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May 14, 2013 > Kids 'n Kites Festival

Kids 'n Kites Festival

By Nisha Patel

With spring breezes and more opportunities to enjoy warm outdoor activities, kites will soon fill the air. Although the exact date and origin of these creatures of the sky is not known, it is believed that the first kites were flown in China over two thousand years ago. One legend suggests that the first kite was created when a Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing in the strong winds. Kite flying then spread to Korea and India by traders, and each region developed a distinct style and cultural purpose for flying them. Within the United States, renowned scientists like Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Wilson used kites to learn more about wind and weather, while the Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, and many others experimented with kites to contribute to the development of the airplane. After technological advances became more established, kites began to be used less for military purposes or science, and more for recreation.

On Saturday, May 18 the City of Fremont will celebrate kites, hosting the "Kids 'n Kites Festival" on the main stage of Fremont's Central Park Meadow between Lake Elizabeth and Aqua Adventure Waterpark. Kids 'n Kites will feature game booths, a Kids Fun Zone with an inflatable play area, and interactive booths highlighting summer camps and activities as well as food booths including cotton candy and snow cones and selections from Central Park Catering and Nothing Bundt Cakes. The festival is free to the public, and the first 3,000 children to attend will receive free kites.

My Kid's Got Talent showcase is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in which participants will have an opportunity to perform dancing, singing, musical, comedic, spoken word, magic, martial arts and other specialty acts in three age categories: Pre-Teen (11 and under), Teen (12-19 years), or Youth/Mixed (at least half the performers must be between the ages of 12 and 19). Winning performers are eligible for prizes and the opportunity to perform at other City functions. From noon to 1 p.m., the Junior Dance Performers from the City of Fremont Dance Program will be featured, followed by a live band performance from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

As a bonus, all attendees are welcome to enjoy Aqua Adventure's Pre-Season Splash (weather permitting) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for only $5 admission. Event sponsors include Dale Hardware, the Fremont AutoMall, Grocery Outlet, The Saddle Rack, Washington Township Medical Foundation, Dream Smile Dental, City Beach, and Bay Area Jump.

This family event is open to all so bring your kites and enjoy the day with friends and family to kickoff the summer season.

Kids 'n Kites Festival
Saturday, May 18
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Central Park Meadow
Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(Between Lake Elizabeth and Aqua Adventure Waterpark)
(510) 494-4300
(510) 791-4166
www.fremont.gov
Free

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