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Cayman Islands Government

It's All about Children

May is Cayman's month to celebrate our children.

Child Month 2011 got off to an outstanding start with a packed church service at the High Rock New Testament Church in East End on Sunday, 1 May.

"Children are our most precious asset and the true beneficiaries of the actions we take today," Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing, the Hon. Mike Adam told the gathering.

Child Month activities showcase this year's theme Hands Across Time, which emphasises the importance of bridging the generations.

"We need such a bridge to instill in our children the fact that our dynamic progress is empty without our collective identity," Minister Adam noted. "It helps us understand what we should do all year, to ensure we remain a vibrant community that cherishes children."

Several programmes will celebrate children throughout May, especially on Saturdays, which are chockfull of activities, including family fun events in every district. Additionally, days are designated for family members to spend quality time with their children.

Major events include Art Trek, this Saturday (7 May) at the National Gallery and Kids Sing-along at Little Darlings Store, while the following Saturday (14 May) features a Nutritional Scavenger Hunt at Foster's Airport Supermarket.

In addition, the Discovery Day public holiday has three Child Month activities scheduled - a 5k walk/run and the North Side and East End Family Days. Then, on Saturday (21 May), adults can be empowered by attending a Parent Info Seminar, and the National Museum's ever-popular Look Ya will also focus on children at that time.

The grand finale on Saturday, 28 May, will feature a Youth Fest Talent Expo on Grand Cayman and Teen Disco on Cayman Brac and the Child Month curtain will descend as it rose - with a church service, but this time on the Brac.

"We've tried to ensure a calendar that has something for everyone," said Child Month Coordinator Cassandra Parchment. "Family time is one of the most important things you can give your children and though nowadays, many parents struggle with that, making the time remains a priority."

For a full schedule of Child Month activities including venues and times, visit www.gov.ky.

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For further information contact: Bina Mani