Your Weekend: The Best Family Fun-March 4, 2021

Visit penguins and baby dolphins, cheer for a home team, learn kite tricks from a champion and more.

Photo: Courtesy of Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park Opens

Almost a year after it closed, the park in Waimānalo is finally reopening this weekend. The new rules will sound familiar: masks will be required for everyone 2 years and older, staff will take temperature checks at the door, markers will space out people for social distancing and hand sanitizing stations have been scattered throughout. When you first arrive, ask about the free Animal Trek Park Tour (at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) so you can visit baby dolphins and learn about the rescued sea lions new Sea Lion Nursery, and don’t forget to stop by one of our writers’ favorite places, the aviary.

  • All ages
  • Kamaʻāina rates: $22.99 for 13 years and older with ID, $14.99 for kids 3 to 12 years, kids 2 years and younger are free. Regular admission is $39.99 and $24.99 respectively. Annual passes start at $39.99. Paid programs start at $49.99, admission included, for the new Aquarium Insider’s Tour.
  • Opens Saturday, March 6. Regular hours will be Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 41-202 Kalanianaʻole Highway, #7, Waimānalo
  • (808) 259-2500


University of Hawaiʻi Baseball at home

The stadium seats are still empty, but you can buy yourself some peanuts and cheer at home as two Hawaiʻi teams face each other on the diamond for the first time in 15 years. The University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors and the Hawaiʻi Pacific University Sharks will go to bat for a four-game series starting Thursday, March 4. It’s also the first home game for UH in almost a year. There are a lot of local players to cheer for (18 of the 37 are from the Islands) and keep an eye on pitcher Aaron Davenport; the likely starter from Washington was named by sports writers to be a likely contender for All American honors this year.

  • All ages
  • Games are Thursday, March 4 and Friday, March 5 at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7 at 1:05 p.m.
  • Friday and Sunday games air on Spectrum Sports.

Kite-Flying Workshop

Tradewinds are great for kite-flying tricks, at least thatʻs what former U.S. stunt-kite champion Robert Loera  discovered years ago. This weekend, the founder of Hawaiʻi Kite-flyers Association shows kids how to get into the action. Loera will show his acrobatic kite skills and talk about his experiences. Sponsor Ward Village will also have kites for the first 50 kids to arrive.

  • Best for kids 4 years and older.
  • Free
  • Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7. 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Victoria Ward Park, 980 Auahi St.

The Carnival of the Animals by the LA Phil

Like most performing arts groups, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has not performed on stage in front of a live in-person audience in about a year. It has, however, offered its concerts free for streaming and the first show in its second virtual season is designed to be a fun way to introduce kids to classical music. The philharmonic take on Saint-Saens melodic depiction of various animals using animations, stories and a host.

Make Dinner and Watch Raya

We’re not sure you heard 😊, but Disney’s newest movie debuts this weekend. Kids cooking subscription box put together a fun downloadable digital kit so keiki chefs can prepare dinner for the movie. You probably have your own family recipes to go along with the Asian-inspired animated film about Raya’s search for a dragon, but if not, Raddish Kids has instructions for shrimp noodles, pork lettuce wraps and mango sticky rice in its signature easy-to-follow and playful style.