The Machine Inside: Biomechanics
Photo: The Field Museum/John Weinstein
See the mechanics behind some of the animal world's most amazing skills. Kids can learn what gave an extinct fish a powerful bite, how some spiders spin webs stronger than steel, why uneven ears give a swift night predator a leg up on its prey and more through specimens, models and interactive displays. At the center will be a life-size replica of the world's largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex, nicknamed “Sue.” We Tried It! See our five tips to this new exhibit.
Bishop Museum, ALL AGES, Saturday, Feb. 25 to Monday, Sept. 4, 847-3511, bishopmuseum.org
Keiki Swap Meet
Clean up the kids' rooms and teach them a little lesson in finance at the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center's event. Keiki sell gently used toys, books and anything else cluttering up the house at their own booths, where they are responsible for pricing everything and making change.
Kakaako Waterfront Park, 5 years and older, Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 524-5437, discoverycenterhawaii.org
Whimsical Reusable Workshop
Turn an old milk jug into a cute bunny planter at this parent-and-child workshop. Kids will cut, draw and paint their planters then learn how to grow their own unthirsty gardens inside. Registration begins on March 7.
Halawa Xeriscape Garden, 8 years and older, Saturday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon, 748-5315, boardofwatersupply.com
Photo: Honolulu theatre for youth
Hans Christian Andersen's story about the ultimate pint-size girl gets a playful makeover in this Honolulu Theatre for Youth production. HTY's professional actors will use puppetry and music to tell the tale of the tiny girl born in a flower.
Tenney Theatre, 5 years and older, runs Friday, April 7 through Saturday, May 13, 839-9885, htyweb.org
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra musicthatPOPS-Video Games Live
You might be able to convince the kids to put the controllers down for this performance of popular video game music. The symphony will pull its musical score from games including Mario Brothers, Tron, Sonic the Hedgehog and Frogger, synced to video footage on a big screen, with fast-paced lighting effects and audience interaction with the host, video game composer Tommy Tallarico.
Neal Blaisdell Center, elementary school and older, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., 946-8742, hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org
Easter is April 16!
Decorate Eggs the Xeriscape Way & Garden Egg Hunt
This popular Easter Egg workshop for kids 2 years and older starts with a water-free egg-decorating spree and ends with an egg hunt through the water-efficient garden. Registration opens March 7.
Hālawa Xeriscape Garden, ALL AGES, Saturday, April 8, 10:30 a.m., 748-5315, boardofwatersupply.com
Kapolei Commons Easter Egg Hunt
Kids as young as 2 can join the hunt for more than 10,000 prize-filled eggs in Kapolei. Get there early to register, hunts are limited to the first 250 kids in each of the five age categories. While you're waiting, kids can get their faces painted, pick up balloon animals, make arts and crafts, visit with the Easter Bunny and The Angry Birds, and play six games to win prizes, all for free.
Kapolei Commons, ALL AGES, Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m., egg hunt registration begins at 8:30 a.m., thekapoleicommons.com
Ka Papa Loi o Kanewai Community Work Day
Ka papa loi
Photo: Tien Enga
Kids and their families can help clear out a lo‘i at this monthly volunteer opportunity at UH. It starts with stories of Kane and Kanaloa and the history of Kānewai, then there is a short hike with a lesson on the water system. Keiki at our Volunteer Day had a blast wading into the water to pick leaves and clear debris. Parents note: The walk to the lo‘i is fairly easy, but smaller kids may need help getting over some slippery and narrow parts of the path. Also, waiver forms are required before work begins.
UH Manoa Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, preschoolers and older, Saturday, May 6, 956-0640, manoa.hawaii.edu/hshk/ka-papa-loi-o-kanewai
Makapuu Tidepool Exploration
Search for splash-zone sea creatures with the Hawaii Nature Center. Kids will learn about each area of the tidal pools and learn about the effects of marine debris. They'll end the adventure with a mini beach cleanup as an act of giving back. Register early. These programs fill up quickly.
Makapuu Tidepools, 6 years and older, Sunday, May 21, 9 to 11 a.m. 955-0100 ext. 118, hawaiinaturecenter.org
Photos with the Easter bunny
Kahala Mall Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, April 15. Pearlridge Center Saturday, April 1 through Saturday, April 15. Windward Mall Friday, March 17 through Saturday, April 15.
We have all your Easter egg hunts, bunny sightings and more. Our Easter Corner goes live on March 13!