March 10, 2014

Did you know that St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in the United States since the late 18th century? While the day has its roots in religion, it serves as more of a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture in this country. People everywhere will be wearing green and celebrating throughout the upcoming weekend.

It may seem to some that St. Paddy's Day is more of an adult holiday than one for kids, but that's not necessarily true. There are great family-friendly events going on all over OC, so be sure to get out of the house over St. Patrick's Day weekend to show off your Irish side. Many activities are free '€“ and all of them are a blast for the whole family!

Pretend City Children'€™s Museum

29 Hubble


Pretend City is celebrating all day long on March 17. In the morning, Sensational Story Time will feature Rainbow Ribbons and the Good to Go Activity will be an End of the Rainbow Treasure Hunt. Afternoon activities will include some Lucky Leprechaun Games and Science Secrets: Leprechaun's Magic, which is an exploration of the science behind all things St. Paddy's Day. All activities are included with the price of Pretend City admission and no reservations are required.

The District at Tustin Legacy

2437 Park Ave


Photo courtesy Tustin Chamber of Commerce

The third annual Leprechaun Leap, benefiting the Tustin Community Foundation and Chamber of Commerce, will take place on March 16 at The Tustin Hangar and the District at Tustin Legacy. This race is open to all ages ($40 for adults, $25 for kids). Awards will be given for fastest time and best costume. Register with a group of five or more as a "snake team" to add a fun twist to the race!

University Park Library

4512 Sandburg Way


Irvine Public Library at University Park is hosting a crafting drop-in program on March 16 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. This is a free activity and suitable for kids of all ages. Head down and enjoy a little quiet crafting time sponsored by Assisteens of Irvine.

Orange County Market Place

88 Fair Drive

Costa Mesa

Photo courtesy of the Orange County Market Place

On March 16, the Orange County Market Place will be holding its eighth annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Green Festival. This is a full day of free family fun and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include: Irish dancers and musicians, recycled and upcycled art displays, food trucks, eco-friendly vendors and free face painting in the kids' area.

Whatever activity you choose, don't forget to wear green!