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May 21, 2008 > Kids 'n Kites

Kids 'n Kites

By Brittney Hansen
Photos By Courtesy of Monica Mathiesen

High-flying fun is in store for visitors at Fremont Swim School's annual Kids 'n Kites Festival, held this year on Saturday, May 24 at the Central Park Softball Complex in Fremont. Not only will kites put on a show in the sky, but a day of entertainment, activities, food, and free kites for the younger kite enthusiasts is slated as well.

The first Kids 'n Kites Festival in Fremont was held in 1989, but after budget cuts, the event appeared to be short-lived. Fremont Swim School then stepped in to become the primary sponsor for this community-centered event. Since 2001, the festival has made its annual appearance with growing attendance.

Featured performances will continue throughout the day including the magic acts of Chin-Chin the Magician, ventriloquist and puppet duo Steve Chaney and Cornelius Crowe, plus San Francisco street performer Owen Baker-Flynn. Music and dance performances will entertain attendees including Etcetera (Jaren Feeley and Ramsey Fisher), and several Teen Talent Showcase performers. A kid's Fun Zone - slides, bounce houses and games - will again be part of the Kids 'n Kites Festival this year.

In addition to Fremont Swim School, over a dozen local sponsors such as the Fremont Auto Mall, Dale Hardware, Sign Zone, and Bay Area Parent Magazine are helping defray the cost of this event. Booths will be set up with information about local summer events, and feature interactive games, face painting and balloon creations. "The purpose of the Kids 'n Kites Festival is to offer a free event to the community to showcase what the recreational parks have to offer for the summer," said Fremont recreation supervisor Monica Mathiesen.

The first 2,500 children who attend the festival will receive a free kite, and have the opportunity to fly them alongside kite-flying pro Dan Whitney. With his huge kite creations, Whitney has won many kite contests; he will be demonstrating his skills at the festival.

The Fremont Police and Fire Departments will also attend with some of their equipment and the Fremont Animal Center will bring animals for families to meet and greet. Food will be available for sale at the festival at a low cost. This event is open to everyone including families and kids, as well as kids at heart.

For more information on the event or to learn about becoming a valued sponsor, call Monica Mathiesen at 510-790-5523 or

Kids 'n Kites Festival
Saturday, May 24
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Central Park Softball Complex
1110 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

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