Looking for weekend fun? Luck is on your side this weekend with an array of virtual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Get the festivities started early with a virtual tour of Blarney Castle, enjoy a traditional step dance performance, or start building your leprechaun trap with these directions. Grab your favorite green garb and check out the best ways to get a jump start on St. Patrick’s Day this weekend.

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Trap a Leprechaun 
With St. Patrick’s Day comes plenty of green, but what if you’d rather have gold? You’ll need to trap a leprechaun to find out where the elusive pot o’ gold is hiding (hint: it’s not at the end of the rainbow). Check out our ideas for how to trap this elusive creature! Activity details.

Bake Up Some Irish Soda Bread 
This month is a great time to try your hand at making Irish soda bread. No yeast is needed for this savory/sweet bread. Activity details. 

Experiment with St. Patrick’s Day-themed Science 
When they’re not having fun finding pots of gold or searching for leprechauns, your little learners will love trying out some St. Patrick’s Day science experiments! From rainbows to shamrocks, there is so much to learn from the icons surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. Activity details. 

Make Your Own Rainbow
On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is on the hunt for that pot of gold promised at the end of a rainbow. Make your luck with these St. Patrick’s Day-themed rainbow crafts (and some shamrocks) because keepsake children’s crafts are always golden. Activity details. 


Take a Virtual Tour of Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle in Co. Cork was originally built as a stone castle in 1210. The present day construction was completed by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster in 1446 and is one of the strongest surviving tower-houses in the country, famous for its stone of eloquence. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Virtual Celtic Bells
Listen to the story of Irish immigrants in Boston, weaving in songs and poems of work, humor, protest, longing for home, and longing to feel at home as immigrants in America. Enjoy the lively music of the fiddle, bodhran (Irish drum), banjo, flute, guitar, and bagpipes. Sat. Event details. 

Virtual Irish Festival
Join Seattle’s Irish Festival virtually this year. The 90-minute program will include traditional Irish music, step dance performances, Gaelic games, cooking demonstrations and more. Sat. Event details.  

—Meghan Yudes Meyers