Central Coast residents of all ages will send hundreds of brightly colored kites soaring into the sky this Sunday, April 19, at the 6th Annual Free Family Kite Festival. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend this popular community event, which will run from noon to 4 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 S. College Drive, in Santa Maria.

Brought to you by the Discovery Museum, the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure and Youth (PLAY Inc.), the Kite Festival will feature professional kite-flying demonstrations, contests, food, vendors and music by family rock band BIRDIE. Kite Ambassadors will be on hand to help families and to ensure smooth flying. This year there will also be a “hospital” at the park for kites that need first aid.

The day will culminate with the announcement of our Kite Festival Opportunity Drawing winners at 3 p.m. and a Bol Run Race during which contestants are strapped to parachute-type kites and race each other in an epic demonstration of inertia and personal grit!

To prepare for Sunday’s kite festivities, and in celebration of National Kite Month, the public is invited to the Discovery Museum for Science Saturday at 11 a.m. for kite flying lessons. Glen Rothstein from the American Kitefliers Association will teach families about the science of kites with a hands-on demonstration in the museum parking lot.

Tickets for the Kite Festival Opportunity Drawing are still available at the museum or online at smvdiscoverymuseum.org/members-2/the-shop/.

The Discovery Museum would like to thank its community sponsors for making the Kite Festival possible: Rabobank, Coca-Cola, Breakfast Rotary, Vernon Edwards Constructors Inc., PCEC, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Ramsey Asphalt. Thanks also to our media partners—the Sun, The Santa Maria Times, KSBY, and El Dorado Broadcasting—for promoting our event.

Located at 705 S. McClelland St., the Discovery Museum is fun for all ages, with 13,000 square feet of “please touch” exhibits, weekly programs and special events that explore ourselves, our valley, our world and beyond. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Discover the power of play at the only children’s museum in Santa Barbara County.

For more information, visit smvdiscoverymuseum.org or call 928-8414.