When she was in preschool, my daughter and I went to a brilliant kite-flying birthday party. The location and weather were perfect and I thought I'd share the inspiration with everyone via a few pictures and links.
The setting: Cesar Chavez Park in the Berkeley Marina. The no-frills picnic benches are available first come, first serve. 5-minute walk to outhouse bathrooms. Spectacular views of San Francisco.
The activity: Making our own kite that actually flew was thrilling. There is a reason the Berkeley Kite Festival is hosted here; the wind is relentless.
The hosts of this party bought supplies from KitesOnARoll.com. Older children could have done more of their own kite construction, but due to the age of this party (four) the host parents pre-cut the kites from the plastic roll of kite templates and taped the dowels in place. On the day of the party, they passed the blank kites out to the children whose main task was to decorate their kites before an adult attached the strings for them.
Materials required: 1) A roll of plastic kites which comes with materials for 20 kites, including flying string with handles. 2) Decorating supplies such as paint, sharpies, or stickers. 3) Plenty of paperweights to hold down kites-in-progress, plates, napkins, and any light-weight children.
This party finished with a pinata and a kite-shaped cake. Super fun!