Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Boston with the Kids

If you’re in Boston this weekend you’re in luck! The city is jam-packed with great ways to make this St. Patrick’s Day a fun party for the whole family!

Irish Heritage in the Common: To experience Boston’s rich Irish history—and an active few hours with the kids—look further than the Boston Common. If the weather’s warm enough this weekend, how about taking the kids on a sculpture hunt through the park. Begin in the Northeast section of the park, just off of the Park Street T stop, and you’ll find the Commodore John Barry Monument dedicated to John Barry, known as “the Father of the American Navy,” for commanding three ships during the American Revolutionary War. Head through the Common, where you’re bound to find a playground or two (Hint: look next to the Boston Common Tadpole Pond), then have the kids keep their eyes peeled for another Irish-American Civil War hero (Thomas Cass Statue), standing vigil at the Boston Public Gardens.

Put on your walking shoes, make sure that UNICEF Kid Power band is charged, and stroll down Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail. The 75-90 minute self-guided walking tour, highlights the who’s-who of Irish-American artists and heroes from 1700 to today. Learn about Irish heroes from those who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil wars to Rose Kennedy, mother of President John F. Kennedy. Tours are offered in honor of St Patrick's day on March 17 and 18, free for kids 12 and under, $15 for adults, and $12 for all students, seniors, and military.

What would St. Patrick’s Day in Boston be without the annual “Southie” Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade? This year’s parade kicks off at 1 pm on Sunday March 19th. But if you want to beat the crowds, get to the parade’s start—at the Red Line’s Broadway T station—early so the  kids can take in the floats, costumes and general merriment before things get crazy. March along for a way—the parade heads down West Broadway through South Boston—then when the kids are ready to go, head for the hill at Thomas Park to take in some of Beantown’s best  views.  

The Irish Culture Centre of New England is bringing Ireland as close as Canton, Massachusetts this weekend for its annual St. Patrick’s Family Day Celebration. About about 15 miles southwest of downtown Boston, the Irish Cultural Center is offering all things Irish – from Irish dancing, to soda bread baking, to Celtic alphabet lessons! The festivities run from 11 am to 3:45 pm. Breakfast and hot chocolate, served from 11-2 pm, are included in each $10 ticket.

So you’ve stood on the sidelines of the Southie St. Patty’s day parade route every year, but have you ever run it? Now’s your chance! Take part in the 2017 St. Patrick's Day 5K Road Race! Starting and ending at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club at 11 am, the race costs $20 to participate, with all proceeds benefiting the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. Get there early to see the Harmaniacs, a youth rock-pop band perform and join in on this South Boston tradition since 1940!