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21 Best St. Patrick's Day Activities for a Day Full of Endless Fun

These food, crafting and game ideas will ensure you have a St. Paddy's Day to remember.

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St. Patrick's Day is finally here! The holiday, which some Catholics recognize as a feast day, honors the patron saint of Ireland. As time has passed, the holiday has grown into a beautiful celebration of Irish culture, history and people. On March 17, it’s common for people to wear green and take part in various St. Patrick's Day games or DIY some festive crafts. The holiday is a perfect time to celebrate various Irish traditions, including learning Gaelic, step dancing or cooking up some hearty dishes. Whether you celebrate by attending Mass or going to a parade, here are some fun activities you can do with your family in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

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1 Enjoy a Shamrock Shake
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The Shamrock shake was created in 1967 by McDonald’s franchise owner Hal Rosen, who made green mint-flavored shakes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Since then, the popular milkshake has been sold seasonally at McDonald’s to celebrate the holiday.

2 Play Some Bingo

Why not enjoy a fun round of bingo while celebrating the holiday with your family. This St. Patrick’s Day bingo game in particular includes various symbols associated with the holiday, such as leprechauns, the Irish flag and pots of gold. 

3 Have a Costume Contest
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Wearing green is a must on St. Paddy's Day, obviously, but why not take it to the next level? Break out those leprechaun hats and make it a friendly contest to see who has the most festive outfit.

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4 Drink Green Beer
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If there's one thing that's a must-do on St. Paddy's, it's drinking green beer! Whether you favor Guinness or something else, indulge in a pint this March 17 — and make sure to do an Irish toast for some extra luck.

5 Plan a Scavenger Hunt
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For an extra-fun activity with the whole family, set up a scavenger hunt around the house with clues that lead to some delicious treats (like chocolate coins). Who knows — you might just find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

6 Celebrate Mass
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St. Patrick's Day is the feast day for the patron saint of Ireland. Many take part in secular celebrations during St. Patrick’s Day and honor Irish history and culture. But for some, the holiday is about celebrating the patron saint bringing Christianity to the country. According to the Boston Public Library, the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church commemorate the feast day. It’s common for Christians to attend church and take a break from Lenten fasting.

7 Recite an Irish Blessing
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If you truly want the luck of the Irish, there's nothing luckier than reciting an Irish blessing out loud. Better yet, you can even dive into a book of Irish poems for some words of wisdom.

RELATED: 25 Best St. Patrick's Day Quotes to Celebrate All Things Irish

8 Enjoy a Family Brunch
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Even though St. Paddy's Day falls on a Wednesday this year, it doesn't mean you can't kick off the holiday with a festive family brunch at home. Make sure to prepare some delicious treats — and don't forget the festive party decorations, of course.

9 Plant Shamrocks
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Why not start an annual St. Paddy's Day tradition of planting shamrocks in your backyard, or growing them as house plants? Not only are these clovers perfectly festive for the holiday, they also last longer than a sack of green candy.

10 Bake Soda Bread
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What would St. Paddy's Day be without some classic soda bread on the table? A traditional Irish specialty, this yummy treat will add a festive flair to every St. Patrick's Day celebration.

11 Make Some St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
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Get into the spirit by spending the day making these kid-friendly crafts. When your little ones are happy with their shamrock wands, they can move on and make their own shamrock pins!

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12 Test Your Luck Playing a St. Paddy’s Game
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There's always time to play a St. Patrick's Day-themed game. Try your luck at shamrock bingo, a rainbow coin toss or even "pin the clover on the leprechaun." Don't forget to prepare some prizes!

13 Watch an Irish Movie
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Get your family together for a fun and cozy movie night featuring some of the best Irish movies to watch on St. Paddy's Day. (Green matcha popcorn is a must, obviously.)

14 Sip on Green Drinks
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Beer isn't the only thing that can be green for St. Paddy's Day! You can make some delicious (and kid-friendly) drinks that are just as festive, like green limeade or a healthy green smoothie.

RELATED: 20 St. Patrick's Day Drinks That Go Way Beyond Green Beer

15 Bake Festive Desserts
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It's time to take out your food coloring to turn your favorite desserts into something festive. Or, if you want to try something new, why not try out some traditional Irish treats like Irish apple cake?

RELATED: 25 Classic Irish Desserts to Make Your St. Patrick's Day Celebration Extra Sweet

16 Watch a Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
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Though many in-person St. Patrick's Day festivities are canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still have fun by finding a virtual parade to watch with the whole family!

17 Learn the History Behind St. Patrick’s Day
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St. Patrick's Day has a history dating back more than two centuries. With this rich background, there's a lot to learn about the holiday. Take the day to teach your kids about Irish culture by visiting a museum or reading up on Irish literature.

18 Make a Traditional Irish Meal
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March is still chilly, so warm up with a classic Irish stew. You can even make some in a slow-cooker, so you can go about celebrating before sitting down for perfectly-cooked meal.

RELATED: 60 Best St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas for the Ultimate Irish Feast

19 Learn How to Stepdance
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Another great way to immerse yourself in Irish culture — and try something new — is to learn some Irish dancing. Try out the jig or the traditional stepdance by watching an online video or attending a virtual class!

20 Create a Special Playlist
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Enrich your lives by exposing yourself to the Irish culture through music. Listen to classics or modern hits, and if you become stuck, Spotify has you covered.

RELATED: 28 Best Irish Songs to Add to Your St. Patrick's Day Playlist

21 Learn a Bit of Gaelic
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The Irish language is one of the native and official languages of Ireland. Today, English is the primary language of Ireland. But, according to the World Fact Book, about 39.8% of the population speaks the Celtic language.

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