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7 Activity Ideas For You And Your Kids In Maui, Hawaii

Maui is a very special place to go for a family vacation. But, what are the best things to do in Maui with your kids? Here are 7 ways to spend the day that your kids (and you!) will love.

1. A Beach Trip and Beginner Surf Lessons

Surf lessons for kids

Kids love the beach, and Maui has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world for you to enjoy.

If your kids are confident in the water then a Maui vacation could be a great time for them to try surfing. You can book beginner surf lessons at a range of places around Maui. If you’re on the South side of Maui then head to Kalama Beach park in Kihei. Here you’ll find a number of surf schools who offer beginner surf lessons for kids and adults alike.

Tip for Toddlers: There are a few beaches on Maui which have great smaller lagoons for toddlers to play in where you don’t need to worry about them getting swept  up in the waves. Baldwin Beach on the North Shore has a protected lagoon aptly named “Baby Beach” which is perfect for splashing around in. Also, at Launiupoko, a beach off the road going north to Lahaina there is a great kid pool, so your older kids can hit the waves while your little ones play safely.

Check out our Ocean and Beach safety tips for more info on how to stay safe at the beach.

2) Hike to Twin Falls

Twin Falls is a great hike to do with kids as it isn’t too challenging, but is very rewarding! It takes around 20 minutes to hike up to the waterfalls. The walk is really beautiful and the waterfalls are fun to see. You can take a dip in the waterfall pool if you like. Wear water shoes so you don’t hurt your feet.

Twins falls is situated at the start of the road to Hana and is open all day. There are restrooms! Bring water, snacks and a towel.

3) Visit the Maui Ocean Center

You’ll see this one come up time and time again when researching great activities to do with kids in Maui. Maui Ocean Center is an aquarium with a fantastic range of Marine life. If you buy a pass you can visit several times on your vacation. This is a great activitiy if your kids need a break from the sun, or if the weather is rainy.

Maui Ocean Center is located in Maalaea. Make sure you stop by the harbor, take a look at the boats and spot the turtles which love to play by the harbor wall.

4) Go Zip-lining

It wouldn’t be my first thought when you think Hawaiian vacation but zipling is a very popular attraction on the islands. You get some wonderful views of the landscape as you’re zipping around. This is a great activity to do as a family. With 4 a breast ziplines, you can be on the zipline next to your kids and ride down with them at the same time.

We loved our time at Piiholo ranch near Makawao. Grab some food at one of Makawao’s restaurants afterwards.

5) Take the Atlantis Submarine Tour

The Atlantis submarine tour out of Lahaina is a real treat. You get the initial boat ride out to the submarine which is beautiful, and then you are transferred onto the sub where you’re taken down on a tour of Maui’s underwater world.

As well as there being loads of stunning fish to look at we saw mantra rays and sharks, and a sunken shipwreck!

There is loads to do in Lahaina too. Why not take your kids to see the Banyan tree which is right near where you board the Atlantis? This tree is quite a sight to behold at over a 140 years old and covering over two thirds of an ache.

6) Enjoy a Luau

Your kids will love experiencing more of the Hawaiian culture by attending a luau. Here they’ll see impressive hula, eat Hawaiian food and even get to try some Hawaiian games and dancing for themselves.

You can see our luau guides for photos and more info on what you can expect from the different luaus.

Old Lahaina Luau
Choosing a West-Maui Luau
Choosing a Wailea Luau

7) Take a trip up Haleakala

Haleakala National Park

How many kids get to say they’ve been up a giant volcano? The altitude change may be too much to handle for small kids, but tweens and teens will love the adventure of heading up this ancient mountain. If getting them up before dawn for sunset is a battle you don’t want to face then go up there in time for sunset.  If you go up an hour before the sun sets, you can have a look around and take in the views while its light. Then watch the stunning natural display of colors as the sun sets before finally seeing the stars pop out in the night sky. It’s an experience they won’t forget!

Looking for more ideas….

  1. Head to the surfing dairy goat farm! Yes, there is such a thing.
  2. Explore the beautiful grounds at Maui’s tropical plantation.
  3. Read our guide on how to prepare your kids for their Hawaii trip.


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