I discovered this place on a work shoot a few months ago and wished that I had a couple of toddlers to ‘borrow’ for a little morning adventure… too bad my nephews live 3000 miles away! This magical place inspires creativity and imagination in an air-conditioned space away from the Honolulu sun.
The mission of the Honolulu Children’s Discovery Center is to provide children with an eye-opening glimpse into the amazing world around them through fun interaction and play. Located just a short drive from Waikiki, the center features four large galleries filled with hands-on exhibits, fun play areas, educational zones, and more.
The Honolulu Children’s Discovery Center is a kid’s wonderland with new adventures and fun waiting around every corner. Exhibits and gallery areas include Rainforest Adventures (explores the unique world of rainforests), a Tot Spot (for kids 5 and under), Fantastic You (takes an up-close look at the wonders of the human body), Your Town (provides kids with opportunity to be a banker, mechanic, fireman… anything they’ve ever wanted to be), Hawaiian Rainbows (learn Hawaii’s special history from early days to now), and Your Rainbow World (explores the many countries and cultures around the world).
Parents and children are encouraged to learn and play together through a variety of interactive and hands-on activities throughout each of the galleries. This one-of-a-kind center provides a perfect morning activity for a rainy vacation day — or an escape from the sun after too much time spent at the beach.
Parking is free, and strollers can be checked in at the front desk. A gift store and cafe are located in the main area of the center.
Visit the Honolulu Children’s Discovery Center:
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9am – 1pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm. Closed Mondays.
General Admission – $10
Seniors – $6
Children under 1 – Free
Address: 111 Ohe St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Directions: From Waikiki, take Ala Moana Blvd past the mall. Turn left onto Cooke St. Cooke St will end in a parking lot directly across the street from the Discovery Center. Parking is free.