Calling all you little guppies. The Waikiki Aquarium is having its 3rd Annual Fish Tales, and it’s all about the Chronicles, Critters and Crafts. This is by far one of my favorite happenings at the aquarium because it makes reading fun and relatable for the keiki (children) in a setting surrounded by sea creatures and the vast blue ocean. Who wouldn’t enjoy story time with Mr. Octopus?

Costumed characters are a hit at the annual Fish Tales.

The entire day is dedicated to literacy with ocean-themed activities for the family. Last year, I took a group of tykes to this annual Fish Tales. They loved the costumed marine animals that roamed around, some read stories while others sang and danced. I’d say they were pretty high up there with the Disneyland characters we all know and love.

If you’re looking for something hands-on and creative for the kids, then there will be puppetry, arts and crafts, face painting and cartoon drawing. The activities will surely teach them a thing or two about the ocean and its underwater creatures, as well as keep them entertained throughout the day.

Children explore the different colors of the ocean.

It’s so important for the little ones (and us, adults) to learn as much as they can about the ocean, nature and everything in between. Mostly, it’s vital they learn how to care for it and to prevent further depletion. I hoping this year’s event will feature a recycle and beach clean-up area, or better yet, 20 minutes of the event devoted to collecting trash on the beach with some of the costumed characters!

3RD ANNUAL FISH TALES • Sat., Sept. 15, 2012 9am-1pm • Waikiki Aquarium 2777 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815 • www.waquarium.org

Photo Credit: Waikiki Aquarium

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