Surf babies

While my kids have always been more of the digging in the sand, playing in the shorebreak type, I love to see the groms who grew up conquering in the big waves. There’s no better place to see them in action then the T&C Surf Grom Contest 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 2 and 3 at Queens Surf in Waikiki. Surfers 12 and under take to the waves. Even the littlest wave hunters have a shot in the Kokua Division that allows parental help. Visit for more information or an entry form.

Make your own toys

Each month Home Depot hosts a free monthly workshop for kids on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. The kids are given a kit and mom and dad help them hammer, screw and paint a fun treat to take home. Last month it was a windmill planter complete with seeds to grow beans. June 2 it is a “Classic Car.” Register online now at

STEM start to summer

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is hosting Flight Adventures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 with hands-on aviation and STEM activities for kids. Event admission is $5, or free with Museum admission. Also that day will be the Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii, a event where remote-control airplanes will be zipping overhead. Kids can test their piloting skills with help from the Paradise Flyers Remote Control Aircraft Club. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Pet walk lights up

The 5th annual West Oahu Pet Walk will be held in the evening hours this year. With the summer heat creeping up already, it’s a welcome shift. Pups will bear light-up LED collars at the walk June 2 at Ewa Puuloa District Park. The event usually brings out 700 two-legged participants and 350 pets to walk in the evening event this year. Register for $50 per family of four by June 1 at Water play and canine games run 5 to 7 p.m. with the walk taking place from 7 to 8 p.m. Human snacks along the route will be provided by California Pizza Kitchen, Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebees, among others. Can’t make it? Look for the Central Oahu Pet Walk Aug. 4 at Mililani Town Center.

Storytime on Saturdays

Most storytime sessions are on weekday mornings. That’s great for stay-at-home moms, but working moms are out of luck. The Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library has moved its weekly storytime to Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. with songs and movement games a simple craft and storytelling, of course. The program is geared toward those in first grade or younger. Call 733-8488 for details.

‘Seven Samurai’ for kids?

Honolulu Theatre for Youth is bringing a version of Akira Kurasawa’s classic film “Seven Samurai” to the stage for island keiki. The story will be told as a one-man show starring David Gaines who will present the tale as mime, storytelling and clowning over the course of an hour. “7 (x 1) Samurai” will be presenter at Tenney Theatre at 7 p.m. June 1. Tickets are $10. The show is appropriate for ages 7 and up.