Kids big and small love to look skyward to check out what is in the air up there. Several festivals this summer offer lots of high-flying fun. From dueling kites to soaring balloons, kids will be delighted by the wonders they see.
Want to make your kids go crazy? Let them see the Rok kite fighters who use a Japanese Rokkaku kite in an attempt to either cut their opponent’s line or force the kite to the ground. It’s a thrilling sport that gives children a unique look into the world of kiting.
"It’s kite flying as you’ve never seen it before," says Erin McNulty, event manager for the Naperville Park District.
Later in the summer, the Bourbonnais Township Park District hosts the Perry Farm Kite Festival. During the festival, held Aug. 16 and 17, professionals compete in multiple precision kiting techniques.The fun isn’t left to the professionals, though. Kids can take workshops to learn how to build a kite or even get their kite repaired at a Kite Hospital on site. Families can relax together as they watch an aerial ballet of kite flying set to music. Visit the park district Web site at
Kids can talk to the pilots and have their pictures taken. The more adventurous can take a ride in a tethered hot air balloon—$20 for adults and $15 for kids. This festival even boasts the only handicapped accessible hot air balloon in the country, Serena’s Song.
Families can find a comfortable piece of lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, but most events center around North Avenue Beach. The water show begins on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., with the air show commencing at 11 a.m. Both days’ events end at 4 p.m. To get the latest news and to find out which bands are performing, visit www.cityofchicago.org.
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