With the Spring Equinox turning the corner and the wind now in our favor, what better time to go out and fly a kite? Spring is the best season for kite flying, mainly because winds are at their peak. Kite flying has been around for at least 3,000 years, and in many cultures flying kites are used to:
- give thanks for the coming of spring and return of the sun
- invoke prosperity and health upon birth of a child
- send prayers.
You can also check out the American Kite Flyers Association at: http://www.aka.kite.org/. Or visit their locally based affiliated chapter, Lehigh Valley Kite Society at: http://lehighvalleykitesociety.org/.
Kite flying is a time to let go of the busy adult world and play with your kids. Learn about boundaries and consequences. Talk to and honor the gift of nature. If the winds are too strong, however, you may find yourself on a wild kite chase. The worst that can happen is you lose your kite in the winds, but you will still have the lessons to hold on to.
While flying kites with your kids won’t guarantee they will follow in the footsteps of Ben Franklin or suddenly develop a passion for aviation, you may discover lasting memories, to say the least. So… Go. Follow the wind and fly! With your family at playgrounds or open fields away from wires and trees. Here are some great spots… local and beyond:
- Wissahickon Playground
- Belmont Plateau
- Fairmount Park
- Elkins Park Playground
- Miles Park
- Ocean beaches or shores
Just starting up? Want some company? Try flying with other kite enthusiasts at community kite events:
April 22nd, the 4th annual Great Delaware Kite Festival, Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, DE
April 30th, Go Fly A Kite! Day Festival, Berks County Youth Recreation Facility, County and Upper Van Reeds Rds. Leesport, PA
My 27-29th, Wildwood International Kite Festival, on the beach, Ocean Ave. at E. Cresse Ave., Wildwood, NJ
Wherever you do it, have fun and hold on to that string!