FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii

FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii

 

FREE Things to Do with Kids in HawaiiThe mere mention of “Hawaii” brings to mind pristine beaches, crystal clear water, and big waves. Hawaii boasts some of the best beaches in the world and a major part of a Hawaiian vacation is some serious beach time.

One of the best things about Hawaii is that all the beaches are public with the exception of a few that are strictly for the federal government, meaning the military.  Developers are required to provide public parking and access to the shoreline in areas that are residential.  Hotels and resorts around the island must also allow the pubic to use the beaches directly in front of their property, however access thru hotel property and use of  hotel facilities can be restricted to hotel guests.
But beaches are not all Hawaii has to offer, there are many family friendly activities on the islands.
In my previous post 14 Things to Do in Hawaii with Kids I listed some fun activities that have a fee, in this post I will list some FREE things to do with kids.  You can decide to include a few activities from each category to make your Hawaiian family vacation memorable.
Most families who visit the islands generally rent a car, it makes getting around to the places I list so much easier.  It is possible to get around on public transportation.  Hawaii, at least Oahu has a pretty good bus system.  Bus fares are $2.50 one way per adult, kids 6-17 $1.25, under 6 is free.  Visitors can also purchase a 4 day pass for unlimited use for 4 consecutive days.  Price of the pass is $35.  For more info click here.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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You can’t go to Hawaii without spending time at the beach.  The islands are full of fantastic beaches.
Our favorite family beach in Honolulu is the Ala Moana Beach Park where the water is calm and the sand is fine.
Other favorites are the Ko’olina Beach lagoons on the Leeward coast of Oahu, and Kailua Beach Park on the Windward coast.
A drive around the island will take you to many more beaches, I’m sure you’ll find your favorite ones.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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Turtle watch at Laniakea Beach a.k.a. Turtle Beach.  Located on Oahu’s North Shore just past the town of Haleiwa this beach is consistently visited by the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.  You’re almost sure to see at least one or two on the shore.
This beach is not the easiest beach to find.  The best way to find it is to drive on Kamehameha Hwy. thru the historic town of Haleiwa.  Pass the town, the ocean is on your left.
About 1.5 miles past Haleiwa town you will probably see cars parked on both sides of the road, in the dirt.  This is the area where the beach is.  If you park on the mountain side of the road you will have to cross the very busy street, or you can try to make a U-turn further up the road and double back so you can park on the ocean side. From the road you will have to walk down to the beach, be careful as it’s rather steep in some areas. You will be rewarded with the site of these gentle sea creatures basking on the beach, but don’t get too close they are endangered and are protected by conservation laws.
There are no facilities at this beach so you must bring food and drink with you.  The nearest restrooms would be back in Haleiwa town or further along the coast at one of the other beach parks on the North Shore.
This beach is not really a family day out kind of beach, it’s best as a short stop-over on your way to one of the other beaches on the North Shore like Waimea Bay or Sharks Cove.
Or if you like the kids can go sand boarding down the slope that is further along the beach and less crowded.  All you’ll need is a cheap kick board you can buy at any ABC Store in Waikiki or a flat cardboard box.  This keeps our boys entertained for a little while.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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Explore the tide pools at Pupukea Beach Park – this beach is actually 2 “pocket” beaches along the coast – Sharks Cove and Three Tables. Both spots are a favorite for divers and snorkelers.
Located further along Oahu’s North Shore just past Waimea Bay, across the street from the Foodland Supermarket.  This beach is calm and safe during the summer but has very high surf in the winter.
Low tide reveals tide pools and lava formations that are fun to explore.  Keep safety in mind, the best way to explore is to start as far out as you wish to venture and work your way towards shore.  You don’t want to be caught far from shore when the tide comes in, there are no lifeguards.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
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Go fishing!  You’ll find fishermen fishing off the coast at many beaches, you may even see some spearfishing.
We usually go fishing in Haleiwa Harbor or at Kakaako Waterfront Park by downtown Honolulu.
All you need is fishing pole and some bait.  Hawaii does not require a fishing license for recreational saltwater fishing.
You can cast your line from any beach on the island except Hanauma Bay which is a marine wildlife preserve.
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Spend a relaxing day at Moanalua Gardens located about 5 miles Northwest from Honolulu.
This small park is home to a variety of native plants and flowers which line the short paved trail that is suitable for strollers.  It’s a wide open space that’s great for picnics, tossing a frisbee, and relaxing on benches and tables under the shade of the many banyan trees.
There’s a Koi pond where you can feed the fish with Koi food that can be purchased from the small gift shop at the entrance, you can feed the ducks bread if you have some.  King Kamehameha V’s summer cottage and tea house are located within this park, as is the famous “Hitachi” monkey pod tree which has been used by the Japanese company as their corporate symbol since 1973.  The company pays the park foundation an annual fee for the tree’s upkeep.
There’s also a small stream running along one end of the park.  My kids used to bring small nets to catch tadpoles in the stream.  I’m not sure if they still allow you to do this, you may want to check with the caretakers first.
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History buffs and older children would enjoy a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial which is in Pearl Harbor.

