Life Through Time:
Dinosaurs & Ice Age Mammals
Now till September 15, 2013
This entertaining and educational exhibit features 10 full-sized moving and roaring animatronics dinosaurs and ice-age mammals. The exhibition starts in the time of the Ice Age, more than 2.6 millions years ago, with a family of Saber Tooth Tigers and a Mastodon, which most closely resembles a modern day elephant. Going even further back in time, visitors are transported to the age of the dinosaurs where they will encounter the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex and a giant Apatosaurus, formerly known as a Brontosaurus. Examine the hatchlings of the Maiasauras and see how dinosaurs cared for and raised their young.
Additional features include a hands-on robotic skeleton, which visitors can control, crayon rubbing tables of simulated bone impressions, and a dinosaur dig.
The Bishop Museum is located at 1525 Bernice Street in Honolulu. Visit their website at http://www.bishopmuseum.org or call (808) 847-3511 for more information on upcoming exhibits.
50th State Fair
Weekends till June 30th
E.K. Fernandez Shows will be putting on its annual 50th State Fair, weekends from May 24th through June 30th at Aloha Stadium. The fair features carnival rides, arcade games, live entertainment, a petting zoo – and even a piglet race! Take the family to this annual tradition for what is guaranteed to be a fun event, and be sure to check out the new rides added for 2013. Tickets are cheaper if you go earlier in the day and keep your eyes and ears open for specials on family days. E.K. Fernandez Shows has been entertaining Hawaii’s families for over 100 years. For more information, check out their website at http://www.ekfernandez.com or call (808) 682-5767.
Keiki Swap Meet
Start cleaning and collecting gently loved children’s items to sell at Children’s Discovery Center’s Keiki Swap Meet. Children have the chance to earn extra money by selling old toys, trading cards, clothes, comic books, video games or anything else of interest to children on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is $3 per child and the deadline is June 14th. Late registration is $5 per child. Download a registration form at the Children’s Discovery Center’s website, discoverycenterhawaii.org or call (808) 524-5437 for more information.
Ala Moana Fireworks
See the 22nd Annual Fireworks show at Ala Moana beach park, sponsored by Ala Moana Center. This Independence Day event is always a huge draw for locals and tourist alike so arrive early to secure a picnic spot. The show is named among the top 25 shows in the country and it is the only fireworks show in Hawaii to launch from three separate platforms.
Home of the Brave Quilt Project
Remind your family of the price paid for freedom and independence at the Home of the Brave Quilt Project at Pacific Aviation Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See quilts being made and sign one that will be presented to the family of a fallen Hawaii soldier.
Fourth of July Family Camp
July 5th -7th
YMCA Camp Erdman opens its ground for a family camp on the weekend of July 5th to July 7th, providing families the opportunity to come together, participate in camp activities, and enjoy each other’s company away from technology and TV. Activities include arts and crafts, swimming, archery, the odyssey alpine tower, and more. Prices vary depending on membership, non-membership, and whether or not your family will camp in a cabin or your own tent. Visit the website for more information and registration at http://www.ymcahonolulu.org/camp_erdman.
Hawaii State Farm Fair
July 13th & July 14th
The 51th annual Hawaii State Farm Fair will be at Kualoa Ranch July 13th and 14th. The weekend event will include workshops and activities that allow visitors to sample local products, visit live farm animals and participate in exciting demonstrations. Plants and produce will be for sale at the country market and 4-H members will exhibit their livestock. The cost is $5 for adults, and $3 for keiki. Entry is free for children twelve and under and students with a valid ID. Free parking is also available. For more information from the Hawaii Farm Bureau, visit hfbf.org or call (808) 848-2074.
Sesame Street “Can’t Stop Singing”
July 12th-July 21st
Sesame Street Live “Can’t Stop Singing” offers a fun-filled learning experience packed with the razzle-dazzle of interactive live performance, including up-close and personal interactions on the audience floor! Each Sesame Street Live production features timeless lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of the Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written scripts, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, including fun new parodies. Sesame Street Live will be at Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall July 12th-14th, and July 18th-21st. Tickets are $12, $19, and $28. Special $70 Sunny Seat tickets are available at all shows and feature a pre-show meet and greet with two Sesame Street friends. For more information, visit http://www.sesamestreetlive.com or call (808) 768-5252.
