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Arts & crafts

The National Gallery runs a series of kids and family programmes encouraging children to get involved with art.

Held every Friday morning at 10:30am (during term time), the Walkers Club for Pre-schoolers & Mums is a great way for toddlers to start developing their artistic skills with fun activities like finger-painting and collage on offer. Expect kids to get messy and dress accordingly. Single drop-in sessions are free.

On Saturday mornings at 9am, there is a free Family Fun session for members only. Kids over two are invited to explore different media at this arts & crafts class. The class is limited to the size of the studio so is on a first come, first served basis.

For families visiting the Gallery with children, ask at the entrance for the Take A Look tour, which is a theme based printed guide to the National Collection, appropriate for children of all ages. You can also organise a guided tour by contacting the events team in advance. Tours can also incorporate arts activities.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.

Starfish Village (Camana Bay, tel: 640-7827)) runs Art at the Bay, for kids age 3-12, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:30pm-4:30pm.  Classes are $15 per child, pre-registration is recommended as spaces are limited.

Bowling

King Pin Bowling is available at King’s Sports Centre (Crewe Rd, Tel: 946-5464). With a maximum of 6 bowlers per lane, you can either reserve a lane ($50 per hour Tue-Thu, $60 per hour Fri-Sun) or pay per game ($10-12 per adult, $7 per child). Bowling shoes and socks must be worn.

Group discounts are available for children’s birthday parties.

Opening hours: Tues-Thurs 3pm-9pm, Fri 3pm-10pm, Sat 12 noon – 10pm, Sun 12 noon – 8pm. Closed Mondays. Please check the website as opening hours are subject to change.

Cinema

Hollywood Theaters at Camana Bay has six screens showing all the latest releases and is open from around 2pm until midnight.  Tickets can be booked online at Fandango which also lists show times and availability.  Tickets for children age 2-12 cost $7.50 and adults pay $9 for weekday matinee shows starting before 6pm.

Parents are reminded that on Saturday nights, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands runs a CineClub for Kids during school holidays.  Classic kids movies are shown in the Dart Auditorium every Tuesday at 2pm.  Suitable for kids age 3+, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Libraries

The Cayman Islands Public Library Service runs a library in every district of Grand Cayman. Open to all, it is free for children to join. Members can borrow up to 10 books for a period of three weeks (and can be renewed online). Your membership card can be used at any of the public libraries, although books must be returned from the branch they were borrowed from.

The library service also runs various programmes for kids including Cayman Reads, a monthly book recommendation for kids and teenagers.

George Town
68 Edward St, Tel: 949-5159
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm

West Bay
182 Rev Blackman Rd, Tel 969-7659
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm

Bodden Town
69 Bodden Town Rd, Tel: 947-0966
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm, Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm

East End
2739 Sea View Rd, Tel: 947-7729
Opening hours: Mon & Tue 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm, Wed & Thu 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, Fri closed, Sat 9am-1pm

North Side
891 North Side Rd, Tel: 947-9362
Opening hours: Mon & Thu 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, Tue & Wed 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm, Fri closed, Sat 9am-1pm.

Music

Musicians Ltd
Musicians Ltd (4 Dot Com Centre, Dorcy Drive Industrial Park, Tel: 525-6787) operate a music, drama and dance studio, offering group and private lessons to students of all ages and levels. Music lessons include tuition in a range of instruments ($25-35 per half hour), while the Broadway Stars and Musical Youth Theatre programmes are an introduction to the Performing Arts. Musicians.ky hold regular recitals and performances throughout the year, and organise performing arts camps in school holidays.

Mummy and Me classes for kids age 6 months to 3 years are held every Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Cayman Music School
The Cayman Music School (Market Street, Camana Bay, Tel: 938-3848) offers tuition for a range of instruments, including piano, guitar, violin and drums. On Saturday mornings, from 9am-9:45am there is a Music Time class for kids age 3-4, covering the basics in music. The class costs $270 per 12-week term (and can be pro-rated for those joining in the middle of a term). CMS also runs music camps during school holidays.

Kindermusik
Qualified Kindermusik teacher Jennifer LaForge teaches classes that introduce young children to music with instruments and home materials that include stories, activities and craft ideas. The Kindermusik programme has been specifically designed to enhance all areas of a child’s development – cognitive, fine and gross motor skills, language and literacy development. Mommy and Me classes are available as well as options for children who can attend independently. Classes take place at Casa Montessori on Crewe Rd. For more information and class schedules, email kindermusikwithjenniferky@gmail.com or call 327-8547.