There are displays and information about the war in the Pacific.  Then there’s the boat shuttle to take visitors to the memorial which is built directly over the sunken ship.
It’s a very moving tribute to all the troops who served in the Pacific during World War II.  Older children will definitely learn a lot of history, but younger ones may find it a bit boring.
Children under 5 are not allowed on the launch that goes to the memorial.  Admission is free as it is part of the National Park Service.  You may want to rent an audio guide for $5 to get the most of your visit.  The Junior Ranger booklet is available to young visitors free of charge, just ask for one at the ranger desk.
This is the 3rd. most visited attraction on Oahu, it is busy year round.  Click here for more info.
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Go fishing at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe on the windward side of Oahu.
Every weekend the garden sponsors a catch and release program.  The visitor center provides free bamboo poles you can pick up and plunk in the water, casting is not allowed.  You must bring your own bait, I’m told white bread is the best bait.
Hoomaluhia means ” a place of peace and serenity”, and that it is.  It’s a great place for a picnic and short nature walks in the lush garden.  Bring bug spray, wear good shoes, and bring snacks.
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Hike on the Aiea Loop Trail that begins and ends in Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area.
The park is located in Aiea on Oahu at the end of Aiea Heights Drive.
The trail loop is 4.8 miles and takes about 3 hours to complete.  It’s billed as an easy hike suitable for families with kids.  It can be strenuous specially if you’re carrying infants and toddlers.  There’s a short paved portion at the beginning mistakenly leading one to believe that it’s a cake walk.  It is not.  The trail has narrow portions at the edge of the cliff so make sure little ones are kept close.  You may have to climb over or crawl under several downed trees that block the path, and the trail has some steep sections.  There are a couple of benches strategically placed along the trail where you can rest and enjoy some awesome views.  There is also remnants of a plane that crashed there in 1944, it’s been slowly disappearing over the years but you can still make out a few pieces.
We’ve done this trail many times with the kids.  We started taking them there as toddlers but never really completed the loop until they were about 7 years old or so.  We’ve taken our old Doberman on this trail, but she had to be carried over some trees and bribed to go up the steeper slopes, not so much fun when your dog weighs 90 pounds.
Do bring plenty of water on the trail and perhaps some energy snacks for the kids.  If you like you can camp at the park, but you must obtain a camping permit.
You don’t have to be a guest at The Kahala Hotel to watch the dolphin feedings at 11:00am/2:00 & 4:00pm daily.

 

