It’s the new year and our Weekend Guide has returned after a short break to enjoy the holidays. It’s been a rocky start to 2021 with COVID-19 cases rising in Maui, let alone profound unrest in our nation’s capital. Here are some ideas to do with your keiki to get your mind off the madness!

Join a Reading Challenge

From January 1 to 31st, the Hawaii State Public Library System will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Books Like Us,” sponsored by Simon and Schuster. Centering on the theme of diversity, the winter reading challenge celebrates the transformative power of seeing oneself in a book. Explore titles by acclaimed national and local authors and reflect on your own personal story! They are challenging patrons to collectively read at least 1 million minutes during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site at librarieshawaii.beanstack.org.

Paint a Panda

Family Class! Ages 8 and up can join in the fun and paint ‘Panda’ at Island Art Party. Sunday, January 10 @2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. islandartparty.com

Go on a Free Maui Farm Tour

Every second Saturday of the month, join The Maui Farm for a morning of exploration, learning, and fun! Explore crop fields, plant nursery, composting zone, and meet and feed the friendly farm animals including pigs, goats, rabbits, and chickens. Free!  Reservations are required. Email ihilani@themauifarm.org. 808-579-8271 • TheMauiFarm.org

Stop by the Market

It’s the first Maui Sunday Market of 2021 on Jan. 10th! Enjoy ono food (takeout), great shopping, and tons of aloha (from a 6’ social distance). Fun for the entire ‘ohana! A number of health and safety procedures are in place as a result of COVID-19. Facemasks are required. #mauisundaymarket