Hawaii always has a special relationship with me and my family. I have lived in Big Island Hawaii for four years during my teenage time, and both of my multicultural children, Luana and Maya, are born in Hawaii.
Hawaii is a tropical paradise that offers various outdoor activities for both adults and children. There are several dreamy beaches, amazing waterfalls, famous hiking trails, and breathtaking volcanoes.
Hawaii is not only for outdoor adventure, but it is also a family-friendly vacation spot! There are several things to do with children, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, or a road trip to North Shore. However, if you are traveling with a toddler at age around 1 to 3 years old, most parents would agree with a “less is more” traveling style. Toddlers are too unfocused to follow a disciplined plan! Having said that, you may be searching for a toddler-friendly beach, stroller-friendly malls, or activities near the hotel! The toddler group deserves its own list!
Honolulu Waikiki is the most convenient and popular region in Hawaii. You may find many hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops in the area.
These are the Top 7 toddler-friendly activities near Waikiki:
1. Waikiki Beach
Waikiki is the most famous beach on Oahu and is considered as one of the safest beachfront. You can enjoy watching surfers, collecting shells, digging holes, and swimming with your toddlers. Do not forget to stay around for the amazing sunset!
The beach runs for three kilometers long with very few interruptions. These are two good spots along the Waikiki to bring your toddler.
- Kuhio Beach break wall: At the end of Kalakaua Avenue, on Kuhio Beach has a human-made structure to break the waves. This break-wall is an excellent spot for those parents who are trying to avoid any waves.
- Waikiki Beach in front of Moana Surfrider: This part of the beach is more crowded and may have few hotel cruises sailing around the area. However, the facilities and structures are more accessible for toddlers, and it comes with great live music from the Moana Surfrider Hotel every evening.
2. Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay in Hawaii is one of the most visited beaches outside of Waikiki. The crystal clear and fish-filled water provides the perfect conditions for snorkeling. The shuttle ride up from the Beach to the top of the hill is fun for young children. Calm water, as it is not too intimidating, is an excellent place for toddlers just learning to swim.
Address: Hanauma Bay 7455 Kalanianaole Hwy Honolulu, Hawaii
3. Kailua Beach
Kailua Beach has been rated as one of the top beaches, it characterized by fine white sand and crystal blue water. Perfect for a family day at the beach, the ocean is calm and there are places along the beach where you can find shades to play with your toddler. I prefer going to Kailua during the day as it can get a bit windy in the late afternoon. You should consider renting a car to visit Kailua beach, it takes around 30-45 minutes from Waikiki.
Address: 526 Kawailoa Rd, Kailua, HI 96734
4. HILTON LAGOON
Hilton Lagoon is one of my favorite spots to go with my little one. An ideal place to relax with your toddler. The lagoon is calm, clean and warm, a nice spot for a toddler to waddle in without worrying about the waves. Meanwhile, Swimming at the lagoon can still enjoy the great ocean view
You can also bring your toddler to sit by the beach near the lagoon to enjoy a fantastic display of free fireworks on Friday evening.
Address: Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon Boardwalk, Honolulu, HI
5. International Market Place
The International Market Place is a beautiful mall that combines outdoor nature and aesthetics to it’s design and structure. It was built around a huge banyan tree, with a flowing fountain and stream. Throughout the shopping center, you can find artificial grass, stone seats, rocking chairs, and other comfy island-style seats to rest while the little ones are playing.
The International Market place is an excellent place for your toddlers to run around. On the second floor of the building, there is the Beachcomber’s treehouse to explore. On the ground floor near the center of the building runs a daily show at 6pm, and there is a Celestial pool next to the stage, it is a great place for your toddlers playing around.
Address: 2330 Kalākaua Avenue. Honolulu Hawaii
6. Waikiki Aquarium
Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu zoo are right next to each other. Moderate sized aquarium with a rich history run by the University of Hawaii. You will spend about 90 minutes walking through the aquarium at a modest pace. It is not a fancy aquarium, but It is a perfect size to see enough species and enjoy the trip without feeling overwhelmed.
Address: 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
7. Honolulu Zoo
The Honolulu Zoo hosts animals humanely and has very clean and calm facilities. Excellent place for kids but also relaxing for adults. It’s not too big or not too small, and the admission price is acceptable for its given size. The zoo is definitely large enough to spend a few hours there.
Address: 151 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Everyone dreams of visiting Hawaii. if you have finally made it to paradise with your toddlers, just relax and enjoy the Aloha spirit.