Hawaii Mom Blog: Birthday Parties at the Living Art Marine Center




December 1, 2014

Birthday Parties at the Living Art Marine Center

About 3 months ago I started brainstorming where I would have my son's 4th birthday party.  When I queried him, he shouted Chuck E. Cheese!  I considered it, but thought no way.  Too chaotic.  Plus, Cade always seems to get sick (no matter how diligent we are with the hand wipes) after partying with Mr. Cheese.  I thought about holding the party at our house complete with bounce house as entertainment.  Then I remembered how about a third of the kids caught hand, foot and mouth after a friend's bounce house party.  We would be leaving for a Disneyland trip within 5 days of Cade's party and I wasn't going to take any chances (knock on wood).

For many years, I had heard about the Living Art Marine Center, but never visited.  Their reviews on Yelp were mixed, but their party packages fit my needs perfectly.  I chose the Shirts and Shrimp package ($195) which includes making your own Opae Ula pet shrimp home and printing a t-shirt as well as touch and feel sea animals.  I liked how the party would be hosted by a party facilitator, activity based, and that the kids could take home the t-shirts and aquariums instead of a goody bag.  I also really liked that the price included up to 10 children and that the adults were free.  

The Living Art Marine Center is located near the airport and parking is free.  We started the party with pizza from Big Kahuna's in the center's indoor lunch room, which can seat about 30 guests comfortably.  After cupcakes, the children had about an hour for the scheduled activities.  Bill, our facilitator, was great at keeping the children engaged and asking them questions.  I loved how interactive and educational this party was for the kids.  

Class is in session!

The kids had fun customizing their own shrimp aquariums.  

With proper care, the shrimp can live up to 20 years!

The kids were also able to design and print their own shirts.  They could choose from sharks, dolphins, and shells.
This was a very educational birthday party.  The children learned about all kinds of sea life.
We opted for an add on so the birthday boy could feed the eels!

The children wash their hands before touching the sea animals.

Lauren held a strawberry crab.  
The kids enjoyed touching the sea animals the most.
Not only were the parents impressed with all the activities, the kids had a great time.  My 8 year old niece declared it the best party ever.  If you're looking for an affordable, fun and interactive party, the Living Art Marine Center is an excellent choice!

Living Art Marine Center
3239 Ualena Street #100
Honolulu, HI 96819

Thank you to the Living Art Marine Center for extending a media discount for the party package.  All opinions are my own.

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