Starfish Village
Sing-along with Miss Izzy Mondays and Thursdays at Starfish Village (tel: 640-7827)  Tiny Turtles at 9am is for tots age 0-2, while Playful Parrots at 10am is aimed at slightly older kids age 2-5.  $15 per class, pre-registration is recommended as space is limited.

Play centres

Starfish Village (Camana Bay, tel: 640-7827) is an “edutainment” centre with indoor and outdoor areas where kids can play, learn and discover.  Starfish Village offers supervised drop-offs ($25 per 2 hours), stay and play ($15 per 2 hours, $10 each additional sibling), mommy and me classes, art and music classes, after school programmes, holiday camps, and birthday parties.  Open 8am to 6pm (Mon-Thurs), 8am-9:30pm (Fri-Sat), closed Sunday (special events only).

Lil Monkeys (Bodden Place, Shedden Rd (above Little Darlings), tel: 949-2580) is an indoor playground and cafe for kids aged 6 months to 8 years.  It has a jungle gym, arcade games, toys and a separate soft area for toddlers – plus free coffee and wifi for parents.  $8 for one child for the first hour, discounts available for additional children and/or hours.  Birthday party packages are also available.  Open 9am to 8pm daily.

Bright Start Learning Centre
Located in Seven Mile Shops, Bright Start Learning Centre (West Bay Road, tel: 925-7624) is an activity and learning centre with a spacious indoor playground.  Available for drop-ins and drop-offs, staff will assist kids with learning activities and playtime fun.  On Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am & 2pm, they have a storytime with puppets, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am & 2pm there is a music jamboree.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday & Public Holidays 1pm-6pm.

Roller skating

Kings Sports Centre (Crewe Rd, tel: 946-5464) offers 1980s style skating every weekend, complete with music and disco lights. On Saturday, family skate time is from 4:30pm-7:30pm, followed by Teen Skating from 7:30pm-10pm. On Sunday afternoons, families can skate from 1-4pm.  $5 per person, plus $3 skate rental.

The skating rink is available for private parties, and there is also an Inline Learn to Skate programme for kids age 4-12.

Soft play areas

Motions Unlimited
Motions (Sparky’s Drive, tel: 749-8365) holds several toddler open play sessions throughout the week, when kids age 1-5 can make use of the gym’s facilities. A trampoline, bouncy castle, zip line and bouncy runway are part of the highlights for kids, while letting kids burn off some energy in a large air-conditioned space is a highlight for parents during summer months!

Toddler play sessions are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30am-12 noon, Fridays from 2:30pm-4pm and Saturdays from 8:45am to 10:15am. The cost is $15 per child, or $25 for two siblings – children enrolled in a class receive $5 discount.

For information on classes at Motions, please see the Gymnastics section on the Sports page.

Play groups

Little Explorers
Run by the National Trust, Little Explorers is held every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9am to 11am in the Clubhouse at Dart Family Park in South Sound.  The emphasis is on Cayman’s natural and cultural heritage, with music and art time as well.  It is also a great way to meet other mums with children of a similar age.  Open to tots aged 3 months to 3 years, each session costs $15 members, $10 non-members ($5 siblings).  You can register at www.littleexplorerscayman.com.

South Sound Community Centre
Every Monday morning, mums, dads, helpers/nannies are invited to bring their toddlers to what is probably the island’s largest playgroup. Held in the South Sound Community Centre, it is a chance for little ones (age 2 weeks to 4 years) to interact with kids their own age and play with different toys, and for the adults to socialize and meet new people. The wonderful volunteers who run the playgroup arrange coffee and snacks, there is a different craft activity every week and the morning ends with a sing-along accompanied by musical instruments for the toddlers to play. $7 per family. Open every Mondays, except Cayman Public Holidays from 9:30am-11:30am. For information, please email southsoundplaygroup@gmail.com.

Storytime

Camana Bay holds a kids storytime every Tuesday and Saturday morning.

The Tuesday morning readings (11am-11:30am) are geared at toddlers and are held in the cinema where picture books and animated songs are shown on the big screen.  Dr James, a local pediatrician, often joins Storytime to give parents tips on common child health issues and to answer your medical questions.

The Saturday morning readings (10:30am-11am) are held in-store at Books & Books attract a broader age range and are usually themed. Story time is in is followed by a related craft.