You can park at the hotel for a fee or park for free at the Waialae Beach Park and walk along the beach to the hotel.  You can wander around the hotel grounds and enjoy their landscaping with lush tropical greenery and waterfalls.  You can even enjoy the beach fronting the hotel and dine at one of their restaurants.  The beach is free to all but beach and water sports equipment is limited to hotel guests.  Restaurants and bars are open to the public, but they are rather pricey.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in HawaiiFor a nice respite from Waikiki relax at the Kakaako Waterfront Park.  It’s a great open space in the middle of Honolulu’s industrial area.  The kids like to slide down the hill on cardboard boxes.  You can walk along the paved sidewalk along the shore or even go fishing.  There are picnic tables and benches throughout the park and restroom facilities.
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Listen to a free concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band while enjoying a picnic lunch on the Iolani Palace lawn.  The Royal Hawaiian Band gives a free concert at the Palace most Fridays between 11:00 – 1:00 weather permitting.
Iolani Palace is the only real royal residence in the United States.  It is located on King Street in Downtown Honolulu across the street from the famous King Kamehameha statue.
Tours of the Palace start at $14.95 for an audio guided self-tour.  Children under 4 must be carried during the tour.
There’s also a museum in the basement that houses artifacts from the days when Hawaii was a Monarchy.  They also offer Hawaiian Quilt Making Classes.
Click here for more info.
Fly a kite or ride a bike at the Blaisdell Park in Pearl City.  This neighborhood park in Pearl City is a local favorite.  The wide open space is a great place to fly a kite and the bike path along the water has great views of Pearl Harbor.

FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii

We’ve hosted many kid’s birthday parties at this park.  There are picnic tables and benches, restrooms, and exercise equipment the kids can climb and hang from.
The park is located on Kam Hwy.  a few miles west of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial.  You can pick up a picnic lunch at one of the many restaurants along the way and enjoy it under one of the many trees in the park.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in HawaiiSpend Saturday morning at the KCC Farmers’ Market.  Located on Diamond Head Road at the Kapiolani Community College parking lot the market is open every Saturday from 7:30 am – 11:00 am.
You’ll find the best locally grown produce and flowers here, as well as a large assortment of freshly baked goods, jams & jellies, and much more.
There are other Farmer’s Markets around the island click here for schedule and locations.
FREE Things to Do with Kids in Hawaii
Don’t forget the Hawaii State Public Libraries.  They offer free activities, classes, movies nights, and events year round at most of the libraries in the state.
My grandsons and I attend Children’s Story Time and Craft Time weekly and have attended various events at different libraries around the island.  Click here for more info, schedules, and locations.
 Pearlridge Center located in Aiea has a free kids’ program called Connect Kids.  Members can participate in events and activities at the mall throughout the year.
My grandsons enjoy performances by Chris the Clown, and interactive song and dance programs by Gymboree.
Click here for membership application and event schedule.
Watch a free Hula Show at Ala Moana Center’s center stage. There’s a Hula show presented by Old Navy Monday – Saturday from 11:00 – 11:20 am. There are other performances and events throughout the year.
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FREE Things to Do with Kids in HawaiiEvery Friday night the Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on a fireworks show that can be seen on the beaches along the coast from Ala Moana to Diamond Head.
Pick a spot and enjoy the free show.

For a list of the best kids friendly hotels in Hawaii Click Here!

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25 Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

25 Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

The Burj Al Arab has become the modern symbol of Dubai. Whenever Dubai is mentioned this beautiful iconic building is almost always the first thing that comes to mind.

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai
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Dubai has a lot of fun things to do for kids; water parks, theme parks, skiing, and more; but admission and tickets to these places add up fast, making a Dubai vacation pretty costly.

Here is a list of things you can do with kids in Dubai that are free or cheap, combining them with some paid attractions will help stretch your vacation dollars and make your vacation all the more memorable.

A visit to Dubai is not complete without at least seeing this building which is home to what is billed the world’s only 7 star hotel.  The nightly cost to stay at this hotel starts at around $2000, but you don’t have to stay there to see it, at least from the outside.

You are welcome to enjoy a meal or snack at one of its restaurants or bars, but it will be expensive. We had lunch at the Al Iwan, the Arabic buffet restaurant on the first floor, a couple of years ago. We paid a over $400 for 3 adults; the price for a lunch buffet is 505AED ($138US) per person.  Children 3-12 is 50% off, under 3 is free.

There are other restaurants, bars, and lounges in the hotel, expect to pay high prices and you must have reservations to get on hotel property; you’re name is checked off at the gate; no reservation, no entry.

