Not gonna lie, I’m loving how spacious and uncrowded this island has been during this pandemic. I’m going to miss it :). The traffic isn’t horrible in Town, lines aren’t long, and stores are finally embracing curbside pickup options! My little ohana has been practicing social distancing for months now and have hardly ventured outside of our homes much, to do our part in keeping the numbers down. (It helps that we have a spacious front yard and back yard for the kids to run around and play.)
As things start to open back up and we transition from Tier 1 to Teir 2, you might be interested in getting out a little more to have a little family-fun, here’s a list of fun family things you can do, while practicing social-distancing and mask-wearing.
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1. Have Some Water Park Fun at Wet ‘n Wild
We used to lived out in Ewa Beach and I’m kicking myself for not regularly visiting this park. It’s a great spot for having a lazy fun day with your family. And, the best bang for your buck right now is renting a weekday rate premium cabana at Wet n’ Wild Water Park in Kapolei. Or, purchasing one of their family passes. We’ve gone twice, once right as the lockdown restrictions were lifted during the summer and again just last month after Oahu transitioned from Tier 1 to Tier 2. with the last time experiencing their cabanas. I highly recommend this, especially if you have a little toddler and you worry about their comfort and nap time. https://www.wetnwildhawaii.com/
2. Watch at Drive-in Movie at Ala Moana
I love that drive-in movies are trending up. I’ve always felt like movies were yet another sacrifice breastfeeding moms have to make- because most movies are crybaby friendly. With the drive-in movie though, everybody wins! Load up the family and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car! https://www.alohadriveinmovies.com/
3. Watch the Sunrise on the Beach (FREE)
There’s something special about waking up early in the morning, piling into the car, setting up on the beach to watch the amazing show of colors when dawn occurs. When I was a little girl, I’d wake up early to go to flea markets with my grand parents and my mom and pop in Alabama. These are such great memories for me. This is the Hawaii version of that for my little ohana and we all enjoy it so much. It’s a regularly family fun time event for us- at least twice a month.
5. Explore the Botanical Garden (FREE)
Such a treasure-trove of exploration, nature, and curiosity just exploring this place. This is a great place for enjoying a picnic and doing a picture safari with your kids. This place makes me so happy. https://www.instagram.com/hoomaluhiabotanicalgarden/
5. Have some indoor Playspace Fun at Kid-City in Kapolei
If you’re looking to splurge on an indoor play experience, I recommend Kid-City. It’s a high-end “luxury” playspace located in Kapolei and -while pricey, I think it’s worth it. They have something for everyone (remember my kids are ages one, six, eight, and ten).
6. Enjoy a Kid-friendly Hike at Waimea Valley Trail
It’s paved, parking is good, it’s beautiful, and it tires everyone out. You can’t go wrong with this hike. Plus, it’s located on the North Shore, so you can always pair this with another activity and make a day trip out of it (if you don’t live on the North Shore).
As we continue to venture outside of the island, I’ll continue to share our discoveries.
Wishing you and your family good healthy and wellness!
Love & Aloha,