Champaign-Urbana Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids
Kids pick up on themed holidays pretty early on in life, don’t you think? By the preschool years, they pay attention to what Target has displayed as the next holiday coming up and by the time they’re in school, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate every single one of them in some way. And for what traditionally is a “holiday” marked by green beer and shamrock tees, there happen to be family-friendly community events (many of which are FREE) when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day in Champaign-Urbana.
A few things to keep in mind. All of the events listed below are “kid-friendly” events, but may still be held in or near locations where adult beverages are being served. Also, University of Illinois students are typically on spring break while community St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are taking place, but steer clear of campus earlier in the month when Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day is happening.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Lincon Square Mall, Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join the Urbana Public Arts Program for Art in the Square, musical performances at the indoor farmer's market in Lincoln Square! Art in the Square occurs on the 2nd Saturday of the month and features live musical performances at 10am! On Mar. 16th, the Urbana Public Arts Program is proud to feature Port Mor, playing traditional Irish music in honor of St. Patrick's Day Celebrations! Bring your family and witness a fantastic morning concert at your local farmer's market. Sponsored by the Urbana Public Arts Program and made possible with support from the Urbana Business Association and Illinois Arts Council.
Barnes and Noble, Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday March 16, 2019 11:00 AM You've been planning night and day, and finally you've created the perfect trap, but leprechauns are quick and sneakier than you may think. Will you ever catch one? Join Barnes and Noble for Storytime and get a coupon from their Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!
Michaels, Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
It’s your lucky day! Make this simple, super glittery slime just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Michaels will provide the supplies, including the premade slime.
Barnes and Noble, Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday March 16, 2019 2:00 PM Join Barnes and Noble to get your official leprechaun name, become a master limerick writer, learn how to leprechaun-proof your home, and take home fun giveaways as we celebrate the release of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Sipyard, Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Come out to the 3rd annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade! Everything is bigger and better...except the parade. The pre-party starts at 1 at Sipyard with drinks and food from Piato Cafe. More info to come, but there will be some big surprises planned for this year. Want to be in the parade? Sign up here: click here So come out, watch the parade, and then join in the parade as we head to our after party! This is a kid-friendly event. Check out the event page on Facebook. SCHEDULE 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Little Leprechaun Area Opens…read more…
Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, Time: 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Honoring St. Patrick and the Celtic spirit, our next Choral Evensong according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer takes place March 17th. Join us for calm contemplation in inspiring spaces. Introit: A Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter Preces and Responses: Plainsong Psalm 139 (Highmore Skeats) Canticles: Evening Service in F - John Ireland Anthem: Greater Love - John Ireland Office Hymn: Slane This 45-minute period piece is offered free of charge and free of demand. Wear green if you like!
Looking for suggestions on celebrating with your kids at home? Here are our tips for a traditional corned beef and cabbage (or New England boiled dinner) meal or how to build a leprechaun trap.