Corned beef, and cabbage, and shamrocks! Oh my! There’s plenty of Irish pride to be had in Seattle this weekend. Our lineup for your little lads and lasses includes a parade that will leave you seeing green, a festival celebrating all things Irish, and an early morning dash (pictured) to the finish line. Also on tap: an event exploding with possibilities, a colorful party (think purple, green and gold) and the wackiest tea party you’ve ever seen! And, don’t forget that the pickiest of eaters are invited to be PCC taste-testers this Saturday at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Sample something new, enjoy a healthy snack and let PCC know what’s kid approved and what’s not!


St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Get your green on at this annual St. Patty’s Day parade! The one-mile route through the Emerald City will start at 4th Ave and Jefferson Street and travel north (past the reviewing stands at Westlake Park) to the Seattle Center. If the wee ones get tired of walking, then catch a free ride on the Monorail between 1:30 and 2:30 pm and then watch the Closing Ceremonies at the Seattle Center at 2 pm. Sat. 12:30 pm, Seattle, Free. Event details.

Irish Festival
If you’re looking for a bit o’ Irish fun indoors this weekend, then head to this annual festival featuring Irish and Celtic craft booths, non-stop Irish music, singing and dancing (including performances by Irish musicians and Champion Irish Step Dancers from around the Pacific NW), lectures, cultural displays, children’s contests and activities. Leave dad and the little ones in the children’s area and discover your Irish heritage or practice your Irish Gaelic at one of the many genealogy and language workshops. Sat. and Sun, noon to 6:00 pm Sat., 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sun. Seattle, Free. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Lap
Celebrate the arrival of spring and the Irish in us all by bringing the wee ones to a Dash of their own! Watch (or run alongside) your little leprechauns as they walk, run, jog or ride towards the finish line in this kid-sized race. Strollers are welcome… just remember to leave Fido at home. Sun. 8:00 am, Seattle, $10. Event details.


Science Spectacular
Enjoy a fun night out with the kids and explore the fascinating world of Mad Science! See an interactive science show, get ooey and gooey at the slime bar, discover and explore all kinds of neato things at the investigation tables and enjoy a snack. Fri. 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Redmond, $25 to $30. Event details.

Mardi Gras Party
Put on your best purple, green and gold attire and celebrate Mardi Gras with the Orange Blossom Society and Sponge. You and kiddos can get crafty by making masks and necklaces and then enjoy snacks, language classes and a colorful parade around the gardens! This is a great event for kids 10 and under. Sat. 10:00 am to noon, Redmond, Free. Reservations recommended. Event details.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
This will be the zaniest tea party you’ll ever attend! Put on your most outlandish outfit and play flamingo croquet, make crazy hats and enjoy topsy-turvy fun in the spirit of Alice in Wonderland. You’ll even have time for some pint-sized tea and treats at this fun-filled family event! Sun. 10:00 am to noon, Bellevue, $5 to $10. Registration required. Event details.

-Kristina Moy