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St.Patrick’s Day weekend has many individuals celebrating at various parties around their town. St. Patrick’s day is a time to celebrate with your family and enjoy one another’s company. It represents both a religious holiday for Catholics, a heritage celebration for those that are Irish, and for those who simply want to celebrate.Families can enjoy the festivities together still celebrating this time of celebration and Irish heritage.

Chicago is one of the few cities in America known for dying their river green as the start of the festivities due to the largest Irish population outside of Dublin. A great family friendly place that celebrates Irish culture in Chicago is the Irish American Heritage Center. Take a tour of the center and remember St. Patrick’s day is a time to be happy and celebrate with family.

The center has programs that showcase Irish culture in music, dance, art and literature. It includes programs which showcase Irish Americans and their contributions to the United States. The center features a 658-seat theatre, library, museum, art gallery, pub, and dance practice studios.

On March 17, 2014 the center hosts an amazing day of St. Patrick’s day festivities. Tickets are $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. The event starts at 12 noon - 10pm featuring music, dance, face painting for children with mass at 11am. Children can create Irish inspired art to help celebrate the holiday and encourage their families to discuss the meaning of family traditions. Below is a lesson that brings both art and Irish culture together.

One pot over the rainbow art lesson

Objective:
To discuss family dreams and hopes of the future.

Materials:
White drawing paper
Black cut out pot construction paper
Gold glitter glue
Markers
Glue

Procedure:

1. Lay out the white drawing paper, construction paper, glue, glitter glue, and markers on the table.

2. Ask the children what they want their family to be in the future. Discuss how the pot represents the future dreams, and they can decorate as they chose with glitter glue which acts as the gold coins. First gluing the pot down in center of the paper. The child can use the markers to write what their dreams are around the pot.

3. Discuss with the children how they can make their dreams come true. Keep the picture as a keepsake a part of their portfolio.