Created approximately 2,800 years ago in China, the kite has taken on many forms, from a whimsical outdoor activity that merges nature with art to a military application signaling the need for additional munitions during battle. Kites come in a variety of aesthetic forms and materials, from paper to silk to plastic, from rectangular to dragon-shaped to circular with a long tail. This Saturday, kids and adults can enjoy this ancient activity here in the Twin Cities. Bring your homemade kite, or buy one that fits your fancy (inexpensive kites will be available for purchase), and hold on tight to the tiny string that keeps it from flying away. Having problems getting started? Experts from the Minnesota Kite Society will be on hand to demonstrate the art of kite flying. Other family-friendly activities include a children's ice-fishing expo, marshmallow roasting, horse and wagon rides, and a medallion hunt.
Sat., Jan. 10, 12-4 p.m., 2009