Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Hawai‘i for January 27–February 1, 2022
Tour the Mighty Mo for free, laugh with the Musubi Man, ring in the Year of the Tiger and secure a free culinary kit.
Free Day at the Battleship Missouri Memorial
If you’ve been waiting to tour the Mighty Mo, here’s your chance to score free admission. Kama‘āina, military, and veterans can explore the massive decks and tight steel hatchways of the USS Missouri gratis on Saturday. Turns out that January 29 is a special day for the vessel. It’s celebrating two anniversaries: first, when the ship launched at Brooklyn’s New York Naval Shipyard in 1944 and the second, when the memorial opened to the public in 1999. Bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for those 12 years and older. Park at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center for complimentary round-trip shuttle service to Ford Island.
- All ages
- Free for kama‘āina, military and veterans
- Saturday, Jan. 29, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.
- Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu
- (808) 455-1600
- ussmissouri.org, @battleshipmissouri
We say “Bravo” to Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s re-opening of in-person performances. The laughs, music and stories return to the stage with five productions slated for the next few months. First up is a beloved local storybook turned play about a pidgin-speaking Musubi Man. Think of the classic gingerbread tale but told Hawai‘i-style. And good news: there will be space to allow family pods to socially distance.
- Suggested for kids 3 years and older
- $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, $10 for kids.
- Saturday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.
- Tenney Theatre, 229 Queen Emma Square, Downtown
- (808) 839-9885
- htyweb.org, @honolulutheatreforyouth
Lunar New Year Festivities
You know it’s that time of year when you hear the ‘pop, pop, pop’ of firecrackers and the taiko drum beat in the air. Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the following spots around the island. And, maybe bring some earplugs, too. The Lunar New Year officially starts on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
Market City Shopping Center, 2919 Kapi‘olani Blvd.
- Taiko drummers, lion dances, firecrackers and free fortune cookies.
- Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalākaua Ave.
- Lion dances, giveaways and promotions. Firecrackers will go off on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
- Friday, Jan. 28, 5—5:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 1, 5— 5:30 p.m.
Kapolei Marketplace, 590 Farrington Highway, Kapolei
- A lion dance, firecrackers and martial arts demonstrations.
- Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.—noon
Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center, 111 ‘Ohe St.
- A child-friendly lion dance is free with the price of admission.
- Saturday, Feb. 5, 10:30 a.m.
Free Raddish Kids Kits
Subscription activity kits have been sanity-savers during the pandemic, and one of our kid-friendly favorites is showing the love by sending out free kits. Starting Friday, Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. in Hawai‘i, you can order a free kit to be shipped to someone you love as part of the “Food is Love” campaign. The sturdy kits include recipe guides, a kitchen tool, apron patch and ideas to hone your keiki’s kitchen skills. Then stay tuned later in February for a free cook-along with a Raddish culinary coach showing how to make Raspberry Love Muffins—a recipe from the free kit.
- Preschool age and older
- Free, excluding shipping cost, which was less than $5 when free kits were offered last year
- raddishkids.com, @raddishkids