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Kauai with Kids: the Best Baby Friendly Activities and Experiences

Kauai with Kids: the Best Baby Friendly Activities and Experiences

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Are you heading to Kauai, Hawaii with a baby? If so, congratulations! You’re going to have such a fun trip!

My Mom lives on Kauai, so when my oldest was 9 months old, he made his first visit over there. Now that I have two little boys, we’ve made several more trips to Kauai.

I’ve compiled my top ways to explore Kauai with an infant and still have an amazing Hawaiian vacation.

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Where to PLAY on Kauai with Kids:

Fun things for babies on Kauai, HI
Enjoying the waves at Salt Pond Beach Park. Photo credit: Island Reflections Photography


For those who are staying on the North Shore, this is my top recommendation for a baby-friendly beach on Kauai.

It’s known for its calm and shallow water. It’s a great spot to watch kite surfers or to watch the free range chickens and roosters! There are rest rooms available here.

And then, let you baby nap while you drive up to the end of the road in Ha`ena.


No matter where you stay, Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe is worth the drive. It’s a huge beach park that’s ideal for families. They have public restrooms and outdoor showers.

Across the street is a little market where you can pick up lunch and shave ice to eat at the beach. Last time we were there, my kids saw a sea turtle on the beach!

Plus, it makes a great stop after driving up to Waimea Canyon!


A lesser known spot on the South Shore is Baby Beach in Poipu. It’s a small cove with really calm water. Usually there is only one or two other families (if it isn’t completely empty.)


A trip to Hawaii isn’t complete without attending a luau. I brought my 10-month-old to Kilohana Plantation last year. I was impressed at how much he ate at the luau dinner.

Plus the show was so mesmerizing that my son stayed awake the entire time! Of all the luaus, this is my pick on Kauai with a baby.

Want a Hawaii travel guide? I’ve got detailed guides and 7-day itineraries!

Where to EAT on Kauai with Kids:

The Fresh Shave is a must try for families heading to Kauai with a baby
Babies will love their first taste of shave ice at The Fresh Shave on Kauai. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung


I’m a bit of a shave ice connoisseur. Not only do know the difference between snow cones are real shave ice, but I’m also particular about the flavor. The Fresh Shave is the real deal!

They have the cutest picnic tables set up (including a little kid table) so you can let babies get as messy as they want. Plus, their straws have cut out mustaches on them. My youngest had the best time playing with the straw while we enjoyed our shave ice.

Read my full review of The Fresh Shave here.


Did you know that Kauai has one of the best burgers ever? Find out for yourself at Kickshaws gourmet food truck. T

he menu rotates frequently, but the 100% Awesome Burger (yes that’s the official name) is always on the menu. He also has tater tots smothered in pepper jack cheese if you don’t want to share your burger with your baby.

Read more about my thoughts on Kickshaw’s here.


My kids and I know good food and we especially love Hawaiian food! Mark’s Place in Puhi is great for babies because they have outdoor seating or you can take your food straight to the beach.

And they offer great plate lunches that feature rice and macaroni salad. We stop here every single trip to Kauai!


If you are looking for a satisfying breakfast, the Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company should be first on your list. They have an array of coffee beverages to give you the energy to explore Kauai with a baby in tow.

Their bakery has items perfect to grab and go. Or, you can sit down and fill your bellies with hearty food. I like to order a side of fruit for my kids and share my plate of pancakes.

Plus, the restaurant was recently renovated, too!

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Where to SHOP on Kauai with Kids:

Warehouse 3540 is a great stop on Kauai with a baby
Aren’t these the cutest little swim suits? Found at Warehouse 3540 on Kauai. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung


Located in Lawai on the South Shore of Kauai, Warehouse 3540 is the ultimate spot for families on Kauai with a baby.

Not only is it place for local designers to create and sell boutique items, but they also have art nights and children story times.

On our last trip, we found baby blocks, the cutest baby swim suits, adorable burp cloths, yummy smelling soaps, and lots of clothing perfect for new moms. Plus, they have the best food trucks!

I love Warehouse 3540 so much that I wrote a whole blog post about it.


I’ve been eating Kauai Kookies since I was a kid. My grandma used to bring them back to Seattle after her visits to Kauai.

While you can find them at Long Drugs, Foodland, or Safeway, it’s worth the trip to the factory store in Hanapepe. That’s where you can find cookie flavors you have only dreamed of! They also sell other made on Kauai products.

