Have a high-flying adventure with your kids (on the cheap) at these breezy weekend festivals. Then follow our special instructions to concoct a kite of your own, or hit up these SoCal pro shops for the latest models.
Compete for prizes during the 43nd annual Festival of the Kite Sunday afternoon, March 12, at Redondo Beach Pier.
Or watch the pros at work all weekend long, March 11-12, during the Kite Party at Huntington Beach Pier.
Kite makers from across the country will show off their creations with a “gallery in the sky” on Saturday, April 8 at Santa Monica Pier. Plus, your kids will receive a STEAM lesson on the physics of flight, wind and climate, and sustainable materials with color theory, art, and design, courtesy of Otis College of Art and Design.
Make a Homemade Kite
Learn to make and fly your own creation during an afternoon kite workshop this Saturday, March 11 in Bommer Canyon.
Or get things up in the air at home with these easy kite-making instructions from Buggy and Buddy. All you need are the Sunday comics, a couple of wooden dowels and a few other items from around the house.
Find even more kite magic, from recipes to crafts to a DIY box kite, on Kidsguide’s Kite Fun Pinterest board.
Buy a Beauty
Need something sturdier?
Kite Connection on the Huntington Beach Pier sells all sorts of high-flying marvels — everything from single-string kites for kids and newbies to the $460 Prism Tensor 5.0 Power Foil for pros. Shop in person or browse the website for the perfect specimen. The shop even has a hotline to answer our long-winded questions; call (800) 431-3339.
Up Up & Away Kites, a fixture on Main Street in Seal Beach, has a designated “kite room” jam-packed with hundreds of choices, from simple to challenging, plus garden flags, toys and more. Take a peek at their online store, and watch for their annual Japanese American kite festival in October.
Or try the Sunshine Kite Company. Family owned and operated on the Redondo Beach Pier since 1974, the turquoise-blue shop sells an equally colorful collection of kites for all ages and abilities, plus yo-yos and other fun gizmos.
When you’re ready to set sail, take a tip from Charlie Brown and look for a wide-open space free of kite-eating trees and power lines. Head to a local school field, a grassy park or the beach.
Comb through Kidsguide’s Recreation and Parks Directory for scenic spots. Pack a lunch and you’re all set for a high-flying adventure.