Events for Kids in April 2023 on O‘ahu
Celebrate Earth month, check out a variety of local markets and watch a kid-friendly collection of short animated films from around the world at Honolulu Museum of Art.
A side from our guide to the perfect weekend on O‘ahu and 2023 Family Easter Events in Hawai‘i, here’s the scoop on some upcoming noteworthy kid-friendly events and happenings this April on O‘ahu. Save the dates!
Music for Kids with Molly Whuppie at Keiki & Plow
Monday, April 10, 17 and 24, and May 1, 9 to 11 a.m.
Keiki can enjoy live entertainment by Molly Whuppie. Think gentle, familiar songs, primarily from the folk music tradition. Afterwards, they can delight in free play around the farm. Tickets are per person, and include four sessions of music circle and free play. It’s not a drop-off program, so a supervising adult and each keiki attending the class will need to purchase a ticket.
$100 for four sessions, 587 Pakala St., Honolulu, keiki-and-plow.square.site/family-workshops, @keikiandplow
Plastic Free Hawai‘i Art Show
Thursday, April 13 to Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Check out Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation’s Plastic Free Hawai‘i showcase of all of the participating murals from 13 schools across Oʻahu. KHF’s Plastic Free Hawai‘i seeks to minimize single-use plastics on our islands by educating and empowering schools, businesses and community members across the state. On April 15th, environmental nonprofit organizations will be hosting engaging booths with make-and-take activities. Make sure to RSVP to help them plan for the event.
Free, Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation ‘Āina Farm Stand, 66-249 Kamehameha Highway, kokuahawaiifoundation.org, @kokuahawaiifoundation
Sun Farm Hawai‘i Tour Experience
Ongoing, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m.
Keiki age five and up, as well as adults can pick some fruits and flowers, learn more about when to harvest and how to incorporate them into your daily diets. Admire the rows of organic veggies and herbs, and swing by the chicken coop on your way to our aquaponics area. The tour lasts about two hours and includes a fresh and delicious farm-to-table meal at the end.
$20 for ages 5 to 12, $40 for ages 13 to 18, $60 for ages 18 and up, 509 Pakala St., Honolulu, sunfarmhawaii.com, @sunfarmhawaii
Ongoing, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m.
With the theme ’70s Sensation, this year’s fair is sure to be a colorful delight for the whole family. Make sure you bring cash to buy scrips so you can enjoy the family-friendly rides, games and grinds, all while supporting ‘Iolani’s travel programs, performing arts and science teams.
Free admission, ‘Iolani School, 563 Kamoku St.,Honolulu, iolanifair.org, @iolani_school
SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to the ‘Iolani Fair 2023
Mālama ‘Āina Community Cleanup
Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Our Kaka‘ako, Waterfront Plaza, Surfrider Foundation, and Bottles4College are hosting Mālama ‘Āina Community Cleanup. In honor of Earth month, keiki and adults can enjoy a morning of fresh air, sunshine and doing good in our neighborhood!
Free, Our Kaka‘ako’s nine-block ma uka neighborhood, The Barn at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako and Mother Waldron Park, Honolulu, ourkakaako.com, @ourkakaako
Sea Life Park x 808 Cleanups Beach Cleanup
Sunday, April 23, 8 to 10 a.m.
In honor of Earth Day 2023, join in on a beach cleanup conducted directly across from Sea Life Park along beautiful Kaupō Beach. The first 100 participants will be eligible to enjoy free admission to Sea Life Park Hawai‘i for the remainder of the day (until 4 p.m.), and engage with the park’s many presentations and programs promoting marine conservation and education. Participants can RSVP for the cleanup and complete an online waiver here.
Kaupō Beach (aka baby Maks), Waimānalo, 808cleanups.org, @808cleanups
First Friday at Hawai‘i State Art Museum
Friday, April 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Peruse the Lēʻahi Gallery and enjoy live performances by Piko Dance Arts and Nicholas Kaleikini (grandson of the late legendary Danny Kaleikini) and the Melodies of Old Hawaiʻi in the outdoor Sculpture Garden. Food vendors will be there, too. The event is free and all ages are welcome.
250 S. Hotel St., Honolulu, hisam.hawaii.gov, @hawaiistateartmuseum
Bloom! Garden & Art Festival
Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Whether you have more plant babies than pots or you’re looking for some new blooms to join your jungle, you and your keiki celebrate Hawai‘i’s bounty at this two-day event. The event spans Ward Village’s East Village Shops and Ward Centre, where you can shop local nurseries, peruse pottery, and score handmade items and packaged goods. There will also be various plant displays and free workshops.
1142 Auahi St., wardvillage.com, @honolulumakersmarket
Mom Made Market
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Score finds from 30-plus local mom-run brands, including Izzy and Luke, Komakai Jewelry, Short Stack Hawai‘i, Pawniolo Pets and more! Expect live music and fun extras. Plus, Kāhala Mall merchants will be having a sidewalk sale, too.
Kāhala Mall, themommademarket.com/mmm-hawaii, @themommademarkethawaii
Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo
Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Head to the Waikīkī Aquarium for the 16th Annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. This free, family-friendly event is presented by the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Facility Maintenance, the Hawai’i State Department of Health Clean Water Branch, and the Waikīkī Aquarium, and promotes the importance of keeping Hawai‘i clean and free of pollution. There will be live entertainment, native plant giveaways and activities including hands-on learning, arts & crafts, and educational exhibits that showcase ways to protect and preserve Hawai’i’s environment.
