Best of HONOLULU Family: Play

Photography by Karen DB Photography


Best New Place to Jump for Joy


Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Kids Hands-on Art Experience (6 and over)


Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Hidden Gem

Living Art Marine Center

Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Free and Priceless Family Activity (Indoor)

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

Editors’ Pick

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, .  


Best Free and Priceless Family Activity (Outdoor)

Oahu Urban Garden Center

Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Place to Groove with Your Kid

Ohana Music Together

Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Kids Hands-on Art Experience (5 and under)

Art Explorium

Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Rainy-Day Spot

Pearlridge Center

Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Way to Make Yoga Fun for the Whole Family

Stretch Your Imagination

Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Annual Pass

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii

Readers’ Pick

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,


Best Family Campground

Camp Erdman

Readers' Pick

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,


Best Farm-to-Table Experience

Kahuku Farms

Editors’ Pick

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,


Best Overnight, Sleep-Away Adventure

Bishop Museum

Editors' Pick

1525 Bernice St., Kalihi, 847-3511,


Best Playground

Aikahi Playground

Readers' Pick

281 Ilihau St., Kailua.

Best Amusement Center

Children's Discovery Center

Readers' Pick

111 Ohe St., Kakaako, 524-5437,


Best Kids Fitness/Playspace

My Gym Honolulu

Editors' Pick

820 West Hind Drive, Suite 1227, Aina Haina, 537-1900,


Best Site for a Family Picnic

Kapiolani Park

Readers' Pick

Diamond Head

Best Beach for Families

Ko Olina Beach Park

Readers' Pick



Best Place for a Family Bike Ride

Ala Moana Beach Park

Readers' Pick



Best Hiking Trail

Makapuu Point Lighthouse

Readers' Pick


Best Family Deal (Activity)

Honolulu Zoo

Readers' Pick

151 Kapahulu Ave., Diamond Head, 971-7171,


Best Family Resort Parents Love as Much as the Kids

Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club

Editors' Pick