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Looking for Leprechauns and other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids

Here is my list of things to learn and do in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. My favorite is taking the kids to the park in search of leprechauns.

Read a good book with your children first, like Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna and Lecia Balian; then find a park near you and take a hike in search of these mischievous characters. If it’s a nice day and you don’t find any, you and your kids may still enjoy the walk looking for early signs of spring. Check our events calendar for local parades and other happenings.

Things to learn and do in Honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
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– Wear something green.
– A Shamrock, the national emblem of Ireland, is a three-leaf clover and considered to bring good-luck.
– Read a good book with your children first, like Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna and Lecia Balian. (Find more book suggestions here.)
– Take your kids to the park or go for a hike in the woods to look for Leprechauns.
– If you can’t find any, watch for leprechauns in Tipperary, Ireland.
– Learn the legends: The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence (blarney).
– Go for walk with your kids and find your own Blarney Stone or create your own legend about the stone you find.
– Make Irish Soda Bread with your kids. (Recipe below)
– Watch the movie, Finian’s Rainbow with Fred Astaire.
– Plan an ALL green meal with your kids: salad, broccoli, peas, cucumbers, green frosted cupcakes, green ice cream… You get the idea.
– Learn to dance an Irish jig. Watch dance clips on the official Riverdance website, then try out some moves.
– Read an Irish Blessing below.

Near a misty stream in Ireland in the hollow of a tree
Live mystical, magical leprechauns
who are clever as can be
With their pointed ears, and turned up toes and little coats of green
The leprechauns busily make their shoes and try hard not to be seen.
Only those who really believe have seen these little elves
And if we are all believers
We can surely see for ourselves.

– Check the Kidoinfo Calendar for local events, parades and celebrations.

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