The Grand Cayman community of Camana Bay is hosting Grand Cayman’s second annual Children’s Book Festival on the weekend of November 28 and November 29.
Families interested in attending the festival, which will feature a line-up of international and local authors throughout a weekend of free literary events, have the option of booking special packages from Camana Bay’s partner hotels.
Hosted by Camana Bay in collaboration with Books & Books and the Cayman Islands Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the Children’s Book Festival will be headlined by Fancy Nancy series author and illustrator Jane O’Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser. During the festival, the duo will be reading from their new book Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, available in stores this November.
Also participating is Jacqueline Preiss Weitzmann, author of the You Can’t Take a Balloon Into. . . series. These books introduce children to well-known art and artifacts as the main character explores famous museums.
The festival kicks off on Saturday, November 28 at Camana Bay when Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser and Jacqueline Preiss Weitzmann will be joined by local authors for story readings at Books & Books.
Local traditions will also be in place throughout the festival. Drawing on Cayman’s rich cultural heritage of oral storytelling, traditional Caymanian “Gimistory” performers will tell folk tales passed down from generation to generation.
Children also can take part in a range of activities and crafts outdoors on The Paseo, the town’s pedestrian-only main street. A giant sandpit and games such as ‘Simon Says’ are designed to entertain young tots, while crown making, sidewalk chalking and balloon crafts are on offer for older kids. Drumming classes and traditional kite-making workshops will also be available for creative youngsters.
On Sunday, November 29, festival activities center on the Dart Family Park in George Town, the Grand Cayman town that is the capital of the Cayman Islands, where the Cystic Fibrosis Bedtime Story Fun Day will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser and Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman will be back with more readings from their books and there will be many prizes and hundreds of dollars of books to be won at the game stalls, which include Splat Attack and Bash the Rat.
An art competition to draw the next Cystic Fibrosis Trust Christmas card, face painting, a bouncy castle, puppet shows and a barbecue will be among the afternoon’s entertainments. As an additional draw, children are invited to wear their favorite pajamas to the event.
All proceeds from the side stalls situated throughout the festival will go directly to the Cayman Islands Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The Trust aims to raise awareness of the disease, aid sufferers in the Cayman Islands, provide testing for future parents and training for local doctors and promote research for a cure.
Packages available for families visiting Grand Cayman for the Camana Bay Children’s Book Festival include:
● The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman: Reconnect Package, starting at $349 per night. The package has no minimum booking requirements and includes a Thanksgiving dinner in any of the resort’s five restaurants, as well as a $100 daily resort credit. To book, call 1.800.542.8680;
● The Caribbean Club: Thanksgiving Seven Mile Beach Getaway, $1,620. The package includes three nights’ accommodation in a deluxe two-bedroom suite for up to two adults and two children under 15 years old; Thanksgiving dinner at Luca for two adults and two children under 15 years old; internet access; and all hotel taxes and service charges. To book, call 1.800.941.1126; and
● Sunshine Suites: Thanksgiving Sunshine Getaway, $638. This package includes three nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room for up to two adults and two children under 15 years old; Thanksgiving dinner for two adults & two children under 15 years old; daily continental breakfast; wireless internet access; and all hotel taxes and service charges. To book, call 1.877.786.1110.
As the premier destination on Grand Cayman for families, Camana Bay’s new $400 million waterfront Town Centre provides entertainment for all ages through a variety of shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and year-round music events. For a complete list of offerings, visit camanabay.com/town-whats-open.php.
To learn more about Camana Bay and Camana Bay’s Children’s Festival, visit www.camanabay.com.
Camana Bay is a mixed use master-planned community on 500 acres between Seven Mile Beach and the North Sound on the island of Grand Cayman. With shops, restaurants, offices, a six-screen cinema, and 60 apartments, Camana Bay’s $400 million Town Centre opened in December 2007 and was designed by Moore Ruble Yudell and Olin Partnership. Contemporary Caribbean architecture and indigenous landscaping provide a pedestrian-friendly environment for Cayman’s residents and visitors.