Family Fun Activities in Honolulu

From singing princesses to swash-buckling knights, graceful ballerinas and realistic dinosaurs, celebrate festive holiday happenings for the entire family during the months of November and December.

Hot! Opera Express! Presents the Curse of Lou-Ling

Ages 5 to 14

This kid-friendly opera tells the tale of a curse that threatens the happiness of a Chinese princess and how a mysterious prince is able to restore joy to the city and win the heart of the princess. Hawaii Theatre, Nov. 7, 10 a.m., and Nov. 8, 9:15 a.m.,

Medieval Photo: Alan Solidum Photography

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday Swords and Thrones

All Ages

Little knights and princesses can participate in magical medieval festivities organized by the Society for Creative Anachronism. Watch knights battle it out and other cool demonstrations, play games and create amazing medieval crafts. Entry is free, Honolulu Museum of Art, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ballet Hawaii Presents The Nutcracker

Ages 3 and over

Beautiful sets and lavish costumes, accompanied by the captivating music of Tchaikovsky, set the stage for this annual holiday classic. Also starring guest artists from the greatest ballet companies around.  Blaisdell Concert Hall, Nov. 9, 8 p.m., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 11, 2 p.m.,

Ballet Photo: Joe Marquez, the Smoking Camera.

Keiki Kalikimaka Parade

All Ages

East Honolulu’s anticipated annual parade kicks off the holiday season with Santa Claus and a host of community friends. Follow the fun to Koko Marina Center. Bring a new and unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or make a cash donation and enjoy all the activities for free. Free keiki photos with Santa. Lunalilo Home Rd. to Koko Marina Center, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.,

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice

Ages 3 to 10

In this interactive exhibit, keiki will encounter realistic, fully touchable dinosaurs. Kids can unearth fossils and identify them, see a smoldering volcano, do dinosaur puzzles, and experience an “icy” slide and a prehistoric cave. Kamaaina and military, $8, children under 1 are free, Children’s Discovery Center, Nov. 1 through Dec. 16, Tuesday through Fri., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Diamond Head Theatre Presents: Annie

Ages 3 and over

Fiery young Annie lives in a miserable orphanage. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes when she meets Oliver Warbucks. Musical numbers include “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life.” Dec. 7 through 23,

Santa Photo: Outrigger Reef Hotel.

Breakfast with Santa

All Ages

Keiki will enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa. They can whisper Christmas wishes in his ear and take a photo with him. Other activities include balloon art and face painting. Reservations required.  Outrigger Reef Waikiki, Dec. 18, 19, 8 to 10 a.m., 924-4993.

New Year's at Noon

All Ages

Keiki will count down to 2013, complete with a balloon drop, apple-juice toast and a kid-friendly celebration complete with party hats and noisemakers. Kamaaina and military, $8, children under 1 are free,  Children’s Discovery Center, Dec. 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Photo: Children’s Discovery Center. 


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