The month of April has been designated as Kite Flying Month because it is the first month of Spring and most people are ready to leave the winter months and dive into sunny warm days of fun activities for the upcoming months.
It’s Spring fever and the outdoor life is calling us into activity. Kite flying is the answer for many people who enjoy outdoor activities. Or you may have been doing your annual spring cleaning and discovered the kites which were tucked away neatly in the back of the closet.
Flying kites is a great way to visit your local beaches. The ocean water may be too cold for swimming, but the sandy shore and trade winds offer kite flying conditions. The grass is growing in many open fields and offer inviting conditions for kiting.
American Kite Flyers Association
More information may be found at your local clubs and organizations or at the American KiteFlyers Association kite.org/ which is the largest kite flying club in North America with 45 other locations.
Use last year’s kite or try a new style for this upcoming year. I have found many online locations which tell you how to make your own kites or you may choose to buy. It’s a fun project regardless of your choice.
Upon your arrival at your kite destination you will find all ages of people participating in this sport activity. Children, teens, young adults, and adults up to age 90 are busy entertaining themselves watching their personal creation or watching other interesting kites being flown by others.
People will fly their kites as a recreational activity for a day or two, on vacations, participate in kite festivals, attend clubs and organizations, or join competition contests. Most communities have local kite functions. Kiting is popular throughout the United States and International countries.
The impression I have to date is that there are more elaborate kites flown in International countries than in America. Kite flying appears to have originated in China about 2000 years ago; I guess this gives International countries a head start.
In my research the American Indians were the first peoples to use a kite. It was used to catch fish.
Why People Fly Kites.
- Recreation and entertainment
- An interesting alternative for surfing and skiing
- Art and craft activity
- Design and engineering
- No age limit
- Meeting other people
- Club activities
- Affordable hobby
- Family activity