Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-July 20

Our roundup of the best family events on O‘ahu.


Photo: Pacific Aviation Museum

Happy 120th Birthday, Amelia Earhart

Want to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum for free? Dress up as Amelia Earhart or wear historical aviation attire and you can celebrate her birthday with free admission as well as cake and refreshments. The party is on Monday, but with Summer Fun over this could keep your little ones busy. Future pilots can also snap photos with costumed re-enactors, meet women aviators and tour the “Amelia Earhart in Hawai‘i” photo exhibit. Arrive early, as the first 40 children will receive goodie bags. Park at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and take a shuttle to the museum. Remember no bags or purses are allowed but cell phones, wallets and cameras are OK.  

  • All ages
  • Free admission all day to families with at least one person dressed in Amelia Earhart or historical aviation attire. $15 for kama‘āina and military adults, $10 for kama‘āina and military children 4 to 12 years old. Free for children 3 years and younger.
  • Monday, July 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cake and refreshments 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, 319 Lexington Blvd.
  • (808) 441-1000, pacificaviationmuseum.org

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UH Kids First! Film Festival

Learn how to “Be True to You” through 10 short films shown in 90 minutes at the University of Hawai‘i’s free international children’s film festival this Sunday. The event will start out with door prizes, followed by films from Mexico, U.K., Brazil, Norway and the U.S. Each film focuses on children overcoming adversity, including dyslexia and difficulty finding friends. The kids go on to pursue their passions including jazz, trumpet and becoming a “Monster Doctor.” All films are selected by the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, which means you don’t need to worry about violence or adult content. 

  • Recommended for children 5 to 15 years old
  • Free
  • Sunday, July 23, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • UH Mānoa Art Auditorium, 2500 Campus Road
  • (808) 956-9883, outreach.hawaii.edu

Keiki Day! At Kāhala Mall

Watch the musical Honu by the Sea, listen to Hoku Zuttermeister and learn about the ocean through free hand-on activities with organizations including Bishop Museum, Living Art Marine Center and Sea Life Park. Keiki can receive ocean-themed glitter tattoos and balloon animals and stay safe with the HPD’s Keiki I.D. program. There will also be a chance to win an adventure with Dolphin Quest.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Honu By The Sea is from 11 to 11:50 a.m. and Hoku Zuttermeister is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Kāhala Mall, 4211 Wai‘alae Ave.
  • (808) 732-7736, kahalamallcenter.com

Kids, Inc. Business Showcase at Ka Makana Ali‘i

Support child entrepreneurs and teach your keiki about money by shopping at two dozen kid-run retail booths at Ka Makana Ali‘i this weekend. The kidpreneurs showcasing their businesses are the 6- to 16-year-old winners of the Kids, Inc. Business Contest. They will be selling everything from handmade jewelry, soaps, up-cycled crafts and inspirational T-shirts to liliko‘i butter, banana treats and lollipops. And, of course, there will be lots of slime at shops called “Happy Slime,” “Silly Slime” and “Mustache Slimes.” See a full list of businesses here. The Kapolei mall also has a grassy area where you can run your keiki. Parent tip: Bring a change of clothes if you decide to let your little ones play in the colorful water fountain feature.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 22, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Ka Makana Ali`i, 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei
  • kamakanaalii.com

Back-to-School Craft and Family Fair

Celebrate the end of summer with free activities, games, a craft fair and an opportunity to see inside a fire truck and an ambulance at Aikahi Park Shopping Center. Keiki can decorate notebooks and drawstring backpacks and learn about safety from police, fire fighters, paramedics and lifeguards. Then play Go Fish, get their faces painted and receive balloon animals and glitter tattoos. A craft fair will feature accessories, bags, gift items and more and there will be merchant giveaways throughout the event.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Aikahi Park Shopping Center, 25 Kāne‘ohe Bay Drive, Kailua
  • shopaikahi.com

Looking for more events for adults? Check out HONOLULU Magazine’s Weekend Picks on honolulumagazine.com.