Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family with these crafts, activities, snacks and events taking place in the greater Cleveland/Akron area. Whether you want to plan a festive day at home or attend a virtual or in-person local event, there’s plenty to do this month.
Crafts & Activities
Leprechaun Handprint Craft
A little paint, construction paper and a button are all you need to complete this cute handprint project that’s perfect for young children. Write the date on the paper so you can compare your child’s hand size each year when you pull it out for decorating.
Green Glitter Slime
Whip up a batch of this festive slime, and your kids will be kept busy with sensory play for hours. To add some sparkle, use green or gold glitter, or St. Patrick’s Day-themed confetti.
From Little Bins Little Hands
This fun craft is great for older kids, or younger ones with help from an adult. Lay out a trap for a mischief-making leprechaun using a tissue box, paper, paint, glue and some tasty bait.
From DLTK’s Sites for Kids
Marshmallow Shamrock Stamping
Use different sizes of marshmallows to create a field of green shamrocks in this stamping activity that’s great for creativity and fine motor skills.
From The Pinterested Parent
Healthy Shamrock Shakes
This colorful smoothie is a healthy copycat of McDonald’s famous seasonal treat. Instead of ice cream and artificial flavors, you’ll use yogurt, milk, bananas, spinach and a sweetener of your choice.
From Running to the Kitchen
Green School Lunch Ideas
Pack your child a St. Patrick’s Day-themed lunch of all green foods to bring a smile to their face. Find tons of options for green eggs, fruits, veggies and snacks.
From Stuffed Suitcase
As always, before attending, please check individual websites for event changes, COVID restrictions and other details.
Through March 31
All Things Green Take-and-Makes. Pick up the March activities kit with crafts and activities about the color green, St. Patrick’s Day, recycling, frogs and more. One per child. While supplies last. Cuyahoga County Public Library, cuyahogalibrary.org
Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt. How many leprechaun can you find living in the Headlands Branch of Mentor Public Library? Come to the Headlands Branch and, each time you check out two or more books, receive a raffle ticket for a guess and a chance to win a $10 gift card. Limit 1 guess per visit. mentorpl.org
Shamrock Run. Sign up today for the Shamrock Run 5K happening March 14th at Market Square at Crocker Park! Your registration includes a Shamrock Run shirt, a finisher medal, pint glass, and a face mask. Dress festive and don’t miss out on all the fun!
Virtual: St. Patrick’s Day Concert. Enjoy a virtual concert of toe-tapping traditional Irish dance music. Also featured will be music by the prolific seventeenth century Irish composer Turlough O’Carolan. This concert will premiere on the library’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. and will be available for streaming on the library’s YouTube page anytime thereafter. Hudson Library & Historical Society, hudsonlibrary.org.
Virtual: St. Patrick’s Day Storytime. Join Miss Jill to share stories, rhymes, songs, and flannel boards in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Geared to ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome. Register to receive a Zoom link. Akron-SUmmit County Public Library, akronlibrary.org
Leprechaun Hide and Gold Seek Hike. Using a map left behind by the Vermillion leprechaun, participants will find his leprechaun friends to earn a clue to find their Pot of Gold for a St. Paddy’s Day goodie bag. 12:30-1 p.m. Vermillion River Reservation, 51211 North Ridge Road, metroparks.cc
Take and Make Crafts: St. Patrick’s Day. Pick up a free, craft kit for kids at Hough Branch and make a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft project at home. Materials and instructions will be included. Cleveland Public Library, cpl.org
Virtual: An Evening of Irish Tunes. Enjoy a musical ride with Pat Masalko featuring traditional Irish folk music, as well as popular music by Irish native songwriters who have helped shape the world through song. Registration required. Medina County District Library, mcdl.info
Virtual: St. Patrick’s Day Family Storytime. Join for a special St. Patrick’s Day themed storytime with rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories. Register to attend. Cuyahoga County Public Library, cuyahogalibrary.org