things to do on oahu with kids

4 Cheap Things to do in Oahu with Kids

There’s lots to do in Oahu… but what about things to do in Oahu with kids?

The fall season is a great time to escape to the beaches of Hawaii with your family. With the exception of the week around Thanksgiving, a big holiday and travel week for us here in the United States, hotels and flights to Hawaii are least expensive between mid-September and December 10th.

If you’re considering a family vacation to Hawaii, this fall is a great time to book the getaway.

Furthermore, the very best weather in Hawaii is during the fall months. While the temperature doesn’t vary too much throughout the year, the rainfall can fluctuate depending on the season.

Pro tip: Each island has a leeward side (the side sheltered from the wind) and a windward side (the side that gets the wind’s full force). The leeward sides (the west and south) are usually hot and dry, while the windward sides (east and north) are generally cooler and moist. When you want arid, sunbaked, desert-like weather, go leeward. When you want lush, wet, jungle-like weather, go windward.

Families love the island of Oahu, and for good reason! From playing in the clear blue waters of Kailua Beach to exploring the metropolitan city of Honolulu, there is so much to do here.

Here are the best things to do in Oahu with kids:

Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour

Kids love the fast-paced tour of  Oahu’s landmarks and destinations, including the world-famous Hanauma Bay, the spouting “Blow Hole,” Pali Lookout and the sacred Kualoa Ranch nestled against the stunning Koolau Mountains.

The narrated Oahu circle tour begins at Diamond Head, then heads past the lavish beachfront residences of celebrities and moguls in Kahala. (If you don’t have a good pair of binoculars, this might be a good time to invest.)

Image of mountains in Oahu

The trip continues east to Hanauma Bay, then stops at the Halona “Blow Hole,” where a natural volcanic lava tube shoots water to dramatic heights. A stop in Waimanalo will allow you to experience the small-town side of Oahu, then it’s time to be whisked off to enjoy sweeping views from the Pali Lookout. At the Byodo-In Temple, tucked in the Valley of the Temples, you will see a half-sized replica of Japan’s 450-year-old place of worship, then travel to the sacred Kualoa Ranch for a tram tour to the lush Kualoa Mountains.

Pearl Harbor Tour

It is absolutely OK to bring kids to Pearl Harbor. In fact, it is one of the best things that you can do with your kids in Hawaii. Why? Pearl Harbor is a living history lesson. Adults and kids learn more by visiting Pearl Harbor in a couple of hours than they do in a year of history class.

Makani Catamaran

Makani is Hawaii’s most luxurious sailing adventure! “Feel the Thrill” as you sail upon the Hawaiian waters with us. Enjoy the spirit of the ocean and the breathtaking views of the island as the Polynesians did many years ago.

Makani Catamaran sailing in Waikiki

Enjoy Hawaii sunset cruises aboard this luxurious catamaran and see why sailing Waikiki has become so rewarding on Makani. And maybe bring something for motion sickness just in case!

Don’t Miss Germaine’s Luau 

Experiencing a traditional luau that tells the tale of Hawaiin culture is one of the best things to do in Oahu with kids. Enjoy traditional Polynesian food, lively music and great entertainment for the whole family.

Women dancing the hula at a luau in Oahu

Pro tip: If you’re staying on Ohau or Maui, you should consider picking up a Vacation Pass. Essentially you pay one price for entrance to all the attractions and tours listed here. For example, for a 3-day Go Oahu Card, getting you access to a long list of activities and events, you’ll pay only $179 per adult and $149 per kids. This is by far the most cost effective way to build in the most things to do in Oahu with kids!

Have you been to Oahu with kids? What was your favorite thing to do there?

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