Let’s get back to the goodness of Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. So many fun family and kid activities it couldn’t fit into one post :) If you haven’t read part 1 yet, you can find it here.
6. Throw a Party. Ho’omaluhia is a pretty awesome place to have a party for kids. You can reserve the pavilions for free so you have chairs, shelter, and built in entertainment. We had Micah’s 3rd birthday party there and had a scavenger hunt, nature-themed art activities and fishing.
7. Have a Picnic. We live so close that sometimes we pop over to the garden for lunch. Highly recommended. A change of scenery makes everything taste better.
8. Take a Class. Ho’omaluhia has nature classes which are fun for the very young crowd and they’re totally free. There is a different theme each month (frogs, fruits, ducks and coots, etc). They usually start with a song or story, some educational tidbits, and then there’s a craft to make. Classes are usually held 10:30-11:30 on the third Tuesday of each month. You can find out more at the visitor’s center.
9. Feed / Chase some ducks. Bring along some bread to feed the ducks or chase them if that’s your thing. Just make sure you know if you’re chasing them or if they’re chasing you! The black “ducks” are endangered Hawaiian coots. You have to check out their crazy feet.
10. Bring a Bike. There aren’t too many kid safe biking areas on the windward side, so if I feel like braving the hills, I head over to the garden. The hills wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for those speed bumps. Man, do I hate those speed bumps.
And there you have it, 10 activities for families and kids at Ho’omaluhia. Hope you discovered something new!