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Festive activities to prepare your kids for St. Patrick’s Day

Now that March is finally here, it's almost time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. While your little ones may be having a few parties or events in honor of the holiday at school, you may want to consider a few activities at home to get them in the Irish spirit. Here are a few fun ways to get ready for St. Patrick's Day.

Leprechaun treasure hunt
There's a leprechaun protecting a large pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, according to Irish legend. If you're looking to incorporate this folktale into St. Patrick's Day activities, consider designing a treasure hunt for your children. Using a homemade map detailing various landmarks in your backyard or neighborhood, the kids can uncover clues to lead them to the gold.

Irish hat making
For an arts and crafts project that will boost your St. Patrick's Day fun, try your hand at creating a green top hat out of thick construction paper. All you need is a couple of sheets of green paper, scissors, markers and glue to create the classic top hat shape. Add a buckle and a shamrock, and your kids will be ready to party.

Baking Irish soda bread
If your kids are always looking to help out in the kitchen, baking Irish soda bread together can be very rewarding. This delicious semi-sweet bread can easily be made in an afternoon using many ingredients you probably already have in your home.

Make an excuse to get to the park this spring

After months of huddling indoors while the winds of winter pounded the sides of your home, the first rays of spring are starting to shine through the gloom. This offers your family an early opportunity to head outside and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and colorful flowers of the season. There's no better place to celebrate spring than your local park, so here are a few great outdoor activities for you and the kids to enjoy.

Fun on the playground
For a simple weekend event that doesn't require much planning, consider heading to the park to break in the playground equipment. Between the swings, slides, seesaws, monkey bars and ladders, there are numerous ways to have fun with your little ones while getting in a light workout.

Picnic in the park
Interested in spending a relaxing afternoon under a shady tree in the park? Consider packing some lunch supplies for the trip! Grabbing a classic checkered blanket along with deli meats, bread, fruit, vegetables and a pitcher of iced tea can make for a delicious family picnic.

Bike ride
You can tour the various areas of the park and the surrounding neighborhoods from the seats of your bikes for a wonderful early spring adventure. Not only is this an enjoyable activity that the whole family can participate in, but it can provide some much-needed physical activity after a winter spent mostly indoors.