Kid and Family Friendly Activities & Events
December 7 & 8, 2013
‘Tis the Season for CRAFT FAIRS
A great list of this weekend’s craft fairs can be found here: http://www.icb-web.net/icb/shoppers.html
SATURDAY, December 7, 2013
What: Mililani Christmas Parade
Where: Starts at Town Center of Mililani near the Longs/Theatres Parking lot, goes down Lanikuhana Ave. to Meheula Parkway to Kuahelani Street to Moenamanu Street to Kipapa Drive and finishes at Mililani Shopping Center near Jack in the Box.
When: 9am to 10:30am
About: This parade is expected to have 1500 marchers, 30 vehicles, 10 floats and 2 bands and is sponsored by Mililani Shopping Center and Town Center of Mililani.
For more info: 808-722-6467
What: Kaneohe Christmas Parade
Where: Starts at Windward Mall at Haiku Road and goes along Kamehameha Hwy to Kaneohe Bay Drive and ends at Castle High School.
When: 9am to 11am
About: Sponsored by the Kaneohe Christmas Parade Committee. The event is expected have 1800 marchers, 40 vehicles, 18 floats and 5 bands.
For more info: 808-348-2749
What: Kids in the Kitchen
Where: Children’s Discovery Center, 111 Ohe Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
When: 10am to 11:15am
About: Cook with your kids and make Gingerbread Cookies. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Registration is required.
Cost: $15 per parent/child pair for members, $22 per parent/child pair for nonmembers. Additional family members are $8 each. This price is just for the class, admission to the Center is separate if you want to spend time in the museum and will be discounted $5 for class participants.
For more info. and to register: http://www.discoverycenterhawaii.org/forms/Oct-Dec%202013.pdf or call 808-524-5437
What: Gentry Waipio Community Association Christmas Parade
Where: This parade starts at Gentry Waipio SC on Ukee Street near the Outback Steakhouse and goes to Ka Uka Blvd, to Waipio Uka Street and ends at Gentry Waipio SC.
When: 10am to 11:30am
About: This event is expected to have 800 marchers and 15 vehicles.
For more info: 808-671-2272
What: A Holly Jolly Christmas Celebration
Where: Town Center of Mililani, Mililani, Hawaii
When: 10:30am to 3pm
About: Performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band, Leilehua Hula, Miss Hawaii Crystal Lee, the Air Force Band and Performing Artist Academy. Bungie the Clown will be there at 10:30am and there will be a community blood drive from 7am to 2pm.
For more info: 808-623-8549
What: Hawaii First LEGO League Championship
Where: Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii
When: 11:30am to 4:30pm
About: This year’s theme is Nature’s Fury. Event include’s Hawaii FIRST LEGO League Championship, Hawaii Jr. FLL EXPO and Hawaii FTC Challenge.
For more info: 808-768-5400
What: Christmas Music for You and Yours
When: 2pm to 3pm.
Where: Aina Haina Public Library
About: This concert will feature Ralph Hedges and Mario Rios on the electric piano and will have both traditional and popular Christmas music.
For more info: 808-377-2456
What: Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus
Where: Hawaii State Library’s Main Lobby, Honolulu, Hawaii
About: The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus will perform holiday music.
For more info: 808-586-3520
What: Hawaii’s Only Child-and-Adult Choir Sing Xmas Carols to Warm Your Heart and Lift Your Spirits
Where: Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 N. School St., Honolulu, Hawaii
When: 3pm to 4:15pm
About: Beautiful Christmas carols sung by Hawaii’s only child-and-adult choir. Some carols will be sung by the audience.
For more info: 808-220-6969
What: Honolulu City Lights Opening Night & Parade
When: Food & souvenir booths and keiki rides open at 4pm. Tree lighting ceremony at Honolulu Hale at 6pm, parade begins at 6:30pm, concert and live entertainment start at 7:30pm.
Where: Food booths, keiki rides and souvenir booths on Honolulu Hale (City Hall) grounds. Electric light parade from Aala Park down King Street to Honolulu Hale. Holiday Concert will be at the Sky Gate. Santa will take pictures after the parade in the red brick Mission Memorial Auditorium.
About: The Honolulu City Lights display officially opens with a tree lighting ceremony at Honolulu Hale and the electric light parade through downtown Honolulu. There will be rides and booths on the grounds of Honolulu Hale and the Christmas Tree and Wreath displays will open at 6:30pm. After the parade you can get pictures with Santa until 9pm and you can see the vehicles from the parade in front of the Mission Memorial Bldg. until 9pm.
