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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
Tuesday – Friday
9:00 – 1:00pm
Saturday and Sunday
The Center is CLOSED
the following holidays:
• Christmas Eve
• Christmas Day
• New Year’s Day
• Labor Day
• 4th of July
• Any holiday that falls on a Monday.
General Admission – $12.00
Kama‘aina – $10.00
Military (w/ID) – $10.00
Senior Citizens – $7.00
Children under 1 – Free
HCDC Members – Free
How long does it take to visit the Center?
Every child is different, but on average, most families visit for 2-3 hours. The Center is quite large and is designed for audiences of all ages so that children can learn something new with each visit. The best way to experience the Center is to take your child’s lead, allowing them the opportunity for purposeful play in an area for as long as they choose to. As children mature and acquire new skills they will learn something new with each visit.
Can I bring my Stroller?
Unfortunately strollers are not allowed in the Center’s exhibit galleries to allow for an unobstructed play space for the children. We have a stroller parking area in our lobby. If you do not have a baby carrier we can loan you one at the front desk. If you require special accommodations please inquire at our front desk.
Can I drop my child off at the Center?
All children must be accompanied by an adult in the ratio of 1 adult for every 4 children. This is for the safety and supervision of the child.
Can I bring my own food into the Center?
The Center has a Kids Cafe that offers an assortment of child friendly menu options. If you would prefer to bring your own snack or lunch you are welcome to enjoy those outside on our lanai or in the park. Please note that seating in the Kids Cafe is reserved for customers who make a purchase in the cafe. To help keep the Center clean, food and drinks are not allowed in the Center’s exhibit galleries or lobby areas.
Can I apply the price of admission to a membership?
You can apply your daily admission towards a membership on the same day as your visit. Just stop by our reception desk before you leave.
How often do you clean the museum exhibits and props?
All exhibits and props are cleaned at the end of each day. If you find a prop that needs cleaning during the day, please let a staff member know.
Does the Center make donations?
The Discovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Grants and donations help us cover the Center’s daily operating expenses. At this time we are unable to make donations to other charities. Through our school visit program, which enables us to reach the greatest number of children throughout the State, we offer heavily reduced admission and subsidize the shortfall through donations.
Do you sell gift certificates?
We do sell gift certificates for general admission as well as memberships to the Center. Please stop by the Center or call us at 524-5437.
Any guest exhibiting cold or flu like symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea or excessive coughing or runny nose will not be permitted in the Center until they are symptom free for 24 hours. The Center reserves the right to request visitors to leave the Center or one of our programs if you or your child is sick.
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
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.
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 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
Summer Break Camp Volunteer
Dates: May 30- August 18
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a camp volunteer.
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 please use the link below.
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.