Keeping Kids Entertained in Hawaii
Bringing the whole fam on vacation to the beautiful islands of Hawaii? Great! You’ll have an awesome time seeing the sights and showing your kids the wonder of this tropical paradise. Lucky for you, there are plenty of things to do here for kids, so check it out!
Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center
In a state-of-the-art atmosphere, the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center in Honolulu provides a hands-on, interactive, participatory learning environment that will inspire and encourage your children. Great for all ages, your little ones will enjoy learning new things and discovering new sights and sounds using all the senses. From Tot Spot and Fantastic You to Hawaiian Rainbows and Rainforest Adventures, this place has lots of fun exhibits sure to please young and old.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
On the Big Island, don’t miss ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to celebrate the world of astronomy and Hawaii’s tradition of star navigation perfect for kids and adults alike. Enjoy awe-inspiring planetarium shows, Friday night rock shows, and exhibits such as Science on a Sphere, Awesome Light Trilogy, Origins and Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky. Check this place out when you need a respite from the sun or rain, to enjoy all the advances of science and culture through diverse exhibits, programs and events.
Mauna Kea Volcano
You can’t miss this drive to the Visitor Center jutting 9,200 feet up or the Observatory at 13,000 (this one is best for those 16 and older). Go on an adventure with the family to explore this geographic wonder. If you go at night, take advantage of the free guided stargazing program at the Visitor Center high above the clouds. This truly awe-inspiring experience will humble even the most sullen pre-teen.
Located next to beautiful Hilo Bay, Liliuokalani Gardens is the perfect spot for a family picnic, serene walks, bike rides, roller skating and more. Hop the bridge that connects you with Coconut Island for stress-free swimming in calm waters.
Shops at Mauna Lai
Hit the shops at Mauna Lai when you need to pick up some souvenirs, grab something to eat or unwind with some entertainment. You’ll find an impressive 4D theater here where you can take in the latest movie, ride the glass-bottom boat at Kailua-Kona, or check out what the biologists have to say at the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm as part of their Magical Seahorse Tours. Your kids will delight in holding and even feeding seahorses. In Hilo, check out Prince Kuhio Plaza for a bounce house where the little ones can work off that sugar high.
Maui Treasure Hunt
Kids are naturally curious, so satisfy that unending curiosity with a Maui Treasure Hunt. This fun family-friendly activity includes hiking, swimming in a private lagoon, and searching for loot with a special treasure map. Best part of all, it gets the whole family in on the action as you all search for treasure during this three-hour program for kids five years old and up. You start in Kahului at 8:45am, with the program running from 9am-1pm. You get a backpack, snacks and bottled water, and you’ll be hiking along a two-mile path ideal for any skill level. Don’t forget the sunscreen, bug spray, swimsuits, and sport sandals. You WILL get dirty and wet!
One great way to experience the beauty of Oahu is through the Oahu Eco-Adventure Tour organized through Hoku Hawaii Tours, featuring experienced guides, waterfalls, lunch and scenic hikes.
Have a ball with the kids in Hawaii by visiting these must-see places.