If you don’t want to actually go inside the building you can see it as you walk along the shore of Jumeirah Beach.  If  you’re not staying in one of the hotels along this stretch of sand you can spend the day at Jumeirah Beach Park, entrance to the Park is 5AED ($1.36US), a considerably cheaper option than staying or dining at the hotel!  Great views of the building can also been seen if you’re on Jumeirah Beach Road.

Superb views of the Burj can also been seen from Kite Beach, entrance is free.  Kite Beach is on the shore opposite the Al Manara Road junction

 

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in DubaiSafa Park in Dubai is a large green space in the middle of the the city’s modern high rise buildings.

The park has 3 lakes, a waterfall, and a fountain.  Park facilities include boat and bike rentals, barbecue area, sports fields and courts, snack bars, and stores.

Entrance fee is 5AED for adults ($1.36US)

 

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in DubaiZa’abeel Park in the more residential area of Dubai is another large municipal park in the city that holdsthe distinction of being the first technology driven park in the Middle East.

The park has children play areas, lake with boat rentals, an ice skating rink, mini golf and cricket, 3D cinema, picnic and barbecue areas, cafes, and more.

 

 

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

It is also home to Stargate Dubai a futuristic indoor space themed educational and entertainment center.

Park entrance is 5AED ($1.36US) for adults. Entrance to Stargate is free.   All park attractions are priced separately.

If you time your visit on Friday mornings you can wander around the Ripe Food & Craft Market in the park.  It’s Dubai’s largest open market featuring food at very reasonable prices and local crafts as well.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

Al-Mamzar Beach Park located close to Hamriya Port is one of the best beaches in Dubai.  It has 5 coves along the coast, green space, swimming pools, a park train, play areas, rollerskating rink, bike rentals, barbecue areas, chalet rentals, restaurants, and more.

Park entrance is 5AED ($1.36US) per person.
Air-conditioned chalets can be rented daily for 150AED ($41US) for a small that fits 4 people and 200AED ($54US) for a large that fits 6.  All activities and attractions including pools require separate fees.

Mondays and Wednesdays are ladies day, meaning the park is open only to women and their children (male children up to a certain age only)

Russian Beach, on the lower end of Beach Road on the opposite side of the Burj Al Arab is an open free beach.

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JBR Beach is another free beach.  It’s located next door to the Jumeirah Beach Resort.  It has clean facilities including restrooms and showers and a bit of green space.  There are also many ocean view restaurants around where you can enjoy a nice lunch or snack.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a ride on the Metro.  It’s not so much the destination, it’s the ride on this state of the art driverless automated train that kids love!  You can start at Dubai Mall to Dubai Marina and back again.

Fares are 2-6AED (.50 – 1.50US) depending on the length of the ride.

The kids will love the space age looking stations!  My grandsons thought they were cool, they look straight out of s sci-fic movie!

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

The Dubai Miracle Garden is a refreshing break from all the buildings, although they do have a floral version of the Burj Khalife.

There are kid’s play areas, , and floral displays.

Admission is 30AED ($8.25US) per person
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Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

Take a wooden boat across the creek, (an Abra found along the creek in Bur Dubai), to the Gold Souk in Deira.  You can just wander along the alleys for a bit of window shopping.
The amount of “Bling” in the shop windows is amazing.  You don’t have to buy anything, assuming you can resist the temptation of different shades of gold just calling your name. I can never resist and end up spending way too much, next time I’m leaving the credit cards locked in the hotel safe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll find these abras along the creek in Bur Dubai ferrying people across the creek.  It’s the best way to get to the Gold Souk in Diera to avoid the problem of finding parking.

The kids will love bobbing along this wooden boat that have been modernized with the addition of diesel engines.  You’ll get a different perspective of the Dubai skyline.

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Take a day trip to the Emirate of S

 

harjah and search for bargains at the Blue Souk.

The tile on the outside is worth the trip!  The inside is filled with shops selling everything from electronics to antiques.  There are several snack bars inside as well.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in DubaiBuilt in 1787 the Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest building in the city.  It houses the Dubai Museum where you can learn about the region’s history.  They have various exhibits of historic books, traditional dress, and dhows (wooden boats).

