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12 Mar, 2024
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Shamrock Shenanigans: A Guide on What to Do on St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick's Day – a day filled with green attire, lucky charms, and lively festivities. Whether you're Irish by blood or at heart, this cultural and religious celebration offers a joyous experience for all. But how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Welcome to our guide, 'Shamrock Shenanigans.' Here, we'll provide you with a wealth of fun things to do on St. Patrick's Day. From traditional Irish recipes to fun-filled activities, we've got you covered. So, put on your green hat, grab your shamrock, and let's dive into the wonders of this festive day!

Origins and the Global Celebration of St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, wasn't originally from Ireland. He was born in Britain in the fourth century and only moved to Ireland at the age of 16 to work. Once there, he took an interest in Christianity and began preaching about it. His teachings are believed to have converted many locals to Christianity, and St. Patrick's Day is now commemorated on the day of his alleged death.

While the holiday originated in Ireland, it has been embraced by other countries, particularly the United States, thanks to Irish immigrants. St. Patrick's Day is marked with pub crawls, parades, and various other activities. Notable traditions include green beverages and foods such as Guinness Beef stew and Irish coffee drinks, which add to the festive spirit. Other activities include making St. Patrick's Day crafts, especially for children or the creatively inclined. Remember the kissing tradition linked to a well-known phrase of the holiday and the holiday's mascot, the leprechaun. These St. Patty's Day traditions are deeply ingrained in Irish culture and symbolism and connect back to the Catholic saint himself.

Fun Things to Do to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

  • Wear Green Clothing

It's the perfect occasion to don your green attire! According to folklore, being decked out in green supposedly makes you undetectable to leprechauns. So, whether you choose to go all out in green or just sport a St. Paddy's themed shirt or a few festive accessories, you're sure to get into the spirit of the day.

  • Pinch Non-Green Wearers

On St. Patrick's Day, a lively tradition has emerged where individuals who are not donning green attire may find themselves on the receiving end of a jovial, light pinch. This playful gesture serves as a friendly reminder of the day's spirit and is often shared among friends, family, and loved ones. It's a unique custom, steeped in humor and camaraderie, that can add a touch of fun to the St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

  • Play "Leprechaun Mischief at Night"

Much like the Elf on the Shelf tradition, a Leprechaun visits each night, causing playful trouble such as emptying the tissue box or hiding the TV remote. Alternatively, children can also create traps to catch the leprechaun.

  • Explore Escape Rooms at Questroom

Embark on an adventure with Questroom Los Angeles escape this St. Patrick's Day! Swap the usual festivities for a thrilling experience filled with challenges and excitement. Questroom offers the unique opportunity to solve mysteries and escape as a team - a great way to bond with loved ones. This St. Patrick's Day, invite your family and friends to join you at Questroom's escape rooms for an unforgettable adventure; it's not just a celebration; it's an exhilarating journey!

  • Make Shamrock Decorations

Creating paper shamrocks is not only a delightful and straightforward way to embellish for the holiday, but it also fosters your child's fine motor skills. You can display them in your windows or utilize them as festive table decorations!

  • Indulge in Irish Potato Snacks

This St. Patrick's Day tradition from Philadelphia is inspired by the Irish potato famine. However, it's not an actual potato, but rather a candy shaped like one. These "Irish potatoes" are made from coconut and cream cheese truffles coated in cinnamon to mimic the look of a small dirt-covered potato.

  • Bake Rainbow Cupcakes

Follow the instructions on a box of white cake mix. Once prepared, divide the batter evenly into six bowls. Add different food coloring to each bowl to create the yellow, orange, red, green, blue, and purple batter. Spoon equal amounts of each colored batter into a muffin tin without mixing the colors. Bake according to the box's instructions. Once cooled, decorate the cupcakes with green frosting and sprinkle yellow mini-chocolate candies on top to represent the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  • Bake Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a hearty and delicious treat that can become a regular tradition for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Consider pairing it with a robust dish like corned beef and cabbage for a truly satisfying meal.

  • Watch Irish Movies

Consider watching notable movies from Ireland, like the musical film 'Once', or movies featuring Irish characters and themes, such as the 2015 drama 'Brooklyn' or the popular 'Sing Street.' You could also opt for 'The Secret of Roan Inish,' 'The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns,' or 'The Luck of the Irish.'

  • Create Green Flowers

Purchase white carnations and cut their stems. Then, fill a vase with water, adding a few drops of green food coloring. Place the flowers in the dyed water. Over time, the green color will ascend the stems and change the petals from white to green.

  • Observe Irish Step Dancing

Traditional Irish dancing, with its vibrancy and energy, is a key highlight of many parades and events. You're encouraged to join in! You can also bring the festive atmosphere home by playing some Irish music and dancing to the rhythm in your own living room.

