Family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day ideas
By Aimee Heckel
Poor St. Patrick. He gets such a naughty reputation. Green beer and gluttony and car bomb shots and general belligerence.
OK, maybe the gluttony part isn’t so bad.
But St. Patrick’s Day is more than drunken shenanigans. There are plenty of super fun ways to celebrate with your family. As we head into March, here are a few of our favorite family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day ideas.
1. Attend a sober St. Patrick’s Day party.
Yes, that’s a thing. In fact, there are official Sober St. Patrick’s Day Parties across the country, from New York City to Cleveland, Ohio, to Casper, Wyo., to Richmond, Va. — all the way to Belfast, Ireland. This movement, launched in 2012, hopes to reclaim St. Patrick’s Day as a family-friendly, meaningful celebration of Irish heritage.
The Sober St. Patrick’s Day events attract celebrities and well known musicians and performers, and includes singing, dancing, comedy and healthy fun. Last year’s party sold out in advance, and the events continue to expand to more cities around the world.
2. Plan a St. Patrick’s themed dinner with your kids’ help.
Your 3-year-old is probably not going to eagerly help you prepare and then gobble up corn beef. But there are plenty of kid-friendly food options out there.
Pretzel clovers look really cool and not too difficult. Of course, make anything green and rainbowed and it can be a good match. Rainbow cookies, anyone?
3. Plan a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt.
Why does the Easter Bunny get all of the hide-and-seek fun? We love this easy and fun activity. Buy a green basket and fill it with treasure — actual coins, fake or chocolate coins, jewelry (like gold plastic bead necklaces), rainbow cupcakes or anything else your child would consider a major score. Hide the basket outside somewhere (weather-permitting). Cut out shamrocks out of green construction paper and organize a scavenger hunt, to eventually lead your kid to their pot of “gold.”
Get cheap construction paper at Walmart.com, where you can also find plenty of St. Patrick’s Day swag, from shirts to books to stickers. A great “pot stuffer” might be this children’s book, “The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever.”
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