Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Honolulu from April 1–7, 2021
Let a butterfly land on you, find eggs for a prize, travel across the ocean and play with a putty garden.
Monarch butterflies are flying into Ward Village this weekend. See if you can spot caterpillars or some of the delicate flying creatures in the Sharing the Butterfly Experience encounter tent. Five people at a time can walk in for photos and don’t be afraid if a few of the Monarchs decide to land on your little one. Then learn how people are working to keep the butterfly population thriving and buy a chrysalis to watch at home from Paradise Monarchs. While you’re walking around, watch for positive messages scattered in the garden by O‘ahu Kindness Rocks. Get there a little early to pick up some local produce at the Kaka‘ako Farmers Market, which closes at noon.
- All ages
- Saturday, April 3, 1 to 4 p.m.
- Victoria Ward Park, 1020 Auahi St.
- wardvillage.com, @wardvillage
Hunting for Fun
It is Easter weekend! In just the past few days, a few more places have announced hunts. Salt at Our Kaka‘ako has kids searching for Easter egg decals for a chance to win a prize on Saturday and Sunday. Decipher the clues in Kailua Town for a treat from Alexander & Baldwin or look for golden eggs at Wet ʻnʻ Wild Hawaiʻi on Easter Sunday for a chance at winning waterpark passes.
Stories of Oceania
Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s newest play was created just for a virtual audience. Stories of Oceania takes kids on a trip across the Pacific as they learn about different cultures and traditions that unite us. And don’t forget, HTY’s The HI Way is re-airing it’s episode, “Racism” (what a timely topic) on K5 on Thursday, April 1 and Sunday, April 4.
- Suggested for kids 8 years and older
- HTY membership is $10 a month
- Stream it now at htyweb.org
Easter Egg Ideas
Every year we look for other alternatives to the usual dye tablet dunking activity that comes in kits. This weekend, try grating broken crayons for a colorful, glittery coating. Drop nail polish into water or mix up food coloring in whipped or shaving cream for a marbleized effect. (If you’re buying shaving cream for Easter eggs, why not use any left over for fluffy slime?) Cut up unused decorative napkins for some decoupage or grab a spray bottle and coffee filters for a little tie dye. And, if you would like to go all natural, we tried three recipes for making your own vegetable-based egg colors.
Find all our DIY’s in our Easter Corner.
Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center Spring Kits
The Spring Spectacular event at the center sold out weeks ago. But you can still pick up a DIY Easter bunny basket or, our favorite, a spring play dough set with fun flower, gems and other accessories so kids can create their own garden over and over again. Pickup is at the center. Remember to bring exact change.
- Best for preschoolers and younger elementary school kids
- Purchase to pick up Thursday, April 1 or 8 or Tuesday, April 6
- Hawaiˊi Children’s Discovery Center, 111 ˊOhe St.
- discoverycenterhawaii.org, @hawaiichildrensdiscoverycenter