5 St. Patrick’s Day Traditions to start with your kids

Kids love any excuse to make a day extra special, so why not March 17 of every year? You certainly don’t need to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with your kids and to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. On this day, everyone has a little Irish in them! Here are some ideas for traditions to start this year!

1. Wear green so you don’t get pinched!St. Patrick's Day Traditions

If your kids don’t have much green clothing in their closet, head to a consignment or thrift store so you can go green for the planet while also wearing green. I have to admit sometimes I cheat and hit the local department store because they carry green T-shirts with cute St. Patrick’s Day sayings like, “Everybody loves an Irish girl.”

2. Go to a parade

San Diego’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival happens on March 14 in Balboa Park! Check out our St. Patrick's Day Round Up for all kinds of cool stuff like cute snack and other parades and fun runs/walks around San Diego. The list is by no means complete, so be sure to check our calendar pages for more events near you.


3. Go to McDonald’s for a green Shamrock Shake

My kids get excited when these mint-flavored, green-dyed vanilla milkshakes come out, and we have to hit the drive-through for one every year. You can find dairy-free versions online that you can make at home, and if you’re concerned about food dyes, you can pick up some natural green food dye online or at a health food store.


4. Tell St. Patrick’s story

Legend says he used a three-leaf clover (also known as a shamrock) to teach about the Holy Trinity. There are a ton of great books about St. Patrick, including “The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day” by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer, “St. Patrick’s Day” by Gail Gibbons, and a board book called “The Story of St. Patrick’s Day” by Patricia A. Pingry and Pamela R. Levy. You can also get a family movie called “St. Patrick: The Irish Legend” from Amazon.com or Netflix.


5. Have a small party

Penny Warner, author of “The Best Party Book,” offers some great suggestions for having a fun St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • For invitations, paint a stone green, write party information on the stone and leave the stone at the invitee’s front porch.
  • Give a prize to the guest wearing the most green.
  • Hang construction paper shamrocks everywhere, hang green balloons, put posters of Ireland on the walls and, of course, play some Irish music.
  • Set out a gold pot filled with chocolate coins.
  • Play games like Hot Potato and make sure to set out a Mr. Potato Head set.
  • Make a shamrock cake using three heart-shaped cakes joined together and frost with green icing.
  • For food, have a potato bar with fun toppings like broccoli, chili, cheese and bacon bits. 


---------------------
Kerrie McLoughlin has a hard time finding green clothes for all seven members of her family.




November Holiday Events and Winter Camps

November Holiday Events and Winter Camps

Spend time with family and friends at these fun and festive holiday events. Attend a fall festival or theatrical performance, take photos with Santa or drop the kids off at a Thanksgiving camp. Ther . . .

Read more

Turkey Trots

Turkey Trots

Before you gobble up all your favorite Thanksgiving treats, wobble out and burn some calories while helping support our community. ‘Trot’ your stuff at these local turkey trots on Thanksgiving m . . .

Read more

Thanksgiving Roundup!

Thanksgiving Roundup!

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family-friendly events and activities, festive crafts, fall recipes and more in our Thanksgiving Round-up! You'll even find Winter Break Camps in San Diego! Quick links: . . .

Read more

How to Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

How to Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A celebration the kids will never forget!Make the kids’ table the best one in the house by celebrating like the Peanuts Gang in the popular movie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. With Charlie Brown . . .

Read more

Dinner's Done, Now What? -  Ideas for Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun

Dinner's Done, Now What? - Ideas for Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun

After all the hours of prep work that go into Thanksgiving dinner, it seems as if it's gobbled up in no time flat. Now what? Here are a bunch of ideas for the entire family to enjoy after the big fe . . .

Read more

12 Ways to Make Magical Holiday Memories

12 Ways to Make Magical Holiday Memories

The Holidays are here, San Diego! Whether you’re looking to rekindle a favorite family tradition or start a new one, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to make magical holiday memories in our c . . .

Read more

Five Secrets for a Merry Christmas Morning

Five Secrets for a Merry Christmas Morning

Practical ways to make it fun for the whole family and reduce stressAs parents, we want Christmas morning to be a time full of smiles and excitement for both our children and ourselves. We hope that o . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!