Top Things to Do In Waikiki With Kids

Top Things to Do In Waikiki With Kids

We have been in Honolulu, Hawaii for some few days now. Life is VERY different from laid-back Fiji.  Here it is ‘go-go-go’. You might want to get great tips on how to survive here in Waikiki from reputable luxury travel experts like us or others on the internet. Our single parent travel adventures have exposed us to the good and the not so good of the world. It is for this reason that we have the ideas to help you have a memorable family travel in a place like Hawaii.

And we’d like to share with you our Top Things To Do In Waikiki With Kids

Trolley Cars

I am trying to stick to the tourist agenda and fit it all in my schedule.  A good way to get around Waikiki through the ‘pink line’ trolley car for $2 a person.  Other trolley lines, that go further, are up to $40; so do a research before you get here.

If I had more time in Waikiki, I would probably use either the trolley car or the double-decker sight-seeing bus to get my bearings. This is what I will do when we get to the next big city.

Otherwise, we love riding on the trolley car as it is open on the sides, which makes it easier to see more places and take photos as we move and explore Waikiki with kids things to do as our agenda.

Trolley Car

©Exploramum and Explorason – Ride a Trolley Car


We walk down the beach on our way to the aquarium. My son has a mission from a classmate back in Adelaide to find a sea-horse, so we wander along Waikiki after we get off the trolley car. Today is hot!


©Exploramum and Explorason – Stroll along the beach (better at night or late afternoon when it is not so hot)


We get to the aquarium.  It is quite small but the price is good and we have managed to get a coupon for discount entry. There are stands all through town on the shopping rows with all sorts of tourism magazines. Grab one of each if you come here.

Forget the bedtime novel tonight – this will become your bed-time reading as you decide on things to do in Waikiki with kids. You can save quite a bit of money and read on all there is to see! Anyway – we head in and find the seahorses – it was great to have a mission!

Waikiki Aquarium

©Exploramum and Explorason – Aquarium – searching for a seahorse

We then check out the aquariums containing colored fish. They give you an audio handset and so it is a great time for learning!

The good thing about traveling with a child is that as a parent, I get to learn so much as well.


©Exploramum and Explorason – Waikiki Aquarium – fun for kids and affordable

Oldest Hotel in Waikiki

We leave here and walk on to explore Waikiki with kids. This is the first hotel in Waikiki and is just gorgeous!

Old hotel

©Exploramum and Explorason – Waikiki’s Oldest hotel

I am really tired and feel like I need a good coffee. Kona coffee is famous and lovely! So is the less famous Honolulu coffee I enjoyed here at this grand hotel! We have even seen it growing on the bushes out in the countryside when we went to the Dole Plantation the other day; so, it is a little more real to enjoy a cup of coffee here. Mind you I had to order 3 times – The lady couldn’t understand my Australian accent!


©Exploramum and Explorason – A top cup of Hawaiian Coffee gives parents a much-needed break

Burger King

After I have my lovely and refreshing coffee, it is time for my son to get some kids’ drink.  So we head off to Burger King – Hungry Jacks to the Aussies.  They make the thick shakes individually and my son tells the lady that it is the best he has ever had in his life, and she beams!


©Exploramum and Explorason – Burger King has surfboard doors

Explore the Shopping Precinct

We head back through the gorgeous shopping strips as we set about exploring Waikiki with kids adventures in mind. People walk past designer stores with surf-boards and some in their bikinis. It is laid back for sure.

shopping precinct

©Exploramum and Explorason – Shopping precinct

Bubba Gumps

We decide to go to Bubba Gumps (from the famous movie) for lunch. This is in the Ala Moana open-air shopping center. It is set up well for tourists, and I have shown my son bits of the movie the night before so he knows some of the funny stuff. It is well done – the drinks menu is a table tennis paddle bat.

Bubba Gump

©Exploramum and Explorason – Bubba Gump’s menu is on a table tennis paddle

But more so, the shrimp was absolutely amazing. I had the greatest food and loved the way my son’s food came in a boat he could take home. We also received a take-home glass which was well worth it too. I recommend this place to anyone visiting Hawaii.  (Years on, we unpack in Australia and there is the glass from Bubba Gumps).

Bubba Gump’s has a top view and is nice and cool with the open air breeze.

Don’t forget to take a few happy snaps outside with Bubba Gump’s boots, or inside with some of the movie set decor too.


©Exploramum and Explorason – Bubba Gump’s – lunch

The end of the day – and we have had a nice swim in the swimming pool, and a spa treatment. We wander back to catch the bus back to our accommodation.  We have had a great time so far – and there is so much more to see tomorrow as we explore Waikiki with kids.

Waikiki Beach

©Exploramum and Explorason – Head to the Beach


A tip if you are traveling with a child. Try to end the afternoon activity by about 4 pm. Even if it is a bun-fight to do so. By the time you walk back to take your transport back to your hotel, they are very tired. Especially if something goes wrong, or you get the wrong bus etc.!

For instance, on this day, or bus used the wrong route and lost around an hour on the road, seeing us get to the hotel in the dark. You might also try never be quick to believe everything you hear from people. Instead, go with your gut feeling and hope that your decision as a parent is the best.

Time for an early bed tonight!
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