Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-Nov. 14, 2018

Our picks for the weekend’s best family events.

Photo: MathAlive!

MathAlive! is on display at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, taking a fun, playful spin on everyone’s favorite subject.

MathAlive! Exhibit

In this traveling exhibit dubbed “MathAlive!” kids can control a Mars rover, ride on a live-action snowboard, record their own weather telecast and play in more than 40 interactive galleries at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Please note that the museum is located on Ford Island, so visitors without military ID will need to park at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and catch a shuttle to the museum. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., daily, from the visitor center. Due to security, bags are not allowed on the shuttle bus to Ford Island but can be stored at the Bowfin Submarine Park shuttle bus stop for $5 per bag. 

Want to know more about the exhibit? Read our review “We Tried It: MathAlive!” this Friday at

  • All ages
  • $20 ages 13 and older; $10 ages 4 to 12; free for children ages 3 and younger
  • Thursday Nov. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Historic Ford Island. 2019 Lexington Blvd.
  • (808) 441-1000

Do you know that Santa Claus is making early appearances ahead of Thanksgiving Day? Click here to find out where your keiki can spot him between Friday, Nov. 16 and Sunday. Nov. 18.

Aqueous Interactive Art Installation

Families can frolic after sunset on giant panels that light up and glow on the front lawn of Kapolei Commons. This interactive art installation, “Aqueous,” is in Hawaiʻi for a limited time through Dec. 31. You’ll want to bring your camera to capture this unique experience. In the daytime, the giant panels shift in color and reflect the sky and nearby surroundings. “Aqueous” was created in New York by Jen Lewin, an artist raised in Hawaiʻi. There is no charge to see the outdoor installation. Kiosks will be on-site selling glow sticks and sweet treats.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Friday, Nov. 16 to Monday, Dec. 31. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Lawn, Kapolei Commons. 4450 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei
  • (808) 695-4334

Keiki Swap Meet

Shop at over a hundred keiki-operated kiosks selling gently used toys, books and clothes. This bi-annual swap meet teaches children to manage their own businesses, calculate money and market their own goods. Children who operate their own kiosks must be accompanied by an adult. There is still time to register. Just bring your application form and $5 registration fee to the center’s front desk by 1 p.m., Friday.

Want to know how your own children can participate in the swap meet? Read “We Tried It: Keiki Swap Meet.” 

  • All ages
  • $5 registration to sell; free to shop
  • Saturday, Nov. 17. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Hawaiʻi Children’s Discovery Center. 111 ʻOhe St.
  • (808) 524-5437
  • Click here to register. 

Read to a Dog

Bring your keiki to ʻAiea Public Library to read to a trained, registered therapy dog from K9 Hawaiʻi. Research has proven that reading to therapy dogs can boost reading skills in children and help with social-emotional skills. To participate in a 15-minute, one-on-one session with a dog, sign up on the sheet posted on the library’s meeting room door starting at 2:30 p.m. First-come, first-served.

Preschool Nature Hour

Every third Tuesday of the month, Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden offers a free nature walk for keiki ages 3 to 5. Little ones and their accompanying adult can listen to a story, participate in a craft together and go on a walk around the garden with the group. Wear walking shoes with good traction, sun protection and insect repellant. Bring rain gear if the forecast calls for showers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Nov. 20 theme is “Garden Critter to Create.” The theme on Dec. 18 is “Music and Spaces from Plants.”