Kites for Kids Day

Christopher Martinez, 10, releases a shark kite to fly during Kites for Kids Day on Saturday afternoon at Variety Peaceable Kingdom Retreat in Killeen.

UPDATE: Officials at Peaceable Kingdom on Friday said the Kites for Kids Day has been postponed due to weather concerns this Saturday. It is now scheduled to take place March 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the retreat.

Families can enjoy an afternoon outdoors Saturday during the second annual Kites for Kids Day at Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children.

Ericka Mitchell, development coordinator for the organization, said they’re hosting the free event as a way to share the retreat’s 120 acres with the community since it’s typically only open to school groups, civic clubs, churches, businesses or other groups.

“Kites for Kids Day provides the opportunity for great family time to explore the expansive retreat,” Mitchell said.

About 800 children and adults attended the inaugural event last year. She expects even more this year.

“To accommodate our largest crowd ever, we are busy preparing the retreat facilities, recruiting volunteers, ordering 1,000 custom kites, planning fun activities, arranging trophies for the kite contest winners and organizing a drawing for three iPod Nano prizes,” she said.

In addition to flying kites, other activities include parachute games, a frisbee toss, art, hiking, horseshoes, miniature golf, arcade games, a low-ropes course, a historic log cabin, a sports court, a dinosaur dig and a miniature wall climb.

Mitchell said children and their families “absolutely love” visiting the retreat.

“It is a beautiful, peaceful place where families can leave daily distractions behind and focus on togetherness,” she said.

The free event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the retreat, which is located along the Lampasas River near Killeen.

Although kites will be provided, attendees are welcome to bring their own as well as coolers and blankets. However, no alcohol, smoking, firearms or pets are allowed.

“We are excited to share the beautiful and fun retreat with the entire community,” said Randall Hester, CEO of Variety of Texas.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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