Maui Kids & Family Fun
Things to Do for Families with Kids on Maui: Activities, Beaches,
Shows, Nature, Restaurants, Shopping, and Lots More Recommendations from
You brought your children along to Maui. Now what are you going to do to keep them happy and entertained?
Maui Ocean Center
(aquarium) in Maalaea (south end of central valley of Maui)
Excellent aquarium takes about two hours to tour. Includes exhibits about
Maui’s sea life, including live fish, sharks, turtles, rays, and others.
Hike in the park
in Iao Valley
The Iao Needle is a 2,250-foot tall rock formation surrounded by lush green
mountains, in the center of the west half of Maui, 22 miles from Kaanapali
Beach. Free admission. The road into the Iao Valley begins in the center
of downtown Wailuku. Take an umbrella, since there is often a light steady
drizzle there. Walk along the path from the parking lot. There are great
views from the top of the walkway, and a lovely stream to stroll by at the
bottom of the walkway. Wear bug repellant for the walk by the stream.
in Lahaina (if they are too young for the waves at other beaches)
Baby Beach has much calmer waters than most other beaches, because an
offshore breakwater blocks many of the big waves from reaching the shore.
This makes it a good place for children to go in the ocean, though even here
they of course need adult supervision. Baby Beach is in the north part of
Lahaina. See how to find it at this link:
See a different beach
All beaches in Hawaii are public. Try out several beaches while you are on
Maui. Each beach is different and each beach is beautiful. On West Maui
(Lahaina side) I suggest Kaanapali, Kapalua,
Olowalu (Mile Marker 14). On
the south side (Kihei-Wailea) I suggest
(if they are old enough and well supervised)
Rent your snorkel gear at The Snorkel Store or Maui Dive Shop or Snorkel
Bob’s for about half the price they charge at the big hotels. A good place to
take children for their first snorkel is Baby Beach, in Lahaina, because the
water is usually calm at that beach (see link above). Other top snorkel spots on Maui
are described and compared in the downloadable eBook called
Maui Snorkeling Guide.
More information on the following page:
Bumper boats, miniature golf, rock wall climbing, and trampoline
These four activities
are all at the Maui Golf &
Sports Park, open every day in Maui's central valley near the aquarium.
free at Lahaina Cannery Mall 808-661-5304
Weekdays have adult hula dancers, but young kids often enjoy weekends when
the hula dancers are children. “Keiki” is Hawaiian for “children” so check
for keiki hula shows.
Schedule is at
at the Hyatt 661-1234 or Royal Lahaina 808-661-3611
These two luaus
are more showy, so more entertaining for kids, (and less expensive for families)
than the more authentic Hawaiian luau at Old Lahaina Luau 667-1998. You can
usually get discounts on those hotel luaus with links on the
luaus page, and discounts on this and other activities through
At 626 Front Street, upstairs, in Lahaina. Live birds and other animals and plants to see
Under the Banyan Tree
Younger kids just like running around here. Older kids like seeing the
people as well as the giant tree.
Surfing Goat Dairy in Upcountry 808-878-2870
See the goats and take the tour to learn about their care, feeding, milking,
and cheese production.
Surfing Goat Dairy
Lahaina Animal Farm in Launiopoko 808-280-2597
Private tours of petting zoo and farm activities for family groups.
Lahaina Animal Farm and Petting Zoo
Hotel on Kaanapali Beach 808-661-1234
See the penguins, flamingos, swans, and crowned African cranes. No
charge as you walk around the in the hotel lobbies and grounds.
Watch glass blowing
in Makawao 808-572-4527
Hot Island Glass at 3620 Baldwin Avenue (call to confirm times)
Great bargains and lots of choices of fun stuff to buy at this large flea
market in Kahului on Saturday mornings. Good prices on T-shirts, jewelry,
hand-painted shirts and dresses, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, and
Maui Swap Meet
stores Lahaina 808-667-7911 or Kihei 808-875-4545
Some of the best deals on kids clothes and souvenirs.
Hawaiian history told in dance and old Hawaiian music, at the Maui Theater
in Lahaina. Some kids love it though others are bored.
Most ziplines don't allow young children, but there is one zipline company
on Maui that takes kids as young as 5. Ziplines can be dangerous, so
investigate before you go. More info is at the following link:
Ziplines on Maui
Sugar Cane Train 808-661-0080
Train ride near Kaanapali and Lahaina. More info is at the following link:
Sugar Cane Train
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Read the booklet
“101 Things To Do On Maui” (free at brochure stands in the airport and at
Let the kids spend an hour reading this booklet themselves and finding
things they’d like to do.
ideas with the kids (or see lots more restaurant info in
the Maui Restaurants section of this website):
Carryout from Honokowai Okazuya
808-665-0512 or Eskimo Candy
Great family breakfast, lunch or dinner at
CJ’s Deli & Diner 808-667-0968
Maui's best Shave Ice at
Pizza restaurants all over Maui listed at
Variety for the whole family at Lulu's
Fun family lunch or dinner at Bubba Gump
Create your own sundaes at Yogurtland
Plate lunches outdoors at Aloha
Mixed Plate 808-661-3322
Maui Tacos (fast food) Napili 808-665-0222 or Kihei 808-879-5005
Cheeseburger In Paradise Lahaina
808-661-0830 or Wailea 808-874-8990
Hard Rock Café 808-667-7400
Good pizza, pasta, and fun Pizookie N Cream dessert at
Lahaina Pizza Company
Many of the restaurants listed on our Maui
Restaurants pages have children's menus, so be sure to ask
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Maui Condos choices are here
Maui Car Rentals discount tips on this page
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