mother and daughter walk along embankment

Quality time on Bonaire, Statia and Saba


It is getting more challenging for parents and children to spend real quality time together. More and more time is spent on work, school, daycare, afternoon school and other daily activities and necessities. Nevertheless, making time for each other is not only fun but also important for the development of the child.  

Development of the child

Children have the opportunity to develop their creativity during play. They learn how to play together, build on their resilience and independence and of course they are physically active. All forms of play contribute to the development of the child. Spending time together and enjoying moments can lead to more confidence and enables children to develop their talents.  


We visited different families on the three islands, to get inspired and provide ideas for parents and caregivers. How do these families spend their time together? What do they enjoy doing? With these ideas we have started a inspiration campaign.  

World day of play poster mother and daughter play cardgame

On May 28th, the International Day of Play, the importance of playing is highlighted. For this day we have encouraged parents, schools, sport clubs and churches to organize fun activities for children. How do they enjoy playing together? Check our posts on our social media channel

Storytelling and videos

Together with parent, caregivers and children we explored what quality time means to them. Examples of how families enjoy their quality time together is captured in a series of videos. The videos from Saba, Statia and Bonaire are shared on our Facebookpage, on our facebookpage  where we also post tips and activities.

Interactive theatertour

When do parents get the opportunity to show their talents?! Together with Archell Thomspon, professional storyteller, an interactive theater show will be organized whereby children together with their parents/caregivers will play the main lead. This is a great chance for parents/caregivers and their children to experience this unique opportunity together. 

Quality time can be found in the smallest things. Sometimes we overthink it. Quality time can be as easy as camping in the backyard. Back to basics! A tent, a book, a deck of cards and hot dogs. What more do you need...


The campaign is developed together with parents and professionals of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba in English, Dutch and Papiamentu.  

The campaign is a collaboration between UNICEF the Netherlands and the Public Entities of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba and is part of UNICEF's BES program which is made possible by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relation.

Read more about our work in the Dutch Caribbean.


UNICEF is helping parents give children the best start in life. For more information, advice, facts and guidance on parenting from the experts of UNICEF visit our international website.