“Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite, and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!”
It will be hard to refrain from singing, humming or whistling that popular tune from the 1964 “Mary Poppins” movie as you soar your kites through the air during Kite Day April 19. Scheduled on Good Friday when public schools are off, take advantage of the spring weather to participate in a favorite pastime that has stood the test of time.
So grab your children, your kites and head over to Mt. St. Mary Park from noon to 2 p.m. Teach little ones for the first time or brush up on your own kite flying skills as you join the superheros, unicorns, planes and other shapes and characters flying up high. Whether you’re an expert or novice, a participant or observer, the kites will fly and you’ll be in awe of the myriad of colors contrasting the blue sky.
“Kite Day a great activity for families to share together, outside and away from screens; it’s good old fashion fun,” said Sabrina Killeen, park district supervisor, in a news release, adding there will be no outside vendors or kite demonstrations.
When it’s time for a break, share a picnic lunch, play on the playground and take in the river views. Or stroll along the path that crisscrosses throughout the 29 acres of park, and take in the eclectic mix of sculptures spread out on the grounds.
April is Kite Awareness Month, and the Park District’s Kite Day is part of the Illinois Association of Park District’s statewide Flying 4 Kids event to promote the “Park District Youth License Plate.” This license plate program, which sells vanity and personalized plates to residents, raises funds for Illinois park districts to provide programming for children, encouraging recreation and reducing obesity.
For more information about Kite Day or the Park District Youth License Plate program, contact Sabrina Killeen at 630-513-4329.