St. Patrick’s Day…a holiday that has spread and now celebrated around the world by people of all heritages. St. Patrick is remembered on the day of his death, March 17, complete with lots of parades, shamrocks, Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage. From the “Top o’ the Mornin” right to bedtime, an abundance of green food is consumed from pancakes to shakes and endless cookies, cakes, and sweet treats. Looking to get as close to Ireland without boarding a plane? Read on for ideas for the whole family for St. Patrick’s Day activity ideas with kids on Long Island.
Family Friendly Restaurants Serving Irish Food:
3964 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY
Known for their Shepherd’s Pie and Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Melt, this restaurant also offers a children’s menu for children ages 10 and under.
5705 Merrick Rd, Massapequa, NY
Check out their “From Ireland” section on the menu, complete with Fish and Chips and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Kids can order their own “Mini Shepherd’s Pie” from the children’s menu.
49 North Village Ave, Rockville Centre, NY
Don’t miss the brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, known for its Traditional Irish Breakfast and the Bangers and Mash…a fun, lively atmosphere!
The Irish Coffee Pub
131 Carleton Ave, East Islip, NY
Great atmosphere for a night out! They’re known for their Chicken Cork and Salmon O’Brien entrees.
Irish Times Pub
975B Main Street, Holbrook, NY
A friendly, comfortable atmosphere, this pub offers a kids menu featuring Junior Fish and Chips, and all kids’ meals include a dessert.
Stories and a Craft for Kids:
Emeraldalicious by Victoria Kann
If your little one loves Pinkalicious, than this is a must read! Pinkalicious and Peter help clean up the park they love and make it a “greener” place. For more fun after reading, have your child make up rhymes, just like in the book. Or volunteer to help clean up a park or beach around Long Island (check the town’s website for dates and times).
What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Schwartz
This is a beautiful, colorful pop-up book that is great for toddlers. For a fun, easy craft after reading, gather a paper plate (for the “cloud”), a Popsicle stick (to hold it), and different colored tissue paper (for the “rainbow”). Glue the Popsicle stick to the plate. Then glue the tissue paper to the plate to make the rainbow. Your little one will have fun parading around (or doing the jig) while the rainbow floats along!
Want a fun, festive St. Patrick’s Day treat for all? Make Leprechaun Fizz! Kids will enjoy seeing this quick and easy drink bubble and fizz! You will need:
- Lime sherbet
- Sprite or 7Up
- Clear cup
- Take one scoop of lime sherbet and place in cup
- Fill cup with Sprite/7Up
Long Island Children’s Museum
Kissing the Blarney Stone is an essential experience for tourists visiting Ireland. Interested in learning more about “gift of gab”? Head over to the Museum to learn about and create your own Blarney Stone!
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a parade! Check your local town (or have fun experiencing a new town) for parade dates and times.
Written: Shannon Ofsharick
Parade Photo: Maria Adcock
Book Images: Amazon