photo: University Laboratory School Paina and Cultural Fair
Keiki Sunday at Sea Life Park
Visiting the Waimanalo marine life park is more affordable at this first of three Keiki Sundays this year. Each paying adult can bring two keiki in for free to see sharks, dolphins, penguins, birds and tide pool creatures. In honor of Dolphin Awareness Month, the park will also have dolphin-themed arts and crafts including making necklaces and hats, educational presentations on echolocation and dolphin diets, and three games. Kids can also get their face painted and pose for photos with a few mermaids.
$19.99 for kamaaina and military with ID, which includes free admission for two kids 12 years and younger. $39.99 general admission. Kids 2 years and younger are always free.
Sunday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mermaid meet and greet time is 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalanianaole Highway #7, Waimanalo.
259-2500, buy tickets online at sealifeparkhawaii.com/funsundaydolphin
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University Laboratory School Paina and Cultural Festival
Pick up a Kalua pork slider on a taro roll, see a lion dance and go for a jump in bounce houses at this annual event in Manoa. For a fee, kids can get their faces painted or play carnival games including tic tac toe, ping pong ball bounce and go fish for prizes. Shop for jams, jellies, plants and produce in the country store, then snack on KC waffle dogs, pastele sausages in a bun, saimin, Filipino food, carne asada tacos and baked goods. Maunalua takes the stage at 6:45 p.m. followed by Jeff Rasmussen.
Free admission. Food prices range from $2 to $8.
Saturday, March 4, 3 to 9 p.m.
University Laboratory School, 1776 University Avenue. Parking is available on Dole and Metcalf streets and University Avenue, or you can pay to park in UH lots.
Ka Papa Loi O Kanewai Malama Haloa Festival
The monthly work day at the University of Hawaii's loi comes with something extra for families this month. After wading into the water to clear out debris, families can make Hawaiian crafts, try awa and listen to live music at this festival celebrating kalo, the taro plant. Kids can get hands-on activities in the keiki zone, then pick up a Hawaiian plate while listening to Jon Osorio perform. Note, if you plan to participate in the workday, you will need to fill out a risk and release form before beginning.
Saturday, March 4. Call to check the start time for the workday. The festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Hawaii Manoa, Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, 2645 Dole St.
Automaton Toys Workshop
Keiki watch their drawings come to life with LittleBits. The electronic building blocks will make cardboard creations move with just a few turns of the crank. Kids in the workshop will be able to take home their manually operated automaton art projects. Electronic blocks will be available for purchase. Preregistration is required.
5 years and older. 5- and 6-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.
$15 per child.
Sunday, March 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Art Explorium, 1132D Koko Head Avenue.
Interested in other art workshops? Next week, the Art Explorium will hold one at Ward Village. Kids will create floating sculptures from marine debris and other recycled plastics for a discounted rate of $10 per child. Sign up now.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
A new prince is looking for a bride. This kid-friendly show based on an African folk tale follows two sisters on their journey through an enchanted jungle to the City of Kings. One girl is selfish, another is kind and their decisions along the path to meet the prince will change their lives and teach a lesson about actions and consequences.
$10 for adults, $5 for 4 to 17 years. 3 years and younger are free. Online purchases will cost an additional $4.50 per ticket.
Saturday, March 4, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.
Open Cockpit Day
Don a flight suit and helmet and climb into the cockpit of a historic airplane at the Pacific Aviation Museum. In addition to the great kid photo ops, pilots will also be on hand to share their first-hand experiences in the air.
$15 for kamaaina and military adults, $8 for kids 4 to 12 years. 3 years and younger are free.
Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Historic Ford Island, 319 Lexington Boulevard
Looking for more family-friendly activities? Check out the honolulufamily.com calendar.