10 Best Things to Do with Kids in and around Honolulu

Oahu is the perfect island to take kids to. There's tons of kid friendly activities ranging from exploring the underwater world to flying down a huge water slide into a pool. Kids won't stop having fun while visiting the island because there's no lack of fun things to do for them. Each side of the island offers activities and places to eat that will leave a smile on kid's faces for days and memories that will stay with them forever.

A family visit to Honolulu will not be remembered as the classic family vacay where kids ask "are we there yet" as the car ride continues. In Honolulu children of all ages have the option of a dolphin show at Sea Life Park on the east side of the island. Or the whole family can submerge themselves in the ocean for epic snorkeling at Hanauma Bay or swim with sharks with North Shore Shark Adventures.

For landlubbers, drop into the Polynesian Cultural Center for an extravagant cultural experience through the show, Ha. PCC has many other activities and displays to keep kids entertained for the day. The whole family can trek up the side of a cliff on the North Shore by taking the Ehukai Bunker Hike. A rewarding panoramic view of the coast offers a nice place to rest before heading back down.

From the mountains to the bottom of the ocean kids will love exploring Oahu.

Deceptively beautiful, this scenic cove � home to some of the planet's most unforgiving surf � can mean death to naive swimmers. That is, in winter, anyway, when the waves churn up and some of surfing's best talents take to the sea...  Read More

What could be more exciting than swimming with sharks? Still thinking of an answer? There's probably not anything better. With North Shore Shark Adventures, the original Oahu shark tour company, you have a choice of two tours beginning at 7 a.m....  Read More

Located in Honolulu, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center provides an interactive, participatory learning environment designed to inspire the young and "young-at-heart." They offer unique methods of of learning and discovery in an environment...  Read More

When the temperatures climb and the kids have had enough sand in their suits, head to this exciting water park. Spread across 25 acres are a wealth of fun-filled activities, including open-air and enclosed water slides (some that drop seven...  Read More

Fun for everyone and ideal for children, this marine park lets you get up-close with all sorts of creatures who live in, or depend on, the sea for their well-being. Atlantic and Pacific bottlenose dolphins regale audiences with their antics, and...  Read More

SeaBreeze Water Sports is an all around water sport company providing everything from scuba diving and para sailing to flying high in the air with a jet pack on your back. Yup, you heard me right. Here's your opportunity to do some of the...  Read More

Ehukai Bunker Hike
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Located on the North Shore across from famous Pipeline, the Ehukai Bunker Hike is a beautiful jungle experience with a great reward of a gorgeous view at the end. The Ehukai Bunker Hike is a hidden treasure located right across from the...  Read More

The folks at Island Divers Activities will take you snorkeling and scuba diving (as well as whale watching, jet skiing, and para sailing) daily. They have two daily snorkeling trips with the ride out leaving at 9 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m.,...  Read More

One of Oahu's top attractions is located on the east side bordering the North Shore, and this fascinating complex (created and managed by the Mormon church) provides glimpses into the cultures of Polynesia (Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Fimi, New...  Read More

Created from a collapsed volcano crater, this bay is protected and calm, ideal for snorkeling, as you'll see from the crowds around you. The snorkeling is truly amazing, since the preserve protects the wildlife and creates a favorite place for...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade