Maui is definitely a magical vacation spot for couples looking to celebrate their honeymoon, babymoon, or anniversary. But it’s also perfect for families looking to make lasting memories with their Keikis (aka kids in Hawaiian).
And if you’ve been dreaming of doing exactly that while taking advantage of all the island has to offer—from outdoor adventures to beach-side lounging, and local culture—you probably know by now that the options are overwhelming!
So whether you’re a first-timer or regular vacationer of Maui, I’ve put together a list of must-visit spots that will allow everyone in your family to truly take in the aloha spirit. You’ll be talking about this getaway for years to come!
Swing, Swim & Suntan
There’s no doubt that Maui captivates beachgoers as it boasts more than 30 miles of beaches—many being accessible parks with much to offer in addition to surf and sand. If you’re looking for kid-friendly spots to park your towel and soak up some sunshine and time in the outdoors, take your pick from any of the following:
1. Kalama Beach Park: This oceanfront park offers beach access, a large playground with slides and swings, an outdoor skating rink, picnic pavilions, and overall, plenty of room to roam. See if you can spot the Kalama Park whale, too! It’s hard to miss. 😉
2. Charley Young Beach: Located at the northern end of Kama’ole Beach Park I, this spot is a favorite among the locals. You won’t have to fight too many crowds. You’ll simply need to unplug and unwind while swimming the day away at the sheltered park.
3. Kama’ole Beach Parks: All three of the Kama’ole beaches tend to be popular, and for obvious reasons. Kam III’s surf conditions, however, make it ideal for boogie boarding. Plus, you can stroll over to the large grassy park for more playtime opportunities, like swinging in the sunshine. Though, because of its popularity, weekends and holidays tend to bring large crowds. If possible, make the short walk here from Maui Beachside 1 (located in-between Kam I and Kam II) during a “quiet” day!
4. Keawakapu Beach: With fine sand and often unbeatable swimming conditions, it’s no wonder why Keawakapu is considered to be one of the best beaches in South Maui.
5. Ho’okipa Beach Park: While known for being the mecca for windsurfing, this beach park, in particular, is also where Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (aka Honu) can be found bobbing their heads or lounging on the sand near the lookout cliff. Fun fact – my family and I spotted about 30 of them during our visit!
Hop Around from One Activity to the Next
Ready to trade in rest and relaxation to explore with the family, one island attraction at a time? Add a few of these unexpected treasures to your list! I’m confident even the grown-ups (aka kids at heart) will love these:
1. Maui Ocean Center: If the forecast calls for rain, travel to Maui Ocean Center for a closer look at the island’s incredible ocean life. Be sure to visit the new Humpbacks of Hawai’i Exhibit and Sphere, which offers you the opportunity to connect with these divine creatures using 4k imagery, 3D active glasses, and a surround sound system. It’ll leave you speechless!
2. Maui Tropical Plantation: Taste the exotic fruits of the island, set your sights on unique plants, and witness a coconut demonstration while riding a tram on the Tropical Express Tour. Want to see it from a different view? Zipline from tower to tower! Kids as young as five years old can participate. You can also buy food at one of the on-site shops to feed ducks, fish, and turtles. Do your best to avoid visiting on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, however, as cruise ships bring many travelers to this popular spot.
3. Surfing Goat Dairy: For an agritourism experience like no other, take a tour of this renowned goat dairy farm for the chance to feed and milk the goats and witness the cheese-making process. Fun fact: Surfing Goat Dairy’s cheese can be found on a dish you order at almost every restaurant in Maui. I’m not kidding. Here are some to name a few: Mama’s Fish House, Maui Brewing Company, Merriman’s, and Nick’s Fishmarket.
4. Maui Golf & Sports Park: If your kids have energy to burn, say hello to this family fun zone! Take your pick from unlimited (yet challenging) miniature golf, bumper boats, rock climbing, and X-Treme trampolining.
5. Ultimate Air Maui: Jump around at Maui’s one and only indoor trampoline park that’s fit for both kids and adults. Walk-ins are welcome to participate in open jump, but I highly recommend making a reservation just in case!
6. Hawaii Mermaid Adventures: Fulfill your child’s dream of becoming a real-life mermaid as they learn how to swim with a tail. You’ll leave with some memorable photos to take home.
- Queen Ka’ahumanu Center or The Shops at Wailea: Take your pick, then shop, dine, and play an afternoon or evening away! It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself while you’re at it, too. If you have room to spare in your suitcase, that is!
Looking for even more kid-friendly activities to enjoy in Maui? Add my Best of Maui blog post to your reading list! All of my Best of Maui activities are kid-friendly!
Scout Out a Class or Camp for Some Kid-Free Moments
Even on a family vacation, you may need to steal some time away with your significant other. And if that’s the case, there are a few kids camps I recommend you check out, which will allow some space for grown-up conversations and romantic moments.
- Surf Club Maui’s Kids Surf Class: Children as young as five are invited to participate in a 1.5-hour surf class in Kalama Park. They’ll enjoy catching and riding waves while you rotate between cheering them on and soaking up some “alone” time.
- Pacific Whale Foundation Daily Ocean Camps: Depending on your travel dates, you may be able to sign up your children (those currently in grades 1-5) for a day or multi-day ocean camp. They’ll learn about Maui’s oceans and the environment through hands-on science lessons, fun games and activities, creative arts and crafts, and nature-based field trips.
Bonus Tips from Our Family to Yours
I’ve been in your shoes. My husband and I have a child of our own, and sometimes you just need a few insider secrets to help you get by while on a family vacation! Here are some that have been useful to my family along the way:
- Maui Powerhouse Gym offers affordable child care. Take advantage of it—especially if you’re eager to go the extra mile and burn off the delicious island food you’ve been devouring. Purchase a day pass and pay the minimal child care fee so you can squeeze in some “you” time while joining one of the many group fitness classes offered such as spin, yoga, barre, pilates, and more.
- The Grand Wailea Hotel has the best water slides in Maui. It also has a rope swing, water elevator, lazy river, and kiddie pool. Want to see it for yourself? Book one night at the end of your trip, and you’ll get two days to use the amenities.
- Check out MauiFamilyMagazine.com for more kid-friendly fun. Again, there is so much to do on the island! You’ll never stop finding new things to add to your list.
- Add these family-friendly restaurants to your list. My family and I have tested out most, if not all of them for you. So you can trust that even your pickiest keikis will find something on the menu they’ll love!
- If all else fails, call The Nanny Connection. A highly-trained and trusted nanny will come directly to your condo to lend you a helping hand.
Still Searching for a Kid-Friendly Basecamp in Maui?
I invite you to live the Maui Beachside life. You and your family will feel right at home while staying in a modern and thoughtfully tailored vacation rental, which is complete with a Pack ‘n Play crib, toys, books, beach necessities, video game console, kids dinnerware and utensils, and a washer and dryer. And the location puts you within walking distance of some of the island’s best restaurants, beaches, and attractions. Sandy feet are always welcome here!
Now, before you get to planning, of the must-visit Maui spots shared today, which one will you put at the top of your list?