Honolulu is a busy city loaded with attractions, eateries, activities and attractions - many of which are perfect for kids. Outlined here is a perfect child friendly day in Honolulu, from where to eat to what to do and when to do it. A convenient thing about this list is that all the activities and places to eat are within walking distance, so no need to drive far and look for parking spaces, something hard to find in Honolulu.
To prepare the little ones for the day, pop into Bogart's Cafe for something off of the extensive menu. The highlight here is the breakfast bagel sandwich, and a nice twist is to add pesto cream cheese to it. You can enjoy breakfast at one of the small tables, or in the park bordering the parking lot.
Next, drive just down the street to the Honolulu Zoo. It's best to hit the zoo in the morning and be leaving not too long after the heat really hits. Opening daily at 9 a.m., the zoo charges $13 for adults thirteen and over, and $6 for three to twelve years old, and under two years-old are free. The zoo is pretty darn cool, and it can take a few hours to explore or you can see the highlights in about an hour and a half. The Sumatran tiger is definitely a must see, and for those with small children the petting zoo is a real it. Petting the goats in the goat area is a really fun experience and the tunnel through the koi pond is really cool for kids too. The zoo is also home to some entertaining spider monkeys and African Savanna area is really good. There's a whole lot more animals, but you'll also find picnic areas, a playground, strollers to rent and food to eat. Make sure to grab a free map when you enter to navigate around.
Savanna section of the zoo — Photo courtesy of Honolulu Zoo
After the zoo grab some food nearby at the Cheesecake Factory. Located near the zoo and right across from the ocean (your next stop) on Kalakaua, the Cheesecake Factory is always a hit with kids. From burgers to pastas to fish and seafood, and of course, cheesecake, the whole family will fill up before hitting the surf.
So now the kids are fueled up for surf lessons, and they're right across the street on Waikiki Beach at a surf break called Queen's. Numerous board rental shacks dot the beach and it's not hard to find a board to rent. All you need to bring is a suit or swim trunks, a towel and sunscreen and you're good to go with your instructor. Here's a little tip - keep your legs together as you paddle.
After surfing head right down the street to the Waikiki Aquarium. It's not a huge venue, but there's some really good displays and beautiful sea life to see so you should make sure to drop by. It's great for all ages and is in the immediate area of the zoo and the beach.
Giant Trevally, or ulua in Hawaiian — Photo courtesy of Waikiki Aquarium
To end the day go for dinner at nearby Irifune. It's a great home style Japanese restaurant that is perfect for families and children. It has a unique and lively decor, and be quite loud. But it's a small eatery and the food is amazing. If it's anyone's birthday in your party, give the server a heads up and you'll get a surprise.