Fall Break Camp Guide 2019

Looking for fall break activities for your kids? Here are 8 popular day camps on Oʻahu.


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Congratulations! Your family has mastered its back-to-school routine. Now let’s think about fall break. For most schools on Oʻahu, fall break is from Monday, Oct. 7 to Friday, Oct. 11. If you don’t have plans for that week, here are eight popular day camps for keiki ages 4 to 12. Spaces are filling up fast, so sign up soon! 


Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiʻi Nature Center

Hawai‘i Nature Center
  • 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, 96822
  • 808-955-0100 x 126
  • hncinfo@hawaiinaturecenter.org
  • hawaiinaturecenter.org

What: “Heroes of Nature” camp at the Hawaiʻi Nature Center gives keiki the opportunity to meet real-life conservationists. The children go on hikes, explore nature and learn about plants, animals and the environment. Pack a water bottle, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and a change of clothes.

When: Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended care from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Ages: 6-11

Cost: $300 for members; $375 for non-members; $30 per day for extended care; $120 for daily extended care.

Registration deadline: Oct. 2


Photo: Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art School
  • Art School, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu, 96814
  • 808-532-8741
  • artschool@honolulumuseum.org
  • honolulumuseum.org

What: This week-long art camp at the Honolulu Museum of Art teaches drawing, painting, printmaking, fiber art, ceramics and more. Classes are student-centered and choice-based and include visits across the street to the art museum. Bring a daily lunch, water and snacks. There is no extended-day care.

When: Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Ages: “Exploring Art” ages 6-8 and 9-12; “Print Camp” ages 9-12; and “Animation Camp” ages 13-17

Cost: $390

Registration deadline: Register until full.


Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu Zoo
  • 151 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, 96815
  • 808-926-3191 x111
  • education@honzoosoc.org
  • honoluluzoo.org

What: “Conservation Keiki” is the theme of this year’s fall break camp at Honoulu Zoo. Campers are divided into age groups, ranging from 5 to 11. The kids visit animal exhibits, learn animal-themed lessons in the classrooms, go on walking tours of the zoo and play on the playground. Bring a daily lunch, snacks and water in a refillable container. 

When: Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Ages: Camp Menehune (5-6 years); Camp Imi Loa (7-8 years); and Camp Wildlife Koa (9-11 years).

Cost: $310 for members. $360 for non-members; $60 to $70 for one week of after-camp care; $50 for hot lunches for the whole week.

Registration deadline: Oct. 3.


Photo: Courtesy of Kroc Center Hawaiʻi

Kroc Center Hawai‘i
  • 91-3257 Kualaka‘i Parkway, ʻEwa Beach, 96706
  • 808-682-5505 
  • daycamp@kroccenterhawaii.org
  • kroccenterhawaii.org     

What: This week-long camp at the Kroc Center in ʻEwa Beach keeps keiki engaged with Bible adventures, arts and crafts, sports and more. All kids are automatically enrolled in the main day camp called, “Kroc Adventures.” For an additional fee, they also can participate in additional camp packages “Club Z! My Neighborhood Superheroes” and “Pokemon: Learn to Draw.” 

When: Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ages: Grades K-6. 

Cost: $175 for members; $190 for non-members; $55 per additional camp package.

Registration deadline: Register until full.


Photo: Courtesy of Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum

What: “Going Green” is a nature-themed day camp in Mānoa, where keiki conduct science experiments, create arts and crafts, and explore the arboretum’s plants and forest through hikes and gardening. The camp is limited to the first 20 children. Bring a small backpack, water, snacks, lunch, extra clothes, sun protection and beachwear (for field trip days).

When: Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. Camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; drop-off starts at 8 a.m. 

Ages: Grades K-6.

Cost: $250

Registration deadline: Oct. 2 


Photo: Courtesy of Rainbow Art School

Rainbow Art School 
  • Kāhala Elementray School. 4348 Waiʻalae Ave. #200, Honolulu, 96816
  • 808-497-5718
  • rainbowart808@gmail.com
  • rainbowartstudiohawaii.com

What: The theme of this Kāhala camp is “Toys and Art.” Keiki develop skills in drawing, pastels and acrylic coloring. At the end of the week, the kids bring home their own paintings on canvas. Bring a daily lunch, snacks and water.

When: Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. Camp is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended day care is from 3 to 5 p.m.  

Ages: Grades K-6.

Cost: $295; extended day care is $75 for the whole week. 

Registration deadline: Register until full.


Photo: Courtesy of Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaiʻi

Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaiʻi
  • 41-1032 Kalanianaʻole Highway, Waimānalo, 96795
  • 808-342-9036
  • dana@thhwaimanalo.org
  • thhwaimanalo.org/camps       

What: Located on a polo field in Waimānalo, Horse Camp is for riders of all levels, ages 8 to 15. New students learn the basics of riding and horsemanship. Intermediate riders practice their skills and learn some new ones. The keiki ride in the morning, and the afternoon is spent on horsemanship training or other activities. Bring a daily lunch, drinks and sunscreen. Wear long pants and covered shoes.

When: Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; drop-off begins at 8:15 a.m., and pick-up ends at 2:45 p.m.

Ages: 8-15

Cost: $350

Deadline: Register until full.


Photo: Courtesy of Art Explorium

Art Explorium

What: Art Explorium in Kaimukī offers “Open Studio” sessions on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. Keiki can walk in to any open studio without signing up. Online registration is required for “Kids Workshops,” however. Two workshops are scheduled during fall break: “Astronaut Adventures Galaxy Paintings Workshop” on Sunday, Oct. 6, for kids ages 5 and older. And “Needle Felted Pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns” on Saturday, Oct. 12, for keiki ages 7 and older. Both workshops are from 2:30 to 4 p.m. 

When: See website for workshops and open studio dates and hours.

Ages: Open Studio accepts all ages. Kids Workshops are age-based. See the website’s calendar for details.

Cost: $5 for Open Studio; $15 to $20 for Kids Workshops.

Deadline: Online registration closes when a workshop is full. Open studio is walk-in only.