Family Friendly events on Oahu this weekend | Oahu Family Photographer | Tina Benfante Photography

Let me help you take a break from your boring normal weekend routines by giving you some fun family friendly events that are going on around Oahu.


Even if you can't make it out to one of these events try to take a moment to give back to the planet this weekend as Saturday is Earth Day!  Every year for Earth Day my kids and I plant something new and we also try to clean up the trash wherever we may be that day. We don't do a major clean up event, just a shopping bag worth because well with little ones their attention span doesn't last long. Some of our go to's are the playground they play at, our neighborhood and the beach.  


Friday Night Fireworks (Friday)

In case you were like me and never knew about this I would like to share with you that the Hilton Hawaii puts on a firework show every Friday evening from 7:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. You can see them from anywhere along the Waikiki shore.


Butterflies at Pearlridge Center (All weekend)

There is a Butterfly exhibit at the Pearlridge center going on right now. You can walk through the butterfly exhibit to be amongst the butterflies flying freely. They offer a guided tour to learn about the different butterflies and the different stages they go through. They also have a craft project that is included with your tour. The entry is $4.50 a person with children 2 and under being free with each paying adult.
NOTE: Only a limited number of tickets are available for purchase online. If online tickets are sold out, tickets can still be purchased on a first come, first serve basis at the conservatory entrance. For more information and to purchase tickets. 


`Iolani Fair (Friday & Saturday)

The school’s annual fair has the usual carnival rides and games, fair food as well as a Keiki Kountry area with pony rides, a petting zoo, make-and-take crafts and simple games for younger kids. The school booths and areas require 50-cent scrip—not the Fun Pass you’ll use for carnival rides. Activities in the Keiki Kountry start at two scrip for games and go up to 10 scrip ($5) for pony rides and the petting zoo. Art activities include painting wooden sharks and snakes or canvas bags, making mini sailboats and decorating a pot and planting a flower. In addition, there will be a silent auction as well. The fair starts at 12 p.m. and runs until 10:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at the ‘Iolani school at 563 Kamoku St. For additional information.


Thumbelina (Friday & Saturday)

The Honolulu Theatre for youth will be putting on the play Thumbelina, based on the popular fairytale about a tiny girl born from a flower,  by Y York. Thumbelina opens Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m., then plays Saturdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 & 13 at 4:30 p.m. A sensory-friendly, ASL-interpreted performance will be held on May 13 at 11 a.m. It is ideal for ages 8 and up. My daughter went to this play for a field trip this week and loved it! Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids and $15 for seniors (over 60). For more information or to order tickets to a show.


10th Annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo (Saturday)

This event is held at the Honolulu Aquarium on Saturday. There will hands-on interactive activities and displays. Some bring the kids down from 9-2 to learn all about Hawaii’s water environment. And what makes this even better is that you get free admission into the aquarium as well as the event. They are offering free shuttles from the Jefferson Elementary School starting at 8:45 a.m. For more information.


Aloha `Āina Festival (Saturday)

In honor of this Earth day event admission to the Honolulu Zoo will be half off for residents. There will be crafts, talks with the zoo keepers and several educational booths. ART + FLEA will also be there with more than 20 local designers and artists selling their creations. For more information


Lego Event! (Saturday)

This event is for military families only. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Hickam Exchange is hosting a LEGO event in honor of Month of the Military Child.


Barnes & Noble Storytime (Saturday)

This week's story is We are the Dinosaurs. They will also be having a visit from Curious George at this weekend's story time. If you haven’t read my past what to do this weekends Barnes & Noble does a weekly story time on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. at the Ala Moana store. For more information.


Hawaii Children's Discovery Center Earth Day Activities (Saturday)

The Hawaii Children's Discovery Center will have Earth Day activities that will teach us all how to care for our planet.  While there, visit all the other exhibits the Discovery Center has to offer.  The Discovery Center is open from 10-3, but the activities for Earth Day will be from 11 am - 1 pm. Admission is $12. Kama'aina & Military w/ID $10, Senior Citizens $7. For more information.


Institute for Astronomy Open House (Sunday)

Come on down to the University of Hawai`i Mānoa for a fun fill science festival. You can make a comet, create a sundial and even blast off rockets! There is so many fun space themed activates at this year's free open house. This event is not at the main campus, but between Mānoa Marketplace and the library. Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information.


As always let me know what events you're interested in or are going to. Share a photo or your experience of the event. And if you know any fun family friendly events going on on Oahu let me know. Let me hear from you in the comments below or on Facebook or via e-mail