How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a Family

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day as a family

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! You typically hear about celebrating this lucky holiday as adults, but kids should be able to enjoy this day too. As a parent, St. Patrick’s Day brings the opportunity to celebrate with my family in a fun way. From creating easy crafts to making delicious treats and attending local events, there are so many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a family. Don’t forget to wear something green!

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The History of St. Patrick’s Day

According to, Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America, not Ireland. Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601, in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was traditionally a spiritual and religious celebration. However, in mid-1990s, the Irish government began a national campaign to use interest in St. Patrick’s Day to drive tourism and showcase Ireland and Irish culture to the rest of the world.


Build a Leprechaun Trap

You can a leprechaun trap with items found around your home. The traps can be something simple or over the top.

Eat St. Patrick’s Day Food

You can check out a local Irish restaurant or make a traditional Irish meal at home. You can also try festive treats like these from the Food Network.

Here’s a list of Irish restaurants and pubs in the Tampa Bay area:

Host a Costume Contest

Wearing green is a must on St. Patrick’s Day but why not make it extra festive by having a costume contest. You can set up different items like a hat, tutu, headband, socks or fake beard on a table. Then set a timer for 15-30 seconds to allow everyone to grab whatever they need for their costume. Send pictures to other family members or friends to judge everyone’s outfit.

Get Crafty

We love making crafts for every holiday. Why not create something special for St. Patrick’s Day?! You can make rainbow, shamrock or leprechaun crafts with your kids. Check out some fun craft ideas below.

St. Patrick's Day paper bag shamrock craft for kids

Attend a St. Patrick’s Day Event

My family enjoys attending local events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Check your city or county’s website for St. Patrick’s Day parades and kid-friendly events. Thankfully we have so many cool events happening in the Tampa Bay area. One of the biggest celebrations is the River O’ Green. It’s a free event to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The Hillsborough River is transformed into a bright shade of green (yes, just like Chicago). The festive celebration takes place at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Your family will get to enjoy live music, kids’ activities and food trucks.

You can find these adorable books about St. Patrick’s Day on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit a local book shop.

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Looking for more fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? You may also like the following activities:

St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough Tray

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Sensory Bottles

St. Patrick’s Day Green Sensory Bin

Free St. Patrick's Day Coloring Pages

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