Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-October 4

Make a stop-motion movie, play with rocket activities, eat Italian food or visit some singing monsters.

Photo: Courtesy Stage Nine Exhibitions

Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels

Opening: Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels

Kids can create their own stop-motion short or draw characters in the air at the newest exhibit at the Bishop Museum. Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels explores the world of animation, from the first woman animator who created Betty Boop to the man behind Gumby. One highlight of the display will be the nation’s largest 3D zoetrope, a spinning device that uses light and optical illusion to make figurines appear to come to life. We will be trying the exhibit this weekend. Watch for our review next week on

  • All ages
  • Kama‘āina and military rates: $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors 65 years and older, $10.95 for kids 4 to 17 years. General: $22.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors, $14.95 for juniors. Kids 3 years and younger are free.
  • Daily starting Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 1525 Bernice St., 
  • (808) 847-3511, 

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Windward Ho‘olaule‘a

Try rocket activities, pick up poi mochi and a burger, get your face painted, or just let the kids run around the lawn of Windward Community College at this annual event. Keiki activities include gyotaku fish printing, rocket activities and origami. You can also catch a show about Stars in the Hokulani Imaginarium for $5. Shop from 43 vendors offering everything from baby gear to jewelry to toys and giant bubble makers, listen to live performances by teen rock band EMKE and other performers, and bid on staycations and gift certificates in the silent auction. Xtreme Fun rides will cost between $1 for the giant slide to $3 for the Super Sonic Ride. $20 wristbands are available for unlimited rides. Inside tip: Go early. The organizers say the busiest times are usually around noon and in the late afternoon.

  • All ages
  • Free admission
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Imaginarium show is at 11 a.m., first-come, first-served.
  • Windward Community College, 45-720 Kea‘ahala Road, Kāne‘ohe

Kahumana Farm Festival

This celebration of local agriculture comes with keiki activities and an opportunity to start your own garden at home. Bring a seed of clipping to exchange, then the kids can play games, try out the yoga zone or jump around in the bouncy house. Organic treats will be available from Juicy Brew, Plantation Tavern, Kahumana’s Cafe and more. 

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to sunset
  • Kahumanu Farm, 86-660 Lualualei Homestead Road, Wai‘anae
  • (808) 696-2655,

Festa Italiana

Noodles are usually a surefire hit in keiki circles. This weekend, kids can expand their Italian palates at the first  event by the Friends of Italy Society of Hawai‘i. Try dishes from seven restaurants and chefs including Bethel Union, personal chef Conny Cannizzo and Il Gelato while listening to live performances by the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony and other groups. If you’re interested in a date night, $100 VIP tickets are available, which includes nine food tastings from top tier restaurants, six 2-ounce wine pours and one specialty cocktail for people 21 years and older. Parent Tip: Go before you go. Porta potties will be the only option for the general public. Read more about the event from HONOLULU Magazine

Monsters in Our Neighborhood

Who are the monsters in your neighborhood? (With apologies to Sesame Street.) That’s the focus of the Sounds of Aloha Chorus’s first Halloween show. Debut your kids costumes for the preshow parade, then sit and listen to the musical adventures of some fun-loving, not-so-spooky creatures, sung a cappella. Everyone in the audience will also receive a trick-or-treat goodie bag.

  • All ages, but better for kids elementary age and older.
  • $30 for adults, $20 for kids 13 to 18 years, $15 for kids 12 years and younger. Remember, there will be an added $3 theatre restoration fee for each ticket purchased at the Hawai‘i Theatre.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 7:17 p.m.
  • Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.
  • (808) 528-0506,

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