When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Emerald City, there’s no shortage of family-friendly activities. From parades to festivals to fun runs, Seattle is literally bursting with Irish pride during the month of March. So gather your lil’ lads and lassies, put on your green duds and read on for a list of kid-centric ways to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish this St. Paddy’s Day.

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photo: St. Patrick’s Day Dash 

Leprechaun Lap Practice Run – Saturday, February 28
Calling all pint-sized leprechauns! Lace up your tennies, put on your lucky green duds, and join the folks at the Seattle Children’s Museum for a practice run around the International Fountain in prep for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 15. After the run, enjoy healthy snacks and free admission to the Museum. Accompanying adults and siblings will receive a discounted admission of $7 per person.

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: thechildrensmuseum.org/leprechaun-lap

Kells Irish Festival: Sunday, Monday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 17
Sometimes St. Patrick’s Day is not St. Patrick’s Day without a pub. Kells, in the Pike Place Market, serves up food, drink, dancing, and live Irish music to a festive crowd. This is a marathon celebration that will last over a week, with special hours and a festival tent on St. Patrick’s Day itself.

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
Pike Place Market
1916 Post Alley
Seattle, Wa 98101
Online: kellsirish.com/seattle

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Loyal Heights St. Paddy’s Day Party – Friday, March 13
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day (a little early!) at Loyal Heights Community Center. Little shamrocks will get to listen to a story, decorate a St. Patrick’s Day cookie, and create a fun craft to take home.

Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 N.W. 77th St.
Seattle, Wa 98117
Online: facebook.com/LoyalHeightsCC?ref=hl

Green Stripe Laying Mini-Parade: Friday, March 13
Meet at FX McRory’s at 6:30 p.m. to secure a spot on the flatbed truck that paints the green stripe along 4th Ave. in preparation for Saturday’s big parade. Then, watch as the Irish Heritage Club paints a large shamrock in Westlake plaza and join the impromptu céili dance! 

FX McRory’s
419 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98104
Online: irishclub.orgst patrick's day parade 2014

photo: Irish Heritage Club

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 14
Meet at Fourth Ave. at Jefferson St. at 12:30 p.m. in downtown Seattle for the launch of Seattle’s beloved annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Expect clowns, bagpipe players, and maybe even a gaggle of leprechauns to march down Fourth Ave., with the procession ending at the Seattle Center. Parade sponsors, Irish Heritage Club, encourage onlookers to participate in the march, so feel free to join in on the fun. Insider Tip: Don’t forget to dress the family in green to avoid unexpected pinches!

Downtown Seattle
Fourth Ave. at Jefferson St.
Seattle, Wa 98104
Online: irishclub.org/st-patricks-day-parade

2015 Irish Festival: Saturday & Sunday, March 14-15
Thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s annual Irish Festival at the Seattle Center. Kids can dance to traditional tunes while watching energetic Irish step dancers and explore the awesome Children’s Activities Center. Even better, wee lassies and lads can participate in good-natured contests for the “Most Irish-Looking Face” and “Smilingest Irish Eyes.” And parents will especially love the cultural exhibits and vendor booths selling Irish and Celtic products and treats.

Bonus: The Monorail will be free from 1:30 p.m.– 2:30 p.m. for travel from Westlake Park to the Seattle Center to participate in the 2015 Irish Festival.

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: irishclub.org/center.htm

Annual Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 14 
Want to get out of town for the day? Meet at Cornwall Plaza at noon on Saturday and join the traditional pipe and marching bands, dancers, and floats as Bellingham launches its own “green” version of a St. Paddy’s Day parade.

Cornwall Ave. & Ohio St.
Bellingham, Wa 98225
Online: stpatsbham.com

Bellingham St. Patrick's Day Parade

photo: Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page

St. Patrick’s Day Dash: Sunday, March 15 
Welcome spring and celebrate all-things-green at the city’s liveliest annual race. At this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Dash, expect to find plenty of strollers in a sea of 15,000 runners and walkers participating in the annual race. Kids already itching to dress up for Halloween will love this run featuring racers in all sorts of Irish-themed costumes—from long and lean leprechauns to wobbly pots of gold. And just for kids ten and under, the nearly 1K Leprechaun Lap will start bright and early, at 8 a.m. Awards are presented for “Best Decorated Stroller” and “Best Young Leprechaun” at 9:30 a.m., so be sure to stick around for after-race festivities!

Leprechaun Lap & Dash start at Second Ave. and Mercer St.
Online registration: stpatsdash.com

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photo: St. Patrick’s Day Dash

St. Patrick’s Day at the Museum: Tuesday, March 17 
Put on your green clothes (to avoid unnecessary pinches) and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the folks at the Seattle Children’s Museum. Join them for an Irish-themed dance party and a green story time, plus lots of St. Paddy’s day crafts including Leprechaun disguises and houses and leprechaun graphing.

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: thechildrensmuseum.org/st-patricks-day

Alderbrook Resort & Spa’s Third Annual St. Paddle’s Day: Saturday, March 28
If you’re feeling a bit competitive this St. Paddy’s Day, put your racing skills to the test at this annual maritime celebration. The racing event, which celebrates watersport activity on the beautiful lower Hood Canal, will include friendly competitions, kids’ games and activities along with traditional Irish fare and live fiddling. Competitors of all ages and skill levels are invited to bring and show off their own watercraft, or rent one of Alderbrook’s kayaks, stand up paddle boards or wherrys at special event prices.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa
7101 Washington 106
Union, Wa 98592
Online: alderbrookresort.com and on Facebook

Did we miss your favorite St. Paddy’s Day event or activity? Let us know in a comment below.

— Kristina Moy

Cover photo thanks to Seattle Children’s Museum