There is nothing like being a kid and finding a new playground to explore. Do you remember discovering a new fort or a new maze for the first time? While Hawaii has so many amazing experiences for kids and families alike, there are some fun playgrounds to enjoy and maybe make some new Hawaiian friends.
One of our favorite playgrounds is the Anuenue Playground located in Waimea. If you find yourself on a drive to Waimea, take a few minutes to let your little Keiki (kids) explore and enjoy this wonderful fort. Waimea can get brief bouts of rain, so the morning is often best.
This large playground, with its colorful fun zones, offers hours of fun and activity for kids of all ages. And, if you feel like planing your day at the park, there is a great picnic area with picnic tables and large benches. Don’t forget to also check out the softball field! For directions to Waimea Park, click here.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! If you are in Kailua-Kona and on your way to Captain Cook or Two-Step beach, your kids would enjoy a visit to the Kamakana Playground located in Harold H. Higashihara Park. With a multi-story castle theme, this playground is perfect for your little knights to climb, explore and run around. This playground was ranked as number 11 of the top 50 playgrounds in the United States!
Open from 7:00am to 8:00pm, this playground not only offers a variety of adventures for the kids, but also a day of fun for the adults. Along with the picnic tables, benches and water fountains, the property also has tennis courts, a baseball field, horseshoes and basketball hoops for you to enjoy! For directions, click here.
A unique spot for your little Keiki (5-12 years old) to burn some energy prior to visiting the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is the Mauna Kea Recreation Area. With a 3,700-square- foot playground, innovative and safe structures (including ropes, rails and ladders) – this one of a kind recreation area is only a few minutes away from the Mauna Kea Telescopes.
It is also a great spot for the family to stretch their legs after a long road trip across the Big Island and admire the majestic surroundings of the Mauna Kea. For directions, click here.
For more information on activities in the Big Island, check out our activities page for families with young kids.