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Educational Opportunities Abroad for Gifted Students

CONTRIBUTED BY TERRI SYKES  My 14-year-old son, Christian, is a freshman at Kubasaki High School. He spent several weeks this past summer studying advanced math...

Gajumaru Jidou Park

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN In Uchidomari, there is a cute little park that my boys and I fell in love with. Gajumaru Jidou Park is...

Miyagi Park

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN While running one day, I noticed a tree-lined pathway that led to a park. Upon returning with my kids we discovered...

Kaohame 顔ハメ

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI Driving around Okinawa, you’ll start to see the large cut outs to put your face in for a photo op. They...

Kitamae Park

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN While driving on the 58 past Camp Foster’s commissary gate, I noticed an area that might be a park. Sure enough,...

Pirate Ship Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI Not to be confused with the pirate ship at Araha Beach, this pirate ship is entirely different. I actually don’t know...

Dragon Slide Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI Have I mentioned how awesome Okinawa parks are? Every once in a while, the kids and I find a park that doesn’t...

Asunaro Children’s Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI Okinawa parks are amazing. Many times, the playground equipment is its own art form. I’ve seen Shisa Dogs, treehouses, elephants, dolphins,...

Kuroshio Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI The kids and I like to go for walks around our neighborhood. We are always looking for new places to explore....

Mist Fountain

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Spending the day in the sun while seeing the sights can be draining. If you are in the Naha area, head...

Kodoma Hiroba Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI If you happen to be on the southern tip of the island, you probably have a reason for being there. There...

Playground near Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI If you’ve ever visited the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters or even driven by on 7, you most likely saw this...

Agarihama Dinosaur Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI While driving around one day, my daughter pointed out a sign with a T-Rex on it. We followed the arrow on...

Nishizaki Athletic Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI Whenever I see an Okinawan park that is called an Athletic Park, I know it’s going to be a good one....

Machinato Children’s Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI When my husband deployed, I vowed to keep my kids busy. Finding Okinawa’s fun parks was one of the ways we...

Playground at Routes 6 and 329

CONTRIBUTED BY DAPHNE SHAFER-REPASS Finding the great playground at the corner of 329 and 6 was pure kismet. While driving home from Kadena to pick up...

Ikoi No Citizens Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI While driving up 330 one day, I happened to glance to my left and see a large playground. My kids know...

P-Com, Ginowan Swimming School

CONTRIBUTED BY CALYN PAQUIN I am writing this to provide the information I have, and also to say I wish I had looked into this much...

Mashiki Rocket Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI So many times when going to the park, the equipment is geared towards younger kids. My oldest is fine with this;...

Okinawa Kenpo Kenyukai Karate

CONTRIBUTED BY CYNTHIA WALKER  After years of studying karate, it finally occurred to me that I should share my experience with others. I was teaching...

Shisa Dog (Children’s) Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI One of the main things we associate with Okinawa is the Shisa Dog. They can be seen everywhere, guarding homes and...

Uehara Upland Park

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI I like to take my kids to the park. We go to new parks often and are usually pleased with the...

Yohena Ajisai (Hydrangea) Garden

CONTRIBUTED BY CALYN PAQUIN There is no doubt Okinawa has beautiful and gorgeous flowers. Even if flower is not your thing, there is something about...

Okinawa Fruits Land

CONTRIBUTED BY LEAH MAGID Editor's Note: This is an update to the original article on Okinawa Fruits Land we published in 2010.  You can read...

Footloose Dance Studio

CONTRIBUTED BY SUZIE SMITH For the New Year I’ve been looking for a fun new way to incorporate more movement into my daily life as...

Adan Kid’s Park (AKA Ewok Playground)

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, you can still appreciate this adorable park!  We came across this area by...

Okinawa Party Characters

CONTRIBUTED BY REGINA DESAMOURS I recently enlisted the help of Okinawa Party Characters for my sons 5th birthday. It was his very first party and...

Girl Scouts on Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY KIM RUNKLE When my husband deployed a year ago and a half ago, I knew I needed something to keep me busy and...

Motobu Genkimura (Motobu Wellness Village)

Motobu Dolphin Jump CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS We swam with dolphins! Literally! This last weekend my family and I were blessed with the opportunity to join...

Brazilian Soccer Club

CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZABETH GOMEZ Brazilian SC Logo For devoted soccer families moving to Okinawa, there are a few choices for play. The best option for our...