Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-November 1

Play with slime and fire rockets, decorate a cupcake with a celebrity chef, cheer on the Bows two ways and pick up a free tree.

Photo: Leeward Community College

The slime booth is always a popular spot at this free annual event.

Leeward Discovery Fair

Two levels of free educational fun will keep the kids busy at the annual fair at Leeward Community College. Keiki can try out more than 50 hands-on arts and crafts, science experiments, games and other free activities including slime, giant bubbles, pottery and exploring emergency vehicles. Bring a picnic lunch or grab something to eat from a few vendors. Read more about our tips for when to get there, what to bring and what to try at this big event on

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Leeward Community College, 96-045 Ala Ike St., Pearl City
  • (808) 455-0011,

Keiki in the Kitchen

Get up early if you want to spend some time with Duff Goldman at this keiki event of the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival. The Ace of Cakes star will decorate cupcakes with the first 1,000 kids to arrive. The cooking classes are sold out, but kids can still taste samples, watch cooking demonstrations by chefs and crew members of the Hokule‘a, learn about agriculture, meet local farmers and get autographs from some of the celebrity chefs in town for the festival. Entry to the event includes free admission to the museum, including Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels. We Tried It! See our seven tips for what to see, where you may have to wait and how to prep your kids before visiting the interactive exhibit.

  • All ages
  • $5 for general admission. Kids 3 years and younger are free. Free for HMAA and Bishop Museum members.
  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St. 

Hawai‘i vs. UNLV Football or UH Wahine Volleyball

There are several reasons to cheer on the Bows this weekend. The UH football team is in Las Vegas this weekend, but Consolidated Theatres has front row seats to the action. Three of the theaters will show the bout between the Rainbow Warriors and the Rebels on the big screen.

The Wahine Volleyball team is back home for its last games of the season. Friday, take a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots before watching the team take on CSUN. Saturday, six seniors will set up for the last time against Long Beach State. 

  • All ages
  • Tickets start at $5 for kids 4 years to high school, $15 for adults. 
  • Friday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. The first 500 in the doors will receive a volleyball towels at Gate A.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Families are invited to wear white and can receive team photos (for the first 3,000 fans) and foldable fans (for the first 300 people) at Gate A. People can also register for “musical chairs” and a chance to win a tablet. 
  • Stan Sheriff Arena, 1337 Lower Campus Road
  • (808) 956-4482,

Mānoa Valley Church Harvest Fair

Play small games, pick up a KC Waffle Dog and get there early if you want to shop at the White Elephant Sale. The sale for gently used items is one of the most popular parts of this annual event which also includes a plant sale, silent auction and glitter tattoos. After-school leaders will run fishing games, a coin toss and rubber-band bracelet making activity and chili, the waffle dogs, bentos, huli huli chicken and sushi will be for sale.

  • All ages
  • Free admission. Activities will be for a fee. 
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Mānoa Valley Church, 2728 Huapala St.
  • (808) 988-3271,

O‘ahu Arbor Day Event

Hawai‘i recognizes Arbor Day on the first Friday in November. This weekend, Hawaiian Electric celebrates by giving away plants for your own yard. So grab your garden tools and go to one of six locations to select a Meyer lemon tree, chili pepper plant, fig tree, pua kenikeni, tiare or more as well as planting advice from experts. Get there early  for the best selection. One tree or shrub per family.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, starting at 9 a.m.
  • Hawaiian Electric Kahe Power Plant in Waianae, Hawaiian Electric Ko‘olau Base Yard in Kailua, O‘ahu Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, Wahiawā Botanical Garden, McKinley High School and Waimea Valley in Hale‘iwa.
  • Find maps and addresses to exact locations on

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