Published On: Sat, Mar 19th, 2016

Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day at the National Air and Space Museum

The plan was to check out Monkey Kingdom, a children’s movie at the National Gallery of Art. But what I thought was an animated movie turned out to be a documentary aimed at kids. Najwa wasn’t interested, so we went to Plan B, Kites of Asia at the National Air and Space Museum.

I thought the movie started at 10:00 am, so we showed up a bit early. With a little time to kill, we just took some pictures in front of Henry Moore’s sculpture Knife Edge Mirror Two Piece at the entrance to the National Gallery of Art.

Najwa and Dad

Najwa and Dad


Still early, we wandered around for a moment, Najwa posing on the Max Ernst’s Capricorn sculpture, just behind the DO Not Touch sign that we didn’t see.


Since the movie didn’t turn out how we thought it would, we made our way across the National Mall to the National Air and Space Museum for Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day. They had stations set up throughout the museum where there were kid’s activities. When you completed an activity at each of the areas, you got a stamp in your “passport.” Our first stop was to build and decorate an airworthy sled kite.




They weren’t the most airworthy, but it was a start. We kept it moving upstairs to the next station where kids could make and decorate a bandana then build an anemometer, a device used to measure wind speed.






Next was making a Thai kite. She chose a Pakpao kite. Then we wrapped up with the their activity, creating art inspired by Nepal, India and Tibet.

Pakpao kite




And with the third stamp in her “passport,” she earned her button.


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