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Kid and Family Friendly Activities & Events

December 20 & 21, 2014

SATURDAY, December 20, 2014


Breakfast With Santa

Where: Dave & Busters

When: 8am to 10:30am

About: Enjoy a breakfast buffet, airbrush face painting, balloon twisting and pictures with Santa.

Cost: $18.99 for adults, $12.99 for children ages 3-10

For more info. and reservations: 808-589-2215


Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center’s 16th Birthday

Where:   Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, 111 Ohe Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

When: The center is open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday

About: Come and celebrate the Center’s birthday with cake and ice cream

Cost: Kama’aina and military admission is $8 per person. Children under 1 are free.

For more info: 808-524-5437


Christmas Storytime

Where: Waialua Public Library

When: 10am

About: Children of all ages are invited to hear holiday season stories, make an ornament craft and receive special treats. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Free

For more info: 808-637-8286


Children’s Story & Craft Time

Where: Hawaii State Library’s Edna Allyn Room for Children

When: 10:30am

About: Stories and crafts for children ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Free

For more info: 808-586-3510


Holiday Movie Screenings

Where: Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library

When: 1pm and 2:30pm

About: Children 7 years and older are invited to come and watch Christmas movies. The Nighmare Before Christmas will show at 1pm and Elf staring Will Ferrell will show at 2:30pm. Both films are rated PG.

Cost: Free

For more info: 808-733-8488


Santa’s Workshop

Where: Waianae Public Library

When: 2pm to 4:30pm

About: This event is suitable for all ages but young children must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy holiday season stories and music. Attendees will also get to make ornaments and Christmas cards to take home.

Cost: Free

For more info: 808-697-7868


Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s “Rock’n the Holidays with Rakugo!”

Where: Tenney Theatre, 229 Queen Emma Square, Corner of Beretania St and Alakea St, Honolulu

When: 4:30pm to 5:30pm

About: Rakugo is an ancience style of Japanese storytelling that is becoming popular once again. When this ancient style mixes with classic stories of the holidays there will be humor, magic and a unique cultural perspective on the holiday season.

Cost: $10 Youth, $15 Seniors, $20 adults

For more info: http://htyweb.org/plays/rockn-holidays-rakugo


Christmas Nights

Where: Queen Emma Summer Palace, 2913 Pali Hwy, Honolulu

When: 6pm

About: Celebrate Christmas at the Palace with Hawaiian history, Hawaiian Christmas carols and shop for unique holiday gifts. Listen to Honolulu Chorale and Emmalani Serenaders and learn from Palace Docents who will share the history of Christmas while hosting visitors in Queen Emma’s Summer Retreat.

Cost: $8 for adults, $1 for children ages 5-17 years old


The Live Nativity

Where:  Waimanalo Country Farms, 41-225 Lupe Street, Waimanalo, Hawaii

When:  Seating from 6:30pm to 7:15pm.  Gates close promptly at 7:15pm.  Program begins at 7:30pm.  For dinner (advanced reservations, only) check in at 5pm.

About:  Fire pits for s’mores, Country Market, Lemonade & Sweet Tea and other food available for purchase.  And a special performance under the stars of the “Live Nativity Christmas Story.”  Special dinner packages available on Saturday.  Call for dinner information and reservations.

Cost:  Free admission, although packages are available that include dinner, hayride and priority seating for the show.

For more info. and to reserve seats and purchase a package:  808-306-4381


Honolulu Boy Choir’s “Merriest Hawaiian Christmas” concert

When: Doors open at 6:30pm, concert begins at 7pm.

Where: Central Union Church, 1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

About: Concert by the Honolulu Boy’s Choir celebrating their 40th anniversary.  Special guests include Henry Kapono, Honolulu ‘Alumni’ Boy Choir, Samoan Gospel Heralds and Sounds of Aloha Chorus.

Cost: Free admission.  Freewill offering will be taken.

