Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Hawai‘i for September 23–29, 2021
Watch a free colorful performance with puppets, learn to be a spin master, watch an inspiring new streaming series and reserve a place in the pumpkin patch.
Been a rough week? Bring laughter and smiles to your weekend with a sneak peek at a new mobile performance vehicle. You’re invited to two public dress rehearsals orchestrated by Master of Fine Arts students from the University of Hawai‘i. Expect puppets, a parachute skirt, dancing and music, all outdoors with a rainbow-painted school bus as the backdrop. If you miss the shows this weekend, don’t fret: The JoyMobile will be popping up in neighborhoods across O‘ahu through October.
- All ages
- Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.
- Saint Francis School, 2707 Pāmoa Road, Mānoa
- joymobile.org, @joymobilehawaii
Learn to be a DJ
If you have keiki who love music, fiddling and pressing buttons, we’ve got a class for you. Aspiring scratchers can learn the ropes on turntables and mixers in classes limited to three people each and taught by seasoned DJ, Kyle Dung. Once they’ve got the hang of synching, kids can do their own things during “open table” night ($20) every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
- $30 per person. Sign up here.
- Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to .noon
- Hawai‘i DJ School, 95-720 Lanikuhana Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 250, Mililani
- hawaiidjschool.com, @hawaiidjschool
Make ‘Ulu Pops
Cute food just tastes better, right?! Transform breadfruit into bacon-wrapped pops for a keiki-approved pūpū. Your family will cook virtually alongside chef Daniel Swift from Windward Community College as part of AARP Hawai‘i’s healthy cooking webinar series. Stick around till the end for tidbits about ‘ulu: where it grows, when and how to harvest it, and where to buy it. Then tune in virtually every Thursday for new recipes using locally-grown, sustainable foods. We’ve got our eyes on the kabocha “Pumpkin” Pie webinar in October. Yum!
- Free. Register for the virtual Zoom here.
- Thursday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.
- aarp.cvent.com/HIcooking, @aarp_hi
Watch Ada Twist, Scientist
The empowering pages of author Andrea Beaty’s book, Ada Twist, Scientist come to life in a Netflix series produced by Barack and Michelle Obama and the creator of Doc McStuffins. This is screen time we can get behind with a focus on STEM subjects, girl power, and the importance of asking “why.” If you are fans of Beaty’s other books, Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer, you’ll be happy to see cameos from both characters. While awaiting the big premiere on Tuesday, reread the books and take a sneak peek at the trailer.
- Recommended for ages 5 and up
- Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 28 on Netflix
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Reserve: Fall Harvest Festival at Waimānalo Country Farms
Wednesday was the first day of fall, and we are all for it! Make your plans now to visit the popular drive-thru pumpkin patch and sunflower field at this picturesque farm nestled against the Ko‘olau Mountains. While it’s a drive-thru, you can still exit your car to select a pumpkin, wander the sunflower fields, take family photos and visit the farm animals. And as always, bring cash for the farm-tastic grub and refreshments, like fresh-squeezed lemonade, corn on the cob, low country boil, and grilled sunflower heads. We recently visited the family-run farm. See our tips from our summer trip here.
- All ages
- $10 per person admission fee. Children 2 and under are free. $12 per pumpkin (cash only). Reservations are required.
- Open Tuesday-Sunday from Oct. 1 to Nov. 21 (pending the sunflower bloom) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 41-225 Lupe St., Waimānalo
- (808) 306-4381
- waimanalocountryfarms.com, @waimanalocountryfarms