April is National Kite Month, and the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present our popular “Go Fly a Kite! Day” Festival for over 30 years! This year’s event is once again united with a county-wide YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 28 from noon to 5:00 pm, at the Youth Recreation Facility, located at 1098 County Road, in Bern Township; with a rain date of Sunday, April 29.
This Free fun active event will have something for everyone in your family! Your kids can come fly a kite, plant a garden, experience the YMCA’s Summer Day Camp program, get some great health and wellness information, taste test some healthy food, and meet local law enforcement personnel. Together our kids will “Awaken the Summer Imagination & Take Flight!” For more information on the local initiative, visit www.ymca-berkscounty.org/healthy-kids-day
“The blending of the YMCA Healthy Kids Day with Berks Parks & Recreation’s annual Go Fly A Kite Day will bring together kids and their families from all over Berks County,” says Berks County Commissioner and YMCA Healthy Kids Day Champion, Kevin Barnhardt, “for a fun filled free day of activities aimed to get kids moving, think healthy and be inspired.”
All ages and levels of kite-flying enthusiasts will display their colorful creations in the air and on the ground as part of the festival. Bring a homemade kite, newspaper kite, or a store-bought kite to fly within the Open-Fly Zones. Visit www.countyofberks.com/parks for some homemade kite templates and event kite contest information. Children can design and build a kite in our Sled-Kite Workshop, and later fly them in one of the Sled Kite contests on the upper soccer field.
Professional kiters will be showing off their kite creations and flying skills throughout the day and in a Kite Art Exhibit around the lower soccer field. Attendees may bring their own kites, create a sled kite or purchase one from our kite vendor. Due to the close proximity of the Reading Regional Airport, all kite flying is restricted to 350 feet from the ground.
More event details:
v Home Run Derby on Kurowski Field
v Smokey Bear will be joined by the Fightin’ Phil mascot Screwball between 1-2 pm
v Vote for your favorite police vehicle in the Law Enforcement Car Competition
v Mini Golf, Disc Golf, pony rides and more kids games and activities
v “Bloomin’ Balloon hot air balloon demos
v Live entertainment
v Bring a picnic, and there is food available for purchase.
v Visit our websites and social media pages for details on the event. Share the excitement with us on social media through our link #readingberksYhkd
“As a nonprofit organization committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Kim Johnson, President & CEO of the YMCA of Reading & Berks County, “through the YMCA Healthy Kids Day, we’re supporting families in their journey of good health and wellness.”
This event is presented by Berks County Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the YMCA of Reading & Berks County. Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by the Reading Hospital/Tower Health. The Youth Recreation Facility is located at 1098 County Road in Bern Township across from the Berks County Career and Technology Center West, (also known as the Big Vision Sports Complex). Overflow parking is available at the Berks Career and Technology West Campus. For more information or directions, contact or the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department at 610-374-2944 ext. 2611, www.countyofberks.com/parks or the YMCA of Reading & Berks County at 610-944-6515, www.ymca-berkscounty.org.