Malachi Williams flew a kite for the first time Saturday afternoon at Peaceable Kingdom’s second annual Kites for Kids Day.

Williams, 8, and his brother, Micah, 7, ran across the field trying to get their kites to soar in the sky.

“This is my first time to fly a kite,” Malachi said. “It’s fun. I barely got it flying but I keep trying.”

Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children’s event also included parachute games, a frisbee toss, art, hiking, horseshoes, arcade games, a ropes course, movies and a dinosaur dig.

Ericka Mitchell, the organization’s development coordinator, said the event gives families an opportunity to do something different and fun.

“Families can come, relax with their kids and be outside,” she said. “Last year we did this for the first time, not really knowing how it was going to go. We just came up with this crazy idea and said let’s open up the retreat to the general public and invite the community in to see all the things we have to enjoy.”

Mitchell said about 800 people attended last year’s event, and they expected 1,000 throughout the day Saturday.

Summer Stephens was with her daughters, Lainy, 2, Bella, 3, and Ariana, 6, flying kites.

“I love Peaceable Kingdom and what they do here. I think it’s amazing,” she said. “I thought my kids would enjoy flying a kite. We have a lot of trees around our house so it’s nice to be in a big open field.”

Mackenzie Cisek, 7, said “it’s so fun” to fly kites.

Kristy Ma’o, her husband, Afatia, and sons, William, 5, Tomasi, 1, and daughter, Tehani, 4, were trying to get their kites to fly.

“This was a great way to give the kids something to do, and they’re having a lot of fun with it,” Kristy Ma’o said. “We figured it would be something good to do as a family.”

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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