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See the Giant Kites of Yves Laforest at Cool Fool Kite Festival

If taking a plunge into icy Lake Michigan with the Polar Bear Club doesn’t sound appealing, you can still enjoy the outdoors on New Year’s Day at the Cool Fool Kite Festival. The free event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 1, at Veterans Park.

The Giant Kites of Yves Laforest will be flying high over Milwaukee’s lakefront. Yves Laforest, in conjunction with Gift of Wings kite shop, now have the largest collection of Giant Kites in the Midwest. Brett Williams, the Kite Whisperer, will be on hand to demonstrate how to fly a kite. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own kites to fly, or they can pick up a kite at Gift of Wings’ Veteran’s Park location.

Ice artists will also be on hand carving blocks of ice into masterpieces. Ice carving lessons will also be available. There will be free hot chocolate, coffee and snacks, compliments of Gift of Wings, while supplies last. Hot food will be available for purchase. Cool Fool Kite Festival is sponsored by Gift of Wings, B93.3, FM 102/1, 1290am, 100.3 FM The Fonz, and the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois. Attendees are encouraged to dress warm.

Location: 1010 Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee. For more information, visit