  • Share Your Blessings

Even though the festive season of December is past, there remains a significant need for volunteers and charitable donations. Utilize your family's skills and time to contribute to your community.

  • Attend a St. Patrick's Day Parade

One of the St. Patrick's Day ideas is to visit parades, which are quite the spectacle, whether you're in a quaint town that hosts one or a major city like New York or Chicago, where the parade is a massive event. Experience rivers dyed green, observe individuals in celebratory attire, and take pleasure in viewing the floats alongside your loved ones.

  • Say, 'Erin go Bragh'

The Gaelic phrase, translated to "Ireland Forever" in English, is a common expression of love and solidarity for Ireland. You can also use other Irish phrases throughout the day, such as "sláinte" during toasts.

  • Participate in Shamrock Hunt

This year, we are introducing an exciting new activity - a shamrock rock hunt. The idea is simple but fun. First, gather some rocks. You can find these pretty much anywhere, from a local beach to a hardware store. Once you have your rocks, it's time to get creative. Green paint is used to transform each rock into a miniature shamrock, the traditional Irish symbol associated with St. Patrick's Day.

Once your shamrock rocks are dry, it's time for the hunt to begin. You can hide these shamrock rocks in your backyard, turning an ordinary garden into a treasure trove of Irish luck. Alternatively, you could take your shamrock rocks to a nearby park and spread the fun further. The thrill of the hunt, the joy of finding a shamrock rock, and the spirit of St. Patrick's Day combine to create a truly memorable experience. So why not try it out? You might just find that the shamrock rock hunt becomes your new favorite St. Patrick's Day tradition!

  • Include Green Vegetables in Dinner

Introduce broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peas, spinach, asparagus, cucumbers, and green beans in your meals. Convince your children that these are Leprechauns' favorite foods, enticing them to try these new vegetables. For those particularly fussy eaters, incentivize them with a chocolate gold coin treat for sampling.

  • Join a St. Patrick's Day Dash

While many Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day with drinks, others express their Irish pride by participating in fun runs. Numerous races, ranging from 5k's to half marathons, are available for registration before March 17. This allows you to engage in a healthy workout before enjoying your St. Patrick's Day party.

  • Plant Shamrocks

One excellent way to honor St. Patrick's Day is by nurturing shamrocks, these fortunate miniature plants. This activity not only celebrates the occasion but also instills a sense of responsibility and bolsters self-esteem in children as they tend to the plants.

Give a terracotta pot a touch of festivity by painting a Leprechaun face on it. Then, fill it with soil and sprinkle in some shamrock seeds. Position the pot in a sunny spot and watch as your Leprechaun's "hair" sprouts and grows.

  • Attend Church Service

For individuals who practice faith, the 17th of March brings with it the opportunity to partake in a unique church service that is dedicated to the memory of St. Patrick. St. Patrick's Day, as it is commonly known, holds special significance in Ireland, where it is officially recognized as a mandatory holy day. What this implies is that, on this particular day, all those who are regular attendees of the church are expected to come together in unity and spirit to participate in the mass. This tradition is deeply ingrained in the culture and heritage of Ireland and serves as a time for reflection and commemoration of St. Patrick, his values, and his contributions to Irish society.

Why Is Questroom the Best Place to Celebrate?

Questroom is the ideal place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, thanks to the thrilling adventures and captivating plots that await visitors. We offer a variety of themed rooms featuring realistic and exciting decorations, which transport players directly into the narratives we've crafted.

Our rooms also have live actors, a feature that creates an immersive atmosphere and enhances the interaction during the game. All of this, combined with the ability to receive unlimited hints, guarantees an unforgettable experience for all participants.

Questroom also offers the option to rent out our lobby for catering, allowing you to reserve a place for your party's refreshments. This means that you can turn your St. Patrick's Day celebration into a full-blown party, with food, drinks, and entertainment all in one place.

With a range of room themes and difficulty levels, Questroom is a great St. Patrick's Day celebration option for families with children as well. Not only will it keep the kids entertained, but it will also provide a fun and engaging experience for the adults.

To add even more joy to your St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 17, we are pleased to offer you a special promo code 2024STPD that gives you a $17 discount for a group of 5 or more. Note: Valid for use March 11th-16th to book games for March 17th-19th. Games must take place March 17th-19th.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day at Questroom will create unforgettable memories and impressions for you and your loved ones. Come and join us for an exhilarating journey!

Embrace Adventure This St. Patrick's Day at Questroom!

Get ready for an unforgettable St. Patrick's Day! Questroom is located in several convenient locations for you to start your adventure:

  • Korea Town
  • Redondo Beach
  • Hollywood
  • Culver City

You can easily book a room online on our website. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at 310-707-1240 or reach out to our online chat. We're here to make your St. Patrick's Day a memorable one!

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