Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-March 28, 2018

Our picks for the weekend's best family events.

Photo: HONOLULU Family

HONOLULU Family Fun Run Presented by First Hawaiian Bank

Ready, set, run! HONOLULU Family is hosting our second ever fun run this Saturday morning. Join us for a 500-meter keiki dash, with capes, and a 5K family run. You can race, jog or walk the route around Ala Moana Beach Park stopping at snack stations, tackling a parkour course, snapping selfies with bubbles, cheerleaders and more. Arrive early for warm-ups with Ariel, Spider Man and Tinkerbell and stick around to play in our fun zone full of free samples and keiki activities. See our tips to get the most out of your morning here.

  • Three to 10 years old for keiki dash, all ages for fun run
  • $20 for children, $25 for adults
  • Saturday, March 31, warm-ups begin at 7:15 a.m., keiki dash starts at 7:30 a.m. and the fun run follows afterward
  • The keyhole at Ala Moana Beach Park next to McCoy Pavilion, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd.
  • Find more information on and register at You can also register in person starting at 6 a.m. on race day.

Waikīkī Aquarium’s 114th Birthday

“Seal-a-brate” the aquarium’s anniversary with monk seal-themed bounce houses and hats, limu printing, LEGO building and more. There will be live entertainment by Halau Hale O Kāhala and Park Rats ‘Ukulele Group as well as food to purchase from Santacruz Taco Co. and Musukawa’s Food Truck. Look for Nemo and Dory and check out baby sea horses while you’re there. See our guide to the Waikīkī Aquarium here.

  • All ages
  • $8 for kamaʻāina and military adults, $5 for children four to 12 years old and senior citizens and free for children three years and younger.
  • Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalākaua Ave.
  • (808) 923-9741,

Easter Egg Hunt at Gunstock Ranch

Take your keiki to a real ranch and hunt for more than 10,500 hard-boiled and candy-filled eggs. A few special eggs will even contain money and gift certificates. Keiki can also visit a petting zoo, ride ponies and jump in a bounce house. Food vendors include Gunstock grass-fed beef, Ulu’s Lemonade, Holoholo Snow, Jamba Juice, Kahuku High 2018 Project Grad and Leiataua ‘Ohana. Make sure to arrive at least 45 minutes before the 10 a.m. egg hunt so you have time to find parking and walk across the fields. See our roundup of Easter egg hunts across O’ahu here.

  • All ages
  • Free entry. $3 for pony rides, $2 for the bounce house
  • Saturday, March 31, egg hunt starts at 10 a.m.
  • Gunstock Ranch, 56-250 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku
  • (808) 341-3995,

Easter Brunch Cruise

Hop on board the Star of Honolulu for Easter brunch. Keiki will hunt for eggs around the ship, win prizes and the whole family can play ‘ukulele, make haku lei and dance hula. Parents will also get to sip champagne. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot humpback whales surfacing and breaching offshore. We tried the Star of Honolulu’s Premier Whale Watch Cruise. See our review here. Or take a look HONOLULU’s roundup of Easter brunches around the island here.

  • All ages
  • Kamaʻāina and military are $57.51 per adult and $8.10 per child
  • Sunday, April 1, noon to 2:30 p.m. (boarding starts at 11:30 a.m.)
  • Star of Honolulu, Aloha tower Marketplace, Pier 8, 1 Aloha Tower Drive
  • (808) 983-7827,

Easter Festival at Hawaiʻi Kai Towne Center

Keiki will find a petting zoo, glitter tattoos and balloon animals in the Marina Courtyard at Hawaiʻi Kai Towne Center this Saturday. Don’t forget your camera for photos with the Easter bunny and bring canned goods to donate to the Salvation Army. Check out our list of places to find the Easter Bunny and take part in other springtime activities here.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, March 31, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Hawai’I Kai Towne Center, 333 Keahole St.

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