Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Honolulu for June 10–16, 2021
Learn about Hawaiian Monk Seals, turtles and more at an Oceans Day celebration, drive through sunflowers for summer photo ops, enter to airfare and get a spot in a STEM Lego workshop.
World Oceans Day at Sea Life Park
The official day was marked on Tuesday, June 8, but the Waimānalo park dedicated to marine life is celebrating this weekend with kids activities and a chance to learn from nonprofit groups. Stop by Mālama na Honu and the Hawaiian Monk Seal Preservation ‘Ohana’s booths to learn more about how we can all help protect our ocean animals, watch a performance of the musical Honu by the Sea, scan a QR code to enter to win prizes, make crafts and pick up Waimānalo Country Farms lemonade or Windward Snow Shave Ice. Also fill out the storm water survey online for a chance to win an annual pass.
The sunflowers are out again and that means Waimānalo Country Farms has reopened its fields for a drive through for all your summer photo ops. Just like the spring, you’ll book a time for a single vehicle to drive the path and stop for several photos at scenic stations, including a new “Hello Summer” doorway we spotted on Instagram. On weekends, you can get a low country boil and corn on the cob to go. Remember, concessions are cash only.
- All ages
- $10.84 per person 3 years and older when paying with a credit card, $10 cash
- Tuesday through Sunday through July 21. Time slots are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 41-225 Lupe St., Waimānalo
- (808) 306-4381
- waimanalocountryfarms.com/reservations-sunflowers, @waimanalocountryfarms
Let the movie nights begin. This weekend’s film, Lilo & Stitch, kicks off movies at the wave pool every Saturday through Aug. 21. The lineup includes favorite family flicks as well as recent releases including Wonder Woman 1984 and Scoob. There are usually discounts and giveaways including this weekend’s prize pack which includes a night at Embassy Suites in Kapolei and tickets to the park. Also note that Wet’n’Wild is offering half off admission to all Hawai‘i residents and military before noon through the three-day weekend.
- All ages
- $49.99 general admission. $19.99 after 4 p.m. or before noon for kama‘āina and military
- Saturday, June 12, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The movie begins at dusk.
- 400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei
- (808) 674-9283
- wetnwildhawaii.com, @wetnwildhawaii
😷 Wet’n’Wild is one of the sites on O‘ahu that will be offering free COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday, June 12. Queen’s Health Systems workers will be offering Pfizer vaccines for kids 12 years and older and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for adults. You can pre-register here. And the state’s first drawing for 100,000 Hawaiian Miles and other prizes for people who have been vaccinated is Friday, June 11. Learn more about what you can win and how to register here.
Keiki Suminagashi Workshop
This Japanese technique captures swirling ink on paper for a colorful marbled look. Kids will learn how to get started and receive a box of absorbent paper rounds to keep playing at home. The workshop is one of three keiki workshops at Fishcake shop’s FishSchool for older elementary school kids. Sign up now to create a creature-inspired ceramic cup with fishcake’s kiln (Friday, June 11 and June 18) or the landscape painting workshop (June 26) which will show young artists how to mix watercolor and oil pastel.
- 8 years and older
- Saturday, June 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon
- Fishcake, 307C Kamani St.
- (808) 800-6151, firstname.lastname@example.org
- fishcake.us, @fishcakehawaii
Register: Bricks 4 Kidz workshops
The STEM-focused Lego brick-building sessions are setting up shop at Windward Mall this summer. Bricks 4 Kidz will hold four-week building sessions for elementary school kids in June, July and August. Keiki will build motorized vehicles as they learn about gravity, friction, catapults, machines and other mechanical concepts. June is already sold out (there is a wait list) but there are still spaces for the rest of the season. Keep in mind, the early workshops, beginning at 9 a.m., are the most popular. When we last checked, there was just a single space left in that session for July.
- For kids in kindergarten through fifth grade
- $100 for four sessions
- Hour-and-a-half workshops are on Saturdays at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. or 1 p.m.
- Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe
- (808) 255-5522
Get Out and About!
Many of our family places have extended hours for the summer. Here is a partial list:
- Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center: Open Wednesday through Sunday, June 2—August 15
- Wet’n’Wild Hawai‘i: Open daily through Aug. 1. Hours vary.
- Waimea Valley: Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as of May 31
- Waikīkī Aquarium: We hear it may be reopening sometime this summer.