Your Weekend: The Best Family Events–Dec. 12, 2019

Our picks for the weekend’s best family events.

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Polo Club

Bring a toy to donate at the Winter Wahine Invitational Sunday.

Winter Wahine Invitational at the Hawai‘i Polo Club

Spend a day in the country watching wahine race on the polo field. The annual Winter Wahine Invitational is also a fundraiser for Operation Toybox. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a discount off the ticket price. Arrive early if you want to jump into the water before the horses take to the field and bring your own food or buy a plate from Flyin‘ ‘Ahi. We tried it! Click here to read our five tips for a trip to the North Shore polo fields

  • All ages
  • Tickets start at $18 and go up to $350 for a VIP Club House Table.
  • Saturday, Dec. 14. Gates open at 11 a.m. Games start at 2 p.m.
  • Hawai‘i Polo Club, 68-411 Farrington Highway, Waialua
  • (808) 220-5153 
Jingle Rock Fun Run

The run is just part of it. The annual fundraiser for Make-a-Wish Hawai‘i includes keiki activities, a fun run and food trucks. Come in costume or your best holiday decorations and arrive early. The kids will want some time to visit the booths and play games before their sprint begins at 5:15 p.m.  And don’t expect to break any speed records on the regular route. Our kids always slow down to look at the Honolulu City Lights. Pets are welcome.

  • All ages. The keiki run is for kids 12 years and younger. Strollers are welcome.
  • $30 for kids, $35 for military adults, $40 for adults. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 15. Onsite registration begins at 1 p.m. Activities start at 3 p.m., the keiki run at 5:15 p.m. then the Jingle Rock Run at 6 p.m.
  • Hawai‘i State Capitol, Richards Street

Reminder: If you haven’t pulled an Angel Tree tag to buy a present for a child or senior, the program ends at most locations on Monday, Dec. 16. The Salvation Army’s Angel Trees are set up in Kāhala Mall, Pearlridge Center, Windward Mall and until Friday, Dec. 13, at Central Pacific Bank locations. 

Super Saturday at HiSAM

There is a reason why the new monthly family day at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum is called Super Saturday. Instead of one craft activity, kids this weekend can try seven activities led by local artists including Kim Sielbeck and Luke DeKneef. After they make ornaments, create Perler bead decorations and finish a taro plant painting, you can pick up lunch at Artizen by MW, take a picture in the photo booth and listen to live entertainment.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Dec. 14. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hawai‘i State Art Museum, 250 South St. We found a good rate for parking at nearby Ali‘i Place.
  • See more details on HiSAM’s Facebook page.
The Polar Express

You may watch it every year at home, but there’s something about seeing this classic Christmas movie on the big screen that makes it special. Feel free to don earmuffs, scarves and other festive winter gear (although we would skip the mittens if popcorn is in the plans) and watch kids go on an adventure to the North Pole, all started by a magical bell. This screening is one-time only. Next Saturday, the holiday movie series wraps up with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

  • The Polar Express is rated G.
  • $5
  • Saturday, Dec. 14. 1 p.m.
  • Regal Pearl Highlands, 1000 Kamehameha Highway, #231, Pearl City. Regal Kapolei, 4450 Kapolei Parkway, #500, Kapolei
  • (844) 462-7342 

You can watch Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch” for free in three places this weekend. Find details for that and more than a dozen other seasonal family events in our Holiday Corner.

Santa’s Secret Workshop

Decorate gingerbread cookies, make activity arts and crafts, ride a mini carousel and then spend a day exploring the Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center at this annual event. 

  • Recommended for kids 6 years and younger
  • $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers
  • Saturday, Dec. 14. 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center, 111 ‘Ohe St.
  • (808) 524-KIDS (524-5437