Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-Jan. 16, 2019

Our picks for the weekend's best family events.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. parade on Monday, Jan. 21, will end with a rally and activities at Kapiʻolani Park.

Family Fit Fest

Lace up your athletic shoes and hustle over to Kapolei Commons for group exercise classes, relay races, massages and healthy snacks. This nighttime event is a fun way for families to kick off their New Year’s fitness resolutions. The yoga session is from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., followed by the hula hoop workout from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The obstacle course starts at 5:30 p.m. and stays open all evening. Enter to win a family four-pack for the Great Aloha Run or a $200 gift card to Ruby Tuesday.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Jan. 19. 5 to 9 p.m.
  • The Lawn, Kapolei Commons. 4450 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei
  • (808) 695-4334

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Rally

Peace, equality, social change and everything that the late Martin Luther King Jr. fought for will be celebrated on Monday at a parade and rally in Waikīkī. The procession leaves at 9 a.m. from Magic Island, travels on Kalākaua Avenue and ends at Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand for a post-parade unity rally. Stick around the park for face-painting and coloring at the keiki tables, multicultural entertainment onstage, and food booths selling organic vegan meals. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Hawai’i and 90 years after his birth.

  • Ages
  • Monday, Jan. 21. 9 to 10:30 a.m. for parade; 11 a.m. and onward for activities at the park.
  • Parade starts at Magic Island and ends at the Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand. 
  • (808) 783-8969

Bring the Noise: Bank of Hawai’i Family Sunday

Have you ever wanted to raise a ruckus inside a quiet museum? If so, you’ll be in good company this Sunday at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where taiko drummers and lion dancers will ring in the Lunar New Year. Keiki can make crafty bells and whistles and participate in kid-friendly activities inspired by the Year of the Pig. The program ends at 2 p.m., but exhibits stay open until 4 p.m. In addition, a free shuttle bus will transport people to “Family Day at Spalding House” in Makiki Heights for story times and a children’s sewing activity. Parking is limited at Spalding House.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Sunday, Jan. 20. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.; and Spalding House, 2411 Makiki Heights Drive
  • (808) 532-8700

Heʻeia Estuary Restoration

Join other volunteers at Heʻeia State Park this Saturday to remove invasive species and replace them with native Hawaiian plants. This will help erosion control and provide habitats for other species. Afterward, take a short walk to the private Heʻeia Fish Pond to hear about its history and efforts to restore the area. This service project is organized by nonprofit group Hui o Koʻolaupoko to preserve Hawaiʻi’s ecosystems. All keiki must be accompanied by their grownups. Call to RSVP and receive directions to the meeting site.

Wild Walks Private Tour

For a behind-the-scenes tour of Honolulu Zoo’s most popular exhibits, join others this Saturday for one of three private tours. A guide will introduce your group to native Hawaiian animals, African wildlife, cold-blooded creatures and some primates. This weekly event happens every Saturday, and tickets are sold at the front entrance on the same day, first come, first serve.

  • All ages
  • $5 per person per tour; plus general admission of $8 for guests 13 years and older and $4 for children 3 to 12 years; free for children 2 and younger.
  • Saturday, Jan. 19. 9:45 a.m. “Island Inhabitants,” 10:45 a.m. “Safari Stroll” and 1 p.m. “Reptile Roundabout and Primate Prowl.”
  • Honolulu Zoo. 151 Kapahulu Ave.
  • (808) 971-7171

SEE ALSO: Our Guide: Honolulu Zoo