Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-April 3, 2019

Our picks for the weekend's best family events.


Photo: Dole Plantation

Tour pineapple gardens and explore a giant maze this Saturday at Dole Plantation’s Family Fun Day.

Family Fun Day at Dole Plantation

General admission to Dole Plantation is always free. This Saturday, however, ticket prices are as low as 50 percent off for the World’s Largest Maze, Plantation Garden Tour and Pineapple Express Train. Central Oʻahu community groups also gather at this yearly event to play live music, host kid-friendly activities and sell foods including poke bowls, waffle dogs and ethnic plate lunches. Dress for hot weather. Wear sunscreen, shades and hats for protection. And cool off with a cup or cone of Dole Whip—the plantation’s signature dessert.

  • All ages
  • Free admission; buy-one-get-one-free tickets for Garden Tour and Pineapple Maze with regular prices ranging from $6 to $11; all tickets free for keiki ages 4 and younger.
  • Saturday, April 6. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dole Plantation, 65-1550 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawā
  • (808) 621-0166
  • doleplantation.com

See our tips for feeding the koi and riding the Pineapple Express train. Visit “Our Guide: Dole Plantation.”

YMCA Camp Erdman Family Day

Do your children want to shoot arrows and climb ropes? This Saturday, Camp Erdman is hosting a free day of outdoor activities on its 10-acre beachfront site in Waialua. Kids can climb the Alpine Tower, swing on a giant swing, lounge in the pool and play ball in the Gaga Pit. Participants must be at least 13 years old for the high ropes challenge. Wear sneakers and swimsuits for maximum fun and safety. Food is available for purchase. To attend, click on the link below to register one ticket per household.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, April 6. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • YMCA Camp Erdman. 69-385 Farrington Highway, Waialua
  • (808) 637-4615
  • ymcahonolulu.org

Community Tech Fair

You don’t have to be a techie to ace this event—everyone from keiki to kūpuna (elderly) can learn about healthcare, assistive living, photography and more. Got grandparents in your household? Encourage them to attend the “iPhone and iPad Basics” class from noon to 12:50 p.m. and the “Cyber Safety on Mobile Devices for Seniors” workshop from 1 to 1:50 p.m. Younger children might like face painting, drone flying and collectible-button making. For older kids, there is a Jurassic break-out room, and workshops in circuitry and digital music. If anyone in your family is hunched over electronic devices all day, the self-massage workshop using the MELT technique should help achy necks and hands. Parking is free. Accessible parking is in Lot E.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, April 6. Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Lama Library, Kapiʻolani Community College. 4303 Diamond Head Road
  • (808) 734-9352
  • bit.ly/kcctechfair

UH Institute of Astronomy Open House

Bottle-rocket launchers, portable planetariums and homemade sundials are some of the highlights at this event for little astronomers. Before you hit up all the booths, scan the flyer and map first to know which topics might interest your keiki. If your kiddos want their faces painted with rockets and stars, arrive early to dodge long lines. Parking is free across the street at Noelani Elementary School.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Sunday, April 7. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. 2680 Woodlawn Drive
  • (808) 956-8312
  • ifa.hawaii.edu

Want more tips for this star-studded science fair? Visit “We Tried It: UH Institute for Astronomy Open House.”

Baby Rhyme Time

This six-week series meets every Monday to promote bonding and fun between babies and their grownups. Lessons are 20 minutes each and just enough time for interactive rhymes, read-aloud stories and songfests. If your baby is game, stay after each session to meet other participants and build your network of parents, grandparents and caregivers.

  • Ages 0 to 23 months
  • Free
  • Monday, April 8. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; every Monday for six weeks through May 6.
  • Meeting room, ʻAiea Public Library. 99-374 Pohai Place, ʻAiea
  • (808) 483-7333
  • librarieshawaii.org