The Museum is located in Bur Dubai.
Admission tickets cost 3AED (.80US) for adults and half price for children.

 

 

 

Built in the late 19th. Century along the Creek at Shindagha is the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House.  Once the seat of the local government and the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the grandfather of the current ruler, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this imposing building has been converted into a museum that showcases the progression of Dubai from Bedouin tents lining the creek to the amazing buildings we see today.

The ancient wind towers served to cool the building and is a testament to Arab architectural ingenuity.  For those interested in architecture this museum is a must see!  Admission cost is 2AED, (.54US)

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in DubaiLocated behind the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House
is the Camel Museum.  The museum will probably tell you everything and more that you want to know about camels.  This museum is a testament to the Emiratis’ passion for their beloved animals and explains why they they gained such prominence in Arab history.

The museum blends history with technology with their camel race simulator.  Visitors can virtually ride a camel in a race.

Admission is free.

 

 

 

 

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

Take a breakfast picnic to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary .  The sanctuary has 3 hides, head to the Hide 2 at the junction of the Al Wasl and Oud Metha roads, that’s by the flamingo roost.  If you’re there at high tide the kids will love watching the big pink birds.

Admission is free, just register in the visitor’s logbook.

 

 

 

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

Check out the Dubai Dino.  This is an almost complete skeleton of a dinosaur called
Amphicoelias brontodiplodocus. It was discovered in 2008 in Wyoming, USA and transported to its new home at the Dubai Mall.

Talk to the Dubai Dino Team, they’re armed with some interesting facts.

Best of all it’s free!

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

While you’re at The Dubai Mall have a look at the Dubai Aquarium.  The gigantic aquarium is the Centerpiece of The Dubai Mall.  You can view the aquarium inhabitants from the mall viewing panels for free, but if you want to walk thru the tunnel for a more up close and personal look you must purchase a ticket.  Tickets include a walk thru the tunnel and a visit to the Underwater Zoo.

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

Directly across the Dubai Aquarium  is Candylicious one of the world’s largest candy stores.  It’s also the home to Spun Candy  where candy confectioners make handmade candy on site.  You can even design your own candy and watch them make it for you.

A visit to the store is free, but what you fill your basket with is totally up to you and your budget.

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

If you’re at The Dubai Mall, wander around, window shop, and enjoy the fountain and store fronts, some of them are pretty cool.  My grandkids loved the kiosk selling Camel Milk Candy, there’s a large golden camel at the front!

If you’re hungry wander over to the huge food court or one of the many restaurants throughout the mall.  Better yet grab an outdoor table at one of the eateries along The Dubai Fountain and watch the show.  The fountains shoot up to 500 ft. and dance to all types of music.  There are daily afternoon shows (except Fridays) at 1:00 and 1:30, and evening shows every day every half hour from 6:00 to 11:00.

This area also offers wonderful views of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in DubaiLet the kids splash around in the fountain at Marina Walk, it’s fun and it’s free!  Just bring a change of clothes for them.

You can grab a cup of java from the Starbucks next to the fountain and keep an eye on the kids from the outdoor tables.

 

 

 

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

Catch a ride on the Marina Water Bus.  This air conditioned boat shuttles between  Marina Walk, Marina Mall, and Marina Promenade.  The cost is 2AED (.54US) each way, kids ride free.

 

 

 

Feed the ducks in the lake located in the Dubai Media City Park, it’s a bit of green space with a couple of cafes near by.  Along with the ducks you may see some office working having lunch or just taking a break.  There are no facilities, and no admission fees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Head a bit out of town to the Mirdif area to Mushrif Park.  It’s the largest park in Dubai. The park has pools, gardens, playgrounds, camel and horse rides, train rides, bike and walking paths, but the best attraction is the International Village.  The village has 13 child-size houses from around the world, perfect for tots filled with imagination.

Admission is 3AED (less than $1US)

 

 

 

 

The Burj Park is a man made island between the Burj Khalifa lakes.  It offers an excellent view of the Burj as well at The Dubai Fountain show nearby; best of all you can enjoy the Burj and the fountain away from the jostling crowds at the mall.

