Build a kite or bring your own for the Kite Festival at 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters.Photo courtesy City of St. Peters.
Winter is (almost) over and spring will blow in soon, bringing excellent kite-flying conditions. Kite flying brings fun and relaxation to beginner and advanced flyers alike. Windy days, coupled with the perfect kite, can make for an exciting outdoor adventure. Find the right kite for your age and skill level and you’ll be ready to soar to new heights! Kites come in a variety of styles and shapes. To help you select the right one, here’s a quick look at the most popular kites.
• Delta kite – This delta-shaped kite is perfect for all levels of flyers and kids. • Box kite – This kite has extra support sticks that form a 3D shape. Box kites can fly very high. • Diamond kite – This classic kite is — you guessed it — shaped like a diamond! These kites are great for both beginners and advanced flyers, and can even fly in light wind. • Stunt kites – These kites are for more advanced flyers. They are made to be fast and easy to maneuver for tricks and turns.
Kites can be purchased at most major retailers and hobby shops. Check out St. Louis-based Fun Flags Garden Décor & More, which offers diamond, box and stunt kits. Fun Flags, located at 1147 Colonnade Center in Des Peres, features kites made with ripsop nylon sails and fiberglass frames. Want to build your own kite? Visit www.kitekits.com for lots of kite options and resources including videos, tips and tricks, and more.
Best places to fly When looking for a great place to fly your kite, first locate a wide open space with limited trees and plenty of room to run. Parks usually provide the best place for kite flying, not to mention you can take in some beautiful scenery while you fly. In St. Louis, you can also soak up some culture on your kite-flying adventure. Pack a picnic and head out to one of these nearby locations.
• Forest Park/Art Hill, St. Louis – With ample grass for picnics or kite flying, this scenic, centrally located park is rated as one of St. Louis’ top kite-flying venues. Make a day of it with some kite flying, lunch and a trip to the zoo or planetarium. Art Hill, the beautifully iconic location inside Forest Park, offers the perfect place to run and let the wind fill your sails.
• Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis – Tucked inside the hidden gem that is Laumeier Sculpture Park you’ll find large open fields for kite flying and picnics. While you’re there, explore the sculptures and take in the beautiful scenery.
• Joe Glik Park, Edwardsville, Illinois – This scenic, 42-acre park in Edwardsville includes plenty of space to test your kite-flying skills. The park also features trails, two fishing lakes, and more.
• Legacy Park, Cottleville – A high hill overlooking Legacy Park offers the perfect place to take your kite to new heights. This Cottleville park provides plenty of open space for flying. While you’re there be sure to check out the lakes, trails and sports courts.
• 370 Lakeside Park, St. Peters – This pristine park situated just north of 370 in St. Peters offers a 140-acre recreational lake and plenty of open space to fly your kite.
Kite festivals On Saturday, April 29, Edwardsville, Illinois, will host the Flying 4 Kids Kite Fly Festival, which will feature amazing air displays and kite-flying stunts. The first 50 participants will receive a goodie bag, and all participants get to decorate their own kites! Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own kites to fly.
Kara Roberson is a freelance writer and public relations professional who enjoys exploring Missouri's attractions, museums and cultural destinations with her two daughters.
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