Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun in Honolulu for June 3–9, 2021
Go swimming then watch ponies, hit a wider trail, save a space for a parent night out or pick up free supplies for a book-inspired arts and crafts.
Hawai‘i Polo Club Opening Day
It’s outside, fans spread out and it is one of the rare sports where you could route for the home team in person. The ponies and chukkers will be out this weekend in Waialua for the start of the polo season. Every weekend, local teams will play two games but if your little one doesn’t make it past the first hour-long bout, they can still enjoy watching the ponies parade out and tailgating near the beach. Gates open three hours before the action so you can picnic, jump into the water or just spend the day in the country. We tried it! See our five tips for a family polo outing.
- All ages
- $18 general admission, $15 for students and military. You will need to also pay $25 to $40 for parking as everyone needs to stay in their own parking space. $45 to $350 for VIP seating in the club house.
- Every Sunday starting June 6. Gates open at 11 a.m., games are at 2 and 3 p.m.
- 68-411 Farrington Highway, Waialua
- (808) 220-5135
- hawaii-polo.org, @hawaiipolo
See also: 🐎 Field Notes: You Don’t Have to be Rich to Ride with The Honolulu Polo Club
Reopening: Mānoa Falls Trail
After almost two years closed, for fence installation not because of COVID-19, Mānoa Falls Trail reopens this weekend. The always popular trail is less than a mile over a bridge and through a rainforest and now boasts new fencing to keep back rocks at the waterfall, a resurfaced trail, new steps and benches. We almost guarantee an onslaught of hikers when it officially reopens on Saturday, June 5 but the trail is wider, meaning it will be easier for people to pass.
- All ages
- Open sunup to sundown daily starting Saturday, June 5.
- Find it on the state’s website, hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov
See also: 🏃🏽♀️ 5 Kid-Friendly Hiking and Running Trails on O‘ahu
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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 at the end of June, 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, June 18, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
- St. Christopher’s Church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive, Room 102, Kailua
- (808) 354-5905
- Register at kidzart.com/franchise/windward
Children’s Literature Biennial Conference
This year’s gathering of writers, readers and children book enthusiasts does include some activities for your kids. Opening night includes readings by Nēnē award-nominated author Lehua Parker (One Boy, No Water) and illustrator Caren Loebel-Fried with a special performance of their work by Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Register to pick up free craft supplies to use during the conferences’ arts and crafts videos for keiki. Teen authors can also get tips from Parker and Loebel-Fried in interactive workshops that are also free online.
- Crafts are appropriate for ages 5 to 12
- Opening night readings and performances are Friday, June 4 beginning at 7 p.m. Teen workshops are Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 at 10:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively. Craft supply pickup is Sunday, June 6, noon to 3 p.m.
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Pu‘u O Kaimukī Restoration and Mural
Some call it Christmas Tree park for the metal tree at the top. Others call it Reservoir Park, Menehune Hill and even Bunker Hill. (Read why from HONOLULU Magazine.) But the little hidden park behind the fire station is getting a makeover. 808 Cleanups is hosting a series of cleanup events this week to restore the rock walls and remove invasive plants. You can also vote for a new mural that will be painted by Solomon Enos on the wall nearby. We love the eight bright, geometric patterns Enos created based on stars, the landscape of the area and other Hawaiian themes.
- All ages. Kids under 16 need to work with parents.
- Clean ups are Friday, June 4; Monday, June 7; and Friday, June 11 from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Puʻu O Kaimukī. Park on Ocean View Drive or Kaimukī Avenue.
- RSVP by emailing email@example.com or messaging 808Cleanups on Instagram or Facebook.