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.


Joymobile Courtesy Of University Of Manoa 1200

Photo: Courtesy of UH


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
  • Free
  • Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.
  • Saint Francis School, 2707 Pāmoa Road, Mānoa
  •, @joymobilehawaii


Photo Hawaii Dj School

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i DJ School


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


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Ulu Cooking Class Photo Aarp

Photo: Courtesy of AARP


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!


Ida Twist Photo Netflix

Photo: Courtesy of Netflix


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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Waimanalo Country Farms Pumpkins Photo Waimanalo Country Farms

Photo: Courtesy of Waimānalo Country Farms


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