We've been celebrating science week at school with making paper aeroplanes. Googling the best paper aeroplane designs requiring the most complex number of folds has been interesting. The day arrived where we were to test the paper aeroplanes, the wind was either in your favour or not. In my case, it was not.
Speaking of wind, one of my favourite events is the kite flying festival also known as 'Festival of the Winds' which is held every year at Bondi Beach. This year it will be held on Sunday 11 September 2016, 11am-4pm, Bondi Park, Bondi Beach and Bondi Pavilion.
Bondi Beach comes alive with colour as it hosts an amazing variety, shapes and sizes of kites ranging from flower kites, fighter kites, box, delta and giant animal kites. Each year gets grander with its array of kites. I love how these enormous kites reign the skies for a day.
This festival celebrates the beauty of Bondi Beach, as well as keeping the kids entertained. With lots of family friendly entertainment which includes 'how to make a kite' workshop, dance workshops, which will get your head bopping and feet twitching, art exhibitions, puppet shows, roaming entertainers and food stalls from all over the world. There are also fairground rides, jumping castles, face painting even an animal farm to keep the kids amused.
The festival stage kicks off at 10.45am with a Welcome to the Festival including indigenous dancers and performances from the Bondi Beach Public School Violin Ensemble.
Watch the Australian and international pro kite flyers show off their skill and experience. The kids will love being able to make their own kite as a souvenir of the day.
Somehow each year the winds appear for this festival. If you're not around for the Sunday, there will be a few kites around on the Saturday, whilst festival is being set up.
The area where the kites are being flown or resting on the sand is cordoned off but there is plenty of space on the beach to sit on the warm sand and be mesmerised by the alien flying amongst the blue sky.
Lie back, listen to the happy chatter from the kids and admire the animals in the sky. You'll see why its one of my favourite festivals, so pencil it into your diaries.
How to get there If catching public transport, catch the trains to Bondi Junction from Central station and catch the 333, 380 or 381 bus from Bondi Junction to the beach. These buses also run directly from Circular Quay. Good news is that there are additional public transport buses have been organised for the day.
Parking along the beachfront is nonexistent unless you get there early so I recommend the parking stations for young families which will mean a painless arrival to the event. There are ramps and a concrete walkway for an easy walk along the beach. The walkway does get a little busy with the joggers, beachgoers, tourists but it is easy to navigate through.
Public toilet facilities can be found on the ground floor at Beach Pavilion and a well-kept secret is there are toilets upstairs as well.