Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Hawai‘i for July 1–7, 2021
Visit princesses at a new party space, tour a museum after dark, walk into a world of Vincent van Gogh and and find some fireworks on the fourth.
Bishop Museum After Hours
There’s something special about getting to go to places when it’s usually closed, even for parents. This week, Bishop Museum launches its new evening “After Hours” event. The first Friday of the month, the museum will stay open for three more hours, making it possible to stop by after work and still get home by bedtime. Visit the dynamic art and stories of POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawai‘i to the World, look at the portraits of Native Hawaiians in (Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawai‘i, stop by the kid-friendly Science Adventure Center then listen to live performances and pick up dinner at a food truck. You can just walk in, but do know that the last after hours event for the launch of the POW! WOW!, sold out days before.
- 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. Children 3 years and younger are free. Parking will be $3
- 1525 Bernice St.
- (808) 847-3511
- bishopmuseum.org, @bishopmuseum
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Storybook Entertainment Opening + Storybook Crew, Red White & Blue
They’ve brought your favorite princesses, superheroes and characters to life for years. Now the team from Storybook Entertainment is opening their own space for parties at Windward Mall. We spotted magical tree stumps, giant jellyfish canopies and a decadent looking birthday wall on Instagram. For the grand opening, take a tour and visit with the frog princess, get a mermaid makeover and see special opening rates on party packages, then head to center court for Storybook Crew’s Red, White and Blue event for photo ops with an amazon, a patriotic captain and a few other super friends. In honor of the grand opening, you can enter to win a party for your little one through @storybookhawaii on Instagram. Enter by July 10.
- All ages
- Free. Mermaid makeovers range from $10 to $20
- Saturday, July 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe
- windwardmall.com, @storybookhawaii
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
It is here! The installation that sets Vincent van Gogh’s art in motion opens this weekend at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Walk into the 50,000-square-foot space and you’ll be surrounded by 300 of the post-impressionist artist’s masterpieces set to the sounds of music and some of van Gogh’s own words. We tried it! See our tips for this unique installation.
- All ages
- Tickets start at $22.99 for kids 5 to 15 years and go up to $44.99 for adults. Kids 4 years and younger are free.
- Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave.
Register: Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise
Events are slowly returning, including the 10th anniversary of this keiki-friendly ride. Pedal leisurely along the Hawai‘i Bicycling League’s route in Kaka‘ako and Waikīkī or in your own neighborhood to raise awareness and funds for bike safety. Manago was 18 years old when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Wahiawā in 2010. He was a baseball player and bicyclist, who rode his bike to college. There are no registration fees, but you can buy a shirt, sticker, or donate to HBL’s safety education program, which includes keiki bike safety workshops.
- All ages
- Saturday, July 10. Those using the Kaka‘ako route will meet at 8 a.m. and finish by 10 a.m. Find the exact information on HBL’s website.
- (808) 735-5756
- hbl.org/ZachsRide2021, @hblridealoha
See also: 🚲 How to Get Your Child Started Bicycling in Honolulu
🎆 Where Are the Fireworks?
The big displays in Kailua and at Ala Moana Center won’t go on for a second year. But, the military bases are still planning some aerial shows that you can watch from a distance; the public won’t be invited on base. Sunday, July 4:
- Fireworks show over Pearl Harbor begins at 8:30 p.m. It will last about 15 minutes.
- A 20-minute fireworks display begins at 8:40 p.m. at Schofield Barracks.