By TMoM Team Member Katie Moosbrugger

You may not realize, but there’s a lot more to honoring Irish customs than just wearing green (although that is a basic requirement!). And with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I’ve gathered a list of 50 fun ways you can start celebrating this holiday!

From trivia to recipes to crafts and silly games, there’s something for everyone on my list – whether you’re Irish or not. While several of the festivities are adult-themed due to the popularity of green beer, there are also many opportunities for you to teach your children about the customs and culture of Ireland.

Have fun this St. Patrick’s Day! If you have a fun idea to add to this list, please leave it as a comment below.

Celebrate the Culture

1. Exchange fun facts about St. Patrick
2.Teach the kids about Ireland
3. Read St. Patrick’s Day books with the kids
4. Recite limericks to one other
5. Share an Irish blessing and prayer before dinner
6. Learn to write a limerick
7. Dye your hair green
8. Dress like a leprechaun (c’mon, you know you’ve always wanted to!)
9. Send St. Patrick’s Day e-cards to friends and family
10. Learn the Irish Step
11. Master the Irish Jig
12. Memorize traditional Irish song lyrics
13. Talk like a leprechaun with this iPhone app for kids
14. Refer to all your friends with a “Mc” or “O” in front of their name


15. Stay home and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day virtually
16. Dine out at McCoul’s Public House
17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Wise Man Brewery
18. St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Kernersville Brewing Company
19. Order Guinness Stew at Finnegan’s Wake
20. Road trip to Charlotte to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish at Queen City Craft and Gourmet
21. Or head to Raleigh to enjoy live music, giveaways, and lots of Guinness at O’Malley’s Pub & Restaurant
22. Enjoy dinner and drinks at The Brewer’s Kettle in Kernersville

Drink and Eat Like an Irishman

23. Make rainbow pancakes for breakfast
24. Whip up green eggs and ham
25. Try corned beef cabbage
26. Serve Irish soda bread
27. Taste Shephard’s Pie
28. Savor an Irish Coffee
29. Revisit our St. Patrick’s recipe blog
30. Serve green punch
31. Enjoy a Guinness
32. Drink green beer
33. Drown a shamrock
34. Enjoy a Shamrock Tea at Starbucks
35. Treat yourself to a McDonald’s Shamrock shake
36. Eat a bowlful of Lucky Charms

Pranks, Games, Crafts & Adventure

37. Create a leprechaun trap
38. Try this leprechaun treasure hunt, or this one or this one
39. Hunt for 4-leaf clovers
40. Slip in some St. Patty’s Day jokes throughout the day
41. Make St. Patty’s Day slime
42. Hide shmily coins around your house
43. Arrange a rainbow treasure hunt
44. Make a Leprechaun playhouse for your kiddo
45. Learn more about Downtown Pilot Mountain by participating in the shopping Passport!
46. Play hide-n-seek with chocolate coins or green marbles
47. Download free printable St. Patrick’s Day color pages
48. Get your teen to craft for the holiday
49. Take a virtual tour of Ireland
50. Have the kids make a Blarney stone craft at home

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