The free, family-friendly event will give the community an opportunity to watch their kites soar in an open space with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. The Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn will be open for anyone to bring their own kites to fly. Kites can also be purchased or created at the event.
“‘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. “Between kayaking and fitness classes, our programming regularly covers land and sea; but at this kite festival, we want visitors to look above and take to the sky.”
In addition to flying kites, the conservancy is providing enlivening entertainment such as live DJs playing music, stilt walkers, jugglers and a large-scale bubble show featuring giant bubbles large enough to put kids inside
The event will emphasize S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts and outdoor adventures. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center will host a DIY pinwheel station where visitors can build and decorate pinwheels to see the wind in action. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Robot Foundry will host classes where attendees can use craft materials to build parachutes and mini light-up LED passengers to put inside the parachutes. Wind tunnels will also be set up so that builders can test out their parachutes and learn about lift and drag.
Genspace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting science literacy through public access to biotechnology, will sample the air's environment using petri dishes attached to kites in order to find out what inhabits the air that we breathe.
At the event, instructors from the educational institution Nory will make air kites to teach how circulating air can make objects move and will bring DIY motorized contraptions that are relevant to flight/moving air, such as a robotic air propeller. Nory will also show children how to put together a simple circuit, and teach the functionality of each part of the circuit.
Visitors will also be able to create their own rockets at a station with Private Picassos art instructors. Not only will these rockets each have their own unique design, Private Picassos will help make them fly through the air.
The SPARK by Brooklyn Children's Museum team will also help visitors make a colorful hand kite from a variety of textiles that will leap, twirl, and fly into spring.
Education company STEM Kids NYC bridges the gap between the current curriculum in schools and the immediate need for schools to prepare students for future STEM opportunities. At “Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival,” visitors can learn how they take a basic lunch bag and transform it into a kite that can be flown at the festival.
The “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. 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 the waterfront park.
“Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival” kicks off at Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn at noon and will run until 2:30 p.m.
“We are thrilled that this unique experience opens up our 2018 programming season in the park,” said Webster.
Photos by Alexa Hoyer