Holiday fun fit for all ages at the Waikiki Aquarium

Barb Forsyth

Need some fun activities for your children to break up a long Christmas vacation?  The Waikiki Aquarium is offering a great lineup of December events and programs, including the following:

Storytelling with John Weaver
Saturday, December 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Noted San Francisco area storyteller John Weaver will share tales of Hawaiian fish, sharks and other sea creatures. Free with admission to the Aquarium.

Oceans Alive!
Tuesday, December 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sing, dance, move and groove. Draw, color, create and play. Observe, watch, look, and touch. Learn more about the sea during our Oceans Alive! Move through stations and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities while exploring the diversity of the marine world. Designed for keiki 2-5 years old; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. $5 admission, $7 for non-members per session.

Aquarium After Dark
Tuesday, December 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Discover if fish sleep, sea snails snooze or weedy seadragons doze on an after-dark flashlight tour of the Aquarium exhibits. Minimum age 5 years; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. $10 adults, $7 children ($14/10 for non-members).

Afterschool at the Aquarium
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Looking for something to do after school? Every Wednesday, the Aquarium hosts a fun activity on the lawn. You can enjoy stories by the sea, or maybe a critter encounter or a creative movement session. The activities last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes and are designed for ages 4 to 8, but everyone is welcome. Free with admission to the Aquarium.

Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium—third oldest in the United States—showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs, and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. The Aquarium welcomes more than 320,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and seniors; $4 for youths ages 13-17 and persons with disabilities; $2 for juniors ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members. For more information about the Waikiki Aquarium, including membership, call (808) 923-9741 or visit