Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun-July 23, 2020
Watch horses race oceanside, save a spot at a drive-in movie and learn how to balance on two wheels.
The Hawaiʻi Polo Life team and their ponies.
Editor’s Note: As of Saturday, July 25, the polo matches were canceled ahead of Hurricane Douglas. Contact organizers of these events for the latest. For a list of places closed because of the hurricane, go to honolulumagazine.com. For a list of indoor fun ideas, see Weekend Guide Ideas for At-Home Fun From a Frazzled Mom, our 5 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy or fun recipe ideas for young chefs.
Watch a Live Game
Most sports have been delayed or canceled for fans. But this weekend, the Hawai‘i Polo Club will kick off its season on the North Shore. The gates open at 11 a.m. on Sunday so you can picnic or grill before the ponies take the field at 2 p.m. Read our tips for following the game (and explaining it to the kids) and bring your swimsuits for a quick afternoon dip in the ocean. One change to note: this year, everyone who buys tickets must also pay for a reserved parking space which runs $25 to $40 per car or truck. But kids 12 years and younger are still free.
- All ages
- $18 for general admission, kids 12 years and younger are free. Parking is $25 to $40. Private tents, reserved seating and tables are also available.
- Sunday, July 26. The first match is at 2 p.m., the second is at 3 p.m.
- 68-411 Farrington Highway, Waialua
- (808) 220-5153, hawaii-polo.org
Learn to Ride Your Bike
Sunday is the last Keiki to Ride class scheduled by the Hawai‘i Bicycling League. The quick class doesn’t just teach kids how to get on two wheels, new bicyclists will also learn how to maintain their bikes and how to pick a good helmet. The two-hour class is free, provides exercise and is free. See our six tips for this workshop.
- For beginning bicyclists 5 to 16 years old
- Sunday, July 26, 8 to 10 a.m.
- Ala Wai Promenade. Call the bicycling league for exact meeting spot.
- (808) 735-5756 or sign up at hbl.org
Photo: Christi Young
Photo: Christi Young
The mini golf courses are open, outside and, thanks to the layouts, natural spaces for social distancing. Many are open for extra days and longer hours for the summer months. Bay View mini-putt also reopened its keiki friendly (lower and slower than others) zip line earlier this month.
- All ages
- Rounds cost between $5 and $12.
- We Tried It! Click here to see our guide to the golf courses including rates and hours.
Buy Tickets for a Drive-In
Will Smith plays a super agent who turns into a pigeon in the surprisingly funny Spies in Disguise, the film for My Kailua’s next drive-in movie at Kailua Methodist Church. Parents who would prefer a retro movie for the retro setting can buy tickets for the late show, Edward Scissorshands featuring an oh-so-young Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. The last movies sold out quickly so don’t wait to reserve your space for this last weekend before public schools begin classes, in some form or another. And remember, spaces in the lot are first come, first serve.
- Spies in Disguise is rated PG. Edward Scissorhands is PG-13.
- $30 per car.
- Spies in Disguise and Edward Scissorhands play at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 1.
- Buy tickets through Kailua Methodist Church’s Facebook page.