Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in New York

St. Patrick's Day is Friday! What a great day to wear a bit o' the green and your UNICEF Kid Power Bands to take advantage of all the cool things happening around town. Here's our list of 5 kid-friendly ways to get in on all the fun! 

NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade: Celebrate the day and a 251-year-long tradition by picking a fine spot on 5th Avenue to watch the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade this Friday. The 35-block festivities stretch from 44th to 79th streets with bagpipes, marching bands, floats—and shamrocks galore! For a more kid-friendly vibe—things can get a little rowdy—plant yourselves north of 66th street. The steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or anywhere between 83rd and 86th, offer a good vantage point plus there are plenty of places to grab a cocoa and warm up after. 

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade: Far less crowded but just as spirited, The Brooklyn Irish American Parade is happening on Sunday, March 19, if you and the family are still in a celebratory mood. Kicking off at 1 pm, the parade begins on 15th Street and wends its way down 7th Avenue to Garfield Place before turning on to Prospect Park West. If snow from the recent blizzard hasn't melted, bring a sled and head into the park to wrap up your St. Patty’s day weekend on the slopes of Prospect Park!

Irish Dancing at the Riverside Public Library: Does your kid have happy feet? Join Irish Dance professional Patricia McManus at the Riverside Public Library tomorrow, Thursday, March 16, at 4 pm for a kids-only workshop on Irish dancing. This class is geared for tiny dancers between 3 and 6 years old. Don't forget to bring the UNICEF Kid Power bands and seize the opportunity to rack up a ton of steps! (Riverside Library - 127 Amsterdam Ave, New York)

Irish New York Walking Tour: This Saturday, March 18, Big Onion Walking Tours is offering a special St. Patrick’s Day Irish New York Walking Tour. Walking the neighborhood once called “Little Ireland,” you and your family will pick up steps and knowledge along the way. Over the two-hour tour, you’ll travel through the Lower East Side – from City Hall to Houston St. – learning all about Irish immigrants' huge impact on New York and its history. (Join the tour at St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway at noon)  

Arts and Crafts at the Children’s Museum: This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the $12 admission to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan includes all sorts of creative St. Patty's Day activities for little leprechauns. Beginning at 1 pm, the fun includes Irish folktales, arts and crafts, and live Irish music. (The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, NY)