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The Best Kites That Will Distract Your Kid For Hours While You Relax At The Beach

“Go fly a kite” — it’s not just a Mary Poppins show tune or a sanitized way for you and your wife to yell at each other around the kids, but an activity your kid just might actually request. Provided you outfit them with one of these 10 best kites, you’ll have them practicing climbs, loops, and barrel rolls for hours of good old-fashioned fresh air fun (as opposed to paper airplanes, which you can control with your phone nowadays).

Prism Stowaway Delta Kite

Prism Stowaway Delta Kite -- best kitesAs traditional, single-line kites go, the Stowaway Delta is top of the line — easy to assemble and a piece of cake to get airborne and fly, it’s sturdy and responsive enough to do the sort of tricks your kid will want to learn before graduating to the fancy-pants, multiple line kites below.

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Kengel Octopus Kite

Kengel Octopus Kite -- best kitesThis kite is wide enough for tiny flyers to handle, and the 160″ tentacles add stability. Your fellow beach-goers will appreciate spying the Kraken flying overhead, rather than encountering one in the water.

Buy Now $9

Premier Kites Shark

Premier Kites Shark -- best kitesSame goes for a 7-foot shark kite. This one comes ready to fly in 6-18 MPH winds and means you never have to wait for the next Sharknado movie ever again.

Buy Now $29

Sailing Ship Kite

Sailing Ship Kite -- best kitesYou might be afraid to let your kid take this handsome vessel off their bedroom shelf, but yes, it actually flies. Watch them pilot their Jolly Roger kite through the clouds and be glad they could experience Peter Pan’s Flight without a full-on trip to Disneyland.

Buy Now $30

Wind n Sun SkyPals Minion Kite

Wind n Sun SkyPals Minion Kite -- best kitesThere’s just no avoiding the Minion takeover. Even the skies are no longer safe.

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4M Design Your Own Kite Kit

4M Design Your Own Kite Kit -- best kitesWhen none of these kites are cool enough for your kid, hand them a blank slate. In addition to creating their own design with the included paints and brush, they’ll learn to build something with their hands. There’s hope for the future yet.

Buy Now $12