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4 St. Patrick's Day Traditions to Start

On March 17, channel the luck of the Irish with these festive, kid-focused ideas

As the saying goes, "Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day." Whether you're hoping to honor your own Irish roots or just have some fun with the kids, these four ideas for celebrating are sure to become annual traditions.

Make Green Smoothies

For a more family-friendly take on green beer say "top o' the morning" by serving green smoothies or juice at breakfast. Either tint a yogurt-based drink with green food coloring or blend a juice using naturally verdant ingredients such as spinach, celery, cucumber and mint. Don't forget to toast with "Sláinte!" (Gaelic for "good health").

Look for Leprechauns

Take the kiddos outside after dark on a leprechaun hunt. Search Pinterest for ideas on how to build your own leprechaun trap, and be sure to set it with a pot of a gold—it's a sure way to lure in the elves. When you're outside looking around, a quick tap on the shoulder or toss of a pebble will convince little ones that these mischievous guys are close by.

Host a Scavenger Hunt

For toddlers and preschoolers, place "lucky" objects like large clover stickers within easy view and be sure to have plenty on hand. Older children will enjoy a more traditional scavenger hunt: Ask them to follow clues based on a theme, such as looking for green items or one for each color in the rainbow. For prizes, hand out chocolate gold coins presented inside black plastic pots.

Tint the Bathwater

You may not be able to watch the Chicago River turn green, which happens every year on St. Patrick's Day, but you can treat your kids to a tub full of green bathwater in honor of the holiday. Use a product like Alex Fizzy Tints or Crayola Color Bath Dropz, which help ensure that when the fun is over, the color won't rub off on your tile or your little ones. Leprechaun rubber ducks (yep, they're a thing) are optional.