St. Patricks Day, known for the color green, rainbows and Leprechauns, is a day to celebrate Irish heritage as well as a wonderful opportunity to learn about Irish culture. Celebrate the holiday with the kids by not just wearing green, but also by making crafts, learning Irish dancing and more. We highlight fun St. Patrick’s Day things to do with kids on Long Island.
Catch a leprechaun by making a trap – a perfect craft for St. Patrick’s Day. Kids love the stories about leprechaun and always want to catch the green guy in the act of doing something mischievous. Check out this leprechaun trap which kids can make out of anything from shoe boxes to paper towel rolls. Creativity is key here. Decorate the box with rainbows, the color green and even Lucky Charms.
Any craft using the color green is perfect for St. Patricks Day. Paint a birdhouse green and hang it in the yard for the birds to use year round.
Another idea is to make a rainbow using colored pasta or cereal such as fruit loops. Rumor has it that the leprechaun has a pot of gold at the end of his rainbow, and if kids can’t find one already there they can make their own.
What could be more fun than learning an Irish dance? Made popular in the U.S. by the movie Riverdance, Irish dancing has found a place in Long Island dance studios. Check out these dance schools for locations and classes throughout Long Island. The entire family will love these fast paced dances and will learn so much about Irish culture in a hands-on experience of a lifetime.
Inishfree School of Irish Dancing
Where: Several locations throughout Long Island
Contact info: (631) 722-4939
Where: 64 East Main Street, Bay Shore, NY
Contact info: (631) 764-3810
Mo Chuisle Moya Strast School of Dance
Where: 445 Pike Street, Mattituck, NY
Contact info: (631) 298-1280
Where: Floral Park, Oyster Bay and Greenvale in NY
Contact info: (917) 528-1632
Where: 12 Wolcott Rd, Levittown, NY
Contact info: (516) 579-8123
One of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to have a real Irish experience. Start by trying an authentic Irish meal at an Irish restaurant. Read our post Irish Food on Long Island to find venues we like for this cuisine.
Parades are a favorite family past time on St. Patricks Day. Get dressed in green and find a parade near you from this list of parades on Long Island.
By: Tara Arichabala
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