Grab a few boxes to eat during your trip and a few more to pack home. Plus, Hanapepe is “Kauai’s biggest little town” and has fun boutiques to wander around. And they have a pretty cool art walk.


If you are looking for the cutest baby items, a trip to Sand People is a must. It’s an island boutique that started on Kauai, but has since expanded to Oahu and Maui.

Anytime my mom sends a package to my boys, it’s usually from Sand People. If you want to know what I’m talking about, check out their Sand Kids Instagram. They have a full range of island made baby products perfect to use on your trip or bring home as presents.

Final Tips for Kauai with Kids

Kauai, HI beaches for babies
Photo credit: Island Reflections Photography


I like to bring a baby carrier in my carry on luggage so I can wear my baby during the flight. If you have purchased a seat for your baby, bring their car seat on board for naps. Otherwise, I gate check my stroller and car seat.

Remember to bring lots of snacks for the flight. If your baby is 12 months or older, buy a bottle of milk at the airport and bring a bottle/sippy cup to pour it into.

For my full list: My Top Tips for Flying with a Baby.


Bring twice as many diapers as you think you’ll need. Between swimming pools and beaches, you may change your baby more frequently than at home.

Pack swim diapers as well. I like to bring 2 swim suits so that one is always clean and dry. Wriggling a wet swim suit on a baby is not fun!

I also pack food pouches, extra formula, and extra bottles in my checked luggage. If space is an issue, you can purchase things at Costco or Walmart on Kauai.


If you are staying in a condo or Airbnb, you may want to rent a Pack N Play or crib. We did this on our first trip to Kauai with a baby.

My mom has a condo in Kapa`a, so she rented through a company called Kauai Baby Gear. It was such a great move because it was there before we arrived! I loved not having to worry about finding stuff when I got there.

They also rent strollers, exersaucers, baby bath tubs, baby swings, toys and more!


Remember the stroller and baby carrier I suggested you bring? They will be your best friend come nap time.

And the traffic on Kauai might work to your favor. Plan on visiting one part of the island in the morning then let your baby sleep in their car seat as you drive to another part of the island for the afternoon.

I like to listen to soothing Hawaiian music in the car and my boys are out like lights.

If you’re planning on staying closer to your hotel during your family vacation to Kauai with a baby, find a place with a great lanai. That way, your baby can sleep in the room and you can sit on the lanai and enjoy a bit of peace.

Additional Posts About Traveling to Hawaii with Kids

Kid-Friendly Guide to the Best Kauai Beaches, Hotels, Activities + More!
Warehouse 3540 on Kauai is a Millennial Mom’s Paradise
Kauai’s Only Luau with a Train Ride
What I Pack in my Carry On Backpack When Traveling to Hawaii with Kids
A Week in Maui: Tips & Itinerary for Families
Maui Ocean Center Tips & Review
Honua Kai Resort Maui Review
Four Winds Maui Family Snorkel Trip
10 Tips for Traveling Solo to Maui with a Toddler

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Kyong Correia

Tuesday 25th of September 2018

This was so helpful, traveling to Kauai in Dec with our 2 year old son! I love the shopping suggestions, Sand Kids looks so cute! Do you have any suggestions on toddler friendly hikes? We usually wear him in an Osprey. Thanks :)


Wednesday 26th of September 2018

Oh yay! Always glad to help! I list some of my favorite kid-friendly hikes in this post:


Sunday 1st of April 2018

TY - This is a great list! Taking our 8 month old next month Do any of the boat tours along the coast allow infants?


Monday 2nd of April 2018

I believe Liko Kauai does, but you should call to verify. The waters can be quite rough around Na Pali coast, so use your judgement.


Friday 2nd of March 2018

I want to go so badly and take the kids. I love the idea of taking them on a trip like this.


Monday 5th of March 2018

I highly recommend! Kauai is a great first trip for babies and kids!


Wednesday 28th of February 2018

ONE DAY! I hope one day we can make it out there. I absolutely loved those swimsuits! They are soooooooo cute! Will imagine for now hehehe. thanks for all the tips!


Friday 2nd of March 2018

I hope you are able to make it! Such a gorgeous place!

Raquel ⎪One Bad Madre

Tuesday 27th of February 2018

What beautiful pictures! This is my dream vacay but flying all the way from the east coast to Hawaii with a toddler makes me a little more than nervous to think about.


Thursday 1st of March 2018

Oh that would be a long flight. I'd recommend taking a pit stop at Disneyland in California and then continuing onto Kauai for an epic vacation :)

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