Do click to enlarge! Flying kites is a revered past time at the beach, and we'll never let it be said that we didn't cover all the bases. My younger daughter bought three kites at the dollar store, and they flew better than any other kites we've ever had! At least one of them did. When the first kid got tired of holding the kite string, she tied it onto the arm of a beach chair. That kite flew high from that chair for over two hours, serving as a beacon to the children that this was our tent. As the boys wandered back from the surfing area, they picked up the kite and flew it even higher. After dinner, one boy (the shark-catcher-pin-up) proudly had all three kites up at one time. You can say what you want to about current technology and scientific advances; flying a kite is a great event for a child and in my book, it beats all the video games ever produced.
(Anna, this one's for you. A looking upward, if ever I saw it, plus a straight line!)