim and snorkel. Don’t forget to pack snacks and sun cream, too! Head over to Governor’s Beach on Seven Mile if you are looking for a nice stretch with clear waters, or Colliers Public Beach in East End for a breezy, picturesque beach day. Several hotels on-Island also offer beach rentals.
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