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

There’s something so sweet and special about the image of a family flying kites together on a spring day. Maybe you’ve flown a kite before with your kiddos, or maybe it’s something that you’ve been wanting to try together. Right now is a great time to try to fly a kite — it’s an outdoor activity where you can’t get too close to anyone else, anyway! So bring on the fresh air, sunshine, and joy on everyone’s faces.

Photo courtesy of local mom Jenniffer Stanczak

Kite-Flying Fun + 2020 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!

  • Pinwheel Toys in has kites in stock at their online shop for local delivery!
  • Give Anderson’s Toyshop in Naperville a call at (630) 355-2665. They can let you know what’s in stock for curbside pickup. (Their phone line can be a bit busy right now — which is great! — so you may have to call back.)
  • MOORE Toys & Gadgets in Wheaton has local online delivery, but doesn’t currently list kites available.
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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:

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!

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!

Ty Warner Park
700 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559

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

Eldridge Park
363 W Commonwealth Lane
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Walker Park
7425 S Wolf Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480

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

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

Circle Park
163 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Springfield Park
269 Springfield Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Graf Park
1855 Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Northside Park
1300 N West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

2020 Chicagoland Kite Flying Festivals/Events

Unfortunately, most of this year’s kite flying festivals have been cancelled. We’re hopeful that these events in June and August can still proceed, though!

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Frontier Kite Fly Festival (Naperville)
Sunday, June 7, 2020 | time TBA
Watch kites of all sizes soar through the sky for all to see. Enjoy free musical entertainment, cool demonstrations and stunts, raffles and good times for all ages!

Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Festival (Glencoe)
Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, 2020 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances set to music at this free event (regular parking fees apply). Visitors can walk there or take the free tram. Ice cream treats, beverages, and lunch available.

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

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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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