One of our favorite recipes for fun includes plenty of wide open spaces, a dash of wind, lots of sunshine, and of course, kids! Throw in a couple of kites and you’ve got the makings for a perfect day. From sandy stretches to awesome green spaces, flip through the album below to discover our picks for best places to throw caution to the wind.

César Chávez Park at the Berkeley Marina – Berkeley, Ca

Home to the Berkeley Kite Fest and jaw-dropping views of San Francisco, you can’t go wrong hoisting a kite at César Chávez Park at the Berkeley Marina. The 90-acre space also has stroller-accessible trails, picnic tables, wetlands, and a wildlife sanctuary so it’s a breeze to spend the whole day exploring with your crew.

Insider Tip: Don’t forget to stop off at Highline Kites, a solar powered “kite store on wheels,” which you’ll find at the north end of the park.

Online: ci.berkeley.ca.us/parks_waterfront/cesarchavez

photo: Daniel Parks via flickr

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—Gabby Cullen