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Things To Do With Kids in Honolulu

Honolulu and the island of Oahu have a rich culture and history dating back almost 1,000 years. Visitors to this tropical paradise are rewarded with incredible weather and scenery, as well as a look into Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. There are also fun, family-friendly activities offered throughout the city and the greater island of Oahu. You’ll want to make sure you take your family to visit both Pearl Harbor and the Waikiki Aquarium during your vacation in paradise.

A vacation in Honolulu will surely be filled with almost endless fun and activities. Strap on a parasail and get spectacular views of Honolulu with Diamond Head Parasail or head to Dave & Buster’s for arcade games and appetizers. Complete your Hawaiian vacation with one of the following kids activities:

  • Diamond Head Parasail: get a bird’s eye view of Honolulu and its beautiful coastline
  • Dave & Buster’s: your kids can play almost endless games while you sit back and enjoy appetizers
  • Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor: learn all about Hawaii’s aviation history
  • Waikiki Aquarium: the second oldest public aquarium in the United States
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve: a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters for snorkeling

While your time in Honolulu should be spent exploring and enjoying the beautiful scenery, you also need to make time to relax with the whole family. Try visiting one of the following kid-friendly hotspots in Honolulu:

  • Ala Moana Center: shop to your heart’s content at Hawaii’s largest shopping mall
  • Moana Surfrider: let your kids play in the pools of this luxury resort and hotel
  • Aloha Stadium: catch a game or concert at Hawaii’s largest outdoor arena
  • Waikiki Dive Center: take a dive tour of Hawaii’s coastal waters
  • Turtle Bay Resort: relax in style on the miles of beaches offered by this luxury resort

Hawaii’s over 1,000 years of history and culture can be seen in the many monuments and historic buildings around the city of Honolulu. Visiting Pearl Harbor is a must for every visitor and Diamond Head offers unbelievable views of the entire island. If you have the chance, visit one of the following Honolulu landmarks:

  • Diamond Head: offers breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu
  • Pearl Harbor: honor fallen heroes at this famous site
  • North Shore: watch the adrenaline packed action of big wave surfing
  • USS Bowfin: take a tour of this gigantic warship
  • King Kamehameha Statue: visit the statue honoring the founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii
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Your kids will love all the activities to do during your vacation in Honolulu. They can take a submarine ride for views of the ocean from underneath the surface or swim with dolphins until they tire themselves out. When it’s time for a kid-centric adventure, try one of the following:

  • Children’s Discovery Center: designed to inspire all ages to discover, explore and share
  • Atlantis Submarines: give your kids a new perspective of the ocean from below the surface
  • Honolulu Cookie Company: a plethora of cookies to please any pallet
  • Dolphin Quest: here kids can swim with dolphins
  • Nocturnal Adventures Hawaii: go on a paddleboarding adventure after the sun goes down
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There is a wide selection of fun things to do for groups travelling to Hawaii. Sea Life Park Hawaii and the Honolulu Zoo are amazing places to learn about all the animals that call Hawaii home. If you’re looking for more, start with one of the following group activities:

  • USS Missouri: this battleship took part in World War II as well as conflicts in Korea and the Persian Gulf
  • Sea Life Park Hawaii: offers a marine mammal park, a bird sanctuary, and an aquarium
  • Honolulu Zoo: offering exhibits teaching visitors about Hawaii’s native animals
  • Wet’n’Wild Hawaii: often referred to as one of Honolulu’s best family activities
  • Maunalua Bay: this bay is famously situated between Diamond Head and Koko Head

Hawaii and Honolulu offer diverse lessons for your kids to learn. One of the most important lessons they can learn is what really happened at Pearl Harbor. Beyond that, the city’s culture is ripe for exploration. Learn something new at one of the following places:

  • ‘Iolani Palace: visit the former royal residence of the rulers of Hawaii
  • Bishop Museum: founded in 1889 as Hawaii’s state museum of natural and cultural history
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: your kids will learn everything there is to know about Polynesian culture
  • Aliiolani Hale: the current home of Hawaii’s State Supreme Court
  • The USS Arizona Memorial: honor the fallen soldiers that gave their lives during the Battle of Pearl Harbor

Honolulu has a ton of fun and interesting classes for kids to take during their vacation to this tropical paradise. Learn the basics of painting at the Art Explorium or test your balance with Uncle Bryan’s Sunset Suratt Surf Academy. For more creative class ideas, continue reading:

  • Camp Erdman: an outdoor camp offering classes and camps
  • Painting With a Twist: your kids can focus on their masterpiece while you focus on the drink in your hand
  • Nuuanu Branch YMCA: offering classes, camps, sports, and other fun activities
  • Uncle Bryan'€™s Sunset Suratt Surf Academy: your kids will love spending time in the ocean learning to surf
  • Art Explorium: teaches kids the basics of differents types of art

Why not check out one of Honolulu’s amazing indoor activities during one of Hawaii’s many tropical rain storms? You can bounce around on trampolines or strap on some skates and try ice skating. For more ideas, try:

  • Tiki’s Family Fun Center: laser tag, an arcade, mini golf, and more
  • Lucky Strike Social: a modern bowling alley with lounge and an arcade
  • iTrampoline: experience high-flying fun on almost endless trampolines
  • Ice Palace: take your kids here to cool off with some ice skating
  • 808 Bounce House: a warehouse filled with bounce houses