The best Chicago kite festivals for kids and families


There's something about these breezy spring days that just begs for a kite. Fortunately, this month is packed with kite-flying events across the Chicagoland region. Here are a few to check out.

Kathy Woods contributed to this list.


Chicago Kids & Kites Festival

This festival unspools the fun with a focus on all things kite. Kids can enjoy constructing their own with paper kite kits, plus crafts, face painting and other family activities.


Barrington Area KidFest

Kites aren't the only draw to this fest. It's also got archery, slack-lining and lessons on bike safety, plus nature activities like constructing bird houses, climbing trees and creating nature note cards.


Flying 4 Kids

This event is meant to raise awareness for the Illinois Park District Youth License Plate program, so you're kite-flying for a good cause. After you're tired of your kite taking a nose dive, enjoy a picnic lunch. Pre-registration recommended.


Kids, Colors, and Kites

A sculpture park is a fitting spot for this event, since kites are basically flying sculptures. After kids decorate and fly their kites, they can check out some large-scale works of art.


Flying 4 Kids at Ty Warner Park

11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 19

Make your own kite, then get ready for the big candy drop. The Chicago Kite Team will also inspire kids with their demonstrations.


Crystal Lake Kite Fly

11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 26

A professional kite team shows off their moves and massive kites (one is 90 feet long!) before giving lessons.


Glenview Kite Day

10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 1

Get crafty with kite making, plus sweet tooths will love the candy drop. You can also admire show kites.


Naperville Park District Frontier Park Kite Festival

Highlights at this fest include usical entertainment, learn-to-fly lessons, kite stunts and raffles.


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