Author: Laura Dornbush

Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun-March 11, 2021

Photo: Boeing, Courtesy of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Above and Beyond at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum This is the final weekend to visit this Boeing exhibit which takes kids through the world of flying at various levels. "Above and…

Our Guide: Hosting a Socially Distant Cookie Swap

Photo: Laura Dornbush Christmas cookies are my favorite holiday tradition. I love reading recipes, stocking up on ingredients weeks in advance, baking them and sharing with neighbors, friends, and family. As my 4-year-old son, Duke, has gotten older, he has…

8 Local DIY Holiday Activity Kits

Photo: Courtesy Ice Cubed Hawai'i Make a Snowman Kit-Updated  Most of the highly-anticipated snow play days are canceled this year, but this kit gives our Hawai‘i keiki a chance to build their own Frosty with ‘real’ snow and then enjoy…

We Tried It: Show Aloha Land at Aloha Stadium

Photo: Laura Dornbush What: Show Aloha Land – A Holiday Wonderland Who: A 4-year-old boy and his grown-ups (who felt giddy like kids) When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. Where: Aloha Stadium parking lot Like many families, we were ready to…

Where and How Santa Claus is Coming to Town in Honolulu

The pandemic can’t stop the magic of the holidays including keiki’s cherished chats and memorable photos of angelic smiles (or terrified screams) with Kris Kringle. But, of course, everything is a little bit different this year, so expect to encounter…

7 Local DIY Kits and Activities for Halloween Fun at Home

With pumpkin patches closed and costume contests moving online this year, most of our fall festivities will be celebrated at home. So, once again, the pressure is on us parents to make this holiday frightfully fun for our keiki. But…

Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun-October 1, 2020

Photo: Karen DB Photography Explore Paths of Blooming Botanicals Perfect for an outdoor family adventure, Waimea Valley reopens Thursday for groups of five people or fewer. Take advantage of free admission for children between the ages of 4 and 12…

Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun-September 17, 2020

Photo: Courtesy of Camp PālehuaThe view from the hike at Camp Pālehua. Reserve a Hike O‘ahu’s ‘solo activity only’ restriction at parks, beaches and trails creates a snag for families looking for some fresh air. Camp Pālehua to the rescue!…

How to Get Your Child Started Bicycling in Honolulu

Photo: Hawaiʻi Bicycling League May is National Bike Month, traditionally filled with fun activities, such as Bike to School Day, but these unusual times have put almost all events on hold.  The good news is that during the stay-at-home order,…

26 Things to Do on Your Lānai in Hawai‘i

Photos: Laura DornbushUse those delivery boxes stacking up in your house for a kid-size mural. I don’t know about you, but I have been going a little crazy being cooped-up in my two-bedroom Kaka‘ako condo with my husband and our…

Your Weekend: The Best Family Events—July 9, 2020

Photo: Lavonne Leong Play at Pearlridge Whether you have a bouncing baby, pint-sized princess or rowdy pre-teen there are several activities for them at Pearlridge Center. Feed and snap selfies with live monarch butterflies at the Sharing the Butterfly Experience in Mauka…

Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-June 11, 2020

Photo: Keiki and PlowHave a playdate with a view at Keiki and Plow. Fly the coop this weekend and head out to wide open spaces to interact with adorable animals, breathe fresh air and get a little dirty. While we wait for…

What’s New In Honolulu for Summer 2020

PHOTO: Courtesy of Mermaid Republic PHOTO: Courtesy of Mermaid Republic Mermaid Lessons Swim, splash your tail and flip your hair like Ariel! This summer, Mermaid Republic offers classes for keiki ages 3 and up, where they will be fitted with a tail and learn mermaid…

Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-April 9, 2020

Photo: Laura DornbushAn Easter video e-card by JibJab, featuring author Laura Dornbush's hoppy family. Congratulations on making it through another stay-at-home week with your family. Though this Easter will be different, families still can attend (virtual) services and concerts, hunt for Easter eggs…

Our Guide: 24 Gyms on Oʻahu with Babysitting Services

Photo: Courtesy of FIT4MOM We’re three months into 2020 now, but have you kept your New Year’s resolutions to exercise and make time for yourself? We’ve found 24 locations across O‘ahu that offer babysitting while you work out. Whether you…