While the leprechauns are trying not to be caught, I’ve rounded up some fun family activities to do in and around town! Don’t forget to put on some green for luck on Thursday.
Saint Patrick’s Day Party for Parents Night Out!
Premier Martial arts studio in West Linn recognizes your own leprechaun wants to have some of their own fun while mom and dad chase the rainbow for a date night out. This event is open to the public ages 5 to 12 and is on Friday, March 18th from 6 to 9 pm. Kids can play games, eat some food, do some crafts and martial arts!
This popular Irish restaurant in Lake Oswego always goes all in for the big holiday. Music, food, and drink specials in a family-friendly environment are always a good way to celebrate. A meal out as a family is always a great way to make everyone happy in the household.
Speaking of good food and drink, McMenamins has drink and food specials at all their locations on March 17th. Some of their locations will be having special live music and bagpipers, so check your local location to see what they’ve got planned! They will be releasing a special whiskey called Devils Bit that you can pick up if you are over 21. It might make some of the family merriment a bit merrier after the main celebrations.
We all know and love this favorite Irish haunt in downtown Portland. This year they are back to full celebrations with traditional Irish food, music, and the Kells Bagpipers. The fun starts at 11 am and goes all the way past littles bedtimes until 1 am.
Just want one special treat to take home and enjoy? Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego has you covered with some special luck of the Irish to enjoy at home or on their patio!
Don’t feel like gathering this year with a whole bunch of fellow revelers? The All Ireland Cultural Society has your back and is hosting a virtual event! They will provide a YouTube playlist of local Irish dancers, singers, and musicians.
The Sellwood Library is also offering a non-gathering option. You can drop off a funny limerick or haiku, which will be displayed in the lobby space! Make sure it has something with spring, green, or something related to this Irish holiday. There will be a random drawing for the winners!
Feel like an in-person celebration? Paddy’s is having their St. Patrick’s Festival this year! Thursday, March 17th, they are going to celebrate in person with proceeds going to the Children’s Cancer Association. They will have bagpipers, live music, and traditional grub for the whole family. Festivities begin at 11 am and go on until the rainbows disappear at midnight. After midnight there is some fun to be had until the pub closes at 2 am, but as mom and dads know, that’s usually past the acceptable babysitter’s time.
Hopefully, the above has given you and your family of all ages to figure out a fun, safe way to celebrate in a way that you feel comfortable with! May the leprechauns dance over your bed and bring you sweet dreams this Saint Patrick’s Day! Sláinte!
Allison Browning is owner at Lake Composition and Editing, wife, and mom. She enjoys fun family adventures, fun with her friends, writing, reading, and cooking.