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A family favorite, the Chicago Kids & Kites Festival moves to a later date this year taking place on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 10 am to 4 pm on Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Lake Shore Drive and Montrose). As this year’s festival is scheduled to coincide with the arrival of representatives of the NATO countries, why not take inspiration from their visit? NATO will provide pictures of flags and fun facts about the countries they represent, and will also be providing this year’s free kite kits.
While supplies last, kite kits are given to children to make, decorate and fly. Other activities include the opportunity to paint a kite-shaped refrigerator magnet plus enjoy face-painters and balloon artists. The Brookfield Zoo will be on site with flying a giant yellow bee kits and the zoo mascot, Grasshopper will be on site.
Once again, Kite Harbor will be onsite for kite buyers and provide professional kite flyers demonstrating their skills with oversized and interestingly shaped kites. And with NATO in town, this is an opportune time to highlight the Afghan kite tradition with a workshop on Afghan fighter kites. Also, the Big Kite Candy Drop will take place during the afternoon, weather permitting.
The Chicago Kids & Kites Festival is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by The Boeing Company, Brookfield Zoo, Whole Foods and 93.9 Lite FM. For more information, visit www.chicagokidsandkites.us.
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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to promoting and supporting Chicago’s arts and culture sector. This includes, but is not limited to: fostering the development of Chicago’s nonprofit arts sector, independent working artists, and for-profit arts businesses; presenting high-quality, free or low-fee cultural programs accessible to residents and visitors; and marketing the City’s cultural assets to local, regional, and global audiences. DCASE produces nearly 2,000 public programs, events and support services annually, generating millions in economic benefits for the City of Chicago.