5 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a Family
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a Family
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5 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a Family

Mar 15, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 17 and commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

The holiday was originally celebrated by going to mass & having a quiet day. You might be surprised to hear that until the 1970’s the pubs in Ireland were actually closed on St. Patrick’s Day! Irish American culture heavily influenced St. Patrick’s Day & today worldwide celebrations often include parades, festivals, wearing green & having drinks.

It’s a great opportunity to teach your kids about another culture.

Here are 5 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a family:

1. Leprechaun Treasure Hunt

We all know that Leprechauns are big fans of the money pot at the end of the rainbow (who wouldn’t be?). And, kids are big fans of chocolate coins (again, who isn’t). A fun way to teach the kids a little Irish culture is to create a fun & easy Leprechaun Treasure Hunt.

You can be as elaborate or as simple with this game as you like. A leprechaun can leave the kids a note telling them he dropped some of his coins around the house for them to find. Or you can simply tell them there are coins to find around the house.

There’s an easy game & a harder game depending on the ages of your kids. For little ones, simply hide the chocolate coins around the house or garden. For older kids, you can hide the chocolate coins out of sight & write clues they need to solve in order to find them.

If you are hiding more than a few coins, write down where you put them – trust me. Then you can play hot & cold to find any remaining chocolate coins.

Leprechaun Treasure Hunt

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2. Sport Some Green

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a little green!

With some green cardboard, the world is your oyster in terms of crafts. You can make shamrocks decorations for the house or to wear on your clothing. Or you can make leprechaun hats.

Another option is to decorate some plain t-shirts using fabric markers. You can create your own Irish works of art to wear to your local parade.

If you aren’t crafty, you can buy some Irish gear online or in the shops to get the family in the St. Patrick’s Day mood.

Sport Some Green

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3. Attend Your Local Parade or Festival

Check online to see what parades or festivals are happening in your local area. So many towns have parades you can attend or get involved with. There has a been a movement towards family friendly fun on St. Patrick’s Day with lots of fun activities taking place for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Heading into town or into the city for celebrations is a fun way to soak up the fun atmosphere & enjoy some Irish culture.

Attend Your Local Parade or Festival

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4. Enjoy Some Irish Food

A great way to teach the family about Irish culture is to try some Irish food! A few simple & tasty things you can make are brown bread, shepherd’s pie or Irish stew.

For dessert, you can make or buy some tasty cupcakes with Irish decorations or green food colouring on them.

Enjoy Some Irish Food

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5. Learn Some Irish Culture

The four ideas above are all great ways to teach the kids about Irish culture while also enjoying time together as a family.

For older kids, you can sit & tell them more about St. Patrick, who he was & why his day is celebrated. Irish culture is fun to explore. There is plenty to read online & kids books available too.

Learn Some Irish Culture

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Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Let us know what you get up to in the comments or tag us on social media we’d love to hear from you.

Guest post: Becky, wife & mom of three kids. Originally from NY, Becky & her family now live in the beautiful West of Ireland. Becky is the creator & writer at Cuddle Fairy which is a positive space on the internet with the motto: There’s positivity around every corner.


  • I love St Patrick’s Day but I feel it always gets swept up as a drinking type festival so it’s lovely to see some ideas for how to celebrate it as a family. My favourite have to be the two food related ones – searching for the gold coins (it’s a definite winner for getting small children on board!) and the eating of an Irish themed meal in the evening perhaps whilst discussing what we know about Ireland at the same time. After all, who doesn’t love a theme night!? Thanks for the tips.

    • I’m so glad you found them helpful! I agree – there is so much fun to be had as a family. The gold coins is a firm favourite in my house 🙂

  • ShinnersandtheBrood

    Lovely ideas. We’ve been sporting green. Sadly it’s a total washout in the west and we all got drenched at the parade. Still fun though!

    • You have to wear the green!! I’m in the West of Ireland too & our parade has been rescheduled due to the weather!! It’s wild out there!

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany

    I didn’t know that the pubs used to be shut, that’s really interesting to know. Alice would love a treasure hunt game for gold coins. So much fun for all ages. I think a green theme dessert is a must for St Patrick’s Day!

    • It’s funny to think of St. Paddy’s day without the pubs being packed. I hope Alice enjoys the treasure hunt! 🙂

  • Angela Milnes

    A fab post. We had fun for saint patricks day. I think making a leprechaun treasure hunt is a fab idea. The green theme is cool. I have been looking at lots of ideas and made a pintrest board for Saint Patricks Day activities and I love Irish Stew! yummy

    • Irish stew is yummy! The left overs are even tastier than the first day’s dinner too. I hope you enjoyed your St. Patrick’s Day! x

  • Oh that quote at the end. Gorgeous! But er…how do I say this without making everyone gasp?…I didn’t actually know what St Patrick’s day celebrated (frankly seeing how large it’s become here in Malta, you’d think all it celebrated was in fact alcohol) but erm the arrival of Christianity in Ireland? Nope, did not know that!! So embarrassed lol. Love the leprechaun treasure hunt idea but did you HAVE to picture Irish Stew? Hungry now. I used to go to an Irish pub in my Paris days (can you believe I even remember the name of it and where it was!) where they did the BEST Irish stew ever. Hope you enjoyed St Paddy’s day!

    • Honestly I think most people don’t know why St. Patrick’s Day is actually celebrated. It’s become a worldwide hit where as you point out, drinking is the main event. It was & still is a holy day in Ireland but has grown to be a celebration of Irish culture worldwide 🙂 I’d love to join you in Paris for Irish Stew! lol x