As a Jamaican, there is one universal assignment that every primary level student receives when s/he returns to school from summer break. The one thing a teacher is looking forward to when time comes for the Language Arts class. Yup, you guessed it – Write an essay about what you did this summer.
Do you remember that essay? I sometimes embellished mine just a little to make it more interesting – a dash of an adventure here, a foiled trip there, just anything to enhance the story. And I guess it worked too, because I always scored well on that assignment.
Today in our Summer Time Series, we’ll explore some kid-friendly attractions and hot spots parents can take the children this summer so they can give true stories when writing their essays. These locations are loads of fun and will guarantee a great setting for your child’s essay.
1. Dunn’s River Falls and Park
A signature attraction in the fabric of the Jamaican tourism sector, this attraction has numerous activities that will cause you and your family to explore and enjoy the island. The company recently opened its kiddies park, which is tremendously fun and exciting for the little ones.
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2. Hope Zoo & Gardens
Introduce your children to the animals at the Zoo! This interaction will certainly intrigue young children. Enjoy a calming afternoon in Hope Gardens after your tour.
Photo credit: Jamaica National Heritage Trust
3. Kool Runnings Adventure Park
Water, sun and a whole lot of fun. What more can a child ask for? With numerous slides and rides, this location is bound to keep your little one occupied and will create lasting memories together.
Photo credit: Kool Runnings
4. Devon House
Up for something sweet? Take your child to the world-famous Devon House. With lush grounds outfitted with a kiddies play area, there will be additional sweetness to enjoy apart from ice cream. They also have other little stores and stands on ground to make for an even more enjoyable experience. You may also expose them to history while you’re at it, and tour the beautiful great house of the property.
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5. Dolphin Cove
Swim the dolphins or enjoy an interesting show of their talents at Dolphin Cove. You can also take a walk on their jungle trail and see exotic birds and other wildlife.
Photo credit: Jamaica Observer
6. Konoko Falls
A blend of history and the sheer beauty of nature, this attraction will both entertain and educate your child about our country’s origins. Its surreal environment is a relaxing space for all.
Photo credit: Konoko Falls
It is always a fun time when you go to the beach. Take the kids out to enjoy the waves, soak up the sun, and build castles in the sand.
Photo credit: Loop Jamaica
8. Green Grotto Cave
If your little one is a fan of geology and geography, this is the ideal place to visit. The insightful tour will cause you and your family to develop a greater appreciation for Jamaica’s topography.
Photo credit: Green Grotto
9. River flex
Jamaica has several rivers that provide a picturesque escape for children and families. It is also very diverse – you can raft, tube, swim, just about anything at Jamaica’s beautiful rivers.
Photo credit: Cranbrook
Take a family vacation! After Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
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Let’s help our children create unforgettable memories this summer and write interesting stories come September. Tell us in the comments what your most memorable summer experience was. What did you write in your essays?