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10 affordable things to do with the kids on Maui-

1. Penguin visit at the Hyatt-Kaanapali Hotel:

2. Maui Mall Fountains: For my kids, this is a fun and free way to get cooled off from the heat. There is also a pet store in the same Mall. Sometimes I will pack up snacks or a lunch, or even get them pizza to share from Whole Foods.

3. Roller Skating: This is my kids’ latest passion. They recently got their own skates, so now can skate at Kalama Park roller rink for free! We are usually there on either Friday or Saturday nights: Free Family Fun and often a great sunset to watch while skating too!

4. Kula Lavender Farm Scavenger Hunt: It is always nice to get out of Kihei and head to cooler Kula. I love walking around the beautiful property and enjoying a Lavender inspired snack. There is also a scavenger hunt for kids. My kids love that sort of thing! (Also at the top of that road is the enchanted Polipoli State Park).
*The Scavenger hunt is free but admission is a few dollars.

5. Kula Country Farms: Another great spot in Kula! Right now, you can enjoy U-pick Strawberries and in the fall you can enjoy the harvest and Halloween festivities!

6. Maui Tropical Plantation: This is a lovely spot to relax and feed the ducks, explore the grounds, and even take a tram ride.

7. Maui Bus Ride: My kids love riding the bus. When we first moved here, we would often take the bus from Kihei to Maalaea to go to the Maui Ocean Center. The bus also goes to destinations in Kahului and Lahaina too!

8. Kapalua Resort Hiking Trails: This could be planned on the same trip as a Lahaina day outing to the harbor, or it may take more time and be reserved for a separate day.

9. Watch a Maui Sunset: This is free and fun, but we don’t do it enough. Head down to the beach and watch another beautiful Maui day end! Or drive up the mountain and watch it from atop Haleakala! Get them in their pj’s before bundling up as they will fall asleep on the way down.

Beautiful maui sunset from Kula

10. Go on a Hike: A hike is a fun and free way to get exercise and explore Maui. We like to visit Iao Valley, Olinda Forest Reserve and Twin Falls. There are many other hiking areas as well, around the island.

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Image Credit: Catherine Velasquez

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Nancy Markey has a blog: She is a Mom of 2 and lived on Maui when she wrote the articles, she now lives in Oregon but is hoping to return some day. Her blog is a reflection of how she is trying to live and raise her kids: with less (material) stuff and more family time, less technology and more outdoor play, more free fun: more happy!