Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-December 6

Watch an electric light parade, paddle a canoe, craft sustainable gifts, pay what you can for a theater production and play at sensory, interactive stations.


Photo: Kapolei City Lights

Kapolei City Lights Opening Night Celebration

If you missed the Honolulu City Lights opening ceremony, you can still get into the spirit as Kapolei flips the switch on its decorations this weekend. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be leading the festivities as grand marshals of the West O’ahu Electric Light Parade. After the procession of illuminated city vehicles, the holiday tree will be lit. Stick around for live entertainment by Kapena, Hoku Zuttermeister and other local artists. You can buy dinner from more than 20 food vendors selling everything from burgers, hot dogs and BBQ sticks to beef brisket, ahi katsu nuggets and smoke pork belly with mango salsa. There will also be games, Hawaiian crafts, stargazing and slime-making activities for keiki as well as gift items for sale. Don’t forget to bring a camera for photos with Santa and the decorated Christmas trees inside Kapolei Hale. Want to watch a parade in Mānoa or Waimānalo instead? See our full list of holiday parades here.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 5 to 9 p.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m., tree lighting is at 7:15 p.m.
  • Kapolei Hale, Kapolei Civic Center, 1000 Uluʻohiʻa St., # 103, Kapolei. Parade begins at Ft. Barrette Road and Kapolei Parkway.
  • kapoleicitylights.com

Looking for more holiday fun? We have details about more than 50 events, snow days and workshops to help you celebrate the season. Find it all, along with family crafts and fun snack ideas in our Holiday Corner.

Nā Kama Kai Ocean Clinic

Your keiki can paddle a canoe, standup paddle board and learn about ocean safety at Nā Kama Kai’s Ocean Clinic at Kailua Beach Park this weekend. Best of all? The event is free. Children of all ages will put on life jackets and work with dozens of volunteers to learn about ancient Hawaiian navigation, conservation and how to interpret beach warning signs. Be prepared to wait on the beach as parents need to be present but don’t participate in the activities. Although registration for the even has ended, all walk-ons will be welcomed. But, be aware that you may have to wait awhile for a less-crowded time slot. If you can’t make this clinic, mark your calendar for the next monthly event at Hale’iwa Beach Park on Sunday, January 7. Registration for that event will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. Check out our full guide to Nā Kama Kai’s Ocean Clinics and see our 9 tips to get the most out of the event here.

  • 2 to 18 years
  • Free
  • Sunday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Two-hour time slots start every half hour from 9 to 11 a.m.)
  • Kailua Beach Park, 526 Kawailoa Road, Kailua
  • (808) 864-9164, nakamakai.org

Reuse mART

The Art Explorium is creating a one-stop shop for crafty, sustainable gifts. Keiki can make holiday cards and snowmen ornaments for free while you shop for hand-stamped wrapping paper, handmade ceramics, local crafts and soaps. Keiki can also mix up natural toothpaste ($2) and bath scrub ($3) or make a succulent gift jar with beach glass, sand, shells and marbles ($4 to $10.) Continue the upcycled fun at home by buying D.I.Y. art kits bottled in all the colors of the rainbow ($4). Make sure to bring a mug from home to fill with free hot chocolate or tea.

  • All ages
  • Free. Activity fees listed above.
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Art Explorium, 1142 Koko Head Ave.
  • (808)312-4316, artexplorium.org 

Winter Wonderland Playdate

Little children are invited to learn through play at ʻAiea Public Library this Saturday. Interactive stations will be set up in this non-traditional, not-so-quiet library setting. Keiki will dig into sensory bins of “snow” dough, look for treasures hidden among styrofoam peanuts and shoot pompoms out of a snowman popper. They’ll work on rhyming and counting by playing a matching mitten game and by guessing how many jingle bells are inside a dark box. A “snow ball” toss, with mesh bath sponges, aims to improve hand-eye coordination. There will also be Lego, colorful play dough to mold ugly sweaters and holiday cards to stamp, color and take home. Winter themed books will be on display for families to check out.

  • Recommended for children 6 years and younger, but all ages welcome.
  • Free
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to noon
  • ʻAiea Public Library, 93-374 Pohai Place
  • (808) 483-7333, librarieshawaii.org

New Wave Holiday

Ward Village is hosting a festive take on their monthly pau hana block party. This indoor-outdoor festival will feature free keiki activities, including ornament making, tattoos, metallic flash body art, balloon art, face painting and henna body art. Show off your holiday smiles as you snap photos in a decorated photo booth and listen to live entertainment from Fresh Preps, Bryson Andres and Aiden James. Want a free ice cream or gelato? RSVP to New Wave Holiday for your free scoop here.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Ward Village, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. #200
  • wardvillage.com

Looking for more events for adults? Click here for HONOLULU Magazine’s picks for the weekend.