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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day outside with these fun family outdoor activities. While traditional St Patrick’s Day celebrations are mostly parties and drinking, there's no reason that a family-oriented St Patrick's Day celebration outdoors can be as much fun. Especially for the kids.

If you have kids who love a good day outside, they’ll love doing their Irish best on St Patrick’s day. Inspired by Ireland’s folklore and history, these activities and games are perfect for a playdate or party with friends and family.

Take the kids on an adventure in search of lucky four-leaf clovers. Your backyard, a local park, or campgrounds are great places for this activity. Once they find a clover patch, have them get on their knees and search by running their hands through the patch while carefully scanning for the elusive four-leaf clover. They'll be endlessly entertained searching through a clover field to find the lucky ones. It's a great way to spend St. Patrick’s Day outdoors and get their imagination wandering.

If you happen to live in a place where these tiny little plants don't exist. You can make tiny little cardboard four-leaf clove cut-outs and plant them in your own backyard for the kids to find. Just make sure you have a nice prize to give when they do find them.

The three-leaf clover, a type of trefoil plant, has been considered the unofficial national flower of Ireland for centuries. Irish legend says that Saint Patrick saw shamrocks as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity and used it as an educational symbol to explain the Holy Trinity to nonbelievers as he converted the Irish to Christianity in the fourth century.

Start an annual St. Paddy's Day tradition of planting shamrocks in your backyard, or growing them as house plants. Shamrocks are actually great potted plants. Not only are these clovers perfectly festive for the holiday, but they also last longer than a sack of green candy.

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Test your luck this year by setting up a scavenger hunt with a few friends, family, and the kids. Scavenger hunts are a sure way to get the whole family happy and moving. You can do this fun-filled activity in the park, in your own backyard, or in any outdoor location you plan to spend St. Patrick’s day in. Place different clues that will lead you through the area. Prepare random challenging tasks for the family to complete before moving on to their next clue. Just make to have a big prize waiting in the end.

Like little leprechauns, have the kids go on a gold hunt and look for gold coins. All you need is chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil and an outside area to hide them. Start by hiding the coins at random places away from prying eyes. Provide a few clues written on paper if you’re feeling creative. Have the kids bring back as many gold coins as they can. Give them small pots to carry the gold they find during the hunt. 

You can even incorporate this gold hunt with a scavenger hunt. Make the pieces of gold as a bonus treat for finding each clue or make a big pot of gold the big prize for finishing the challenge.

Celtic mazes are made of straight-line spiral designs that can be as simple as a snail pattern or as complicated as a Celtic knot. To create a Celtic maze for St Patrick’s Day, you will need material to mark the design (rocks, leaves, branches, pebbles, rope) and a pattern. Prepare a simple pattern for the family to make as a complicated one might take more than a day to finish. You can even prepare the rocks that you'll use so you won't have to spend time collecting them the same day. Get the rocks cleaned and if you want, have them painted for a much more colorful maze. The kids can even participate in the prep!

Find a small flat area where you can build your Celtic maze. If you are doing this outside your home, make sure that you have permission to do so. If you are unsure, just leave the place the same way you found it after the activity.

While there are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, most people go with the usual green party either at home or at a local bar. But there’s nothing wrong with a long leisurely picnic with family and friends. You can even hold St. Patrick themed games to make it more fun for the kids. Treat it as any wholesome family St. Patrick’s Day party, but outdoors.

Like in any celebration, food is important. Try sticking to the theme of the day and prepare St. Patrick’s Day-themed food and drinks. Get green blankets and napkins to match the mood.  

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Since St. Patrick’s Day Parades are reported to return as planned this year, there’s no reason not to attend the annual celebration. Check out your city's site or browse your community calendar for upcoming St. Patrick's Day parades. 

It’s fun to be green so why not wear green wigs, green pants, green shoes, green everything. You can also paint shamrocks and rainbows on your and your kids' faces. Mid-March can be quite cold in some parts of the country, so bundle up and bring blankets under which to sit. It doesn't hurt to bring coffee or hot cocoa too.

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