Looking to have some Irish-themed fun with your children in honor of St. Patrick’s Day? Here are several ideas for the week ahead.
First, do a little investigation online about the holiday. One good kid-friendly website to visit is Kaboose. There you’ll find the article “The History of St. Patrick’s Day” which details the historical background of St. Patrick’s Day as well as information about the traditions and symbols. You’ll also find some really cute (and green) crafts to do.
After you’ve completed your investigation, head to the kitchen and bake a real Irish dish: Corned Beef Hash. All you need is 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 small onion (chopped), 1 cup cooked potatoes and bacon (smashed), and ½ cup shredded or chopped corned beef. Simply melt the butter over medium heat and cook the onion until tender and translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper, then cook until heated through. Serve and enjoy!
Now you’re ready to plan a day (or two) out on the town for some real Irish entertainment. The Children’s Museum of Denver is offering two special events this week.
The first will be “Irish Dance!” on Friday, March 16th at 10am and 10:30am. At the event, your family will learn about the history of Irish dancing, watch a demonstration and have the opportunity to learn (and practice) the basics.
Then on Saturday at 1:30pm and 2:00pm the Bennett School of Irish Dance will be tapping its way into the Children’s Museum of Denver. This event will feature interactive performances and promises a fun time for all.
Both of the St. Patrick’s Day events at the museum is free with regular admission. For more information on these events, visit mychildsmuseum.org or call 303.433.7444.
Also Saturday, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in downtown Denver. It’s the largest St. Patty’s day parades west of the Mississippi, and the largest annual parade in Denver, with more than 200,000 people lining the route to enjoy horses and stagecoaches, marching bands, dancers, floats and Irish-themed fun with a Western flair. All in all, more than 200 entries and 10,000 marchers will take part in the festivities. The parade begins at 27th & Blake Street in LoDo (just down the street from the Coors Field parking lot) at 10am and generally lasts until 2 pm.
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.