There are no shops or cafes here, but the mall is steps away, you can grab a drink or snack from there and have a picnic in this small green space in the middle of downtown Dubai.

Admission is free and it’s open 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Creek Park  along the Dubai Creek in the heart of the old city is one of the oldest parks in the city.  It’s home to the Children’s City, Dubai Dolphinarium, and Wonderland Theme & Water Parks.

There are barbecue and picnic areas through out the park as well as play areas and walking paths.  You can also ride the cable car for views of the city.

Park admission is 5AED ($1.30US) per person and must be paid even if you have tickets to the attractions inside.  Cable car tickets can be purchased separately.

Free & Cheap Things to do With Kids in Dubai

Children’s City in Creek Park is an interactive museum geared towards kids from 2-15 years old.  They have fun displays to teach kids about the world we live in.

They have a toddler’s section for little ones to climb and play, a human body section, a planetarium, and more.

Last time we were there children went it free and adults were 5AED ($1.30US).  It’s a great place to spend a hot summer afternoon.  It’s air conditioned and there’s a small snack bar where you can purchase lunch or snacks, or you can bring your own and eat it there.

For more info on Children’s City click here!
Address: Creekside Park, Gate 1, Umm Hurair.
Open: Saturday to Thursday 09:00 to 21:30;   Friday 15:00 to 21:30
For more things to see and do in Dubai click here!


Best Kid Friendly Resorts in Hawaii

Best Kid Friendly Resorts in Hawaii

Hawaii is a great family vacation destination.  Hawaii has many fun family activities to keep kids entertained; nature hikes, surfing, hula, and ukulele lessons, museum exhibits, pirate ships, and Mickey too!

Our world class hotels on the shores of our world famous beaches offer luxurious accommodations, award winning cuisine, and diverse activities sure to please guests young and old.
Here is a round up of the the best kid friendly resorts in the Aloha State.  Spring break is coming up, escape the cold winter for some fun in sun.
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Stitch in Hawaii

“Voted No. 1 in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2014 for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.A”

Hands down Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa wins the top spot.  No one does family fun better than Disney.
Located on Oahu’s west shores this resort boasts a lazy river, water slides, a kids club, and more.  Book your Hawaii Disney adventure today!

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort is tucked away in Honolulu’s plush Kahala district.  It’s a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities. 
This luxurious oceanfront resort boasts a natural lagoon that is home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.  
During your stay you can reserve an interactive encounter with these playful creatures with Dolphin Quest.
They offer several packages for different age groups.  

Reserve your family vacation here!

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The Hilton Waikaloa Village  is situated on the Kohalo coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Stay, play, and dine in this lush 62 acre resort.

The fun begins when you board a boat or tram to take you from the hotel lobby to your room. Indulge in a couples massage at a private poolside cabana while the kids splash in the waterfall pool or play and swim with the resident dolphins.

Reserve your Dolphin Quest encounter here!

HawaiiSip a tropical drink at the grotto bar while the kids float along the lazy river or ride up the water elevator.  Situated on 40 acres of lush tropical gardens on the shores of world famous Wailea Beach on the island of Maui is the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.  It will surely meet your expectations of any resort under this iconic brand.


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How to Survive a Long Red-Eye Flight

How to Survive a Long Red-Eye Flight

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Flying as much as we do I’ve got the routine down to where I can get enough rest on route and hit the ground running when I arrive.  I can’t guarantee the most comfortable experience, but I can make the flight more bearable.

1.  Get plenty of sleep the night before.

2.  Dress in comfortable loose fitting clothing, but not shabby wrinkled clothes.  Don’t wear anything tight fitting and complicated;  tight fitting clothes restricts blood flow, you increase the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), and clothing that has lots of buttons, laces, etc. makes using the tiny restrooms difficult.  I usually wear an old comfy t-shirt under the jacket of a dark colored Juicy Couture sweat suit.  The jacket can be removed if it gets too warm and will keep me warm if the cabin is cold.  I like dark colors because it hides stains, in case I spill something on the plane.