For more info:  808-596-7464


Night Insect Safari with Dr. Steve Montgomery

Where: Hawaii Nature Center, 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii

When: 6pm to 8pm

About: Study Hawaii’s insects using nighttime collecting techniques. Learn why light attracts insects and other fun facts about these creatures. The evening will involve setting up a base camp and studying the insects it attracts. Reservations required. For ages 6 and older.

Cost: $10 per person, adult or child.

For more info. and reservations: 808-955-0100, ext. 118


Ballet Hawaii Presents The Nutcracker

Where: Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

When: 7:30pm (also on Sunday)

About: Starring principal dancers from New York City Ballet. Featuring the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Cost: $35 – $99


Sky This Month Evening Planetarium Show

Where: Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817

When: 8pm to 9pm (arrive by 7:45pm, there is no late seating)

About: Explore the Hawaiian night sky in this live evening program which uses the Bishop Museum’s new hybrid system that combines a new star machine with immersive full dome video. Journey through the rings of Saturn and into the heart of the Orion Nebula, explore the current night sky in Hawaii and then travel into the depths of space. When the program ends at 9pm, provided the skies are clear, visit the viewing deck above the planetarium to find constellations and planets in the real sky. Then, weather permitting, go to the museum’s observatory next door and look at objects in the night sky through telescopes. Reservations are required and the program does sell out. A light sweater is recommended.

Cost: $6 for ages 4-12, $8 for ages 13 and up, free for members of Bishop Museum and the Hawaii Astronomical Society. Cash only. Advanced reservations required.

For more info. and reservations: 808-848-4168


SUNDAY, December 21, 2014


Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Celebrate!

When:  11am to 5pm with activities ending at 3pm

Where:  Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

About:  The theme for this month’s event is Pasko! featuring Filipino holiday traditions.  Art activities will include making a gift bag and making a festive star out of tissue paper.  Entertainment will include the youth orchestra Banda Kawayan playing bamboo instruments, a dance crew performing the tinkling dance and more.  You can also take a free shuttle to Spalding House in Makiki Heights where there will be more activities and entertainment.  See the webpage (linked below) for a complete schedule.

Cost:  Free

For more info:  http://honolulumuseum.org/events/bank_of_hawaii_sunday/14557-pasko


Ballet Hawaii Presents The Nutcracker

Where: Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

When: 2pm (also on Saturday)

About: Starring principal dancers from New York City Ballet. Featuring the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Cost: $35 – $99


Natural Holiday Decorations

When: 2:30pm to 4pm

Where:  Art Explorium, in Kaimuki at 1142 Koko Head Avenue

About:  In this workshop children will use natural materials to make holiday decorations.  Materials will be provided but you can bring some of your own too if you want to.  The class will be taught by Malia Lagaso who teaches at the Sunshine School and crafts with her family every holiday season.  This class is for ages 5 and up and reservations are required.

Cost:  $15 per student

For more info and to register:  808-312-4316 and http://artexplorium.wufoo.com/forms/art-explorium-workshop-registration-form/


Make-a-Wish Hawaii’s 2nd Annual Jingle Rock Run 2014

Where: Boca Hawaii, 330 Cooke Street

When: 6pm

About: Festive 5K run/walk in a Christmas celebration for the whole family. Runners, walkers, kids and dogs are welcome! Route takes you through the Downtown Christmas lights of Kaka’ako area, past Honolulu Hale and back to the finish line at Mother Waldron Park. Family fun and festivities in the park will follow the run. Costumes are encouraged! Funds will help Make-a-Wish fund the wishes of eligible keiki battling life-threatening diseases. Registration still open.

Cost: $30 – $40

For more info: http://classic.raceroster.com/events/2014/3265/jingle-rock-run-2014

‘Tis the Season for Craft Fairs!  Check out a great list of craft fairs on the Island Craft Bulletin page.

For holiday events happening throughout the month of December, visit the Christmas Events Page.

Every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of the information on this list but please use the links and phone numbers listed to confirm details or get more information before attending an event.  Have fun!

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