The second-annual Pumpkin Carving Festival allows families to enjoy a quintessential fall tradition while aiding local and national charities. Held at the spacious Neal S. Blaisdell Center, the event that attracted more than 1,100 attendees last year will again seat families of eager squash whittlers near each other for the festive occasion. During a two-hour carving session, groups of up to eight people bring their jack-o’-lanterns to life utilizing scoopers, pairing knives, stencils, and suggestions culled from the cryogenically frozen brain of Dr. Frankenstein. This year's Pumpkin Carving Festival's proceeds will benefit the ongoing community-building efforts of Hawaii Children's Discovery Center and the Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers, who use Hawaiian culture to strengthen familial bonds and literacy.
Children explore their curiosity and develop social skills and moms exercise at WeePlay & Learn's 12,000-square-foot play and workout center. Playgroup classes held every day of the week encourage children to interact in groups divided by development level and favorite shape. Caring staffers engage emerging senses with music and movement, motor exercises, and toys in the WeeBabies play classes. Toddlers build confidence and fine motor skills as they clamber over equipment, and older tykes encounter ABC’s and 123’s for the first time so they can finally translate instructions and assemble their own playhouses. Preschoolers practice sharing as they learn more about the alphabet and experiment with musical instruments. Art decks the walls of the colorful, carpeted playrooms, where natural light floods through floor-to-ceiling windows to illuminate children at play.
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