Find the most fun, thrilling and memory-making things to do together.
They’ll have your kids bouncing off the walls, literally! Imagine an indoor trampoline park with 360-degree all-trampoline jump areas (which prevent keiki from falling off edges). Slam dunk basketballs, play dodge ball and flip safely into a sea of foam. The fun is endless! 91-029 Malakole St., Kapolei, 380-4080, itrampolinehawaii.com.
Owner Bobby Asato is a master at keeping kids occupied, thanks to semimonthly keiki workshops that run the artistic gamut from manga drawing to blockprinting. His Ward Avenue shop caters to kids of all ages—little ones can go nuts for arts and crafts kits by Melissa & Doug and ALEX while (inner) big kids obsess over retro-chic Lomography cameras and graphic Bland tees designed by Asato himself. 250 Ward Ave., Suite 233, Kakaako, 597-8733, treehouse-shop.com.
Living Art Marine Center
You’d never know it was there, but, tucked away in a nondescript warehouse near the airport, you’ll find this hands-on, interactive marine center. Along with its regular educational tours, it also offers children’s workshops on art, crafts, photography and more. Reservations are required to visit. We tried it!
3239 Ualena St., near airport, 841-8080, livingartmarinecenter.com.
KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
This kids’ film festival is held every summer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The mix of full-length features and shorts is perfect for young attention spans, and offers choices for ages 3 to 7 and 8 and up. Films are unique, safe for all ages and, best of all, free. Kids love that they can all sprawl out on the floor together and enter to win door prizes. We tried it! Read blogger Ashley de Coligny family's experience.
UH Manoa Art Auditorium, 956-9883, summer.hawaii.edu/kidsfirst .
Oahu Urban Garden Center
With tunnels, colorful animal structures, a maze, kid-size houses and eight different themed areas to explore, the Children’s Garden at this horticultural center in Pearl City is an all-natural, educational playground. We tried it!
955 Kamehameha Highway, Pearl City, 453-6050, ctahr.hawaii.edu/ougc.
Ohana Music Together
Foster your child’s innate musicality. Parents and tots can wiggle and giggle as they make happy music together. The program is designed for babies up to age 5. 1210 Wilhelmina Rise, Unit #A, Kaimuki, 732-7464, ohanamt.com.
Imagine a large creative space with rotating art stations that encourage keiki to think. Exhibit A: Trash to Treasure activities designed around unwanted business supplies (Styrofoam birdhouses anyone?). The Kaimukī studio also boasts an impressive mosaic wall and reclaimed wood counter, both created by local artists. Kids are actually encouraged to scrawl over the walls, bathroom included! 1142 Koko Head Ave., Kaimukī, 312-4316, artexplorium.org.
Pearlridge is Hawaii’s largest enclosed shopping center, with recently added big-name stores such as Bath & Body Works, Sephora, T.J. Maxx and Victoria’s Secret. If shopping doesn’t do it for your kids, distract them with a ride on the state’s only monorail ($1 each way), a movie at the 16-plex, arcade games at Fun Factory or a romp through inflatables at 808 Bounce without ever stepping outside. 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea, 488-0981, pearlridgeonline.com.
Stretch Your Imagination
This nonprofit group holds monthly “Family Yoga” classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House. Parents, kids and even babies can join the fun, which might include meowing and mooing as you stretch into cat and cow poses. It currently holds youth yoga programs in seven Oahu schools, as well. 753-8501, stretchyourimagination.org.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii
Whether you want to relax (down the Lazy River), get pumped up (through the Tornado) or splash around (in the Wave Pool), Hawaii’s premier water amusement park is chock full of summer entertainment for the whole family. 400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, 674-9283, hawaii.mywetnwild.com.
Imagine a relaxing weekend under the stars with the ones you love. Jam packed with activities the whole family will enjoy, from swimming, archery and sports, to keiki club, a challenging ropes course, arts and crafts. 69-385 Farrington Highway, Waialua, 637-4615, camperdman.net.
Keiki will love the tractor-pulled wagon ride through leafy papaya and banana trees; you’ll love their growing appreciation for fresh, local produce. Seal the deal with a stop at the Farm Café, where mouthwatering sandwiches, salads and a focaccia-based pizza stuffed with farm-grown ingredients are ripe for the picking. Don’t forget dessert: creamy vanilla ice cream churned with fresh vanilla beans.
56-800 Kamehameha Highway, 628-0639, kahukufarms.com.
1525 Bernice St., Kalihi, 847-3511, bishopmuseum.org.
281 Ilihau St., Kailua.
Children's Discovery Center
111 Ohe St., Kakaako, 524-5437, discoverycenterhawaii.org.
My Gym Honolulu
820 West Hind Drive, Suite 1227, Aina Haina, 537-1900, mygym.com/honolulu.
Ko Olina Beach Park
Ala Moana Beach Park
Makapuu Point Lighthouse
151 Kapahulu Ave., Diamond Head, 971-7171, honoluluzoo.org.
Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club