Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day When You Have Little Children

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A celebration of a holiday in a house full of children is a joyous occasion. Since I am part Irish, I have a certain love for St. Patrick’s Day.

However, children and holidays tend to mean messes, arguing, and good plans that tend to go downhill fast. Since my kids have a large age range, I have a hard time coming up with ideas for how to celebrate.

I am stuck on certain things that can’t happen on holidays. Or if they do happen, it is limited. We tend not to do parades, alcohol, and throwing large parties.

Where does this leave us? There are still plenty of ideas for us parents that don’t want a huge mess and still want to have some fun with our family!


There are a couple of game ideas that would work for families.

  • Bingo
  • Word Search
  • Coloring pages

Here are some websites that offer more ideas for St. Patrick’s Day games.

Making fun snacks

While cooking might not be ideal for small children, they can help with prepping. They can also help making easy snacks that require no stove/oven.

  • Milk Shakes
  • Trail Mix
  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Brownies

Here are some websites that offer even more ideas for snacks for St. Patrick’s Day.


No holiday celebration would be complete without crafts! These can be very fun for the kids, even if the craft plans don’t turn out exactly how they were supposed to.

  • Finger painting
  • Leprechaun hat and beard
  • Origami
  • Treat bags
  • Play dough

These websites offer several more ideas for crafts that you can complete as a family

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a great way to get out and enjoy the weather and allow the kids to run off some energy from all those sweets! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for a scavenger hunt because the legend of the leprechaun centers around treasure.

Here are some basic hunting ideas

  • Hunt that has paper directions with “treasure” at the end
  • Parents giving directions to kids
  • Picture directions

The three websites listed below give many, many more ideas on scavenger hunts.


St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday to dress up the kids as leprechauns. This is a fun way for us parents to get in on the fun. For some reason, my kids love to dress up and run around in colorful, glittery costumes.

  • Leprechauns
  • Pot o’ gold
  • Rainbow
  • Shamrock

Here are several websites that give plenty more ideas.

The best advice I can give when it concerns holidays and children is to just have fun. Allow for messes. Let the kids run around and scream. Believe me, they will be extra tired at the end of the day.

I love seeing how excited children are when holidays come up.

What are your ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with kids?

Stuck on what to do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Here are some simple ideas to celebrate the Irish holiday.

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