We’re bringing the luck ‘o the Irish to you this St. Patty’s Day with a full list of fun ways to celebrate with your kids. While this traditionally boozy day may seem more adult-friendly, NYC kids can party on this holiday too with an Irish dance workshop, rainbow cupcake baking an Irish music sing along and more. So get your green on and enjoy being Irish for a day (or two!) at one of the following St. Patrick’s Day events for kids in New York City.
photo from Rob Hoey via Flickr
2015 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Tues., Mar. 17 – 11 a.m.
If you’re willing to brave the crowds, kids will enjoy watching the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan with loads of Irish music and dancing. It starts at 44th St. and goes up 5th Ave. past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th St. all the way to 79th St. Do yourself a favor and head north of 66th St. to avoid some of the (likely drunken) crowds.
St. Patrick’s Open Day at IAC — Sun., Mar. 15 – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit the Irish Arts Center in Midtown for their annual St. Patrick’s Day open house. It’s a fun family afternoon filled with all things Irish. Learn to play the tin whistle, speak Irish, craft your own fairy costume, practice football skills with Manhattan Gaels or sip on a cup of Barry’s tea with friends.
Craft a Rainbow Mobile — Sat., Mar. 14 , Sun., Mar. 15, & Tues., Mar. 17 – 2:30 p.m.
Kids ages 2.5 to 5 can learn all about Ireland in this fun Irish-themed workshop at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. They’ll explore Irish traditions and create a rainbow mobile to take home.
Bake St. Patty’s Day Rainbow Cupcakes — Sat., Mar. 14 – 9 a.m.; Tues., Mar. 17 – 4:30 p.m.
Kids can’t enjoy a pint o’ the Irish, but they can enjoy a sweet St. Patty’s Day treat and Taste Buds Kitchen will make that happen. They’re hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day themed cupcake baking class so your pint-sized pastry chef can create and colorful dessert fit for a leprechaun.
Craft a Luck o’ The Green Leprechaun Hat — Fri., Mar. 13, Sat., Mar. 14, Sun., Mar. 15 -12:15 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day in an arty way at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with a St. Patty’s Day themed workshop. Little ones ages 0-4 will get to create special hat to wear for the holiday. Plus, they’ll learn about Irish traditions and celebrations.
photo from Jan Herbert via Flickr
Little Ireland Walking Tour — Sat., Mar.14 -12 p.m., Sun. Mar. 15 – 1 p.m.
Explore the former Little Ireland district of the Lower East Side with a family-friendly exploration led by Big Onion Walking Tours. You and your kids will learn why St. Patty’s Day is more popular in America than in Ireland and tour stops may include Al Smith’s home, the Five points, the first Catholic church in the city and sites associated with Tammany Hall, Thomas Addis Emmet and more.
Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Sun., Mar. 15 – 12:45 p.m.
Brooklyn’s St. Patty’s Day parade is a Park Slope slope tradition worth checking out. The fun starts at Prospect Park West at 15th Street with a rededication ceremony to the heroes and victims of 9/11. Then the parade goes down 15th Street and along 7th Avenue to Garfield Place and along Prospect Park West back to 15th Street. You can bet this parade will be a little more low key than the city’s on Monday.
Leprechaun Hike — Sun., Mar. 15 – 1 p.m.
Greenbelt Nature Center educators will lead a family hike searching for leprechauns and their pots of gold. Dress for hiking, but wear your green too! The mile-long hike is suitable for kids ages 7 and older. Feel free to bring younger tots in backpack carriers as well.
St. Patrick’s Day Party at TLB Music — Tues., Mar. 17 – 2 p.m.
Celebrate with your little one ages 4 months to 6 years at this wear-your-green party. There will be a sing along of Irish songs (including everything from the traditional “Molly Malone” to popular songs by Irish musicians Van Morrison, U2, and The Cranberries!), Celtic crafts, healthy snacks and plenty of fun indoor play for all at this Upper East Side spot.
St. Patrick’s Day Party in Park Slope — Tues., Mar. 17 – 9 a.m.
Party with your tot this St. Patty’s Day with a drop-in play space party. Holiday-themed arts and crafts, a sing along, healthy snacks, tattoos and lots of fun are all included.
Irish Dancing Workshop — Sat., Mar. 14 – 11 a.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early with an Irish dancing workshop with Patricia McManus from the McManus School of Irish Dance! Toddlers on up can learn the basics of traditional Irish Dance.
How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family this year?
— Julie Seguss