There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than corned beef and green beer. It’s a great reason to have fun and celebrate with the ones you love — Irish or not. There are so many ways to create some family fun for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are several St. Patrick’s Day activities kids will love and you can enjoy as a whole family.
7 Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Activities Kids And Parents Will Enjoy
Enjoy Irish Culture
Some great music has come out of Ireland. Get your Irish eyes smiling and have a dance party with Irish artists like U2, The Cranberries, Sinéad O’Connor, and Van Morrison. Or enjoy a movie set in Ireland — some family-friendly ones include Waking Ned Devine (PG) and The Secret of Roan Inish (PG).
Make Irish-Themed Crafts
Of all the St. Patrick’s Day activities kids will love, St. Patrick’s Day crafts can’t be overlooked. Stock up on craft supplies then get creative with your little leprechauns. Make St. Patrick’s Day party decorations of four-leaf clovers and rainbows with pots of gold. Find some great Irish inspiration on Pinterest or here are a few St. Patrick’s Day crafts to get you started:
Play St. Paddy’s Day Games
Plan an Irish-themed family fun game night. Include games like hot potato or a “potato hunt” (like an Easter egg hunt but with potatoes). Create your own “Pot o’ Gold” scavenger hunt with a pot of chocolate gold coins at the end. See you can find a four leaf clover first.
Go to a Parade
St. Patrick’s Day parades are pure family fun. Check event listings in your area to find one. Dress in your best St. Paddy’s attire and get ready to see bagpipers, Irish step dancers, and fire engines decorated for the holiday. Many parades and St. Patrick’s Day events include fun activities for the kids to keep them engaged.
Learn About St. Patrick’s Day
This is one of the most important St. Patrick’s Day activities kids will enjoy. Research the history of St. Patrick’s Day, then test your family on Irish trivia. Why do we celebrate? Why is the shamrock the symbol of St. Paddy’s Day? When did we start celebrating this holiday? You can even make it into a game. Each family member can try to gather five St. Patrick’s Day fun facts and the winner will be the one with the most fun facts that no one else gathered.
Research Your Own Family History
As the saying goes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But how many Americans are actually of Irish decent? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 34 million Americans, or about 11 percent of the U.S. population, claim to have Irish heritage. Even if your family can’t trace its roots back to the Emerald Isle, it’s a great excuse to learn about your own family’s origin and create your family tree chart.
Eat Irish Foods and Green Treats
Popular Irish cuisine includes lamb or beef stews and Shepard’s Pie, soda bread, and boiled potatoes. Although corned beef and cabbage is the most popular St. Patrick’s Day dinner. There are plenty of options to choose from for your St. Paddy’s Day dinner menu. Can’t find anything you like? Simply dye some of your favorite treats with green food coloring like cupcakes, rice krispie treats and milkshakes. They’ll be instantly “Irish.”
Enjoy some family fun for St. Patrick’s Day with lots of laughter and great memories. Which of these St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids do you think you will try with your family? Tag us @familyfocusblog so we can see what you did for St. Patty’s Day!