15 Things To Do While Visiting Maui with Young Kids

baby beach, lahaina maui I always get a ton of email and questions through Facebook asking me about what to do and see while on island. Here’s a recent email from an awesome Mom Blogger, Nadia of ChildMode.com

Hi Sarah,

How are you doing? I’m a fan of your blog and have been reading (and watching on Momversation) for quite some time.

Anyways, I wanted to contact you…as you are a total expert on the area, I was wondering if there was 1-2 MUST, absolutely HAVE to see attractions that you would suggest.
Have a great day!

Best,
Nadia Carriere
Founder/Editor ChildMode.com

I sent Nadia “MY LIST” – this is my go to list of things that I send to most of my friends that are coming with younger children, as her children are 2 & 5. (these would be great for younger kids up to tween agers…)

15 Things to do while visiting Maui with Kids

  1. Haleakala at sunrise….this is the perfect thing to do on your first morning on Maui since most are traveling from the mainland and will be jet lagged. You’ll be up anyways (or at least your kids will) so head to Haleakala volcano to watch the sunrise. It’s magnificent and a must do when here! NOTE: It’s COLD up there, be sure to bring your warmer clothes for this part of the trip. Even blankets from your hotel are good. Also be sure to check with your hotel to find out when sunrise is.
  2. Hiking in Kapalua is fun. If you have an Ergo bring that and go for it- read more here: http://tinyurl.com/6j5b384
  3. At the Hyatt in Kaanapali are flamingos and penguins! It’s pretty cool and can be fun for the kids. This is good for an afternoon walk – we love to check out hotels when on vacation (or just on a Saturday around here), Kaanapali has a walkway connecting you from one hotel to another. The Hyatt is at the South end of Kaanapali, fyi.
  4. Sugar Cane Train of course! Read more and see a video here.
  5. Shave Ice at Local Boyz by the HUGE Banyan tree in Lahaina town is yummy! Grab shave ice (get it local style with ice cream on the bottom and cream on top – it’s delic!), then go check out the Banyan – it’s one of the largest banyans in the world. There’s also a small art gallery in the old jail under the old Courthouse – this is cool to check out with the kids.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Local-Boys-Shave-Ice/268752532896
  6. The yellow submarine is fun. It’s really a glass bottom boat, which can be good – it offers you the opportunity to go up top to get some fresh air should you or your little one need it. http://mauiglassbottomboat.com/
  7. Atlantis, the white submarine goes all the way under and I’ve heard it’s pretty cool. http://www.atlantisadventures.com/
  8. Maui ocean center is fun. It can get really windy – just a heads up. http://www.mauioceancenter.com/
  9. Surfing Goat Dairyhttp://www.surfinggoatdairy.com/
  10. Lavender Farmshttp://www.aliikulalavender.com/
  11. I love Flatbread Pizza Co in Paia.  They’ll give the keiki (kids) some dough to play with while they wait for their pizza. I love Paia for shopping http://tinyurl.com/6htqkwm
  12. Road to Hana – it’s awesome but LONG! If your little one does good in cars, then go for it. Otherwise, it may not be fun.
  13. Baby Beach in Lahaina (see pic above) is the perfect spot to hang with the family. The rolling waters with little to no waves allow the kids to play right in the water (and allow mom & dad to chill a bit). You can bring blow up floaties or rafts and float along the coast (find cheap blow up rafts at any ABC store – there’s one at the Lahaina Cannery Mall on your way to Baby Beach)
  14. To the north of Baby Beach is the Jodo Mission. It’s a beautiful place to swing by before or after a beach trip.
  15. Iao Valley and the Hawaii Nature Center is a fun place for the kids and gorgeous! Pack a picnic lunch and go off the path. Just be mindful of flash flooding. If it starts to rain, pack it up and go back to the main grounds. (really) http://theohanamama.com/2011/02/a-little-jaunt-to-the-iao-valley/

BONUS: Whale Watching!  You can whale watch on Maui from December to April. Pacific Whale Foundation runs a great tour and the staff is amazing!

This is just the tip of the volcano here on Maui. There’s tons to do with the kids but many love just hanging at the beach all day (just be sure to put on lots of sunscreen!). Make memories, have fun, enjoy the aloha!

Have you visited Maui with Kids? What was your fave thing to do?

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  3. I’m taking notes for our upcoming trip! Our boys are 2 and 4, so your list was perfect for them! :) We went on Atlantis back before we had kids – I think kids would think it’s totally cool!
    Sheralyn at Paradise-Found-in-Maui.com´s last blog post ..Mar 7- 1st Annual Maui Fire Knife Competition

    • @Sheralyn at Paradise-Found-in-Maui.com,

      Sheralyn, I know I’ve said this already but you must let me know when you come back to Maui. I see a baby beach play date in our future ;)

      What part of the island do you normally stay at?

      • @Sarah, We’ve stayed in the Kaanapali area… so this next trip, we wanted to try something different and check out South Maui – so, rented a condo in Kihei! Still plan on checking out some of the stuff we missed in West Maui though… have a looooong list of things we want to see and do all over the island actually! But hey, we’ll have 4 weeks to cram in all in, so it’ll be no problem, right? (err… at least I hope so lol) Can’t wait – I am so incredibly excited to get back

        I know my little guys (and me!!) would be totally up for a baby beach meet-up too! :)
        Sheralyn at Paradise-Found-in-Maui.com´s last blog post ..Mar 7- 1st Annual Maui Fire Knife Competition

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  9. This list comes at a perfect time for our family, thanks!! Lots of things on your list that we haven’t done on previous trips so I’m glad for some new ideas. I definitely second the Pacific Whale Foundation recommendation. That’s always a “must do” for us and they are great with kids.
    Lisa @ Oahu Mom´s last blog post ..Lanikai Juice in Kailua

  10. Sounds like so much fun! We’re going to Hawaii next year for two weeks, but I don’t think we’re going to make it to Maui. We’re planning to spend a week on Honolulu and a week on the Big Island… Maybe a miracle will happen and we can swing some time on Maui… if not, we’ll have an excuse to return soon.
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  11. MOMS BEST BETS says:

    Great list..esp. the whale watching!

  12. We just booked our trip and are thrilled. Can you tell me which luau would be better for my 16 month and 4 year old? We are deciding between the Grand Wailea and the Marriott. Also, any tips for a newly walking, stubborn, extremely curious 16 month old?

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