Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-February 14

Climb inside a T-Rex's mouth, make dog puppets and dragon headbands, judge koi, dress up for an etiquette class and take home an aquaponics garden.

Photo: Honolulu Museum of Art

Ring in the Lunar New Year at the Honolulu Museum of Art this weekend.

Expedition: Dinosaur

A new dinosaur exhibit is opening at Bishop Museum this weekend. Keiki will come face-to-face with a dozen life-size animatronic creatures that growl, move and head-butt each other. They will even get to control the sound and movements of four of the gigantic beasts. Hands-on activities, X-ray CT scans and 3D models show dinosaur digestion, evolution and detail the hunt for fossils since the 19th century. Bring a camera for a photo op inside the mouth of a T-Rex. Take note that Bishop Museum is now charging an additional $4.95 per person to see specific traveling exhibits, including Expedition: Dinosaur. Check next week for a full review of the exhibit. 

  • All ages
  • Museum admission for kamaʻāina and military is $14.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 4 to 17 years old and free for children 3 and younger. Admission to Expedition: Dinosaur is an additional $4.95 per person. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
  • Expedition: Dinosaur runs from Feb. 17 through Sept. 3, 2018. The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.
  • (808) 847-3511,

Good Dog: Bank of Hawaiʻi Family Sunday

Ring in the Lunar New Year with Chinese lion dances and keiki activities at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Make “Year of the Dog”-inspired puppets and dragon headbands, find your zodiac sign and learn calligraphy, Chinese recipes and play mah jong. The Phoenix Dance Chamber will also be performing Chinese folk, classical and modern dances. Catch a free film, The King of Masks, about an aging street performer who practices the opera art of ban lian. Or take the shuttle to Spalding House to make pinch-pot dogs out of clay.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Sunday, Feb. 18, activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., museum is open until 4 p.m.
  • Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
  • (808) 532-8700,

11th Annual International Aloha Koi Show

You be the judge at this year’s koi show at the Waikīkī Aquarium. Forget teetering on the edge of a pond to see the colorful fish. Here, top-quality specimens will be on display in fish tanks. You’ll get to vote on koi tank by tank and then hear experts from Japan explain how they judge them for size, symmetry, pattern, color and overall health. There will also be seminars on koi handling, varieties and the history of the species. When you’ve had your fill of koi, you can take part in a keiki coloring activity. Be sure not to miss Nemo, Dory, sea horses, sea dragons and see-through jellyfish. See our full guide to the Waikīkī Aquarium here.

  • All ages
  • Kama’āina and military prices are: $8 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12 years old and free for children 3 years and younger.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18. Wakīkī Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See the Koi Show hours and program of events here.
  • Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalākaua Ave.
  • (808) 923-9741,

President’s Day Etiquette Mini Course

Not sure what to do with your keiki on President’s Day? Lisa Rose Doll House and Tea Room is hosting a class for keiki to learn why “good manners are cool.” Children will learn about introductions and greetings, how to make a good first impression and about classroom and table manners. They can then dress up in party and princess dresses and butter bread, carefully slice chicken strips and hot dogs and pour lemonade as they dine on a three-course lunch. Use their take-home handbook to quiz them on what they learned. Note: Classes usually appeal to girls but boys are welcome. Reserve your child’s space online or by calling the venue. 

  • Children 6 to 11 years old
  • $50 per child
  • Monday, Feb. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Lisa Rose Doll House and Tea Room, Nuuanu Square, 1365 Nuuanu Ave., Suite 11
  • (808) 347-0853,

Mini Aquaponics – Family Program

Living Art Marine Center is hosting a class where you and your keiki can learn how to grow fish and plants at the same time. You’ll see how the fish provide waste as plant fertilizer and the plants clean the fishes’ water. Then, you’ll get to build and take home your very own aquaponics garden. Reserve your spot here.

  • Recommended for people 6 years and older but all ages are welcome.
  • $25 per aquaponics kit for kamaʻāina and military, $45 for general public
  • Sunday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.
  • Living Art Marine Center, 3239 Ualena St.

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