Shamrocks, leprechauns and a pot of gold, what's not to love about St. Patrick's Day? Kids especially enjoy this holiday that literally has the whole family going green with St. Patrick's Day fun. Enjoy these 10 family-friendly St. Patrick's Day activities and may the luck of the Irish be with you and your kids.
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Learn the History of St. Patrick's Day
Your first step in celebrating St. Patrick's Day with your kids is to learn about the holiday. Teach your kids about who St. Patrick really was, the origin of the holiday and why four-leaf clovers are the symbols of good luck. This holiday dates back more than 1,000 years so you'll probably learn something new too.
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Host a St. Patrick's Day Party
Party time! Throw a budget-friendly party to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your kids and their friends. Your children can be part of the party planning by creating homemade invitations, helping you pick out the decorations and preparing the party food. Choose St. Patrick's Day-themed activities for the party like creating top hats and making their own rainbows to chase down that pot of gold. .
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Make St. Patrick's Day Crafts
It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without craft activities. Sure, you can cut out four-leaf covers from green construction paper. That's always fun for the kids. But also kick up the St. Patrick's Day fun by thinking outside the shamrock for activities. Make your own St. Patrick's Day cards, clover crowns or any of the other 60+ St. Patrick's Day crafts you can enjoy together.
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Enjoy Green Recipes
Who doesn't want to eat green foods on St. Patrick's Day? Put on the aprons and get in the kitchen with your kids. Green is the color of the day so get ready to bake everything from St. Patrick's Day cupcakes to Irish Mint Brownies. If you're ready to eat traditional Irish foods for dinner, try some of these favorite Irish recipes. You can prepare Irish stew, beef and Guinness pie and Irish soda bread, to name a few.
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Take in a St. Patrick's Day Parade
Cities big and small around the world host St. Patrick's Day parades. It's a great opportunity for kids to wear their green, hear great Irish music, see Irish dancing and, of course, score some free candy. Look in your local newspaper, contact your local TV station or call your city's chamber of commerce to find out which day and time your city will be holding a St. Patrick's Day parade.
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Listen to Irish Music
Take a trip to Ireland without ever leaving your home. Listen to Irish music with your kids. You can find plenty of Irish tunes on YouTube or at the iTunes store. Vary up the playlist with Irish tunes that are instrumental or feature Irish solo singers. Try some Irish punk, too.
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Learn an Irish Dance
Now that you've got an Irish jukebox going with your Irish music, you're ready to dance with your children. Step dancing, also known as river dancing, is the most recognized form of Irish dancing. There's no shortage of videos you can watch with your family to get a taste of this Irish dance style. Once your children understand what the dance looks like, crank up the music and go for it. It doesn't matter if the kids aren't dancing the exact same way the professionals are. Just have fun with it.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Dye the Bath Water Green
Out of all of your St. Patrick's Day activities, none may be quite as popular as dyeing the bath water green. You can buy non-toxic bath dyes for kids that will turn the bath water green. Or make your own safe, green dye with basic bath bombs. Don't worry. The dye just stains the water, not your children. They won't look like the Green Giant when they get out of the tub!
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Spread Irish Cheer Around
You don't have to be Irish to get excited when you see a four-leaf clover. Pick four-leaf clovers or cut your own from construction paper and include a happy St. Patrick's Day message. Go with your kids through the neighborhood to anonymously leave these lucky little charms on your neighbors' doorsteps. Or mail them to friends and family. If you're mailing real four-leaf clovers, you can press them so your recipient won't receive a wilted four-leaf clover.