In any city, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations tend to revolve around pub crawls, beer fests and a parade, which is all-too-often the only family-friendly event. Philadelphia is fortunate to have more than just a parade for children and families to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s what you need to know.
Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, Mar. 10, 1 – 4 pm
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Here’s a chance to get started on St. Patrick’s Day an entire week earlier than the actual holiday. The parade starts at the corner of 16th and JFK, working it’s way up the Ben Franklin Parkway, with a performing area just in front of the Art Museum. Over 20,000 marchers, spread throughout the 150 marching groups, including bands, dance troupes and various Irish organizations will be participating this year.
Saturday, Mar. 16 9:30 am
Philadelphia Navy Yard, behind Building 101.
Participant Fee: $25 – $35
This great event benefits the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. There are two versions: the 5K run and the family-friendly 2K run/walk. While you can arrange to be in the race on race day, the organizers recommend registering online before the event. If you choose not to register as a participant, it can still be great fun to cheer on someone who is participating in the race or to volunteer to help out with some aspect of the race.. This year marks the first time that the event will be in the Navy Yard.
Peanut Butter & Jams
Saturday, Mar. 16, 11:30 am
World Cafe live
3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tickets: Adults, $10; Children ages 1 – 12, $7; under 1, Free
Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke use a mix of original songs, humor and more to create a rocking good time for the children. Doors open at 11 am.
Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt
Saturday, Mar. 16, 1 – 4 pm
Haverford Road and Forrest Avenue, Narberth
In this family-friendly scavenger-hunt-style event, the goal is to find the ten Leprechauns that are hidden in downtown Narberth. This year, the starting point is at the Narberth Business Association’s Blarney Booth at the corner of Haverford Road and Forrest Avenue. Hunters are given a game card with clues and an empty black pot-o’-gold. Working through the clues to find the Leprechauns and to explore the many shops in the business district, hunters earn chocolate coin treats along the way and finally, at the end, earn a shiny golden U.S. dollar coin. Please note that the event runs to 4 pm or until all prizes are gone, whichever occurs first. In addition to the hunt itself, there will be storytelling as well as Irish music and dance.
As for myself, I’m hoping to take my daughter’s family to the Leprechaun Hunt. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will be good for going in-and-out of doors; otherwise, if the weather isn’t cooperative, we may head for the concert at World Cafe Live.