600 Kite Events Around The World
April National Kite Month. The goal this month is to have 600 kite events around the world. Many communities are having kite activities such as the one Lexington, KY is having on April 7, 2012 at Jacobson Park. Museums across the country are going to showcase kites. Hobby stores will have kite workshops. School and daycares will make kites with their students. Take advantage of the kite activities in your community.
The history of the kite is interesting to say the least. The first written account of the kite was in China when General Han Hsin of the Han Dynasty flew a kite to gain a military advantage. Benjamin Franklin in 1752 used kites to study the atmosphere and proved that lightening was made up of electricity. Bridges have been started with the use of kites such as when a 10 year old boy named Horman Walsh helped get the line across Niagara Falls in 1847. Kites also captured photos of the impact that the San Francisco earthquake had in 1906. Throughout history the kite has played a part in shaping our lives. For more interesting facts about kites and how they were used in our lives Nationalkitemonth.org has much to offer.
Local businesses are sponsoring a day at the park with Kite Fest at Jacobson Park. The admission is free and there will be many family friendly activities. There will be face painting, kite making, and other entertainment. The festivities begin at noon and will continue until 4:00PM. It will be fun for the whole family and will offer a way for your family to be active for a few hours. This is a perfect way to get off the couch and explore the city’s parks.
If you would like to make your own kite before the festivities there are many great tutorials online. A very simple tutorial can be found at scratch-pad. This tutorial is very basic and simple, meaning it is a great place to start. Starting the month out at the Kite Fest and then spending the rest of the month mastering the art of kite flying offers a great way for the family to stay fit and spend time together outside of the home.