While most people celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with green beer and parades, there are many fun ways to celebrate Saint Patricks Day as a family. Saint Patrick’s Day is a joyous celebration that is observed annually on the 17th of March.
This day is a commemoration of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and is celebrated worldwide.
Here are some fun ideas to help you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day as a family.
Bake some traditional Irish food together
One of the best ways to celebrate any holiday is through food, and Saint Patrick’s Day is no exception. Consider baking some fun food with your family.
Sharing 10 food ideas that would be a fun activity that will not only bring your family together but will also introduce your children to different cultures and cuisines.
Corned beef and cabbage: This is a classic St. Patrick’s Day dish. The corned beef is cooked with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.
Shepherd’s pie: This is a hearty dish made with ground beef or lamb and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes and baked in the oven.
Irish soda bread: This bread is made with flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt. It is a traditional Irish bread that is easy to make.
Irish stew: This is a meat and vegetable stew made with lamb, potatoes, carrots, onions, and herbs.
Green smoothie: You can make a healthy green smoothie by blending together spinach, banana, pineapple, and almond milk (pro tip: add a scoop of vanilla protein powder).
Shamrock-shaped cookies: Make sugar cookies in the shape of shamrocks and decorate them with green frosting or sprinkles. We love this natural food coloring!
Guinness beef stew: This is a hearty beef stew made with Guinness beer, potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Colcannon: This is a traditional Irish dish made with mashed potatoes, kale or cabbage, and butter.
Green pancakes: Add natural green food coloring to your pancake batter and top with whipped cream.
Irish coffee: This is a warm, comforting drink made with coffee, Irish whiskey, and cream.
Have a Saint Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt
Create a Saint Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt for your family. Hide shamrock-shaped chocolates, green balloons, and other Irish-themed items around your house or garden.
Make clues to help your children find the items, and make sure to include some fun facts about Saint Patrick’s Day in each clue.
Watch an Irish movie together
There are plenty of Irish movies that are perfect for family movie nights. Consider watching movies such as “The Secret of Kells,” “Song of the Sea,” or “The Luck of the Irish.” These movies are not only entertaining but also provide an opportunity to learn more about Irish culture and folklore.
Learn to dance an Irish jig
Teach your family how to dance an Irish jig. This is a fun activity that can be done at home, and it is a great way to introduce your children to Irish music and dance.
You can find instructional videos online, or consider hiring an Irish dance teacher to come to your home and give your family a private lesson.
Create Saint Patrick’s Day crafts
Set up a crafting station and create Saint Patrick’s Day-themed crafts with your family. You can make shamrock garlands, leprechaun hats, or decorate T-shirts with green and gold paint. This is a fun activity that will not only bring your family together but also help your children develop their creativity and fine motor skills.
Go on a green-themed family outing
Plan a green-themed family outing. You could visit a botanical garden or park to enjoy the greenery, or go on a nature walk to look for clovers and other green plants.
You could also visit an Irish pub or restaurant for lunch or dinner, or attend a Saint Patrick’s Day parade or 5K in your area.
Host a Saint Patrick’s Day family game night
Gather the family for a Saint Patrick’s Day game night. You could play games like charades, Pictionary, or trivia games about Ireland and Saint Patrick’s Day.
Make sure to have plenty of fun snacks and beverages on hand to keep everyone energized.
Memories as a Family
There are many fun ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day as a family. Whether you choose to bake traditional Irish food, create Saint Patrick’s Day crafts, or learn to dance an Irish jig, the most important thing is to spend time together as a family and have fun.
So, grab your green clothes, put on some Irish music, and celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your loved ones.
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!