For more info: http://www.honolulucitylights.org
What: Nothing Is the Same
Where: Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre at the Cathedral of St. Andrew on the corner of Beretania Street and Alakea Street
When: 4:30pm to 5:30pm
About: This play explores what friendship means in hard times by following four 11 year olds living on Oahu when the Japanese bomb their town on the way to bomb Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth
For more info. and reservations: 808-839-9885
What: Twilight Tour of the Zoo
Where: Honolulu Zoo, 151 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
When: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
About: Meet at the front gate between 4pm and 4:25pm for a two hour guided walking tour of the zoo to learn what the animals do in the evenings. The tour concludes in the zoo’s classroom with skull displays and light refreshments.
Cost: for members: $14 for adults and $10 for ages 3 to 12; for non-members: $18 for adults and $14 for ages 3 to 12.
For more info: 808-971-7195
To check availability and book: 800-979-3370
What: The Live Nativity
When: Christmas caroling hayrides start at 5pm and performance starts at 6:30pm.
Where: Waimanalo Country Farms, 41-225 Lupe Street, Waimanalo, Hawaii
About: An experience for the whole family where you can meet farm animals, enjoy hot refreshments and s’mores and enjoy the program. Seating is limited so they recommend you go early.
For more info: 808-306-4379 or 808-306-4381
What: Night Insect Safari
Where: Hawaii Nature Center, 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822
When: 6pm to 8pm
About: Designed for ages 6 and older, this program will allow participants to survey Hawaii’s mini-wildlife using nocturnal collecting techniques. Learn wy insects are attracted to light and other things abou tthem. Bring a flashlight! Reservations are required.
Cost: $10 for non-members
For more info. and reservations: 808-955-0100, ext. 118
What: Pearl Harbor Memorial Anniversary Parade
Where: This parade begins at Ft. DeRussy and goes down Kalakaua Ave. to Kapahulu/Kalakaua/Monsarrat Avenues grassy area in front of the Honolulu Zoo.
About: They are expecting 2000 marchers, 40 vehicles, 8 floats and 10 bands for this parade.
For more info: www.pearlharborparade.org
What: 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 8, 2013
What: Honolulu Marathon
About: If you’re just learning about this here, then you’re not going to be participating in it on Sunday morning, but wanted to give you a heads-up because it will have an impact on traffic in and around Waikiki and Hawaii Kai. Plan accordingly.
What: 14th Annual Gingerbread Family Festival
Where: Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
When: 9:30am to 11:30 am and 12:30pm to 2:30pm
About: Sponsored by Easter Seals Hawaii and The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, this event includes community competition, chef competition, gingerbread construction on site, kits to go, photo with Santa and Santa’s Assisted Technology Workshop.
Cost: Free admission, but purchase a gingerbread kit ahead if you want to make a house. $39 per gingerbread kit.
For more info. and to purchase your gingerbread kit: www.GingerbreadHawaii.com or call 808-948-4000
What: Keiki Christmas Ho’olaule’a
Where: Windward Mall, Kaneohe, Hawaii
When: 10am to 3pm
About: Join Windward Mall and several local hula halaus for the first annual Keiki Christmas Ho’olaule’a. There will be entertainment all day long featuring some of the island’s top keiki hula halaus and local entertainers.
For more info: www.WindwardMall.com
What: Seasons Greetings Cards: Collage and Watercolor
Where: Art Explorium, in Kaimuki at 1142 Koko Head Avenue
When: 1pm to 3pm
About: Let your kids have fun designing and creating mixed media greeting cards. They will learn more about collageand different watercolor techniques. The workshop will be taught by artist Regina Bode who works with the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Hawaii State Art Museum teaching drawing and painting. For ages 5 and up.
Cost: $15 per student
For more info. and to register: http://artexplorium.wufoo.com/forms/art-explorium-workshop-registration-form/
What: Rudolph Retires presented by the Sounds of Aloha Chorus
When: 2:03pm and 5:03pm
Where: Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College, 45-720 Kea’ahala Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii
About: A musical comedy for kids from 2 to 92. Featuring The Sounds of Aloha Chorus, Aloha Spirit, Resonance, Funny Bones, 8zero8 and the Kapolei PACKids. Santa will be there and will give gifts to all the kids.
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids
For more info. and to make reservations: 808-262-7664
What: Welcome Yule
Where: St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Beretania & Queen Emma Streets, Honolulu, Hawaii
About: A special concert oriented toward a youth audience featuring John Rutter’s Gloria with the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, soloists, brass and percussion ensemble and organ with special guests the Hawaii Education of the Arts Children’s (HEARTS) Choir.
Cost: $35 and $30 with a $5 discount for students and active duty military with ID.
For more info. and to get tickets: http://www.oahuchoral.org/WelcomeYule.html or call 808-392-0382
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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