Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is celebrated every year on his feast day of March 17. In the United States, we usually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with good Irish food, good drinks, songs, Irish dancing, and lots of green everywhere. If you are looking for some senior-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities, consider some of the following options.
1. Have an Irish-Themed Community Dinner
Gather together some friends from your neighborhood or assisted living community and plan a dinner party with Irish-themed food. Meet at one person’s home for the whole meal, or spread the courses out and have each one at a different friend’s home. If you live in an assisted living community, have everyone meet in a gathering space to share the meal. Find some great St. Patrick’s Day recipes here.
2. Play Themed Games
As far as games go, your options are nearly limitless. You could play a “lucky” version of Bingo, or a St. Patrick’s Day version of Pictionary. Just create your own Pictionary cards and make them all Irish-themed places, people, or symbols. Have a scavenger hunt for only green items, or do a St. Patrick’s Day word search. For more fantastic game ideas, click here.
3. Make Themed Crafts
Like games, you have several different options for St. Patrick’s Day-themed crafts. Choose a craft or a few crafts based on you and your friends’ skill levels. A craft that is too difficult for everyone will not be as fun as something simple yet nice. Make cards, pots of gold, or wreaths. Search through this list of crafts for more great ideas, or gather your friends together and come up with your own original craft ideas.
4. Attend a Parade
Going to a parade with a group of friends is a wonderful way to spend St. Patrick’s Day. Not only do you get to have fun and celebrate with your community, it also gives you a chance to get outside and get some fresh air and sunshine at the same time. Look through your city’s local events calender to find out information on St. Patrick’s Day parades and events close to you. Chances are, there is a St. Patrick’s Day parade near you.
5. Read the Story of St. Patrick to the Grandkids
Before you eat or celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with day trips, games, or crafts, gather the whole family together in the living room and tell the story of St. Patrick. You can find a different version each year or read the same version every time. The little traditions that you do with your grandkids now will stick with them long into adulthood. They may even continue those traditions with their own children and grandchildren. So this year, consider starting this new tradition with the people you love.