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Although St. Patrick’s Day is generally thought of as a holiday for grown-ups, you might be surprised to learn there are a number of ways kids can celebrate the holiday here in metro Detroit. Read on to find a celebration for the whole family.

Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade
Michigan Ave. and 6th St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 475-4675
Date: March 10, 2013

The St. Patrick’s Parade is a good starting point for families in Detroit who want to have good, kid friendly fun during this holiday. Kids can join the 55th annual parade march on Sunday, March 10th, which will begin walking at Michigan Avenue and 6th Street and continue down to 14th Street. For great photographs, be sure and dress your children in lots of green and large top hats — such attire will also serve as a visual treat for onlookers. Parents should arrive at the parade venue early — 2 p.m. sharp — as last year’s parade saw over 65,000 attendees.

Painting of the Shamrocks
Gaelic League and Irish-American Club of Detroit
2068 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(303) 964-8700
Date: March 8, 2013

You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day without shamrocks. Kids can help paint traditional shamrocks to sport along the parade route before the big event if they play their cards right. The meeting place and time for shamrock painting is Friday, March 8th at 11 a.m. at Gaelic League. Families can meet and mingle with a press party that includes United Irish Societies Officers, Grand Marshal of the parade, Maid of Erin and the Court of St. Brigid. History, culture and painting are sure to make for an educational, interesting and enjoyable time for the entire family.

Design Postal Stamps

This suggestion takes place mostly indoors and garners a reward that is two-fold. Children can help create their own shamrock-themed stamps online and they can then mail out St. Patrick Day greeting cards to their friends. Plan ahead for this one so as to allow ample time for designed stamps to arrive and for the cards to be mailed out in time. The post office on Fort Street offers longer hours of operation.

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31st Annual Cork Town Race
Michigan Central Station
2405 W. Vernor Highway
Detroit, MI 48216
Date: March 10, 2013

The 31st Annual Cork Town Race is another great opportunity for kids to partake in St. Patty’s festivities. What was originally a four-mile race that began in 1989 for only a small number of entrants has now become a full party for kids and adults alike. Runners and walkers race the 5K together in the spirit of fun and friendly competition. The kids quarter mile starts at 11:30 a.m. and allows for pre-registering online. The starting place for the race is Michigan Central Station.

A Treasure Hunt
George George Memorial Park
40500 Moravian Drive
Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 286-8000

Hidden treasure is sure to be a great addition to any holiday. Parents can create a treasure hunt for neighborhood children to participate in. Chocolate coins and two dollar bills are perfect treats for a treasure hunt quest. If time permits, spray paint quarters green for added festivity. Parents should choose a park that has several nooks and crannies. George George Memorial Park has gardens with lots of potential hiding places.

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