St. Patrick’s Day is a hugely popular holiday, possibly even more so in the United States than in Ireland. Families looking for ways to celebrate with their kids can find plenty of fun activities to do together. Here are 8 fun things you can do with your family to celebrate.
1. Scavenger Hunt
Everybody loves a good scavenger hunt, and St. Patrick’s Day lends itself perfectly to them. Stories of leprechauns and pots of gold should be the main inspiration for your scavenger hunt, and the kids can even dress up as leprechauns if they want. The prize they’re hunting for can be anything you want, but a bowl of chocolate coins seems like the most appropriate choice.
2. Bake Soda Bread
Soda bread is a great baking project for the family because it’s quick and easy. It uses baking soda and buttermilk to create air bubbles in the dough instead of yeast, so there’s no waiting around for the dough to proof. Mix it up and throw it in the oven right away, and you’ll have delicious bread in no time. It tastes great with Irish butter and a thick layer of jam.
3. Costume Contest
You’re supposed to wear green on St Patrick’s Day, but why stop there? For family fun, go all out and have a costume contest. You can see who can wear the most green, or have everyone dress up as a leprechaun, or allow any costumes as long as they have some green in them. The only limit is your own imagination. A contest is no fun without prizes, so be thinking of how you’d want to award those. Maybe have a prize for the most creative costume or the greenest costume. Or, you can take it in a slightly different direction and make the winner the costume where the green is the hardest to spot.
4. Drink Green Drinks
Green beer isn’t particularly family-friendly, but there are plenty of other green drinks you can choose from. Green juices and smoothies are the obvious choice, or you can add green dye to other beverages, like milk. Green tea works, too, although it usually isn’t as bright green as the other options we’ve mentioned. And, of course, as long as the kids have something green to drink, you can still have a green beer or two.
5. Plant Shamrocks
There’s no plant as distinctly Irish as the shamrock, so why not take the opportunity to get the family outside and plant shamrocks in your garden? You can also plant them as houseplants if you prefer to have them inside. This can become a great family tradition, especially since shamrocks tend to be lush and green this time of year. Plant them and your whole yard will feel festive every year.
6. Make an Irish Meal
The classic St Patrick’s Day meal is corned beef and cabbage, but getting your kids to eat the cabbage might be a chore, and it’s actually not a particularly Irish meal, since corned beef isn’t commonly eaten in Ireland (and never has been). Why not make something else that’s truly Irish? You could eat a full Irish breakfast: sausage, bacon, eggs, toast, etc. Or you could make an Irish stew, which often includes beef or lamb cooked in stout beer. A bowl of stew with a few slices of freshly baked soda bread is a fantastic meal.
7. Have Tea
Brewing up a pot of strong black tea and drinking it with milk and a bit of sugar is a great way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Have tea time with the whole family and serve soda bread with butter and jam.
8. St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Paper shamrocks, green hats, finger painting pots of gold, there are plenty of crafty things you can do with the family for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s always fun for kids to make crafts that are then used as part of the decorations for the holiday, and parents enjoy seeing how creative their kids can be. Get a bunch of green craft paper, markers, or paints and see what they come up with. Have them make a shamrock wreath for the door. The possibilities are endless.
As you can see, St. Patrick’s Day can be a great holiday for families to spend together. This list contains our favorite family activities for St. Patrick’s Day, but you don’t have to limit yourself to these eight activities. There are countless ways for families to celebrate the holiday and have a ton of fun doing it.