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Up through the atmosphere: Kids let kites fly over Brooklyn Bridge Park to usher in season

Flying high: A youngster launches her kite in the air during a festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday.
Photo by Jason Speakman

They took to the sky on a string and a prayer!

Youngsters let colorful kites fly above Brooklyn Bridge Park during a day of festivities to kick-off the warm-weather seasons on Saturday. And watching the whimsical playthings dance over the East River-fronting green space captivated the pint-sized park-goers, according to one mom.

“They were very intrigued by all the different shapes, and that they could all fly,” said Nancy Deane, who with her twin tots Hudson and Harlow traveled across the Brooklyn Bridge from the outer borough of Manhattan for the high-flying event. “They had a great time.”

Deane’s 7-year-old twosome crafted the gravity-defying toy they let loose above the lawn at the gathering itself, where organizers of the annual Lift Off Waterfront Kite Festival provided materials for attendees to make their own contraptions, she said.

“They made their kites using objects they found at the festival,” she said.

And tykes didn’t just spool around at the affair — participants also partook in hands-on activities to explore the science of flight, such as parachute- and pinwheel-making sessions, according to hosts.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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