Monday, March 7, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Families

St. Patrick's Day Activities
St. Patrick’s Day is a day that is celebrated by all, regardless of whether you are Irish or not. Just like Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day is a time when families can count their blessings and enjoy a great family meal while having fun with a variety of activities. All of this, and there is also the added fun of tricky little leprechauns and those lucky green shamrocks! If you are looking for some fun activities to do with your family, you have come to the right place.

Start off Green 

Green is the color theme for the day and you can start out right by having green milk in the morning along with your breakfast. Surprise the kids with the milk and let them know that the leprechauns must have come in the night to make the milk green. You can also add green food coloring to your morning eggs. If you are going out, McDonald’s always has green Shamrock Shakes for the holiday.

Enjoy Some Irish Culture 

Not everyone knows the art of Irish step dancing, but there are places in many cities where you can go and enjoy watching this lively dance. You can also watch things like Lord of the Dance, Riverdance and other Celtic dancing videos.

Leprechaun Traps and Other Fun 

 If you have small children, you might try making some traps for the Leprechauns. This is easily done and only requires a few materials. Take a shoebox and cover it with either green paper or green paint. You might add a few shamrocks to it to entice the Leprechauns. Take a small stick and tie a piece of Leprechaun bait to it, leaving some length in the string so that the bait is inside the trap when the stick is propping the box up. When the leprechaun takes the bait, the string will be pulled and the trap will close. Leave the trap out overnight and in the morning, maybe the kids will find a few shamrocks or even a Leprechaun hat inside.

You can also have the kids conduct a Leprechaun hunt outdoors. While they are outside, leave a trail of shamrocks from the door to their room. Mess up their rooms and blame it on the Leprechauns when they come inside and notice.

There are all sorts of fun things to do on this holiday. Paint your hair green, go to a St. Patrick’s Day parade, wear green clothes…and if you happen to be in Chicago, you can watch as the city, and the river turn green for the holiday!

Does your family celebrate St. Patrick's Day? What are some fun activities you do?

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