St. Patrick’s Day for kids is something to consider if you are planning to have a get-together for the annual, Irish-themed event. After all, it doesn’t all have to be about the adults, and there are plenty of ways to make the day fun for kids, too.
The ideas listed below can turn your St. Patty’s Day party into a St. Patrick’s Day for kids celebration. You also can read even more ideas for both kids and adults on St. Patrick’s Day. And don’t forget to provide plenty of entertainment that can make the party even more special, including carnival games and epic, inflatable slides.
St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal for the “Irish Diaspora,” which refers to the millions of people around the world with Irish ancestry. There are some 33 million people with Irish ancestry in the United States. Here are some ideas to make the day special for your kids.
Over the years, people have found ways to develop quite a few games for kids on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a few ideas for games you can play.
Trivia Contest. Set up a St. Patrick’s Day-themed trivia game for the kids, with special prizes for those who get right answers. National Geographic Kids provides you with a great place to start, with plenty of St. Patrick’s Day information.
Shamrock Dance. Musical chairs with an Irish twist! Place cutout shamrocks on the floor, then play some Irish music and let the kids dance. When the music stops, everyone must rush to find a shamrock to sit on.
Treasure Hunt. Leprechauns all want that pot at the end of the rainbow. You can create a treasure hunt game using clues to move the kids around the house, with the final treasure a pot of gold-wrapped chocolate coins.
Irish-themed games. You can find Shamrock Bingo, printed leprechaun mazes and other well-known games online with an Irish twist.
It goes without saying that green is the color for this Irish holiday. But you don’t have to stop at the decorations. You can frost cookies with green icing, or buy the store cookies (and other items) decorated with shamrocks, rainbows and Leprechauns. With the popularity of St. Patrick’s Day, the options will be plentiful.
Irish parades feature great Irish music, clog dancers and other cultural touchstones associated with the Emerald Isle. If your local parade is not happening because of social distancing and the pandemic, you can watch some of the great parades on YouTube from places like New York City and Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day.
If you want to go all-in and give the kids a taste of Irish food, then you can try some corned beef and cabbage, even though that is more the invention of Irish-American immigrants than Ireland itself. Popular Irish dishes include lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, soda bread and rhubarb tarts.
You can throw a “Celtic Woman” show on if the kids love music, or “Riverdance” if dancing is their thing. If you want an Irish movie geared toward kids, some titles include “Song of the Sea,” “The Secret of Roan Inish” and “The Secret of Kells.”
Ireland is a great country and St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful way to celebrate the island’s culture and influence around the world. With just a little planning, you can make St. Patrick’s Day for kids one to remember.