Kite workshops return for April vacation week

Mar 31, 2017
Courtesy of: Owls Head Transportation Museum April vacation is Kite Week at Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Owls Head — The Owls Head Transportation Museum will hold its annual Kite Week April 17 through 21, with workshops that combine puzzle-solving, craft-making and the joy of kite-flying.

Each day features a different type of kite, and workshops throughout the week accommodate a variety of skill levels and ages. There are two sessions each day, Monday through Thursday, one at 10 a.m. and one at 1 p.m., and one session on Friday at 10 a.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The workshops are free to the public and materials are provided (suggested donation: $5). Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as seating is limited. General registration opens Monday, April 3.

The following workshops are planned:

Monday, April 17: Butterfly Kite

The simplest of all kites. If you can use scissors, you can make this kite. Construction takes 30 minutes, including decorating.

Tuesday, April 18: Sled Kite

This kite is a fairly simple, short project that requires almost no knot-tying. The duration of this workshop is 30 to 45 minutes.

Wednesday, April 19: Diamond Kite

Build a traditional diamond-shaped kite, just like Charlie Brown’s. This workshop requires the tying of several knots and lots of string to construct the frame of the kite. Workshop duration is approximately 60 minutes.

Thursday, April 20: Delta Kite

Almost no knot-tying is involved; however, this kite does involve a bit of puzzle-solving skill. Construction takes approximately 60 minutes. The Delta Kite is the easiest kite to fly for a first-time kite-builder.

Friday, April 21: Box Kite

This kite provides a great introduction to more complex styles. The Box Kite requires 60 to 90 minutes to complete and is recommended for older children (ages 8 and up). Because of the length of the program, there will be a 10 a.m.session only.

After building their kites, participants are welcome to decorate them with crayons and markers provided by the museum or bring their own art supplies. The museum provides ample outdoor space for everyone to test the newly built kites.

For more information or to register for a workshop session, call the museum at 594-4418.

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