Waterfront Kite Festival kicks off Saturday at BBP
by Jennifer Khedaroo
May 08, 2019 | 3740 views | 0 0 comments | 277 277 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo by Alexa Hoyer
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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will kick off its spring and summer programming this weekend with the annual “Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival” on Saturday, May 11.

The family-friendly event, which has moved to Pier 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, provides an afternoon of kite flying and activities dedicated to exploring the science of flight.

“Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival is an opportunity for visitors to experience the park in a completely new way,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director for Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We are thrilled that this unique experience opens up our 2019 programming season in the park.”

Participants can bring their own kites along, purchase one, or just lounge around taking in the sight of hundreds of colorful kites soaring through the air and against the Manhattan skyline.

In addition to live music by the Brass Queens, stilt walkers and face-painters, the activities that accompany the waterfront kite festival will be focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics concepts such as wind tunnels and robotic air propellers.

Using robotics with the Brooklyn Robot Foundry, participants can create a custom-built top flyer launcher. Private Picassos will teach visitors how to design and create a wall-hanging spinning spiral.

Spark by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will make colorful hand kites from a variety of textiles while STEM Kids NYC will provide kite-making education, including how to build an anemometer to measure wind speed.

To learn how air pressure propels a jet plane, the company Geek Rules will teach students using a balloon and a straw. Meanwhile, Nory will introduce the community to robotic air propellers and air circulation.

The Brooklyn Public Library will host an array of Library Lab STEM activities and the Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center will make DIY pinwheels with guests.

This year, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park are celebrating 20 years of free public programming with a full line-up of cultural, recreational, fitness, and educational events.

The Conservancy first launched its summer program in 2000 with its Movies with a View program. The program is now an example of the impact that the Brooklyn Bridge Park has on the community from education to culture to recreation.

Movies With A View will begin its eight-week film series on Thursday, July 11, at Pier 1.

“‘Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival’ is the first of over 500 free and low-cost events that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy presents every season to park-goers,” said Webster. “The Conservancy offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of free cultural, educational, and recreational events, as well as opportunities to volunteer and support this world-class waterfront park.”

To see our picks on the Conservancy’s seasonal highlights, check out https://bit.ly/2V4cHu8. “Lift Off’ will begin at noon and run until 3 p.m. on Saturday.
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