Family Fun at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

Face painting is just one of the kid-friendly activities at Kitty Hawk Kites' Kid's Day.

Face painting is just one of the kid-friendly activities at Kitty Hawk Kites’ Kid’s Day.

Kitty Hawk Kites and Kitty Hawk Surf Company have  always been about family fun. The Jockey’s Ridge Crossing locations in Nags Head are great for a visit and a family entertainment center. With a couple of fun things for kids to do—well, parents too, but mostly kids— visiting the two stores is a great way to spend a few hours.

For over 20 years there has been a climbing wall in the Kitty Hawk Kites store. It’s perfectly safe; the climbers are on a rope and are on a belay at all times. The experience is truly exciting for kids—kids who very often don’t think they can make it to the top, and to hear their shouts of joy when they do is a highlight of any parent’s day.

At the other end of the complex, Kitty Hawk Surf Company is home to the Shark. Think of a mechanical bull, only blue and shaped like a shark. There’s a lot of giggles, a lot of laughter and a lot of fun as kids try to stay seated for the entire ride. The Shark is surrounded by an inflated floor so getting thrown from the ride, which almost everyone does, is always a soft landing.

Of course, all summer long every Wednesday is Kid’s Day, a tradition that has been creating family fun at Kitty Hawk Kites almost since it opened. Kite making, face painting, games, demos and a lot of kid-friendly fun.

Hang Gliding Spectacular & More


The 43rd Kitty Hawk Hang Gliding Spectacular Weekend is finally here. Look for great competition in a beautiful setting and four days of fun.

Taking place at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the Hang Gliding Spectacular is the oldest hang gliding competition around, and it’s worthiest to see old friends gather and talk about the great experiences they’ve had.

The Hang Gliding Spectacular is only one of the many great event Kitty Hawk Kites has scheduled for the year. There is no way to write about everything at once, but here are the upcoming events through June.


BIC SUP One Design Series

May 24, Manteo Store Location

Bring the family because this competition is all au fun. A great way to discover how much fun Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP) can be and how fantastic it is for the whole family. All levels of competition welcome.


Rogallo Kite Festival

Jun 5, 2015 – Jun 7, 2015, Kitty Hawk Kites, Jockey’s Ridge Crossing and Jockey’s Ridge State Park

A celebration of the genius of Francis Rogallo, a NASA scientist and inventor of the “Rogallo Wing”, the flexible wing that is used in hang gliders, paraglider and most stunt kites.

Check out the daily kite demonstrations and huge kites that will be flying over Jockey’s Ridge all three days. Try your hand at stunt kite flying at one of the world’s finest kite flying locations.

BIC SUP One Design Series

Jun 11, Duck Kitty Hawk Kites

We’re taking our BIC SUP One Design series to the waters of the Currituck Sound. Check out how much fun SUP can be.

Kid’s Day

Don’t forget our world-famous Kid’s Day is happening all summer long. Check out the schedule below for when your child can have their face painted, try their hand at tossing a yoyo and learn how to make a kite.


Avon (10AM – NOON)

Waves (1:30 – 4:30)

Corolla (2PM – 4PM)


Nags Head (10AM – 2PM)

Hatteras ( 2PM – 4PM)