Family Time Calendar: Fly a Kite!

If the March wind is roaring like a lion in your neck of the woods, enjoy the gales with an afternoon of kite flying with your family. First, help your child select a flier at a nearby specialty shop or toy store. Although she may be enticed by the more intricate models, sticking to simpler ones will ensure greater hope for a successful flight. After your selection has been made, head to a local park, the beach or an open field that's free from trees, telephone wires and other kites. To launch the kite, have your child stand with her back to the wind. Have her hold on to the reel of string with both hands while you hold on to the kite. Let go of the kite to allow the wind to lift it into the air. Or run together against the wind as you raise the kite overhead and then let it go. Once the kite has taken flight, show your child how to unspool the string to let it climb higher. While your little ones will just be happy frolicking about in the fresh air, older children might be able to learn a bit about the aerodynamics of the activity.

Looking for more high-flying fun? Visit Lincoln City, Oregon, home of three annual kite festivals. What makes that spot so special? The combination of warm equatorial air and cold polar air makes it one of the best places in America to fly kites.

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