4 fun and colorful ways to fly kites in Chicago

No lesser a luminary than Mary Poppins told us to “go fly a kite.” And who are we to go against the commands of a magical nanny? The good news is, May is practically bursting with events that have families reaching the highest heights with the help of some good, old-fashioned kites.

Kites and trucks don’t seem to have much in common, but check out Motion Explosion, which combines the Kite Fly and Touch-a-Truck into one big event. This day of fun includes vehicles to explore, safety information, a picnic lunch (food is available for purchase), and a kite fly. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 1. Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park, 8301 S. Janes Ave., Woodridge. (630) 985-5620, woodridgeparks.org.

The city’s most famous kite festival just got a little sweeter! This year’s Chicago Kids& Kites Festival includes an epic candy drop, thanks to a piñata-like kite filled with candies. Plus, kids can design and create their own kites with the help of free kits. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2. Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, West Montrose Drive, Chicago. (312) 744-3316, chicagokidsandkites.us.

Kite flying is an easy way to get kids enjoying some fresh air, and Barrington Area KidFest builds on that with a full day of outdoor activities. Try your hand at building bird houses, climbing a tree, exploring animal habitats or creating nature note cards or get schooled in archery, slack-lining and bike safety. And be sure to stick around for the huge kite fly—this year is the 14th annual. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2. Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington. funoutside.org.

Fests are rising to new heights, thanks to the Kite Fly Festival. This full-on air extravaganza includes kite demos, races and performances, plus falcons, a candy drop and a scavenger hunt. Kids will love the Air Education Zone, which features hula hoop contests, bubbles, Airzookas and whoopee cushions. We take no responsibility for any practical jokes that might be played. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 2. Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee. (708) 534-8499, reconnectwithnature.org.

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