When someone tells Don Bouffard to go fly a kite, he's glad to do so.
Bouffard has loved and flown kites for decades. On Saturday, Oct. 13, he's going to share some of his kite-flying knowledge at the Big Little Science Centre's first Kite Day.
He'll be taking his three-metre-wide kite to demonstrate some of his skills — Bouffard does tightly controlled loops and dips — and he's willing to teach others.
"I can set it up so it sounds like it's a jet. Depending on the speed, I can make it sound like an airplane coming in," he said Friday.
"It's a noisy little sucker."
Bouffard can also explain a lot about the physics of kite flying, said Susan Hammond, the centre's assistant operator.
Kids and adults should bring their own kites if they can, but there will be some materials available so they can make them if they don't have one.
Hammond said some string will be available, but not in long lengths for high flying. People who want to put their kites high in the sky should bring their own string.
"We get decent winds in the fall, so let's brighten up the day," she said.
Kite Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the centre, 985 Holt St. in the old George Hilliard elementary school.
There will be demonstrations and activities throughout the day to demonstrate how lift works to put a kite in the air.
Bouffard will give a presentation on the physics involved at 1:30 p.m., followed by a flying demonstration at 2 p.m.
And all the usual displays at the centre will be open.
The event goes ahead, rain or shine. The cost is $15 per family, less for smaller numbers of visitors.