general information

Plan a visit

The Hawaii Children's Discovery Center provides a world-class, interactive, participatory learning environment designed to inspire the young and "young-at-heart" to new heights of learning and discovery.

Our Mission & Vision

The Center provides an environment that encourages children to use their senses of touch, sight, hearing, and smell to gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Our goals are to help children develop positive self-concept and an understanding of others in Hawaii’s multicultural community, and to offer them a “window to the world” beyond our island shores.

We want to inspire children to “dream big dreams” and to know that dreams can, indeed, come true!


111 Ohe Street,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Center Hours

Tuesday – Friday
9:00 – 1:00pm

Saturday and Sunday
10:00 – 3:00pm

Closed Mondays

Center closures

The Center is CLOSED
the following holidays:

• Easter
• Thanksgiving
• Christmas Day
• New Year’s Day
• Labor Day
• Any holiday that falls on a Monday.
• Sept. 7-14, 2020 for general maintenance


General Admission – $12.00
Kama‘aina – $10.00
Military (w/ID) – $10.00
Senior Citizens  – $7.00
Children under 1 – Free
HCDC Members – Free

Phone & Email


Discover the benefits of membership

Become a member of the Children’s Discovery Center and enjoy great benefits along with fun hands-on learning all year long!

All Members Receive:

• Free admission for one year
• One-year subscription to the Center’s newsletter, The Rainbow Connection
• 10% discount in the Center’s Gift Shop, “Just For You, Kid!”
• 10% discount in the Center’s Kids Cafe
• Free or discounted entry fees for workshops and special events

Family Membership

Base Membership (2 people): $150
Family 1 (3 people): $225
Family 2 (4 people): $300
Family 3 (5 people): $375
Family 4 (6 people): $450
Additional Personn (child or adult): $75

Memberships are a benefit to those who visit the Center often and are non-transferable.  If you decide to purchase a membership, we appreciate your support of the philosophy and policies of the Center and ask that you help us maintain this as a world-class facility for our families and children to enjoy.

Gift Memberships
Give the gift of learning all year long. Stop by our reception desk or download the application above to purchase a membership as a gift.



YOU can make a difference in a child’s life as a volunteer at the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center!

Our PALs

Our volunteers, affectionately known as PALs – People Assisting Learning – are committed to the Center’s mission. Our volunteers are extremely important members of our team who do everything from assisting with mailings or helping at special events, to facilitating exploration and discovery in our exhibit galleries.

The Center nurtures and empowers children and provides activities and programs that help to strengthen families. Our exhibits are designed to help children develop a positive self-concept and to understand others in a multicultural community. Through their work in the Center, our PALs help to promote our philosophy that learning is a life-long endeavor. The multifaceted services of our volunteer PALs enable us to accomplish countless exciting activities, programs and goals.


Volunteer Opportunities for:

• Adults of all ages
• Youths ages 15-17
• College interns
• Community organizations

Benefits to PALs include the following:

• Interact with children and gain an understanding of how they learn
• Receive specialized training and develop new personal skills
• Develop new friendships and interests
• Enjoy discounts in our educational toy store, “Just for You, Kid!”
• Receive a discount in our Kids Cafe.
• Be recognized as a member of the Center’s Dream Team
• Know that your efforts are making a difference in the lives of children
• Work in an exciting and innovative learning environment

Spring Break Camp Volunteer

Dates: March 16-27 

Volunteers are needed to assist with the implementation of our Camp curriculum for children 3-8 years old.

Please call 524-5437 or e-mail if you are interested in being a camp volunteer.


employment opportunities

The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center is always looking for enthusiastic, energetic and hardworking individuals to become members of our “Dream Team.” If you are interested in employment opportunities at the Center please send a resume to

Educational Exhibit Facilitator

The Center is looking for outgoing, energetic individuals who love working with children. This position involves working in the Center’s exhibit galleries assisting children and families with exploration and play. Must be reliable, friendly, and outgoing with a strong guest services background. Must be available on weekends and holidays.


The Center is looking for an experienced educator to develop and lead educational programs for our popular Discovery Camp and School Visit programs. Individuals must have experience teaching and developing curriculum, as well as experience working with parents. Must be fun-loving, dependable, and able to work weekends and holidays.