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Published December 11th 2009
With summer fun is just around the corner, it's a great time to start thinking about entertaining holidaying kids (and adults alike), with some days out at the beach.
Kites are relatively easy to make and the tools to do so are available at most art and craft shops. You can also purchase ready kits, where you simply assemble the kite, though injecting a little bit of personality into a kite is great fun.
A basic kite consists of four main parts requiring:
Two sticks - one for the spine of the kite and the other to make the spar, which will cross the spine
Some string to attached the sticks together and also to have as the flying line
Finally cloth, plastic or paper to create the cover over the sticks
Once you have these four essential parts, you have yourself a basic kite. Then add a tail, which you can do with colourful ties of material and a bit of paint or decorate the cover to your liking.
When the weather is right, a well equipped beach for kite flying is St Kilda, located at the end of Fitzroy Street, stretching right along the coast to where North Road ends.
The beach has ample grass space for bare feet to be running around and is large enough to safely fly the kites in open air.
Add to this, some great picnic and BBQ areas and you have yourself a wonderful day for both family and friends. Get a group of you involved and have a kite day! Include prizes for the best kite, the highest flying kite, the kite that can stay in the air longest and you've got yourself hours of wholesome summer fun.