Kids’ & SENIOR’s DAY

Paint Me Patriotic

Barry & Susan Tislow, Event Coordinators

All Day Event

Fly your red, white and blues all day everywhere after 12:00 noon.

Judging will be from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Categories include:

  • Biggest Piece (Kite or Line Laundry) In The Sky
  • Most Impressive Display On One Line
  • Most Kites, Banners And Stuff From One Family

Remember to have fun and the judges’ word is final!

Kids for Today Events

Glenda Kleppin, Event Director

Registration: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Registration Tent

Please join the Washington Kitefliers Association and other WSIKF participants in an effort to make the sport of kiting more accessible to the youngest spectators. Ever since 2001 Glenda Kleppin, the Kite Fairy Godmother of the WKA, has worked to expand and enhance the Kids’ Day activities. She is responsible for the specially designed Kids’ Day pins and awards that are given to the top kid in each category and adult helpers in the events. These pins come in various colors so please enter several events if you want to collect the whole set. Judging will be based on the appeal to the under 14 crowd. Judges will have wide discretion in awarding points. See Glenda if you have ideas or wish to donate or help with any Kids’ Day activities.


Age Categories for Judging:

KIDS: 12 and under

TEENS: 13-20




15th Annual Foster Grandparent Fun Fly

James Babst & Brian David, Event Coordinators

Kids Age 3-12

10:00 am – 11:00 am, Field A

For many people, the first memory of flying a kite is associated with an outing with an older family member.   In this event, a “foster-grandparent” is paired with one or more temporary “grandchildren” who earn(s) a new kite by learning how to properly fly it.

Several years ago Ann Huston, a talented and widely recognized kitemaker, decied to make 60 special kites for this event. The response was incredible. James Babst and Brian David have joined with her to provide between 100 and 200 of these kites this year.

Materials and supplies for these kites have been donated or purchased by the team members. Their efforts have made it possible to give each “foster grandchild” a beautiful, high quality, handcrafted kite.

If you want to be part of this project by making kites, donating fabric or money, see Ann, James, Brian, or anyone at the Operations Tent for more information.

ADULTS: The first 200 adults to register will be guaranteed a Kids’ Day pin. You are welcome to bring one or more pre-assembled kites to give away, but the majority of the kites will already be assembled and waiting for you in the Registration Tent. We are ALWAYS in need of more adults for this event, so don’t let the lack of a kite keep you away!  

KIDS:   The first 200 kids (ages 3-12) to register for this event are guaranteed a free kite , a special “Kids’ Day” pin, and someone to give them personal kite lessons with their new kite.

kids’ GAMES

11:00 am, Field A

Children should go directly to the flying field. They do NOT need to register for this event. A large turnout may result in more age groups being added to this event.

4-9 years – Participants may be coached, but may not receive physical assistance

  Sprint: At the signal, you will run between two points without your kite touching the ground.

  Reel Out: At the signal, kites are launched and reeled out until the next signal. Winners are the children with the most line out.

10-14 years – May not receive any assistance

  Sprint: At the signal, you will run between two points without your kite touching the ground.

  Reel Out: At the signal, kites are launched and reeled out until the next signal.
Winners are the children with the most line out.

All Ages:

  Running of the Bols: Bols are round, spinning creations that are normally used as line art.
In this event small bols will be strapped to each child and they will race across the kite field.
It is kind of like the end of a drag race without all of the noise!


Indoor kite flying fun fly

Gym opens at 3:00 pm

Kids’ Camps

All Day Everywhere–Judging 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join with your friends or work alone to set up a camp display that appeals specifically to kids. Current or classical books, movies, songs, and/or nursery rhymes may provide inscription for your display. You will earn extra points if you have educational displays and/or actual kite making activities taking place at your camp. All participants will receive a “Kids’ Day” pin. There are separate awards for camps that have been set up by kids under the age of 18, so be sure to let the folks at registration know if you are a “kid” with your own camp.

Kids’ Kite Making

Sponsored by the World Kite Museum and Carl Williamson Hosted by Phyllis Gribbin
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

Activities Tent

Kite making is a free activity but donations help support the World Kite Museum.

Senior Ballet

Sign up 10:00 am–2:00 pm, Operations Tent

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Field A

Competitors must be 50 years old or older – This competition will be judged on music selection which should include change of tempo or mood suited to kite lying; smoothness of movements to show control and flow of music; number and variety of moves, innovation and over-all enthusiasm. Performances are limited to 5 minutes.

 Red, White & Blue

Individual Rokkaku


4:00 pm, Fields A & B

This event will follow the same rules as on Tuesday with the following additions:

         1 extra point for red, white & blue kites

         1 extra point for seniors 50+

         1 extra point for costumes

        Gloves are mandatory.

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