Though many people think of St. Patrick’s Day as a drinking holiday, a night to spend bar hopping with friends, there are plenty of fun, family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities you can do with the kids, including some great events in the Lewisville area as well.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to spend St. Patrick’s Day with your family this year, look no further. We like to give back to our customers and ensure we’re doing all we can for our local families. So, in addition to offering well-performing, safe, and luxurious sedans and SUVs, we came up with a list of fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas for the whole family.
Celebrate St. Paddy’s — Texas Style
Did you know Lewisville has a wonderful local St. Patrick’s Day celebration? It’s true. You and your family can head down to Wayne Ferguson Plaza on March 18 between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. to celebrate St. Paddy’s Texas Style. Enjoy a wide array of activities, local food vendors, and a combination of Irish folk, Celtic, Texas country, and American music.
The concert and associated activities are a celebration of both St. Patrick’s and Texas Independence Day. The featured performers this year include Love and Chaos and Plunk Murray. Enjoy this live entertainment while indulging in great food from vendors such as Fried Ribs and More, Cristi & Ali Cuisine, and Donovan Concessions. Then check out some carnival rides, activities (kids seem to love the giant inflatables), a face painting station, and the Life Size Games.
Don’t worry about bringing your entire extended family and circle of friends, as admission to this energetic Lewisville event is free.
Have a Family Costume Contest
Halloween isn’t the only holiday where you get to dress up. Why not arrange a St. Patrick’s Day costume contest right at home? Get the kids in on the fun by crafting leprechaun hats and other costumes, and compete to see who has the most creative, fun costume at the end of the day. Whoever wins the costume contest gets the pot of gold, filled with candy and treats. Then dress up and head out to the parade with your green outfit and pot of gold.
A leprechaun is not the only available costume. If you want to mix things up a bit, you can make costumes like shamrocks or any outfit you can imagine with a green theme.
Bake Some Classic Irish Soda Bread
If your kids are always watching you in the kitchen or love to come around asking for cookie dough and other baked treats, why not involve them more and sit and bake together as a family? You can learn to make a new dish while bonding with your children. For example, you can whip up some classic Irish soda bread. Then, you and your family can enjoy the delicious product of your efforts.
Soda bread is a traditional Irish dish that has been passed down through the generations. The bread is simultaneously soft and dense, with a slightly crusty exterior. The reason for this unique texture is that the bread doesn’t require yeast but instead gets its leavening from buttermilk and baking soda. The upside to this is that soda bread is quick and easy to make, so if the thought of making bread from scratch seems exhausting to you because of the hours and effort involved, don’t worry.
Several recipes are available online, but these directions for Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread lead to one of the most authentic dishes you can create. Get the ingredients, put your own twist on the recipe if you like, and gather the whole family to bake together.
Make St. Patrick’s Day Arts and Crafts
Start decorating for St. Patrick’s Day with the whole family. Enjoy some homemade arts and crafts together, like making paper shamrocks and rainbow decorations — perhaps you will find a pot of gold on the other side. If you’re looking for materials or inspiration, check out websites such as Crafty Morning.
This website gives moms and dads plenty of ideas on how to make St. Patrick’s Day decorations and how to make them using simple materials you can find around the house. For example, for the End of the Rainbow Twirlers, buy a set of paint colors if you don’t have one already, and then use any paper plates you have lying around to make beautiful, colorful decorations for your house along with your kids.
Let them experiment with the paint colors to create their perfect, unique rainbow, and then proudly hang up their work in the kids’ room, patio, or living room. Other ideas on the site include using cereal and other household items to make cool, colorful designs.
Go On a Green Scavenger Hunt
For something a little more creative, send the kids on a St. Patrick’s Day-themed scavenger hunt around your home and garden. If that sounds too complicated, don’t worry, as someone has already done most of the homework for you. Love Grows Wild offers a scavenger hunt template with printable clues you can leave around the house in locations that make sense for you and your family.
It’s a fun, easy activity for the kids, not a time-consuming challenge. There are three pages to print out, with four different clues, so the hunt shouldn’t take too long. Perhaps stash some special sweets and treats along the way to make solving the clues extra fun for your children.
We hope you enjoyed our ideas for St. Patrick’s Day family fun activities and will try one out this year on March 17. If you have a family tradition on St. Patrick’s Day that we didn’t mention, please contact us at Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Lewisville and let us know, as we would love to include your suggestion in a future post. Otherwise, let us know in person when you stop by for your next repair or tire check at our excellent service center.