Family Fun at Waterfront Kite Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park

By 4/01/2019 04:17:00 PM ,

As the weather gets warmer, a great family activity is kite flying. To kick off summer, we took some time to fly a kite during Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy "Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival" and had such an amazing time.

Note: I was invited as media for review purpose. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To get started, we joined other families and individuals at The Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park for a day filled with special activities exploring the science of flight.

We visited the different stations for fun projects including making our own lunch bag kite, help collecting air samples of different organisms, and making a rocket, just to name a few.

STEM Kids NYC, 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. At their station, we decorated a basic lunch bag and turn it into a kite that we could fly at the festival.

Genspace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy through public access to biotechnology. At their station we helped sample the air's environment using petri dishes attached to kites in order to find out what inhabits the air that we breathe.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s own Environmental Education Center hosted a DIY pinwheel station where you can build and decorate pinwheels to see the wind in action.

Nory made air kites to teach how circulating air can make objects move, along with DIY motorized contraptions that are relevant to flight/moving air, such as a robotic air propeller. Nory also showed children how to put together a simple circuit, and teach the functionality of each part of the circuit.

When we finished joining in all the fun activities, we returned to kite flying. The sky was clear, the wind nice and steady, which meant an afternoon of nothing but simple kite fun.

Want to take your family kite flying?

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has announced the first event of its 2019 programming season. "Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival", a FREE all-ages event, will take place on May 11, 2018 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

It will be the first of over 500 arts, recreation, fitness and educational events taking place in the park through August offering visitors of all ages something to enjoy in the park this spring and summer season.

Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival” will include special activities exploring the science of flight. The event will emphasize S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts such as wind tunnels, robotic air propellers, and outdoor adventures. Kites will be available for purchase at the event, or participants can bring their own kites to fly on Pier 5.

Partners this year will include NORY, STEM Kids NYC, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Genspace, SPARK!, Private Picassos, BK Public Library, Geeks Rule, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center, among others.

Live music, stilt walkers, and face-painters will round out the event this year. Pack a picnic and enjoy the first event of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s soon to be announced full event schedule.

“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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