Fun and easy ideas to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your family

It's time to celebrate the Irish in everyone. While corned beef and cabbage may not be the highlight of the day for kids, there are other fun options to have a festive celebration.

Crafts are always a big hit with kids. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Hand Print 4 Leaf Clover - assemble a 4 leaf clover by using the kids handprints. For step by step directions, click here.
  • Play St. Patrick's Day Bingo with green cards and green M&Ms. For complete instructions, please click here.

Rent an Irish movie.

  • For Redbox facebook fans you'll receive a code for a FREE movie on St. Patrick's Day. Some ideas for an Irish movie fest are Far and Away, Finian's Rainbow, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers: The Last Leprechaun, and Leap Year.

Visit Morton Arboretum for a Sham Rock

  • Weekdays from 1 till 4 p.m. children will get to try Zen gardening. Learn about how rocks are an important part of gardening. Activity is available when weather permits. Wednesday are discount admission days.

St. Patrick's Day food

  • Egg Harbor Cafe will be serving green eggs and ham and corned beef hash.
  • Enjoy at St. Patrick's day dessert at Culvers. Culvers is offering $1 Mint Custard Shakes on St. Patrick's Day. (small size only)
  • Zaidi's in Naperville is offering a special St. Patrick's Day menu. Enjoy green beer, green martini's Shamrock Sushi rolls, Corned Beef dinner and drunken leprechaun salmon. March is also Lobster month with many great specials. Sign-up for Zaidi's newsletter and receive a $10 gift card.
  • Quigley's Irish Pub in downtown Naperville will open it's doors at 10 a.m. with a limited Irish fare menu. After 1 p.m. only patrons who are 21 or over. A cover fee of $5 applies after 2 p.m. Two bands, New Element and Cirrus Falcon will perform.
  • Black Finn Saloon opens at 11 a.m. for Blarney Brunch. Throughout the day, there will be Irish food and drink specials and bagpipers.

These are just a few suggestions for St. Patrick's Day. What is your family's favorite tradition? Corned beef and cabbage, shamrock shakes, or maybe just a St. Patrick's Day riddle (like What do you call a fake stone in Ireland? A Sham rock) Share your stories, ideas or favorite local traditions with me.

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