Celebrate the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day with these family-friendly events taking place on Long Island during the month of March.
Irish Soda Bread and Shamrock & Leprechauns Cookie Class at Celebrations in the Kitchen (63 E. Old Country Rd., Hicksville). On March 15, from 10 to 11 a.m., kids can practice a holiday tradition by making Irish soda bread from scratch and decorating shamrock cookies. When finished, they can take their two loaves of bread and cookies home. Pizza is also provided. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Price: $39.95 plus tax.
St. Patrick's Day Drop-In Make and Take at Babylon Library (24 S. Carll Ave., Babylon). This St. Patrick's Day-inspired crafting event takes place on March 6, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and is suggested for children up to the fifth grade. Registration is not required. Price: Free.
Irish Pirates! at the Whaling Museum & Education Center (301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor). Children will decorate a Jolly Roger flag, pirate hat and eye patch on March 14 from 11 a.m. to noon. Recommended to come dressed in your favorite pirate outfit. Price: $12 child, $6 adult; members receive half off.
Leprechaun Lure Trap at Long Island Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Children can craft a trap with gold coins and a rainbow to catch leprechauns that may stumble their way on March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be two weekend sessions on March 21 and 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. Price: $5 admission; free for members.
Baking Coach: St. Patrick’s Day Cake Pops at South Huntington Library (145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., Huntington Station). On March 14, from 1 to 2 p.m., children can bask in the festivities by decorating three cake pops with sprinkles. Treats can be brought home in a decorated bakery box. Open to ages five to 10 or kindergarten to fifth graders. Registration is March 7 at 9:30 a.m. to March 14 at 1:00 p.m. Price: Free.
Good Luck Necklace Workshop at South Huntington Library (145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., Huntington Station). This arts and crafts event on March 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will let teens create their own good luck charms from Sculpey polymer clay. Open to ages 11 to 18 or grades six through 12. Registration is open March 2 at 9:30 a.m. through March 13 at 7:00 p.m. Price: Free.
Learn to Make Extreme Milkshakes: Shamrock Shakes at South Huntington Library (145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., Huntington Station). Taste the rainbow during this St. Patrick’s Day-inspired teen cooking class on March 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. Teens will learn how to make an extreme Shamrock Shake milkshake. Open to ages 11 to 18 or grades six through 12. Registration is open March 2 at 9:30 a.m. through March 12 at 7:00 p.m. Price: Free.
Irish Family Day at the Walt Whitman Birthplace (246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station). Children ages three to 16 are invited to enjoy an Irish step performance by students and teachers from the Mulvihill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance on March 1, at 1:00 p.m. The program will feature audience interaction with the dancers through a Q&A session, an Irish step history lesson and a free dance lesson. A guided tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site will follow. Price: $9.00 per child; chaperones free.
St. Patrick's Day Snoopy Paint Event at Key to My Art (10 W. Oak St., Amityville). Celebrate the lucky holiday by painting this classic "Peanuts" character on March 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The drop-off event is open for children ages five to 13. No experience necessary; includes all supplies, canvas, paint and step by step instruction. Must register online in advance. Price: $20; 10% sibling discount available.
Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk, & Queens 70th Annual St. Patrick's Parade (Court House Drive, Garden City). This long-running family-friendly parade will take place on March 1 around noon. Price: Free.
Farmingdale's 8th St. Patrick's Day Parade on Main Street (Northside Elementary School to Farmingdale’s Village Green). This family-friendly parade will take place on March 15 at 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Don’t forget to stay for the shamrock photo-op at the Village Green. Price: Free.