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See dance performances and art from across Asia, Polynesia and the United States this weekend at the Honolulu Festival. There are three locations with entertainment but the most family friendly activities are at the Hawaii Convention Center. Families can join Bon Dances and play games, some for free and others for a $2 fee, including Whac-A-Mole, basketball and pinball. Two children's films about the cute Japanese cartoon cat Komaneko will be shown for free. You can also buy items at a craft fair and purchase teriyaki chicken, bentos, okonomiyaki and more from concession stands. The celebration will culminate Sunday afternoon with a parade through Waikiki and an offshore firework show put on by Honolulu’s sister city, Nagaoka.
Free. $10 to park at Hawaii Convention Center.
Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bon Dances: 1:10 to 1:45 p.m. and 3:10 to 3:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. activities and performances. Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.
Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave. There will also be live entertainment at Waikiki Beach Walk and Ala Moana Center.
926-2424, check honolulufestival.com for a full list of performance times and locations.
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This event at Temple Emanu-El features activities for the entire family. Purchase a wristband for unlimited access to things including inflatable basketball and ski ball games, an inflatable obstacle course, pony rides, glitter tattoos, face painting, balloon animals and a bubble machine. You'll have the chance to try Israeli lamb, chicken or vegetarian pita bread sandwiches for $7 to $9. There will also be shave ice and Hamentashen, a triangle-shaped jelly-filled cookie available in lilikoi, chocolate, strawberry, apricot or poppy seed.
Free admission. Wristbands are $15 for kids 5 years and younger, $20 for kids 6 years and older.
Sunday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Temple Emanu-El Honolulu, 2550 Pali Highway. Parking is available at Maemae Elementary School and a free shuttle will take you to the carnival.
Pearlridge Center's Butterfly Conservatory
Butterflies will be fluttering to Pearlridge Center this Sunday. Tour the conservatory and see caterpillars, chrysalises and feed a butterfly a sweet, sticky substance. One might even land on you! Take part in a coloring activity or listen to The Very Hungry Catepillar and make your own wiggly craft to take home.
$4.50 per person. One child 2 years and younger is free with each ticket purchase.
Sunday, March 12 to Sunday, April 23. Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. storytime and caterpillar craft available on first come, first serve basis with valid ticket.
Pearlridge Center Uptown Center Court, 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea
Create floating sculptures inspired by artist Choi Jeong Hwa's breathing lotus. This Art Explorium class is the first in a series of workshops created in collaboration with the Honolulu Biennial festival Middle of Now/Here. Keiki will use recycled plastics, marine debris and other found items to compose an organically shaped sculpture and then see if it can float on water.
5 years and older$10 per childSaturday, March 11, 1:30 to 3 p.m.IBM Building Courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard312-4316, artexplorium.org
The Taleblazers' Library: A Digital Storytelling Workshop for Kids
Kids of all ages will learn more about who they are at this special storytime and activity. They will listen to short stories about identity, trace their hands and write about how they see themselves inside the handprints. Older children will use those words to imagine a fictional storybook character and create a digital book about him or her using a program called “Story Jumper.” Parents can help younger children create a physical or digital book too.
All agesFreeSunday, March 12, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.Kaimuki Library, 1041 Koko Head Ave.733-8422, librarieshawaii.org Looking for more family-friendly activities? Check out the honolulufamily.com calendar.