Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites

Flying a kite is such a sweet and simple activity for kids. Practice problem-solving skills together as you test out the wind, run together to get the kite started, and cheer with excitement when your kite is finally off the ground. Practice at home and give it a try at one of the kite-flying events below. We’ve even included some tips to make your own kite at home!

Kite-Flying Fun + 2021 Kite Festivals

How to Fly a Kite and Make One at Home

PBS Kids has a great set of instructions on how to make your own kite and fly it with your child. All you need is newspaper (or the grocery circular), string or ribbon, glue, two sticks from outside, and and a knife.

Where to Buy a Kite

If you’d prefer to buy a kite, look to a local toy shop! While indoor shopping is now open, many stores are still offering their curbside pickup options.

  • Pinwheel Toys in Wheaton has kites in stock at their online shop for free local delivery or curbside pickup!
  • Give Anderson’s Toyshop in Naperville a call at (630) 355-2665. They can let you know what’s in stock for curbside pickup.

How to Fly a Kite

Already have a kite? This tutorial from a kite shop owner is a helpful demonstration of how to get it aloft. Younger kids might like this Daniel Tiger segment on flying a kite, too.

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Even if you’re just running around in the yard or a field trying your best, kite flying is still a lot of fun. Bring snacks and a Frisbee to keep everyone cheery even if you’re having trouble getting it aloft!

2021 Chicagoland Kite Flying Festivals/Events

Earth Day KiteFly (Oswego)
April 17, 2021 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bring your own and watch professional demonstrations at this free family event.

Go Fly a Kite (Wheaton)
May 1, 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm
Kick off the Wheaton Park District’s 100-year celebration with this fun event. Pick up one of the first 100 complimentary kites, or reserve your own in advance.

Go Fly a Kite (Peck Farm, Geneva)
May 15, 2021 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Make a kite and fly it at this class for 8-12 year olds.

Go Fly a Kite (Bolingbrook)
May 22, 2021 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
All participants will receive their own kite. Pre-registration is required.

Catch a Breeze, Fly a Kite (Berwyn)
June 15, 2021 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Bring your own kite or buy a DIY one at this family-friendly event!

Frontier Kite Fly Festival (Naperville)
Not running in 2021

Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Festival (Glencoe)
Not running in 2021

Where to Fly Kites in the Western Suburbs

Find an open space and get those kites in the air! Here are a few favorite spots to fly a kite. We would love to hear your go-to spots too!

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RiverEdge Park
360 N Broadway Street
Aurora, IL 60505

Circle Park
163 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Springfield Park
269 Springfield Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Arie Crown Forest
6600 South La Grange Road
Countryside, IL 60525

Eldridge Park
363 W Commonwealth Lane
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Waiola Park
545 S. Stone Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525

Frontier Park Sports Complex
3380 Cedar Glade Drive
Naperville, IL 60564

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Ty Warner Park
700 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559

Graf Park
1855 Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Northside Park
1300 N West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

Walker Park
7425 S Wolf Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Be sure to check out our outdoor events page for even more opportunities to soak up the sun with your loved ones!

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of three children, ages 7, 5, and 2. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

2 Comments on "Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites"

  1. Frontier Kite Fly Festival 2017 will be June 3, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Frontier Sports Complex, 3380 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville

  2. So, sorry! Date for Frontier Kite Fly Festival 2017 is Sunday, June 4, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Frontier Sports Complex, 3380 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville, http://www.napervilleparks.org

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