Free, 2777 Kalākaua Ave., waikikiaquarium.org, @WaikikiAquarium
CAFF for Kids Springfest at HoMA
Sunday, April 16, 2 p.m.
Delight in a fun, kid-friendly collection of short animated films from around the world. Keiki are sure to laugh, smile, dance and sing. Seats are first-come, first-served during April’s Family Sunday festivities. View the full lineup here.
Free, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania St., honolulumuseum.org, @honolulumuseum
Touch-A-Truck Day + Cars Dive ’n’ Movie Matinee Wet ’n’ Wild Hawai‘i
Saturday, April 29
Before heading into the waterpark, keiki can explore different service vehicles that help build and work within Hawai‘i’s community! Vehicles will be on display in a special area of the park’s parking lot from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first 200 kids to enter the park before 11:30 a.m. (or while supplies last) will receive a free mini toy truck. To add to the fun, they can watch “Cars’’ (PG) at Hawaiian Waters Wave Pool at noon.
400 Farrington Highway, wetnwildhawaii.com, @wetnwildhawaii
‘Ohana Yoga with Three Little Ducks Hawai‘i
Wednesday, April 26, 5:45 p.m.
Keiki can move and groove and connect with their ‘ohana at this inclusive yoga class led by Dr. Suma Metla, a pediatric physical therapist, registered yoga teacher and the owner of Three Little Ducks Hawai‘i. Her ‘Ohana Yoga classes are open to kids ages 3 to 10. Before class, the whole family can enjoy the weekly Makana Market (think delicious locally made treats, prepared food, and unique handcrafted merchandise).
Free, 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway., Kapolei, kamakanaalii.com, @kamakanaalii
SEE ALSO: 3 Awesome ‘Ohana and Keiki Yoga Classes on O‘ahu
Earth Day Clean Up Festival With Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i
April 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual SCH Earth Day Cleanup Festival is back and bigger than ever. Help them reach the goal of getting 2,000 volunteers to participate, marking the biggest cleanup event in state history. There will also be live music, workshops and free food. Everyone from keiki to kāpuna can be a part of this milestone day and clean the beach, learn from one another and have fun.
Register here, Waimānalo Beach Park, sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org
Keiki Krafts at City Mill
Saturday, April 15, 30-minute time slots from 10 a.m. to noon
HONOLULU Family is thrilled to be teaming up with City Mill every month for Keiki Krafts—a time dedicated to creative do-it-yourself crafts. This month we’ll be up-cycling remnant wood pieces to create silly scrap wood creatures. These workshops do max out, so click the link to secure your spot.
City Mill ‘Ewa Beach, 91-1061 Keaunui Dr., hnltix.com
Paniolo Play Day at Nalo Keiki Paniolo
Friday, April 21, 3 to 5 p.m.
Spend this and every third Friday of the month at Da Zoo! Nalo Keiki Paniolo holds play days so keiki can hang out out with Mr. Pickles the pig, feed the mini goats, baby doll sheep, alpaca and more. There’s even pony rides for $5!
$15, ages 2 and under are free, 41-632 Mokulama St., Waimanālo, nalokeikipaniolo.com, @nalo.keiki.paniolo
SEE ALSO: Outdoorsy Birthday Party Ideas on O‘ahu
Ko‘olau Night Market
Friday, April 14, 3 to 9 p.m.
Get some retail therapy and ‘ono grinds at the Ko‘olau Night Market presented by Island Craft Fairs. The indoor-outdoor event once a month at Windward Mall allows you to shop in the comfort of Center Court with retail and prepackaged snacks from small businesses. Venture outdoors to find dessert, dinner and snacks. Plus, expect giveaways all evening long.
46-056 Kamehameha Highway, windwardmall.com, @windwardmall
Free Concerts at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako
Thursday, April 27, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
SALT at Our Kaka‘ako and the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra (HSO) invite keiki of all ages to enjoy a free presentation of “Peter and the Wolf” at The Barn. The performances are part of the symphony’s 2023 Keiki Concert Series. There will be two early evening shows lasting about 40 minutes each. You can even go a little earlier and enjoy animal mask-making keiki crafts hosted by HSO, while supplies last.
691 Auahi Street, saltatkakaako.com, @saltourkakaako
‘Ohana Volunteer Day at Waimea Valley
Saturday, April 29, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
ʻOhana Volunteer Days are held one or two times a month. They’re for everyone from keiki to kāpuna, though the events are especially great for families with younger kids to give them the opportunity to get involved, give back and learn. Kids and parents will weed, plant and work on the native Hawaiian plants in the botanical gardens and Hawaiian cultural sites. After working, you are free to spend the day in the valley. Email email@example.com to reserve a space or inquire about upcoming volunteer days.
59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa, waimeavalley.net, @waimeavalleyoahu
Lei Making Art Day with Nadia Fairlamb
Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Adults and keiki 5 years and older can paint their own paper flowers, learn how to string into a lei, and create lei out of found objects on the farm. All materials and supplies are provided. The class is taught by artist, art teacher, and art therapy teacher Nadia Fairlamb.
$20, 41-724 Kumuhau, Waimanālo, nadiafairlambart.com, @nadiafairlambart