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.

 
 

Chicago Kids & Kites Festival

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events provides free kits for kids to design and create their own kite. There will also be crafts and face painting. Weather permitting,  the festival will also include the Big Kite Candy Drop, a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky.

 
 

Barrington Area KidFest

A day-long event that combines the Community Kite Fly and Family Nature Fest. Several organizations host outdoor educational activities for all ages. Children can learn about nature while having fun through activities such as constructing bird houses, tree-climbing, exploring insect and animal habitats, and creating nature note cards. Other activities include archery, slack-lining, and lessons on bike safety.

 
 

Go Fly a Kite

Watch kite demonstrations and participate in the Grand Launch at 11:15 a.m. Concessions will be available along with a highest flying kite contest, a most unique kite contest, a kids candy drop, kite sales, and a small business expo. Bring your own kite or purchase one on-site.

 
 

Family Kite Day

Enjoy this forgotten pastime on a beautiful spring day. Kites are provided; please register by May 4.

 
 

Flying 4 Kids

The Chicago Kite Club does demonstrations and shows off their assortment of kites. At 2 p.m., take part in the "Candy Drop," which allows the kids to collect candy that falls from the kites. There will also be opportunities to make your own kite.

 
 

Flying 4 Kids: Kite Fly and Family Picnic

Park districts all over Illinois raise awareness for the Park District Youth License Plate program through kite flying. Families, kids, kite enthusiasts and novices are welcome to enjoy a day of good old fashioned kite flying and a picnic. Bring a favorite kite or come ready to build one on site with a kite making kit. Visit www.parkfun.com for more information.

 
 

Kite Day

Bring your kites, demonstrate your flying abilities and get some high-flying tips. Competitions and awards for the biggest kite, smallest kite, most unusual kite and more. "Make Your Own Kite" kits are available for $2.

 
 

Naperville Park District Frontier Park Kite Festival

Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways, and live performances.

 
 
 
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