July 18th-20th & 25th-27th
HEARTS (Hawaii Education of the Arts) presents The Little Mermaid jr. at Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College. The performance will be the accumulation of a HEARTS 6-week musical theatre program. There will be several performances, including a discount Thursday show on July 18th. The remaining shows will be July 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th and 27th at 7 p.m. with two additional matinees on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Children 9 through 18 years old who prefer to be on the stage, rather than watching from the audience, can sign up for HEARTS 2013 Musical Theatre Program from June 10th through July 18th. Students learn the basics of theatre, choreography and acting, as well as building skills and confidence on stage. HEARTS provides challenging arts programs for youth of all ages, and enriches the community by providing high quality arts events for the community. To register, visit http://www.heartshawaii.org, or for more information, call (808) 741-ARTS.
Happy Birthday, Amelia!
Celebrate Amelia Earhart’s Birthday at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Birthday cake and punch will be served to all museum visitors to celebrate the famous aviator’s 116th birthday. The Museum fronts Luke Field on Ford Island, where Ms. Earhart ground looped her Lockheed Electra on take-off March 20, 1937, while attempting her Round-the-World Flight. Free cake with Museum admission. Visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for more information.
August 9th – August 11th
Take your family to a full-length ballet production of Cinderella with professional dancers at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, August 9th through the 11th. The production showcases the innovative choreography by Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet, music by Sergei Prokofiev, spectacular costumes by Judanna Lynn and amazing sets by James Kronzer. Auditions for the performances are held during Ballet Hawaii’s first week of Summer Intensive. Performances are Friday, August 9th at 8 p.m., Saturday, August 10th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 11th at 2 p.m. For more information on Ballet Hawaii, visit http://ballethawaii.org
Pacific Hall Reopening
Pacific Hall (formerly Polynesian Hall) at Bishop Museum will reopen September 21st, 2013. The permanent exhibit explores the origins of Pacific Islanders, the migrations and settlement of the Pacific Ocean, and the cultures and values of its people. The grand opening will reveal many archaeological findings that were never previously exhibited. When completed, Pacific Hall will consist of 42 cases, 12 digital media displays, and seven contemporary art pieces. The Bishop Museum is located at 1525 Bernice Street in Honolulu. Visit their website at http://www.bishopmuseum.org or call (808) 847-3511 for more information on upcoming exhibits.
LEGO Travel Adventure
October 5th, 2013 – January 5th 2014
This October, Bishop Museum will bring the blockbuster children’s exhibit, LEGO Travel Adventure to Honolulu! In this exhibit, children are invited to create vehicles capable of flying, driving, and floating – or all three! To go on a travel adventure to exotic locations, children are asked to think creatively, plan, and build vehicles to move through all kinds of terrain – mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts, and more. This newest LEGO exhibit is filled with colorful backdrops, kid-friendly building activities, and eye-popping LEGO sculptures.
Damien Memorial Students Place in Top 10% of Exploravision Competition
Every kid hates getting shots, but up until now it has been seen as a necessary rite of passage. This was the motivation behind four student’s projects that won them an honorable mention in a nationwide science contest. Four Damien Memorial School freshmen placed in the top 10 percent of this year’s Toshiba Exploravision competition out of several thousand entries from across the U.S. and Canada when they theorized how to eliminate syringes from vaccinations. Toshiba Hawaii president Renee Gomes came to the school on April 17th to present honorable mention award certificates to the students. Their project concluded that a microscopic vaccination pod could eliminate the need for needles. The pod would contain the vaccine and be suspended in a water-based lubricant. When applied to the skin and exposed to heat the pod would be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. The students’ invention involves nano-robots that would be absorbed and able to transmit information about the patient’s internal health to doctors. The nanotechnology needed for this to become a reality is still in development, but one day it could be a realistic possibility.