Fun-Filled St. Patrick's Day Activities for Families

4 min
Mar 13, 2024

Discover engaging St. Patrick's Day activities tailored for families, from leprechaun treasure hunts to Irish dance parties, ensuring a festive and memorable celebration for all.

St. Patrick's Day, celebrated annually on March 17th, is a time for families to come together and revel in the spirit of Irish culture and heritage. Whether you have Irish roots or simply enjoy the festivities, there are plenty of engaging activities to enjoy with your loved ones. From traditional crafts to culinary delights, here are 30 ideas to make this St. Patrick's Day a memorable one for your family.

  1. Leprechaun Treasure Hunt: Hide gold chocolate coins or small trinkets around the house or yard for kids to find, playing the role of treasure-seeking leprechauns.
  2. Crafting Shamrock Decorations: Get creative with green construction paper, scissors, and glue to make shamrock decorations for your home.
  3. Irish Dance Party: Put on some Irish music and have a dance party in your living room, learning traditional Irish dance steps or freestyling to the tunes.
  4. Bake Irish Soda Bread: Spend quality time in the kitchen baking Irish soda bread together. It's a delicious and simple recipe that everyone can enjoy.
  5. Create Leprechaun Traps: Design and build leprechaun traps using household items like shoeboxes, construction paper, and glitter to catch those elusive little creatures.
  6. Watch a St. Patrick's Day Parade: Attend a local St. Patrick's Day parade, or if unable to go in person, stream one online and enjoy the festive atmosphere from home.
  7. Green Pancake Breakfast: Start the day with a special breakfast featuring green pancakes topped with whipped cream and lucky charms.
  8. Visit a Farm: Spend the day visiting a local farm to learn about Irish heritage, see farm animals, and perhaps even pick some fresh produce.
  9. Irish Storytime: Gather around and read Irish folktales or books about St. Patrick's Day, encouraging children to engage with the stories and perhaps even act them out.
  10. Potato Printing: Use halved potatoes and green paint to create St. Patrick's Day-themed artwork, such as shamrock prints or leprechaun faces.
  11. Green Dress-Up Parade: Have a dress-up parade at home, where everyone wears green attire, accessorizes with shamrock decorations, and marches around the house.
  12. Make Rainbow Fruit Skewers: Create rainbow-themed fruit skewers using a variety of colorful fruits like strawberries, oranges, pineapple, kiwis, blueberries, and grapes.
  13. Irish Movie Marathon: Settle in for a cozy movie marathon featuring family-friendly Irish films or movies with St. Patrick's Day themes.
  14. Write Letters to Leprechauns: Encourage kids to write letters to leprechauns, expressing their wishes and dreams, and leave them out with a small treat in hopes of a reply.
  15. Host a Green-themed Picnic: Pack a picnic basket with green snacks and sandwiches, head to a nearby park, and enjoy a green-themed outdoor feast.
  16. Play St. Patrick's Day Bingo: Create bingo cards featuring St. Patrick's Day symbols like shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold, and enjoy a lively game with the family.
  17. Create a Family Banner: Design and decorate a St. Patrick's Day banner as a family, displaying Irish phrases, symbols, or messages of good luck.
  18. Learn Irish Words and Phrases: Take the opportunity to learn some Irish words and phrases together as a family, practicing pronunciation and meanings.
  19. Green Smoothie Making: Blend up some nutritious green smoothies using spinach, kale, bananas, and other favorite fruits for a healthy St. Patrick's Day treat.
  20. Irish-themed Charades: Play a game of charades with Irish-themed clues, acting out words or phrases related to St. Patrick's Day.
  21. Plant Shamrock Seeds: Plant shamrock seeds in pots or the garden, nurturing them together as a family and watching them grow.
  22. Create St. Patrick's Day Cards: Get crafty and make homemade St. Patrick's Day cards to send to family and friends, adding a personal touch to the celebrations.
  23. Visit a Local Irish Pub (Family-friendly): Head to a family-friendly Irish pub for lunch or dinner, enjoying traditional Irish dishes like shepherd's pie or corned beef and cabbage.
  24. Green Playdough Fun: Make green playdough together using food coloring and flour, then sculpt shamrocks, leprechauns, and other St. Patrick's Day shapes.
  25. Irish-themed Scavenger Hunt: Organize an Irish-themed scavenger hunt with clues leading to hidden treasures or St. Patrick's Day surprises.
  26. St. Patrick's Day Photo Booth: Set up a St. Patrick's Day-themed photo booth with props like hats, glasses, and mustaches, capturing memorable moments together.
  27. Create Rainbow Art: Get out the paints and create vibrant rainbow artwork using cotton balls, sponges, or brushes, celebrating the colors of the rainbow.
  28. Make Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream Hot Chocolate: Whip up a batch of Irish cream hot chocolate for the family to enjoy together, using Irish cream coffee creamer topped off with marshmallows and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
  29. Irish-themed Trivia Night: Test your knowledge with an Irish-themed trivia night, covering topics like Irish history, culture, and St. Patrick's Day traditions.
  30. Reflect on Irish Heritage: Take time as a family to reflect on your Irish heritage or learn about the culture and traditions of Ireland, fostering appreciation and understanding.

    St. Patrick's Day is a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and celebrate Irish culture and traditions. Whether you're baking Irish treats, crafting shamrocks, or dancing to Irish music, there are countless ways to make the holiday special for everyone in the family. So put on your greenest attire, embrace the spirit of the Emerald Isle, and enjoy a day filled with fun and festivities with your loved ones. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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