Enjoy a family fun day with a difference at this Easter Monday’s Cayman Kitefest at Kaibo beach. The annual event, from 1-5 p.m., will benefit Cayman’s ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) charity.

Those who would like to take part in the open competition can either make their own kite or buy one. Registration takes place on the day and costs $5 per entrant, and each participant will receive a special wristband. This year’s categories include: best kite (most creative and original); best kite flyer with steadiest kite; adult (best kite flyer with steadiest kite); youth (under-15); oldest kite flier; youngest kite flier; best dressed (matching kite and costume); and most environmentally friendly kite.

Buy a kite or make your own.
Buy a kite or make your own.

Competitors should note that in the past, judges have usually picked homemade kites as the winners. If you are making your own kite, visit Kaibo’s Facebook page, which has kite-making videos that may help.

Among the prizes to be given away at 4 p.m. are a tablet, a Samsung smartphone, $100 voucher from Cayman Airways, a Sunrise Stingray City boat trip, and an hour-long bioluminescence kayak trip for two.

Other entertainment includes paddle boarding, kayaking and kiting tricks, and kite gear demos by kiteboarders from The Sweet Spot.

Participants and their families can also enjoy the music of Bona Fide between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and plenty to eat and drink. Also, $1 is donated to Cayman’s ARK for every “Dark and Stormy” cocktail sold, said organizer Claire Pettinati.

“Last year we raised a total of $1,309 in donations for Cayman’s ARK, which is a new record for Kitefest,” she added. This year, organizers are hoping to top that total.

In addition to raising money for the local charity, Kitefest celebrates the ages-old Caribbean passion for kite-flying. With all-year balmy breezes, the festival’s seaside North Side location is a great spot for the pastime and has traditionally attracted large crowds.

For those who want to make it a full day out at Kitefest by leaving the car at home, a water taxi to Kaibo is being arranged. For water taxi schedule times, visit kaibo.ky. During the Easter break, Kaibo is open every day from 11 a.m. until midnight.

The Kaibo beach is a great spot for kite-flying.
The Kaibo beach is a great spot for kite-flying.
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