Exciting events and activities aren't hard
to find on Oahu. Below are some of the historical, educational and
cultural offerings for families vacationing here this
Program hosts youngsters overnight aboard the ship. The kids sleep
in crew berthing areas, store their gear in lockers, eat Navy-style
meals on the ship's mess deck and use all the typical facilities
found aboard a U.S. battleship.
The program was
designed to promote leadership skills while revisiting U.S.
Tour offers a look into previously restricted areas of the ship,
such as the crew's galley, the brig, the machine shop and
"Broadway," a corridor extending a third of the ship's
The tour ends on
the Missouri's Surrender Deck, the site of Japan's unconditional
surrender that ended World War II.
which was offered prior to 9/11, was put on hold for two years due
to inflated costs of increased security issues inside the Pearl
Harbor base. It had been operational for a year prior, thanks to a
$100,000 grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
includes the assignment of ritual tasks such as K.P. duty, lowering
the flag and video operations.
evening, teams of three kids and one adult take turns at watch for
one-hour periods until daybreak. There are exercises and hands-on
demonstrations, such as how the bridge operates, a guided tour of
the vessel's weaponry and a fire-fighting drill in ship-issued
Rates for a child
participating in the overnight encampment program are $59; $69 for
an accompanying adult. Call (808) 423-0405 or log onto www.ussmissouri.com for further information. For group
reservations, call (808) 455-1600.
The Science of Roller Coasters" runs through Aug. 29. The exhibits,
artifacts and images encourage thrill-seekers to experience the
physics of roller coasters and learn about the physiology and
psychology of thrill-seeking.
Visitors can ride
the G-Force and experience the gravitational forces astronauts
endure. They can step into the Revolver, a rotating platform, or
test their resistance to motion sickness. Admission to the museum
is $15 for adults, $10 for children. The exhibit is free. Call
(808) 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.
Adventures Day Camp, for ages 5 to 11, invites youngsters to spend
a week at the Honolulu Zoo. The program, which runs from 8:30 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m., features behind-the-scenes encounters, talks by
zookeepers, animal arts, crafts and games. Fee: $175 per child per
lets children ages 6 to 10 learn about animal conservation.
Children will meet the animals and their keepers, participate in
feedings and make animal treats. Sessions are Oct. 3, 10, 17 and
24. Fee: $35 per class or $120 for all.
lets children age 5 and up, with parents, make toys and treats for
the animals. Drinks and snacks are served. The event runs Nov. 7,
14, 21 and 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee: $45 per parent-child team;
$10 per additional person; $150 for all four sessions.
enables families to discover the zoo during the late-afternoon and
early-evening hours. Tours operate Aug. 27 and 28; Sept. 24 and 25;
Oct. 29 and 30; and Nov. 26 and 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for kids ages 4 to
For Snooze in the
Zoo, families and kids pack their tents for storytelling, pizza,
tours, campfires and breakfast. Dates are Aug. 21, Sept. 10 and
Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. Fee: $39 for age 5 and up; $15 for ages
3 and 4. Phone: (808) 926-3191; www.honzoosoc.org/programs.htm#adventure.