In advance of the 87th Annual Zilker Kite Festival scheduled for Sunday, March 1, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department announced that it will host a series of hands-on workshops to teach children how to make and fly their very own kites, which they can choose to enter in the Kite Competition at the festival.

The workshops run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held on the following dates:

Saturday, February 7 – Pan Am Recreation Center, 2100 East 3rd St.

Saturday, February 14 – South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd.

Saturday, February 21 – Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr.

The workshops are facilitated by staff and volunteers from Communities in Schools, which will provide all the supplies and instructions for a number of different kite types, said Suki Steinhauser, CEO of Communities in Schools of Central Texas.

“Communities in Schools, the beneficiary of the Kite Festival, is dedicated to helping kids stay in school and achieve in life,” Steinhauser said. “We work full-time and year-round in 61 public schools in six school districts. We provide social and emotional supports to students, especially students who are suffering the effects of poverty. The services we provide are so effective that 99 percent of the students we serve intensively–and that’s thousands of kids every year–stay in school.”

Steinhauser went on to mention that although the Kite Festival is free to attend, VIP tickets are available, and all the proceeds go to benefit Communities in Schools. Details regarding the tickets can be found at Maudie’s Kite Fest Breakfast.

For more information about Communities in Schools, visit

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