Kites, Bikes and Trikes, oh my!

Posted April 18, 2011, at 10:12 p.m.

OWLS HEAD — The Owls Head Transportation Museum will host its annual Kites, Bikes and Trikes Family Festival on Saturday, April 23. Children can bring their kites, homemade or otherwise, to fly and see kite-flying demonstrations by members of the Nor’easters Kite Club from Portland.

Children also are encouraged to bring their bicycles to the event for a free spring safety checkup offered by Maine Sport. Children may ride their bikes and trikes on the museum’s large, flat and car-free Runway 17 throughout the day, and may participate in the bicycle parade at noon. Helmets are required.

A special activity during the event will be the second annual Cardboard Contraption Contest. Open to all ages, teams of up to four people will build a cardboard vehicle of their own design. Due to limited materials, registration is required. However, as many teams will be accommodated as possible.

Event highlights will include high-wheel bicycle demonstrations; and free Model T rides for all.  Kite-building activities will be offered throughout the day, and there will be designated areas for kite flying as well as bicycle and tricycle riding. Youngsters who have participated or will be participating in the Soap Box Derby is encouraged to bring and display their derby cars alongside several of the museum’s early derby cars. An enclosed Kids Corral will have pedal cars and planes for younger children to enjoy.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. with most activities starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free to children under 18, $10 others.

The museum’s Under 18 Free initiative is sponsored in part by Camden National Bank.

For more information about the event, call the museum at 594-4418, email info@ohtm.org or visit http://www.owlshead.org/.

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