When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Emerald City, there’s no shortage of fun. From parades and festivals to fun runs, Seattle is literally bursting with Irish pride during the month of March. If you’re ready to get your green on, gather your little lads and lassies and read on for a list of kid-centric ways to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day.

photo: City of Greeley via Flickr

Leprechaun Trap Building Workshops – March 10
They’re secretive little tricksters and legend says you’ll get a pot-o-gold if you can catch one. At this special workshop, create a unique natural leprechaun trap container garden featuring plants from the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. Plus, learn about leprechaun lore then decorate your container with various gold and shiny items to lure in those sneaky little leprechauns. Psst…three workshop times are available; register online.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
20312 15th Ave. N.W.
Shoreline, Wa 98177
Online: kruckeberg.org

Kells St. Patrick’s Irish Festival: March 14-18 
Sometimes St. Patrick’s Day is not St. Patrick’s Day without a pub. And 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 five days, with special hours for all ages 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


Green Stripe Laying Mini Parade: March 16
Meet in Pioneer Square, at the site of the old FX McRory’s, at 6:30 p.m. to secure a spot on the flat-bed 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 the street and join the impromptu céili dance! Note: stripe painting will begin at 4th Ave. & Jefferson St.

419 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98104
Online: irishclub.org

photo: Giuseppe Milo via Flickr

2018 Irish Festival: March 17-18
Thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s annual Irish Festival at the Seattle Center, and there’s a good reason why. 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 everyone will love the cultural exhibits and vendor booths selling Irish and Celtic products and treats.

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: irishclub.org/irish-festival-seattle

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: March 17
It all starts with the Parade Grand Marshals and other dignitaries as they raise the Irish Tricolor in front of the King County Administration Building at 12:20 p.m., followed by the playing of the Irish and US National Anthems. Then, at 12:30 p.m. Parade Grand Marshalls and dignitaries will lead Seattle’s beloved St. Patrick’s Day Parade (now in its 46th year) from Jefferson St. down Fourth Ave. Expect clowns, bagpipe players and maybe even a gaggle of leprechauns to march down the streets, with the procession traveling past Westlake Center and to the Seattle Center (via the monorail) for the closing ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. Parade sponsors and the Irish Heritage Club encourage onlookers to participate in the march, so feel free to join in on the fun and don’t forget to dress the family in green to avoid unexpected pinches!

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

photo: Irish Heritage Club

Kirkland Shamrock Run: March 17
The Kirkland Shamrock Run is a fun-filled 5K celebrating Kirkland, healthy living and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day! Lace up your tennies, put on your green garb and race to the pot o’ gold waiting for you at the finish line. Psst! All pint-sized racers who register for the Kid’s Race will receive a medal, bib and kid’s shirt with their $15 registration fee.

Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza Dr.
Kirkland, Wa 98033
Online: kirklandshamrockrun.com

Annual Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade: March 17 
Want to get out of town for the day? Meet in the parking lot of Woodsmiths and the Habitat for Humanity Store, at the corner of Cornwall Ave. and Ohio St., and join traditional pipe and marching bands, dancers and floats as Bellingham launches its own “green” version of a St. Patrick’s Day parade by celebrating and inspiring sustainability in the hope of making its city a cleaner, greener, safer place to call homePsst..registration is required for cars, floats, musical groups and horses.

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

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

St. Patrick’s Day Dash & Leprechaun Lap: March 17 
Welcome spring and celebrate all-things-green at the city’s liveliest 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” and fun leprechaun-themed activities will continue at the finish line and on the Fisher Pavilion lawn, so be sure to stick around for after-race festivities!

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online registration: stpatsdash.com

photo: St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Lucky Leprechaun Hunt – March 17
Put on your green duds and head over to the Magnuson Community Center to hunt for special gold coins. Kids can win candy, treats and prizes for their hunting skills at this annual St. Patrick’s Day event.

Magnuson Community Center
7110 62nd Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa
Online: seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/ParksAndRecreation/CommunityCenters/Brochures/NEWinter2018.pdf

St. Patrick’s Day at the Zoo – March 17
Take your crew to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium to see amazing animals of all kinds, talk to the keepers who care for them and watch the animals enjoy “lucky” treats in honor of St. Patrick’s day!

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, Wa 98407
Online: pdza.org/calendar?cid=787

Did we miss your family’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day event or activity? Tell us in the comments below.

— Kristina Moy

Feature photo courtesy of Giuseppe Milo via Flickr.


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