Family Friendly Fall on Oahu
Just like anywhere else the fall is cooler than the summer but here that just means it's more "comfortable". The sun is setting sooner than 730 pm and is rising later than 5am like it does in the summer. There'll be less and less days that we run the A/C and more days we pull a sheet over us when sleeping. And after a summer of pajama-free nights this time of year the kids get reacquainted with where their pajamas are stored in thier closet.
The surf starts it's gradual shift from more energy on the southshores to what willl eventually become giant surf on the northshore. The water is still fun as always but will be a tad cooler first thing in the morning. [On any given beach day its good to check the Box Jelly Fish Calendar and Hawaii Beach Safety Alerts for Oahu]
The fall is a great interlude between the crowds and packed activity schedule during the summer and winter holidays. And while visually the changes are subtle there are certain annual events that signal the season. This is our list of no-to-miss-events this fall.
September 2 (Sun) Keiki Sunday - A Day with the Rays **TWO kids are FREE for every paying adult
Through a host of engaging games, presentations, entertainment and activities, guest can learn more about these exquisite and often misunderstood animals—including stingrays, manta rays and spotted eagle rays—that dwell in our tropical waters.
10am to 2pm
Sea Life Park (East Oahu)
September 9 Na Kama Kai Ocean Safety & Conservation Awareness Clinic **FREE
Hands down my favorite community clinc for the kids.
Five different start times: 9am, 9:30am,10am, 10:30am and 11am. All clinics are free, and any donations are greatly appreciated! WALK-ONS WELCOME!
Kahana Bay Beach Park
September 22 (Sat) Aloha Festivals - Waikiki Hoolaulea (BLOCK PARTY)
Food, music and a great vibe fore the fam.
Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki
September 29 (Sat) Aloha Festivals - Annual Floral Parade
Must musy must see.
9am - 12pm
From Ala Moana Park through Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park
October 7 (Sun) Kamaaina Kids Children and Youth day *FREE
The grounds of the State Capitol are transformed into a sprawling keiki convention with games, entertainment, food, and both informative-type and interactive booths. Always draws a lot of families.
10am to 3pm
Hawaii State Capitol in Downtown Honolulu
October 6 & 7 Oh Baby Family Expo
There are a lot of brilliant small Hawaii-based keiki shops and this one of the best opportunities to check them out all in one place. It’s usually packed but is always worth it. I go specifically looking for some of my favorite local shops to pick-up their latest stuff and get some early Christmas shopping done too.
10am – 5pm
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall near the Ala Moana Shopping Center
October 13/14 - every weekend Pumpkin Patch Festival at Aloun Farms
Go first thing in the morning and pack a wagon, sunblock and just know our shoes or slippahs are gonna get dirty. There’s usually carnival rides, food booths, a petting zoo and pony rides but invariably we spend the morning wandering rows of crops in search of members of a pumpkin family: mommy pumpkin, daddy pumpkin, brother pumpkin and baby pumpkin. Then there’s the very necessary hay ride that we all enjoy.
The car ride back to town usually includes 4 pairs of dusty feet and 2 little ones asleep in their car seat.
Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14, 20-21, 27-28th
830am - 5pm
Aloun Farms on the Westside in Kapolei
October TBD (Sat) Gunstock Ranch Fall Fun Day
An awesome way to spend a fall Saturday in the country. Horses in costume, face painting, hay rides, petting zoo, etc.
9am – 2pm
***Discounted Tickets before Oct 15***
October 28 (Sun) Keiki Costume Ball
A super fun-filled early evening event for the kids in costume. We go early and queue up in line waiting for the doors to open and when they do we’re walking in equipped with small Halloween pails to carry all the goodies we collect from each of the exhibits. And even though I intentionally bring small ones it still takes two hours to fill. After doing this for a few years now we get our pizzas and dessert out of the way before trick or treating just so we can avoid hangry and the dinner crowd.
5:30 – 7:30
***DEADLINE Register by Friday October 12***
Children’s Discovery Center
November (tbd) Keiki Swap Meet
One of my absolute favorite teachable moment-type of event. It’s essentially an opportunity to do a toy purge and also teach a lesson in commerce and finance. About a week before we’ll go through the exercise of figuring out which toys they’ve grown out of. On the day of I have several bins labelled anything from 5 cents to $2 and simply sort items by value. Everything is priced to sell – nothing is intended to come back home with us. At this stage the whole thing is less about us making money and more about the boys handling money. They both have little coin purses to place all the coins they collect and I encourage people to speak to the boys directly so while I do observe, I don’t handle any of the transactions. We always arrive with a truck full or toys and by noon we leave with a small bin. This is largely due to the volume of families that come to make their rounds; me marking whatever we have left as free so we can leave for lunch and the boys ability to garner interest by demonstrating how their toys work. And after they’ve filled their coin purses they are free to shop there for one toy to bring home.
Pack and pop-up tent, sun block, tables and umbrella chairs
10am – 1pm
***DEADLINE Register by October 11***
Children’s Discovery Center