With the scent of spring in the air, and the August winds already blowing away the winter cobwebs, it's a perfect time to take the kids kite flying.
A recent "kite flying" birthday party, held on the open grassy fields of Timbrell Park in Five Dock, opened my eyes to the joy of this forgotten past time. Scores of children were entertained for hours with cheap kites that they could easily keep in the air.
Even the adults enjoyed flying a kite. There is something magical about it. Holding onto the string and seeing it leap into the air. Feeling the tug of the wind as it pulls the kite this way and that. Manipulating it to swoop and dodge and soar. It transports you back to childhood, when life was simpler and days were longer and nothing was more important than the moment you were experiencing right then.
Kite flying is a brilliant way to take advantage of the beautiful parks in your area and enjoy the spring sunshine with your friends or family. It appeals to all ages and both adults and children will be enthralled. Add in a picnic or a BBQ and you're set for a perfectly relaxing Saturday or Sunday.
You can buy kites from many places, toy stores or online, or you can make them yourself. Get inspired by going along to the Festival of the Winds kite-flying extravaganza on the 9th September at Bondi Pavilion. And then get out there and make the most of Sydney's spring time winds.