Here’s my latest column in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the difficulty of juggling the kids’ activities during the summer.
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 homedepot.com/workshops.
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 PacificAviationMuseum.org/
Hawaii’s Plantation Village kicks off the bon dance season with their June 2 celebration. Food and craft booths open at 4:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 5:45 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
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 poidogsandpopoki.org. 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.
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.
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. www.htyweb.org/7-x-1-samurai-coming-honolulu-theatre-youth/
The 50th State Fair is coming back to town with four new rides: Zero Gravity, Rockin’ Tug, Lolli Swing and Black Out. The fun kicks off May 25 and goes until July 1. Check out http://ekfernandezshows.com/events/206 for dates, hour and discount days.
The annual memorial day lantern floating event at Ala Moana Beach Park is a beautiful, tangible way to help kids deal with the death of loved ones. Head down to the park early for parking and to write your message on a lantern, beginning at 10 a.m. on May 28. http://lanternfloatinghawaii.com/