MENOMINEE — Beginning today, the Menominee Recreation Department will hold M&M Community Kite Days, which will go from today through Sunday.

Recreation Assistant MacKenzie King said the Rec Department has been looking for ways to help the community stay active, while at the same time keeping up social distancing.

“What better way to stay active while still staying safely apart? Especially since you have to do it to avoid strings crossing anyway,” she said.

Today and Saturday, King said participants are encouraged to build and decorate kites. She said the Rec Department has posted instructions for kite building on social media. “We have instructions on our Facebook page on how to build a kite out of recycled material. Otherwise, it’s fairly simple to find instructions on how to build a kite online,” she said.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, she said the plan would be for participants to go out and fly their kites to “fill the sky with color.” King said if the weather isn’t cooperative on Sunday, the kite-flying part of the event would be rescheduled to Monday.

“For people who would rather not go outside still, we’re including other ways to be involved over social media,” King said. She said this would include a coloring contest, with the coloring page also available on social media and due by 5 p.m. Monday. She said there will be a prize for the winner, which will be announced Tuesday.

In addition, people can also participate by decorating a window with kite shapes, making a kite sun-catcher, drawing kites on the sidewalk with chalk, or building a kite out of Legos. Anyone who participates in any way can take photos or videos and email them to the department or post them to the department’s social media pages.

“This kind of event gives the community a way of coming together, even though we still have to stay apart,” she said.