It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…. flying shark? Yep, that was just one of many airborne-mammal sightings we caught at the last kite festival we attended at the Washington Monument. Who knows what the skies will hold this year? We’ll find out soon enough—the 44th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival takes place this Saturday, March 27, from 10am – 4pm.
I love this festival for several reasons: 1) It’s not just a spectator event; anyone can bring a kite and fly with the best of ‘em. 2) It’s amazing to see the space around the Washington Monument dotted with brilliant colors and crazy shapes (see previous shark mention). 3) The kids love it. 4) It usually coincides with the cherry blossom peak, so one can fly a kite and view the blooms all at once.
And there is more to the festival then just flying colorful sails on strings. Beautiful kites from all over the world are on display for all to see. Kids have an opportunity to craft their own kites with provided materials. Experts fly stunt kites and awe the crowds with cool tricks. And this year, a 150-kite arch train display will be launched.
Owen is already psyched to fly his new dragon kite. I can’t wait to see it soar.