Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and embrace the wind at the Kids & Kites festival, an annual tradition established by our former mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This year's festival will take on a more international flavor: as part of the public activities to mark the NATO Chicago Summit, NATO is partnering with the City of Chicago to present the 14th Annual Kids & Kites Festival on Saturday, May 19 at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, from 10am - 4pm.

Arrive early, as NATO will be providing 5,000 kite kits for the first 5,000 children. Kids will be able to decorate their kites with some international flair: flags from around the world and international facts and figures will be on display for inspiration. Families with older kids will want to check out the onsite workshop on the history and tradition of Afghan fighter kites.

There is so much to see and do at this fun outdoor fest: Chicago Kite, Chicago based kite specialists, will demonstrate their professional kite-flying skills and also offer a large range of kites for sale. The Brookfield Zoo will show off it's traveling bug exhibit and the Kohl's Children Museum with be parking its StoryBus. Get your face painted, pilot a giant kite, or just lie down on a blanket and watch all the colorful kites dance in the sky above.

The 14th annual Kids & Kites festival will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Cricket Hill, near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Ave on May 19th, from 10 am - 4 pm. Admission is free!