Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-Dec. 12, 2018

Our picks for the weekend's best family events.

Photo: Make a Wish Hawai

It’s not too late to sign up for the 800-meter Keiki Sprint and 5K Jingle Rock Run happening this Sunday in downtown Honolulu and Kakaʻako.

Festival of Lights Boat Parade

On Saturday, dozens of brightly lit vessels will float through Hawaiʻi Kai’s marina in the annual Festival of Lights boat parade. Viewers can see the action from Koko Marina Center, Hawaiʻi Kai Shopping Center and Hawaiʻi Kai Towne Center. For outdoor seating and live music, head over to the Towne Center’s stage (next to Panda Express), where Uluwehi Young and slack-key guitarist Dayton Watanabe will perform at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively. The boats are scheduled to pass by the Towne Center around 6 p.m.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Dec. 15. 3 to 7 p.m. Parade starts at sundown.
  • Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center, 333 Keahole St.
  • (808) 396-0766

Keiki Makahiki Challenge

If your kids love getting muddy and obstacle courses, they might enjoy the Keiki Makahiki, an untimed 1.5-course with 10 obstacles. Modeled after the annual Makahiki Challenge for adults, this first-ever keiki version challenges kids to a mini mud slide and pit, tunnel crawl, rings, balance beam, short wall, tire steps, a pyramid and tangle. Kids are allowed to bypass obstacles that are too difficult for them. Heats begin every 30 minutes, starting with the 11- to 13-year-olds, and each child may be accompanied by one paying adult. To find the entrance to the Keiki Makahiki, drive one mile westward past the main gates of Kualoa Ranch. There will be flag markers and volunteers to direct vehicles on where to park.

  • Ages 5 to 13
  • $66 for same-day registration; $10 per accompanying adult; $5 per spectator; $10 cash-only parking.
  • Sunday, Dec. 16. 8 to 11 a.m.; gates open at 7 p.m.
  • Kualoa Ranch. 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe

SNOW ‘n’ Wild and Dive ‘n’ Movie

Slide down water tubes, play in real snow and watch a free outdoor movie by a wave pool this Saturday at Wet ‘n’ Wild. The park will offer discounted admission starting at 10:30 a.m. Starting at 6 p.m., all rides will shut down, and the park will reopen for free so that kids can play in the snow and take free photos with Santa. At 6:30 p.m., the park will show the movie, Small Foot, about a yeti who befriends humans. Food vendors will sell hot cocoa, Portuguese bean soup, Icee floats and peppermint fried ice cream.

  • All ages
  • Free at 6 p.m. Donate two loaves of Loveʻs Bakery bread and pay $25 admission per person from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Dec. 15. 10:30 a.m. for water park. 6 p.m. for movie and snow.
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaiʻi. 400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei
  • (808) 674-9283

Free Movie Night: Honolulu City Lights

Bring your little minions for a free showing of Despicable Me 3, starring yellow creatures, a super villain Dad and his daughters. The outdoor movie takes place on the lawn outside of Honolulu Hale, so bring low-back beach chairs, blankets, a picnic blanket large enough for your family and long-sleeved shirts or jackets to stay warm in case the temperature drops. Food and drinks are available from Jen’s Catering, Taste Tea, Yellow Ribbon Fries and Mel’s Concession—or you can bring food from home to save money. The next special event at Honolulu City Lights, which is free milk and cookies (while supplies last), is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, in front of Honolulu Hale. Santa will be at his post inside Honolulu Hale from 7 to 9 p.m., daily, through Christmas Eve, and the city lights and decor will be up through 11 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Dec. 15. 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds. 650 S. King St.

Jingle Rock Run

Lace up your running shoes, don your festive workout clothes and join other runners and walkers in the Jingle Rock Run. Not only is this a fitness-friendly way to view the Honolulu City Lights, but it also is a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Hawai’i, a nonprofit that grants wishes to seriously ill children. The 800-meter keiki sprint for ages 4 to 12 is first, followed by the 5K race at 6 p.m. Both races start on Hotel Street behind the Hawai’i State Capitol, but the 5K continues through the streets of Kaka’ako before returning. If you haven’t signed up yet, same-day registration starts at 3 p.m. near the starting line. That’s also when food trucks open and holiday festivities begin.

  • All ages
  • $35 for 5K adults; $25 5K for keiki sprinters and 5K children; free for children 3 and younger who are not in the keiki sprint; $40 for 5K pets and an accompanying adult.
  • Sunday, Dec. 16. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Hawaiʻi State Capitol. 415 S. Beretania
  • (808) 537-3118 ext. 134