Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park (Conservancy) is kicking off their 2018 Spring and Summer programming season with the inaugural “Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival” on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

This FREE event on Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park offers families the opportunity to soar kites above the Manhattan skyline while enjoying special activities exploring the science of flight. The event will emphasize S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts and outdoor adventures.

DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2018
LOCATION: Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park
TIME: 12:00 - 2:30 PM

The Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn will be open for anyone to bring their own kites to fly. New kites will also be sold at the event. Live DJs playing music, stilt walkers, jugglers, and a large-scale bubble show featuring giant bubbles large enough to put kids inside of make for a fun filled afternoon.

Examples of activities: **Note: activities may change. Event has no rain date **

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s own Environmental Education Center will host a DIY pinwheel station where visitors can build and decorate pinwheels to see the wind in action. 
  • The Brooklyn Robot Foundry will host classes where attendees can use craft materials to build parachutes and mini light-up LED passengers to put inside the parachutes. Wind tunnels will also be set up so that builders can test out their parachutes and learn about lift and drag. 
  • Genspace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy through public access to biotechnology, will sample the air's environment using petri dishes attached to kites in order to find out what inhabits the air that we breathe. 
  • Nory will make air kites to teach how circulating air can make objects move and will bring DIY motorized contraptions that are relevant to flight/moving air, such as a robotic air propeller. Nory will also show children how to put together a simple circuit, and teach the functionality of each part of the circuit. 
  • Private Picassos will host a table where visitors can create their own rockets. Not only will these rockets each have their own unique design, Private Picassos will help make them fly through the air. 
  • SPARK! Join SPARK by Brooklyn Children's Museum to soak up the sun and make a colorful hand kite from a variety of textiles that will leap, twirl, and fly into spring! Learn about Spark’s early childhood classes and fun drop-in play hours, and get a discount admission coupon for your next visit. 
  • STEM Kids NYC is an education company that bridges the gap between the current curriculum in schools and the immediate need for schools to prepare students for future STEM opportunities. Join this organization as they take a basic lunch bag and turn it into a kite that you can fly at the festival.

“Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival” is the first of over 500 free and low-cost events that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy presents every season to park-goers. The Conservancy offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of free cultural, educational, and recreational events, as well as opportunities to volunteer and support this world-class waterfront park.

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