Musings and Amusings

Arvada Kite Festival

In early April, Arvada held its annual Kite Festival at the local soccer fields. We did not take a kite,ย and I enjoyed walking the perimeter – eyes skyward – to see Hello Kitty, sharks, ghosts, rainbows, dragons and even a piece of paper attached to a string flying high above us. We heard squeals of excitement from the little ones and competitive utterances from older participants who sought the highest wind current for their kites.

I’m sure spring festivals are the same the world over:

  • uncertain weather
  • big crowds with lots of children
  • a long row of food vendors and irresistable smells
  • a fire truck for kids to explore and sound the siren
  • hula hoops and balloon men and face tattoos
  • and – most importantly for this festival – colorful kites dipping, diving and soaring in the gusty breeze









Raqi got her heart tattoo on her cheek, then lined up for her balloon character. Of course she chose the one with the pink heart on top, not realizing it was a hat. When the balloon man handed it to her, she didn’t want to put it on her head.



So I did. That’s what Mima’s do, right?



Don’t I look like the captain as in The Captain and Tenille?

Comments on: "Arvada Kite Festival" (35)

  1. That sounds lovely my kids would have enjoyed ther

  2. Lainey said:

    Oh, I would have loved that! I mean my daughter would have loved that lol. Looked a brilliant event, great photos:)

    • I thought of you and Justine and your kids while we were there. That would have been fun to have you along. The kites appeared easier to get up in the air than when I was a kid. Maybe better designs?

      • Lainey said:

        I’ve always been useless with kites ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I think designs are better now but you also need to spend as much as you can. We’ve bought a few cheap ones and they’re not good! Might save up for a really good one ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • That’s probably why WE didn’t buy one!

  3. What a great way to spend a beautiful spring day! And I love the hat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve never been to a kite festival – certainly an event to get some great photos, Love your hat!!

  5. So pretty!
    And what could be better than kites shaped liked dragons on a beautiful spring day?
    Why, a hat shaped like a heart. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing your magical day!

  6. Spring festivals in North India involve kites, and I’ve taken part in those. You look awesome, Cap’n!

  7. Such a beautiful day. I’m sure you spotted quite a few interesting kites

  8. We have a great kite festival here too called The Festival of the Winds. It takes place on a beach. Such a great time of year, with the promise of warmth in the air ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s a perfect name for it, and beach location would be nice. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a beach. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Oh, that looks like FUN! We love kites, and when we go back East for summer vacations (not as often as we’d like) we enjoy the kits on the Atlantic beach. The wind is always right, and there’s a kit shop on the boardwalk that has an outdoor display of some amazing kites flying by themselves, anchored to the ground.
    Yeah, it’s hard to find a beach in Colorado…
    Tina @ Life is Good

    • Thanks, Tina. I bet the boardwalk shop was a visual wonder ! Hope you are getting some well-deserved relaxation (even without a beach!)

  10. Looks like so much fun, and the hat, oh, I love the hat. Not good with kites myself, but I love watching them fly.

    • LOL Someone in the family has to wear the Silly Pants! I am definitely and observer and not a kiter! Thanks, Silvia.

  11. I love kites! I am looking at my delta as I am writing this. Haven’t taken it out in a while though. Flying them on the beach was the best, they went really far up, really fast..Aah summertime. Love that hat by the way:-)

    • Is a delta a kite? You know, I’m not sure I’ve ever flown a kite! I was amazed at how high some of these little kites were soaring in the field. It would be fun to see some of them on the beach sometime.

      I’d let you borrow my hat but all the air went out of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Now that, is a hat to rival Dr Seuss’s hat domination! I haven’t actually been to a spring festival before – can you believe it. They just didn’t have them in London where I grew up, nor do they have them in Hong Kong. But it sounds like a lot of fun, anything that involves food vendors selling delicious treats and kites can only be a good thing!

    • I never thought of the Seuss-ian connection!

      You know … There’s nothing wrong with holding a Festival of One. I bet it would be up tp 2 o3 in no time ๐Ÿ™‚
      I have never flown one – always had Dad and brothers to do that for me.

      Merci pour visiting, Celine!

      • Je t’en prie Sammy! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Oh flying kites is such fun, especially making them do spirals! Have you never wanted to try flying one yourself or do you prefer watching them pirouetting in the sky?

      • I prefer watching them flying and dancing in the sky – I’ve heard several of you say how much fun it is to fly one. A friend just bought a 5-footer so maybe I’ll try when we go out to the field with him.

      • Oh cool, you might be able to get dragged by that! Let me know how you get on!

      • Oh Lord – that’s all I need is bruising by dragging or a hip thrown out of joint!! I think I’ll leave the kite flying to “you youngsters” and I’ll take the photos (from a safe distance away).

      • Oh no, ignore me! You should still try it – I’d feel bad if I’d put you off your first kiting experience!!

      • ๐Ÿ™‚ with paramedics standing by LOL

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