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Owls Head museum to offer free kite-building during school vacation

Posted April 11, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
A young girl works to construct a kite during a workshop at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.
A young girl works to construct a kite during a workshop at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

 OWLS HEAD, Maine — Beginning Monday, April 15, students will have multiple opportunities to enjoy kite-building workshops at the museum during school vacation week.

Kite Week has been a perennial favorite for years. Two kite-building sessions will be held each day during the week of school break, one at 10 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m. A variety of skill levels and ages are accommodated throughout the week, as a different project is offered each day.

Seating and materials are limited, and advance registration is encouraged. Younger children wishing to participate in kite-building activities should be accompanied by an adult. Admission for visitors who would like to view the museum is $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and free to those under age 18.

Thanks to the generous support of E.L. Spear Inc. of Rockland, all kite-building activities are offered free of charge.

The kite building workshop schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 15

Archtop Kite: A traditional English kite similar to the diamond kite. This kite is also known as the Pear Top kite.

Tuesday, April 16

Butterfly Kite: If you can use scissors you can build this simple kite; construction and decorating take approximately 30 minutes.

Wednesday, April 17

Sled Kite: This 30- to 45-minute project is fairly simple and requires very little knot tying.

Thursday, April 18

Snake Kite: 20 feet of flying fun! With a bit of patience, this fantastic kite can be constructed in 60 minutes, give or take.

Friday, April 19

Box Kite: A great introduction to constructing more complex kites, the Box Kite requires 60 to 90 minutes to complete. We recommend this workshop for children eight and up.

 

For more information, or to register for a workshop session, please call Owls Head Transportation Museum Education Director Ethan Yankura at 594-4418.

 

Suggestion photo caption: A young girl works to construct a kite during a workshop at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

 

 

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