Celebrate the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day with these family-friendly events taking place on Long Island during the month of March.
Search for Gold at the Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Kids can make their own leprechaun traps and try to catch the little green man on March 17 and 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. Price: $5.
Irish Dance Performance at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site (246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station). On March 4 at 1 p.m. enjoy Irish dancing performed by the Mulvihill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance. The award-winning dancers will explain the history about the traditional costumes and dance, answer guest questions and teach Irish dance steps. After the show, attendees can have their face painted or take a guided tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Price: $9.
Shamrock Shindig at the Long Island Aquarium (431 E. Main St., Riverhead). On March 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. enjoy an evening of Irish food, live music and access to the entire aquarium. Must purchase tickets in advance. Price: Adults $65; Children $25.
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center (350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank). Come try your luck in the hunt for a pot of gold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 17. Fun activities for the entire family include a scavenger hunt, wagon ride, light refreshments and animal feeding. Price: $6 ages 2 and older.
St. Patrick’s Day Paint Event at Key to My Art (10 Oak St., Amityville). On March 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. kids can paint green cupcakes in celebration of the holiday. Parents and kids can paint together or drop the kids off as long as they are ages 5 and older. Included in the event are all supplies, canvas, paint and step-by-step instruction. Must register in advance. Price: $20.
Jump ‘N Jackpot at Pump It Up (135 Dupont St., Plainview). Kids can hunt for coins, keep the ones they find, then pick a surprise from a pot of gold. Pizza or bagels (depending on time of jump), drinks, a sweet treat and a special craft to take home is included. On March 15 from 4-5:30 p.m.; March 16 from 10:10-11:40 a.m. or 3:25-4:55 p.m.; March 17 from 8:25-9:55 a.m. or 5:10-6:40 p.m. Must register in advance. Price: $15.95.
Claddaugh Crown Making at the Long Island Children’s Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). On March 17 from 2-4 p.m., kids can learn about the culture of Ireland by making traditional Claddagh crowns. Price: Free with museum admission ($13).
Irish Soda Bread & Lucky Shamrock Cookie Baking/Decorating at Celebrations in the Kitchen (63 E. Old Country Rd., Hicksville). On March 17 from 9-10:15 a.m., kids can practice a holiday tradition by making Irish soda bread from scratch and decorating Shamrock cookies. When finished, they can take two loaves of bread home. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Price: $39.95.
St. Patrick’s Day Skate at United Skates (1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford). Two holiday skate sessions will be available from 12:30-3 p.m. or 3:30-6 p.m. on March 17. Wear green and receive 50 percent off admission. Price: $12.50 for admission; $5 skate rental; $5 Rollerblade rental.
20th Annual Irish Festival at Hofstra University’s Mack Physical Education Center, North Campus (1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead). Celebrate Irish culture on March 11 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with children’s activities, live entertainment and vendors with Irish food and products for sale. Price: $5 for adults; free ages 12 and younger.