Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Honolulu for July 8–14, 2021
See an endangered butterfly, blow bubbles at a ceramic workshop and join a wild virtual concert.
Monarchs and More
It’s always a thrill to see these gentle, winged insects in action, especially when they land on you, but this weekend is the time to visit the returning interactive exhibit at Pearlridge Center. The popup enclosure full of locally raised Monarchs in various stages of life will be there until Aug. 8, but Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11, and Saturday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., families can also see the endangered Kamehameha Butterfly and learn more about one of Hawaiʻi’s two endemic butterflies. Please note that kids will not be able to touch the butterflies, but it is still a treat to see the rare beauty. So come with questions for University of Hawaiʻi butterfly expert William Haines and don’t forget your selfie, with fabric wings of course, in front of the butterfly backdrop.
- All ages
- $5 per person, kids younger than 2 are free. Sundays, all active-duty military receive $1 discount.
- Open daily through Sunday, Aug. 8. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
- Pearlridge Center, 98-1005 Moanalua Road, ʻAiea
- pearlridgeonline.com, @pearlridge
See also: 🦋 Grow It Yourself: A Backyard Butterfly Garden
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Bubble Bowl Workshop
Maybe it’s the opening of the van Gogh exhibit, but we’ve been itching to get a little more artistic recently. This weekend, you can play with clay. The family-friendly Clay Café in McCully will be teaching students how to use bubbles to create an interesting texture on your own bowl. The two-hour evening workshop will result a piece of usable art to take home and allows for older elementary-age kids to attend with a non-painting parent, or reserve two slots to do it side by side. We also have our eye on the intriguingly named Masking Tape, Splatter and Toothbrush class on Saturday, July 17 and the Aloha Ombre Plate workshop for middle school kids and older on Tuesday, July 13.
- Best for kids 8 years and older
- $50 per person
- Saturday, July 10, 6 to 8 p.m.
- McCully Shopping Center, 1960 Kapiʻolani Blvd., #208
- clay-café-hawaii.square.site, @claycafehawaii
Honolulu Zoo Society’s Virtual Wildest Show in Town
It’s not quite the same as picnicking with an enthusiastic crowd on the lawn, but the zoo’s virtual edition of its annual summer event brings some fun to your computer screen. The first show on July 1 started with a catchy melodic tour of the zoo with Angela Morales followed by a toe-tapping performance by Pure Heart and a visit with the elephants. (You can still watch it here.) So we say grab a blanket and head into the backyard or park to watch this week’s show featuring Tavana. July 21 will have Bobby Moderow followed by The Mākaha Sons to close out the series on July 28.
- All ages
- Wednesday, July 14, 5 p.m.
- Honolulu Zoo’s Facebook page or Honolulu Zoo Society’s YouTube page.
Open: Waikīkī Aquarium
It’s been closed for almost a year, but the aquarium reopened this month. You should make reservations for a time slot online, although the aquarium says you can try to walk in, note that the the first day sold out. The experience will be even more looking than touching, touch screens will be shut down for safety measures.
- All ages
- $8 for kamaʻāina adults, $5 for kids 4 to 12, kids 3 years and younger are free
- Time slots are available every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
- 2777 Kalākaua Ave.
- (808) 923-9741
- waikikiaquarium.org, @waikikiaquarium
Register: Parents Night Out: Kidz Art Hawai‘i
Since My Gym Honolulu and Art Explorium closed, parents night out events have been difficult to find. KidzArt in Kailua’s next keiki drop-off evening will be in mid-July, which means you should reserve your spot now. The three-and-a-half hour event includes art projects, activities and story time. A pizza dinner for your child is included, now you just have to figure out where you’ll go for your date/errand night.
- 3 to 12 years
- $58, 15% discount for siblings
- Saturday, July 16, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
- St. Christopher’s Church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive, Room 102, Kailua
- (808) 354-5905
- Register at kidzart.com