Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Hawai‘i for March 31–April 6, 2022
Donate cans for a cause, help clean up an O‘ahu neighborhood and party in a bookstore this weekend.
Donate to the Market City Food Drive
Do a pantry edit—with your keiki—and do good! Starting April 1, drop off canned goods, dry goods, non-perishable items and toiletries at Ben Franklin Crafts, Sumo Ramen & Curry or Gina’s BBQ in Market City Shopping Center to benefit Central Union Church’s Serving Aloha program. Then, on April 9—the last day to donate—you’ll be rewarded with family-friendly Easter activities at the center, including photos with the Easter Bunny, balloon art and flower crafts.
- All ages
- Free, except $10 per person for the Forever Flower Craft by Ben Franklin Crafts
- Donate items April 1 through April 9, and return for Easter activities on April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Market City Shopping Center, 2919 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Honolulu
- (808) 734-0282
- marketcityhawaii.com, @marketcityhi
Pull a Prank on April Fools’ Day
Don’t let your kids have all the fun this Friday! Be prepared with a few tricks of your own to try on them. A parental favorite is to freeze a bowl of cereal overnight, serve it to your kids in the morning with a straight face, and wait for the reaction! If you need more ideas, check out this list of too-cute antics that the whole ‘ohana will laugh about.
Clean Up Kaka‘ako
Kick-off Earth Month by working together with your family and friends at the Mālama ‘Āina Community Cleanup, which starts at Salt at our Kakaʻako. Need some motivation? Hot chocolate, coffee and snacks will be provided! Plus, your furry fido is welcome to come along, too. Tip: The playground at Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park is within the clean-up radius, which makes for a perfect incentive for when your keiki have filled their trash bags. (There’s a playground, basketball court and lots of shade.)
- All ages
- Free and maps, gloves and trash bags will be provided
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2
- Pre-register here. Check in at The Barn at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako at 327 Keawe St.
- (808) 545-4835
- ourkakaako.com, @ourkakaako
Party at a Bookstore
One of our favorite local bookshops is turning 4 years old! Da Shop: Books & Curiosities in Kaimukī is celebrating in style with the return of in-person author events, a sidewalk sale and pop-ups from Jana Lam, Via Gelato and Papi’s Empanadas. Also, keiki will get hands-on by creating their own bookmark to take home!
- All ages
- Saturday, April 2
- 10:30 a.m. storytime and bookmark craft with Keiki Kaukau
- 11 a.m. book signing with Christopher Caravalho of MANA Comics
- 1 p.m. reading and signing of “Snow Angel, Sand Angel” with author Lois-Ann Yamanaka
- Da Shop: Books & Curiosities, 3565 Harding Ave., Kaimukī
- (808) 421-9460
- dashophnl.com, @dashophnl
Take in a Concert at Washington Place
Rarely open to the public on weekends, the landmark is celebrating its 175th anniversary with an open house and concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band. Just make sure to register soon, as spots are filling up fast. You’ll also want to watch the chicken-skin moment when fourth graders from 38 elementary schools across the state perform “Liliʻu Ē,” also known as “The Queen’s Hula,” together virtually in the morning to kick off the celebration. (View it now on the Governor’s Facebook page.)
- All ages
- Free, but registration is required
- 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2
- Washington Place, 320 South Beretania St., Downtown
- (808) 586-0248