Tuesday March 12, 2019
It’s that time of year again—time to break out the green clothes and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the nation’s official tip of the hat to Irish heritage and culture. Even if you aren’t Irish, it’s fun to get dressed up and celebrate this holiday.
Unfortunately, a lot of the celebrations seem to center around drinking green beer and may not be very family-friendly.
If you’re looking for some safe activities with the kids, try these on for size:
- Do some Irish themed foods—Sure, corned beef and cabbage are considered St. Patrick’s Day staples. But instead, you can try a few other options like:
- Green eggs—Add some food coloring to your morning eggs for a fun themed breakfast. (And save the coloring for Green Eggs and Ham on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.)
- Patrick’s Day cookies—Just stop by your local dollar store or kitchen accessory shop and get a shamrock or rainbow cookie cutter for some fun sugar cookies.
- Irish soda bread—For those who like something a little more complex, check out Food Network’s relatively painless recipe for making this tasty raisin bread.
- Go watch a parade—Most major cities host large St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. But even if you live in a smaller town, your local Irish-American society may be hosting something special like a parade or festival. Check out your local paper to see what’s going on in your community.
- Treasure hunt—Get a jump start on Easter egg hunts with a leprechaun's treasure hunt. Go to your local candy shop and get some chocolate gold coins or other types of candies (whatever your kids like) and then hide them around the yard and let them head out to find them.
- Flashback Cinema—For years now, local cinemas have taken part in Flashback Cinema, a weekly series that shows classic films on the big screen for a whole new generation. For the second year in a row, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated with the John Wayne classic The Quiet Man, a wonderful romance filmed in Ireland. This is a great chance to give some of your older kids a chance to fall in love with classic cinema.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great chance to get out and do something fun and enjoy a little “luck of the Irish.” You don’t have to have any leprechauns in your family to take part in these entertaining activities.