Out & About: 14 Things To Do in Hawai‘i This Spring 2020

Our picks of the best family events to put on your calendar this March, April and May.

March 13 (Start Date)
Tip A Cop

The Honolulu Police Department needs tips! To raise funds for Special Olympics Hawai‘i, off-duty police officers bus tables for a weekend at California Pizza Kitchen restaurants. Tips they receive—via written checks, plastic cards, piggy banks—help Special Olympics’ athletic programs for children and adults with disabilities. 

California Pizza Kitchen locations, all ages, Friday, March 13, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. (808) 943-8808, sohawaii.org

April 4
Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo-Canceled on March 13

Visit the Waikīkī Aquarium for free! Release fish into the sea, bring home native plants and view marine life up-close at the Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo, a program celebrating Hawai‘i’s natural beauty. 

Food will be sold at the event; bring refillable bottles to hydrate at free water stations. To park, find stalls next to the Honolulu Zoo, or park for free at Jefferson Elementary School and ride shuttles to the aquarium starting at 8:45 a.m. 

Waikīkī Aquarium, all ages, Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (808) 923-9741, waikikiaquarium.org

April 4
Camp Erdman Community Day   

Photo: Courtesy of YMCA Honolulu

Bring swim gear and sneakers to Waialua for a day of family fun. Once a year, Camp Erdman hosts free activities ranging from archery and rope climbing to easy hiking and pool swimming. Online registration is required. We tried it! Read our story here

All ages, Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (808) 531-9622, ymcahonolulu.org

April 11
Touch a Truck

Kapolei Commons, all ages, Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (808) 695-4334, kapoleicommons.com

Ke Kula Keiki Ali‘i The Royal School
Honolulu Theatre for Youth 

The Hawaiian kingdom is at the heart of this kid-friendly musical, performed in both Hawaiian and English. The action takes place at a downtown Honolulu school where children of ali‘i (Hawaiian royalty) were taught in the 1840s. Your kids can take backstage tours and acting lessons with the musical’s creative team at the youth workshop on April 25. We tried it! See our guide to HTY’s workshops here.

Ages 6 and up, Friday, April 17 to Saturday, May 9, various times, (808) 839-9885, bit.ly/hnl-tix-hty

April 18
Healthy Kids Day

“It’s fun to stay at the YMCA … It’s fun to stay at the YMCA.” Now that you’ve got that catchy tune in your head, turn “stay” to “play” and mark your calendars for Healthy Kids Day to promote healthy, fit families. On O‘ahu, six YMCA branches open their doors for free use of amenities. Heated swimming pools, anyone? 

YMCA branches in Kaimukī-Wai‘alae, Kalihi, Leeward, Mililani, Nu‘uanu and Windward, all ages, Saturday, April 18, various times, (808) 531-9622, ymcahonolulu.org

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. Get tips for raising eco-conscious kids here.

May 1 (Start Date)
Military and Teacher Appreciation

Mahalo to the fearless people who care for our keiki and country! Throughout May, Hawai‘i’s public school teachers and military members receive discounted admission to Wet ’n’ Wild Hawai‘i. The special rates apply to their families, too.

Wet ’n’ Wild Hawai‘i, all ages, Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 31, (808) 674-9283, wetnwildhawaii.com

May 29 
A Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Photo: Courtesy of Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum’s stuffed animal sleepover introduces little kids to the big-kid world of slumber parties. After a Friday night pajama party at the museum, keiki go home to sleep in their own beds. Their plush toys, however, stay at the museum. Families return the next morning to pick up the plushies and hear about their overnight adventures! Reservations required.

Bishop Museum, ages 2 to 8, Friday, May 29, 5 to 7 p.m. (808) 847-3511, bishopmuseum.org

Easter Sunday is April 12

Sync up with the bunny’s social calendar! Starting March 15, visit honolulufamily.com for egg-citing Easter programs for kids on O‘ahu. 

April 4
P.F. Chang’s Waikīkī Easter Bunny Brunch

Hop on over to P.F. Chang’s Waikīkī for an egg-cellent Easter celebration. Brunch includes: an all you can eat brunch buffet, meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny, cookie decorating and face painting. Limited seating available. Admission is free for kids ages 6 and younger.

Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (808) 628-6760, bit.ly/easter-bunny-brunch

April 4–5
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Video games before breakfast? Sure! Kids can play in the upstairs arcade, meet the Easter Bunny, and participate in a massive egg hunt inside this themed restaurant. Registration is required. Admission is free for kids younger than 2.

Dave & Buster’s, Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 8 to 10:30 a.m. (808) 589-2215, dnbhonolulu-breakfastwithbunny2020.eventbrite.com 

April 11
Easter Egg Hunt

More than 13,000 treat- and candy-filled eggs are hidden in the fields of a working ranch for this massive Easter egg hunt that begins at 10 a.m. Pony rides and tours of the ranch’s legacy forest are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring cash for paid activities and parking.

Gunstock Ranch, Saturday, April 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (808) 341-3995, gunstockranch.com

April 12
Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt

Enjoy a family-style brunch at the Pīkake Pavilion, featuring prime rib, pastries, breakfast items and other keiki favorites. Then send the children on an Easter egg hunt in the valley. Registration is required.

Waimea Valley, Sunday, April 12, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (808) 638-7766, waimeavalley.net

April 12
Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise

Do eggs roll around when hidden on a cruise ship? Star of Honolulu’s egg hunt for kids ages 3-11 includes live music and activities, treat-filled Easter baskets, Champagne for adults and a bountiful buffet. Arrive at the dock by 11:45 a.m. to board the Star

Aloha Tower Marketplace, Sunday, April 12, Noon to 2 p.m. (808) 983-7827, starofhonolulu.com

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