3.  Wear comfortable footwear that is easy to slip on and off.  In warm weather I usually wear flip-flops or sandals, in cold weather my comfy pair of knitted Uggs.  Footwear that is easy to slip on and off makes going thru security easier, also easier to slip them on and off on the plane.  My feet tend to swell a bit on very long flights so I avoid wearing shoes that require me to painfully shove swollen feet into.

4. On flights 5 hours or longer don’t wear any make-up, if you arrive at the airport wearing make-up use a cleanser wipe and take it off.  Make-up will dry up, cake up, and leave you looking less than lovely.  If you must have make-up on arrival apply it about half hour before you land.

5.  Don’t drink booze, it will dehydrate you and make you miserable.   Drink plenty of water instead to stay hydrated.  For every hour you are airborne your body looses an extra glass of water leaving you looking and feeling miserable.  Adding alcohol into your system only dehydrates you more.  Staying hydrated also decreases the chances of airborne germs getting into your system, mucus serves as a “filter” and may just keep you from catching a cold.

6.  Sanitize your area.  I bring along anti-bacterial wipes and wipe down the arm rests, wall and window if I’m in a window seat, headrest, and table.  I know I look crazy but I’m not sure how clean the plane is and I’d rather be safe than sorry.

7.  Bring your own shawl or blanket, and neck pillow.  I’m pretty sure the provided pillows and blankets aren’t changed or washed between flights.  I prefer to snuggle up to my own clean items.  I always bring a cashmere shawl to use as a blanket.

8.  Practice good personal hygiene.  Don’t cough and sneeze on your seat mates, wash your hands often, and use a paper towel to handle the lavatory door knobs.

9.  Stretch your legs and walk around when you can.  Do a small in-flight workout to reduce your risk of DVT.  Here’s a link to show you how.

10.  Bring travel size moisturizers, body lotion, lip balm, and lip balm.  Keep them in a clear plastic bag or ziplock along with your toothbrush, toothpaste, and make-up.  I use Amore Pacific and I always ask my cosmetics associate at Neiman’s to give me samples, they work great for trips.

11.  Bring a change of clothes if you need to look your best on arrival.  You can struggle into them in the tiny lavatory

before landing.

12.  Bring reading material,  noise canceling headphones, chargers, a meal or snacks, and sleeping mask.  I load up books and movies on my ipad in case there’s nothing I like on the in-flight entertainment.  I prefer my own headphones, they’re much more comfortable than the ones they provide, they sound better too.  I prefer to bring my own food, I bring what I want and save money too.  Food sold in-flight is limited and expensive.

The only way I know of to have a really comfortable flight is to ante up and fly business or first class.  They feed you and the seats usually turn into beds.  I usually try to upgrade at the gate,  sometimes I get lucky and get a first class seat with by using frequent flyer miles or paying an upgrade charge.  Upgrades are never guaranteed.  If you want to try for one it’s best to put yourself on the upgrade list the day before departure or get to the airport early and get on the list.


Why Is A Road Trip An Ideal Way To Enjoy Your Grandchildren This Summer?

Why Is A Road Trip An Ideal Way To Enjoy Your Grandchildren This Summer?

If you are a grandparent who loves nothing more than to spend time with your grandkids, how does a liberating, adventurous road trip sound? The Times published an article about the major comeback of the US road trip, touting it “a tradition that feels like a national birthright.” Being on the road also benefits children and adults in powerful ways. With statistics showing that about one in four Americans spends almost their entire day indoors,, a road trip is the perfect way to free the mind and embrace new experiences – something that is almost always best done in the summer!

Less Gadgets, More Greenery
Many studies have shown that human beings benefit greatly from being in the Great Outdoors. The mind is instantly transported to ‘the here and now’, and stress levels drop in a significant and measurable manner. Road trips give families the opportunity to plan a trip around cities/cultural events, stopping at beautiful natural spots in which to de-stress, enjoy a walk or swim, and even partake in activities like outdoor yoga. When you’re on the road, gadgets and phones somehow seem less appealing. It’s all about making the most of what is around you and experiencing the healing effects of mindfulness. Regardless of which spot in the map you choose, you will probably find a host of interesting natural sites and activities to check out. In the summer, everything from parasailing right through to white water rafting may appeal.

