Top 10 Must Do Activities with Keiki

Top 10 ‘Must Do’ Activities with Keiki (Children) on Kauai

Wondering what our favorite keiki activities are on Kauai? Wonder no longer. This is a top 10, however, in no particular order. Surfing might be tops on the list for your nine year old and Baby Beach might be the best for your toddler. No matter, the age, all of the following activities are sure to bring a smile to all:

10.  Kokee State Park is a must see for everyone on their Kauai vacation. Amazing vistas at various lookouts over Waimea Canyon and the Kalalau Valley. Visit the Kokee Museum for a little history, plan a hike and end your day with a picnic on the lush grounds or try camping!

9. Luaus are a fun way for the entire family to get into the Hawaiian spirit. Learn a little bit about the Polynesian culture, try some delicious food and watch traditional dancing – maybe even a fire dance if you are lucky!

8. Farm Tours the perfect way to see how our local foods and beverages are made. Visit the largest coffee plantation in the US, see how cacao is made into chocolate or see a working farm.

7. Surf Lesson at the beach. For the adventurous child who loves the water, take in a surf lesson and learn to have fun like the locals do.

6. Farmers Markets offer more than just produce. Many have flowers and local crafts, sample some of the exotic fruits and refresh with an ice-cold coconut.

5. Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens offers a family tour that takes you through a full sized hedge maze, feed koi in the lagoon, explore the rubber treehouse and more.

4. Kapaa Bike Path (Ke Ala Hele Makalae) has 7 miles of a multi-use path. Rent a bike and take the keiki for a ride or just stroll along the coast, grab a bite from a food truck on the path and make a picnic in one of the many rest spots or on the beach.

3. Kamalani Playground has swings, bridges, slides, mazes and hidden passageways. It’s sure to delight keiki of many ages. Lydgate Park is next door which offers another play area as well as Lydgate Beach. Fun for the entire family.

2. Beaches are a family favorite for locals and tourists. There is something for everyone at the beach whether you are shell hunting, snorkeling, surfing or just relaxing in the sun. There are various ‘baby’ beaches scattered around Kauai. If you hear someone say baby beach that usually means a smaller beach that is more secluded from the larger ocean waves and will have smaller tidepools for exploring.

1. Shave Ice is a popular treat for cooling off after a day of play.  Similar to a snow cone, however the ice is shaved flat for a snow like consistency. A must have at least once while you are on island.