Come celebrate the end of winter and beginning of spring at the 21st annual Family Kite Flite Day at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. The Kite Flite Day will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Entry to the center and most activities will be free, although there will be $1 per car parking donation requested.
Each year since 1987, the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center has hosted a day of spring fun and learning. Each year more than 600 individuals and families bring lawn chairs, blankets, kids and kites and fly the winds along with fancier kites flown by professional kiters. Demonstrations by kiters from Oklahoma and Arkansas will include stunt kites, parafoils and other fancy kites. There will be donated kites given away by drawing throughout the day.
Along with the kite flying, younger kids can have fun in the children area. There will be a sandbox where children can dig in the sand for shells, jewels, coins and a special token that can be turned in for a kite. There will also be a bubble-making area, which always draws a crowd, and vendors who will have arts and crafts, American Indian art and other things for sale. There will also be some food vendors and the grounds are perfect for a family picnic.
The Oklahoma Historical Society, the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center and the Spiro Mounds Development Association with help from the Fort Coffee Fire Department and the Scout Troops of Spiro sponsor this event. The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric American Indian site open to the public in Oklahoma and is administered by the Oklahoma Historical Society. The center is regularly open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. The center does close for state holidays. Daily admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for children older than six. The center is located three miles east of Spiro, Okla., on Highway 9/271 and four miles north on Lock and Dam Road. For more information or to schedule a group or school tour during the solstice walks or some other time, please call 918-962-2062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.