We love analog toys, and Kites are one of the very best.
It does not get much simpler than kites. This photo is as analog as it gets, instant photo of a kid running around with a kite in hand.
When was the last time you enjoyed something simple? Something where you went out and waged a small battle against the elements? That is how I see kite flying. I got the love from my grandfather, he seems to be obsessed with making odd little things fly. He used to have a couple of wooden planes with motors and wires that I suppose could be made to fly in a circle.
Say the word to yourself, kite. There is something life affirming about it. I mean yes, there is also something Charlie Brown about it. You could lose your kite, my son got one stuck once. We got it back. He gets frustrated with the erratic winds ( so do I ) and he thinks maybe the kite is broken.
Today we went to a kite shop. Call me Vikrum, a real kite shop. If you have not heard of them, get Bridge Kite Shop on your radar. They do not have a retail front yet, but they will in the future. You can book them for parties, they do workshops, and best of all they sell kits for classic washi kites. I sent them an email, seeing if I could come by, why pay shipping if you do not need to, and these awesome guys just had us right on over.
Cade and Stuart are two of the nicest people I have met in the kite industry. Given, they are the only people I have met in the kite industry, but they are still amazing. They had us over, let us shop, did not complain about kids, and passed the ultimate test, they let my kid use their own restroom when he inevitably had to go, despite going before we left. We left with some kite kits, some of which you can get in sets of five, or more, to entertain groups. These guys have taken San Antonio up a notch.
Kites do not have to come in kits, the Walmart ones are good, they do what kites do. They go together in under a minute and they have string. Get one, for 5$ you can kill the tv for the afternoon, take your kids outside. You only have to unplug and engaged a little everyday to take the parenting away from the electronics some. Stay tuned and we will show off our kites.