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Rainy Day Vacation Ideas In The Cayman Islands

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When the rains roll in – which inevitably it does from time to time – beach time is out.  But that needn’t curtail the family fun.  There are plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day in Cayman.  Here are a few suggestions:

Cayman Motor Museum

For kids and ‘kidults’ who are into cool cars and bikes, the Cayman Motor Museum is nirvana. Located in West Bay, the museum showcases local businessman Andreas Ugland’s private collection of rare, exotic and classic cars and motorbikes acquired from around the world. You can’t sit in or on them, but you can certainly admire the design and beautiful restoration work that has gone into ensuring each item is mint condition. The collection includes the original Batmobile from the 1960 TV series, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, a 1939 Mercedes 230S and a 1962 MG MGB Roadster to name a few.  Visit their website for hours and ticket information: www.caymanmotormuseum.com

National Museum

Housed in the oldest public building in Grand Cayman in the heart of George Town, the museum is small but well-presented, featuring a series of exhibits that highlight the natural and social history of the islands. There are lots of interactive features and audio-visual aids that will appeal to kids, in addition to a children’s gallery designed to aid learning through play. Artefacts, antiques and artwork all provide an interesting insight into what island life was like in centuries past.  Find out more at: www.museum.ky

Atlantis Submarine

Swimming and snorkelling may not appeal if the rain is coming down, but the Atlantis Submarine allows you to visit the underwater realm without even getting wet.  Submarine tours take place by day and at night, taking you to depths of up to 100 feet. Large viewing windows ensure you can easily observe the fish and corals in air-conditioned comfort and experienced guides will talk you through the creatures and formations you are seeing.

Passengers must be 4 years old or 3 feet tall to board the sub.  Discover the underwater world at: www.caymanislandssubmarines.com

Afternoon Tea

Treat the family to something special if the weather is not cooperating.  The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, serves a traditional, elegant afternoon tea in the Silver Palm Lounge each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The surroundings are genteel, the service impeccable and the food exquisite. Adults can choose from an extensive tea menu (each person receives their own pot) accompanied by finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, tarts and more.  Kids, meanwhile, can have hot chocolate, milk or lemonade, along with ham and cheddar triangles, fruit jellies, cakes and cookies.  Bring on the English charm at:  www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/GrandCayman/Dining/SilverPalm/Menu.htm

Camana Bay

Head over to Camana Bay on a grey day and you’ll find plenty of indoor options. There’s a cinema, lots of shops to browse, and a variety of cafes, juice bars and restaurants. On Saturday mornings the bookshop hosts Story and Craft Time for 4 to 7 year olds, which includes story-telling and creative activities. Camana Bay schedules a wide variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, so be sure to check www.camanabay.com/events-calendar/ for details.

National Gallery

Built in 2012, the National Gallery is a contemporary-style building which houses works of art by local and international artists, old and new. The ground floor exhibition space generally features temporary exhibitions, often showcasing the work of regional and international artists, while upstairs is dedicated to the work of Caymanian artists.

It’s a very family-oriented venue, so kids are sure to enjoy it. Family drop-in art classes are held on Saturday mornings and there are lots of fun worksheets for kids that can be downloaded from the website for youngsters to complete as they explore the gallery.

There is also plenty of space for young ones to let off steam in the sculpture gardens and finding their way through the labyrinth. An on-site café is stocked with snacks and beverages and there is a small gift shop on site.

Get creative at: www.nationalgallery.org.ky

Ten Pin Bowling & Roller Skating

A ten pin bowling alley is located at Kings Sports Centre, near Grand Harbour close to the airport. There are four lanes which will accommodate up to 24 bowlers.  Shoe rental is included in the fee, but remember to take your own socks. You may take your own snacks with you, but beverages must be purchased from the bar.

The sports centre also has an indoor skating rink, complete with music and disco lights. Family skating times are scheduled at weekends.  To find out more, visit: www.kingssportscentre.com