Families took over Kleiner Park in Meridian and crowded the sky with colorful kites Saturday.
The Treasure Valley Kite Festival hosted food trucks, a free kite-making station, a bouncy house and booths for local organizations. It was organized by Becky Breshears, of Plan Ahead Events, a Boise company that — among other things — seeks to bring enriching events to the community for local families.
"We actually helped 300 kids build kites today in the park, and they are now all flying them somewhere," she said.
The event — that ran from 9 a.m. to noon — was free to families, but accepted donations for future events. Breshears said she hoped to inspire local families to go out and do something they might not otherwise.
"I'm trying to enhance the community by producing events that are free for families to come out," she said. "No matter what your budget is, you can come get a kite, build it with your child (and) fly it in the park... I always tell people, 'Adopt a kid,' because if you don't come to the kite festival you are missing out on a Treasure Valley event that should never be missed."