Dance to Your Own Drum
One difficult aspect of travel with young children is transport. When visiting a new city or green area, you may find that you have to take various trains, buses, and other transport combinations to get to desired spots. Moreover, some cities and green areas have better transport than others. A road trip allows you to travel at your own pace, visiting the areas you want to as you go along. It also permits you to change your mind, staying longer when you want to and cutting less desirable stays short. Space is another big benefit. A vehicle for family travel such as an RV is sturdy enough to keep you safe, and large enough to carry family items like toys, clothing, sporting equipment, etc. Luggage and the weight of equipment can be a big problem indeed if you opt for flight or train travel with little children.

Time to Bond
Road trips are as ideal for what goes on inside the vehicle, as out. Pew Research has found that older Americans say that having more time to spend with family is by far the best thing about being a senior. During the school year, you may find it hard to see your grandchildren as much as you like to, owing to the many demands that academic and sports activities impose. Road travel allows you to play little games as well as reveal experiences and funny anecdotes. It also gives you hours on end to ask questions that can enlighten you more on your grandchildren’s passions, interests, and views.

Road trips are enjoying a big boom for many factors – including their relatively lower cost, and the freedom and independence they afford. Travelling across the U.S. in a comfortable vehicle allows kids to rest, and older folk to have a break when they are driving. If you are ready to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime, plan your next road trip but don’t plan it too minutely. Let your instinct and wishes be your guides as you travel at your own pace and discover the beauty that surrounds you.

FILIPINO GARLIC FRIED RICE (SINANGAG)

FILIPINO GARLIC FRIED RICE (SINANGAG)

Sinangag, or Garlic Chinese fried rice, could be a fashionable Filipino breakfast, typically served with a dish on high and a drizzle of vinegar sauce. Don’t have a abdomen for rice and garlic within the morning? No problem! This dish is additionally wonderful for lunch or as a facet for dinner.

I have few Asian recipes that are pretty pitiful for a blogger United Nations agency claims to share “the better of the most effective from round the world”. However, you’ll be happy to understand that I arrange on remedying that from currently on, beginning nowadays with this Filipino classic! So even supposing I classified this instruction during this blog’s breakfast assortment, I see it additional as a dish. I generally add some types of macromolecule, like diced chicken or cut, and it works as a full meal!

If you’re a breakfast of champions sort of girl/guy and love rice within the morning, then by all suggests that, relish your early garlic cooked rice! Simply check that to brush your teeth once or that job meeting is going to be terribly fascinating as no one can want to get about to you. ? I am captivated with their individual single-serve cups. Seriously, it doesn’t get from now on convenient than that! However wonderful it’s that you just get to customize this instruction and build some for one? (Although you ought to positively build a minimum of some for two, as a result of I guarantee you won’t resist going for seconds or thirds!)

The cups cook in exactly sixty seconds and area unit nice if you wish a transportable meal or snack. No additional blaming being busy for your habit of meal skipping! If something, you get to cook a garlic Filipino fried rice your Minute Rice Single Serve Cup, combine in your favorite ingredients and eat straight from the cup.

 

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INGREDIENTS

8 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
4 cups Minute Rice Single Serve Cups, cooked according to instructions
1/3 cup vegetable oil, divided
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish
4 eggs
VINEGAR SAUCE:
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes
1 cloves of garlic
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and golden, about 1 minutes. Remove a little bit of the garlic (1 tablespoon) and reserve.
2. Add the cooked rice and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes, breaking up any large clumps, until rice is getting crispy in some places. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving dish or individual plates.
3. In that same skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium high heat. Swirl the pan to evenly coat the surface. The pan is ready when the oil becomes shimmery and very loose. Crack each egg into a measuring cup and gently tip it into the skillet. You can crack the eggs directly into the skillet if you prefer. Cook the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are done to your liking. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Place the eggs on top of the rice, garnish with the reserved garlic and sliced scallion and serve immediately, with the vinegar sauce on the side.

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