Kids, mums and dads, grannies and grandads all headed out to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park last Sunday for a great day filled with activities, music, food and fun. Put on by the Garden Club of Grand Cayman, the annual Family Fun Day is a fundraising event organised by the Garden Club to help raise money to finish the Children’s Garden, which is currently under development at the Botanic Park.
The Visitor’s Centre was alive with fun facts about bugs and other creatures to educate young minds, and in the Children’s Education Centre Building all the family were able to enjoy art work creating paintings of trees, design beautiful flower displays, and get creative with shells, all the while enjoying the cool breeze and shade of this lovely location. Experts were also on hand to show how to plait silver thatch, keeping the old traditions alive for youngsters to enjoy and master. Much fun was also had outdoors, where little ones could play for hours in a “sand” pit that was actually filled with multi-coloured rice, stack giant Jenga bricks, whack the rat as it popped out of a hole and take part in more creative and fun activities. Live music, a magic show, delicious food, drinks, treats and selected plants for sale all added to the enjoyment of the day.
The garden, when complete, will be a unique location where children can learn and play at the same time. It will be split into two sections, one for structured learning and one for learning through play. An observation tower will rise above the tree canopy and there will be a water feature including a fountain and a splash pad for water fun. The Garden Club of Cayman has sponsored a maze and a discovery pond will have a net that children can climb over as well as climbing boulders. Schools will have their own ‘grow zones’ where young people can see the fruits of their labours come to life.