Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Honolulu for April 22-28, 2021
Watch an under-the-sea fairy tale, beautify a neighborhood, explore space virtually, go on an ahupua‘a adventure and make plans for Children’s Day keepsakes.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Sing along with Ariel, Ursula and Sebastian in your pajamas from home with this live streaming performance of a Disney classic. The cast of 26 Farrington High School students, faculty, and alumni retells this Hans Christian Andersen story about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find true love. Look out for Flounder, played by Johnric Acosta, a 5th grader from Kapālama Elementary.
- Ages 5 and up
- Live stream tickets can be purchased online: $5 for a student, $10 for adults, $20 for a family of three or more.
- Performance dates are April 23, April 24, April 30, and May 1 at 7 p.m.; and April 25, May 2, and May 10 at 2 p.m.
- Livestreamed from Farrington Performing Arts Center
- (808) 305-5031
- Tickets are available at showtix4u.com/event-details/49415, @govsfpac
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Mālama ‘Āina Earth Day Community Cleanup
It wouldn’t be Earth Day without pitching in and giving back to Mother Nature! Round up your keiki to volunteer in this trash pick-up event spanning nine blocks in Kaka‘ako. Families will feel a special connection to beautifying the area around the playground at Mother Waldron Park. Trash bags, map and gloves will be provided. You’ll be rewarded for your hard work with a mahalo gift and grab n’ go snack bag at the end of the morning before, we’re guessing, your kids run to play.
- All ages
- Free. Pre-register online.
- Saturday, April 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
- Check in at The Barn at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd.
- (808) 545-4835
- ourkakaako.com, @ourkakaako
Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration
Do your keiki dream of being an astronaut or scientist? Let them explore their passions during this annual STEM event hosted by The Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council which returns this year in a virtual format. Your NASA enthusiast can engage with more than 30 virtual booths with interactive educational videos and workshops led by some of the top professionals in their areas of expertise. The virtual scavenger hunt and leaderboard game will keep them entertained throughout the day.
- All ages
- Free and open to the public. Registration is required.
- Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- onizukaday.vfairs.com, @scoutinghawaii
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Wild Explorers Weekend at Bishop Museum
Make your museum day fun with an interactive day of play. Send your keiki on a quest to explore the three major parts of the ahupua‘a system and collect stamps in their passport as they complete games, activities and trivia questions about the places and animals that live there. Good news: the J. Watumull Planetarium is back open with a new digital projector, so make sure to book your seats to the featured show, “Eyes On Island Earth,” a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day.
- All ages
- Free with admission. Admission is $14.95 kama‘āina adult, $10.95 kama‘āina youth 4 to 17 years. Reserve your timed entry ticket in advance here.
- Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.
- (808) 847-3511
- bishopmuseum.org, @bishopmuseum
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Reserve: Children’s Day Kimono Dressing Photos
Make your reservations now to capture Instagram-worthy photos of your keiki dressed in kimono, traditional shoes, and ornaments in celebration of Children’s Day on May 5. Expressions 808 and Masako Formals has set up an in-studio experience that will be fun for the kids too, with short, efficient sessions for the youngest subjects, treats from Mad Attic Hawai‘i, and an origami station to fold and decorate samurai helmets.
- Ages 3 years and up
- Sessions are $45 for keiki under 12 and $75 for keiki 13 and older. The cost includes studio time and kimono dressing. Photo packages are purchased separately and start at $25.
- Saturday, May 1 through Sunday, May 9. Reservations are required.
- Expressions studio at Pearlridge Center, Downtown, next to Sears, 98-1005 Moanalua Road, #503, ‘Aiea.
- (808) 951-7827
- expressionshawaii.net, @express808