Author: Ashley de Coligny

13 Costume Tips from the Crazy Halloween Lady

Photo: Ashley de Coligny Halloween is my JAM. What started as a minor obsession is now veering dangerously into Crazy Halloween Hoarder Lady territory and–spoiler alert–I. DON'T. CARE. I love it all: the candy, the parties, the décor, the haunted…

Our Guide: Free Story Times on O‘ahu

Photo: Ashley de Coligny The Cat in the Hat at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The store offers free story times every Saturday around 11 a.m.. sometimes with costumed character appearances. Editor's Note: Times were updated in March 2016. Parents, how…

Home Economics

Home Economics There may be nothing as overwhelming as organizing your family finances. With childcare costs, mortgages, credit-card debt, college tuition, savings, investments … it's hard to know where to begin. But gaining control of your fiscal future now is…

Our Guide: Train Rides on O‘ahu

Editor's Note: Prices and hours of operation were updated in March 2016.  Just like every other 2- to 4-year-old in the universe, my kids were obsessed with trains. And even though our house was littered with tiny little tank engines…

Parent to Parent: It’s Super Mom!

Photo: ThiNkstock Perhaps it was when I was rescuing my stuck kid from the McDonald's playscape, firefighter-style. Or maybe it was when I lifted the couch with superhuman strength to recover a lost binky. Or it could have been when…

Mini Golf on Oahu

Photo: Ashley de ColignyMy kids have discovered a new obsession: mini golf. Even though they're only 2 and 4 years old, ages when “technique” and “rules” are nonexistent, they understand the point and have a blast trying. If your kids…

Free For All

Feeding the ducks and fishing at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden are some of our favorite free activities. Photo: Ashley de colignyCan you believe November is here already here? To me, that means the holiday season is officially upon us, even though…

Pearlridge Center's Butterfly Conservatory

  Editor's Note: This article was first published in 2014. Dates, times and workshop information have been updated for 2016. Guess where we're going today,” I announced to my kids in my best unnecessarily-overly-dramatic-mom-voice. They looked up at me uncertainly.…

We Tried It: Sesame Street Live!

In my family, the Elmo-obsessed years have come and gone. There was an era when nothing but the little red guy would do: Elmo sheets, Elmo sippy cups, Elmo birthday parties. But now, my maturing 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son…

Life in the Loading Zone: Disco Kidz

Get your groove on! This artsy Chinatown loft hosts dance parties just for kids.  It was a rainy Sunday afternoon. It could have been a boring, stir-crazy day stuck in our house, but instead we discovered my kids' new favorite…

Charlotte's Web on Stage

If you've ever seen a performance by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY), you know it's much more than just a show; it's an experience. The up-close-and-personal drama, the music, the costumes, the laughs, the joy and excitement in the…

Tooling Around at Home Depot’s Kids’ Workshops

I normally dread the semi-monthly ritual of dragging our kids to Iwilei for errands in the big-box stores, just because it's only a matter of time before someone in the family is having a meltdown in the parking lot (sometimes,…

New Family Lounge at the Spalding House

Editor's Note: In 2019, Spalding House was closed to the public and the historic building went on the market.  If you are interested in visiting other museums, read Our Guides to Family Sunday at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Bishop…

School Lockdowns: A Parent's Perspective

Police search for the suspect at Ala Moana Beach Park Wednesday. Photo: Hawaii News Now By now we've all heard about yesterday's situation with the escaped murder suspect in downtown Honolulu. Thankfully, he was caught last night, and nobody was…

Take Tot Out To The Ballgame

Baseball season is back! Heading to Les Murakami Stadium to watch the UH Rainbows is one of my family's favorite pastimes. The ballpark is totally kid-friendly, and is never as loud, intense, or crowded as football games. Plus, it's affordable…

Creativity For The Win!

Artistic creativity. Kids are chock-full of it. Whether you've got an up-and-coming artist, photographer, or videographer in your family, here's their chance to show off their skills. There are a handful of fun art contests going on now, with opportunities…

We Tried It: Jumping in to Keiki Parkour

Photo: Ashley de Coligny I'll admit, I had to Google “parkour” before starting this blog post. When I heard about the new Keiki Parkour classes being held at Kapi‘olani Park, I was intrigued, but I wasn't familiar with the term.…

Keiki Art Workshops

Got a budding Picasso in your family? Get your kids in touch with their creative sides with one of these children's art workshops.Art ExploriumOpen for just a couple months now, this non-profit organization in Kaimuki holds open studio hours, so…

The Family Fun Gift Guide

This year, give the gift of more family time together. By giving an annual membership or season pass to your fam's favorite outings, you'll be providing opportunities for year-round fun. Here's a few I think would make great gifts for…

Family Fun: When Nature Calls

Parenting involves a lot of dirty work. You know, diaper explosions, toddler meal catastrophes, mucous suctioning, etc. The list goes on. Every once in a while there comes the chance to get your hands dirty, literally, that's actually enjoyable. And…