Things to Do With Kids on Oahu

One of the first things you will notice upon landing on the beautiful island of Oahu, aside from the embracing warmth of the sun, balmy trees and turquoise waters, is the abundance of happy keiki (children). While in some areas on the mainland, it's rare to find children playing unattended at parks, Hawaii is one of the few places where kids still roam free uninhibited and aren't expected to come home until dinner.

Allow your own to run free and experience the island life at places where the whole family can feed their sense of adventure like Kualoa Ranch, a hub for land and water excursions or go on a submarine ride with Atlantis Waikiki. If you feel like taking a "day off," take them to Kama'aina Kids where they'll barely notice you're gone. We know that racking up on the activities can get quite expensive, so we recommend visiting each website for exclusive deals and coupons. If you use your creativity, there are also a long list of free activities for kids, like discovering secluded beaches, hiking, and our personal favorite, building sand castles.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Experience the magic of Hawaii at Disney’s beachfront resort hotel. Celebrating Hawaiian culture, history and traditions through culinary programs, recreational activities and excursions, guests will be immersed in the legends of the islands.

Honolulu Zoo

The largest zoo within a radius of 2,500 miles. Honolulu Zoo is home to 900+ mammals, birds and reptiles, in habitats that include the African savanna, tropical forest, islands of the Pacific and the children’s zoo.

Dole Plantation

Many Hawaii residents can trace their ancestral roots to the plantation days of Hawaii, when workers from other countries arrived to work in the plantations in the early 1900s. Cultural influences from those days linger, and at Dole Plantation, visitors can learn about them.

Waikiki Aquarium

The third-oldest aquarium in the country is world-renowned as the first facility in the world to successfully propagate the Chambered Nautilus. With a living reef, monk seals, coral farm and reef exploration programs plus Jun Kaneko ceramic sculptures flanking the entrance, it’s one of Oahu’s jewels. Open daily.

Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii

If you’ve ever dreamed of riding a water slide multiple stories high, or body surfing in artificially generated waves, this is the place for you.

Kama'aina Kids

For date nights or day trips planned with more daring, non kid-friendly excursions during your stay, Kama’aina Kids provides in-room childcare at all hotels, timeshares and vacation rentals on Oahu and Maui. Rates and reservation details can be found on their website.

Kualoa Ranch

The stunning, 4,000-acre working cattle ranch is a windward Oahu signature, a landscape of valleys, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and white-sand beaches. With its backdrop of the Ko‘olau Mountains, it’s popular among filmmakers, with “Jurassic Park” and “Lost” among its location credits.

Atlantis Submarines Waikiki

Submarines enable you to dive in comfort, so you can chuck the scuba gear and watch the underwater spectacle: marine life, coral reefs, sunken shipwrecks and airplanes. There is complimentary transportation from select Waikiki locations.

Battleship Missouri Memorial

The USS Missouri, America’s last battleship, served her country through three wars, and is best known as the site of the signing of the Formal Instrument of Surrender, marking the end of World War II. Today, the “Mighty Mo” stands proudly overlooking her fallen sister ship, the USS Arizona, in Pearl Harbor.