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St. Patrick's Day Kids Activities

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 16, 2016 1:21:15 PM

It's about that time when the color green is starting to appear everywhere you look! Images of leprachauns and 4 leaf clovers seem to fill the streets. This holiday is celebrated all over the world, thanks to a guy named Saint Patrick, who was apparently called, the "Apostle of Ireland".  St. Patrick's Day was made a traditional "feast day" in the 17th century to celebrate this former Saint. Now, however, the celebration of St. Patrick's life has turned into a celebration of all things Irish! This includes wearing green, using food coloring to make everything you eat green, and, of course, chasing leprachauns. Kids love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and there are so many ways to do so! 
Here are a few different ways to celebrate St. Paddy's Day with your kids! 
 
St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas for Kids
What better way to get your children involved in St. Patrick's Day than to host a party? You can have them invite friends, or just keep it between family! Either way, with these St. Patrick's Day party ideas, you are guaranteed a good time.  
 
Snacks
The first thing you need to make any party great is yummy snacks! This Shamrock Shake is so festive and, yes, it is quite healthy! This means there is room to drizzle some chocolate syrup on top for the perfect mint and chocolate mixture. This shake is a great way to get your kids in the St. Paddy's Day mood! You can find the recipe here. 
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Another delicious snack to celebrate the day with is a Shamrock Rice Krispie Treat! It may not be as healthy as the shake, but hey, calories don't count on holidays, right? Plus, your kids will absolutely love not only eating these Rice Krispies, but making them too! What a great way to spend some quality time together and to see they joy on their face when they see what they have made! 
 
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Crafts
Another party idea for kids to celebrate St. Patrick's Day is crafts! After having both the Rice Krispie treats and the shake, use their sugar-fueled energy to have them make their own 4 Leaf clover! 
 
 
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This craft is pretty easy and requires only a paper plate, some paper, green paint, glue, and glitter if you'd like! It is the perfect St. Patrick's Day activity for your kids to get in the spirit of the day while also using their creative sides! (P.S. If the sugar hasn't worn off yet after the craft, send the kids on a treasure hunt around the house to expend some extra energy!)
 
If your children are pretty artistic and like to build things, a fun St. Patrick's Day kids activity is to have them build a way to "catch" the leprachauns! Maybe they lead the leprachauns into a shoebox by creating a trail of lucky charms, or lure them in with a mini pot of gold! This is a fun activity to do the day before St. Paddy's day, and see the kid's excitement and anticipation to see if they caught any leprachauns! 
Hint: Leprachauns are rarely ever caught, but always seem to get away with the gold, and leave a mess behind....
 
Music
A simple St. Patrick's Day party idea is just to have some Irish music playing! Irish music is so fun to listen to and, with the help of those snacks earlier, could get the kids dancing! If the idea of a kid's dance party sounds a bit daunting, hire a teacher from Dance to EvOLvE to come do the work for you! It doesn't have to be a birthday to schedule a dance party with us. Our teacher will come to you for your St. Patrick's Day party! All you have to do is fill out the information here
 
 
Another great St. Paddy's Day Kids Activity: Go to a Parade!
It would not be St. Patrick's Day without an endless amount of parades that thousands of people attend every year! If your family feels like going out and doing something fun, a parade could be just the thing! Kids always love the excitement of the parades and the countless vendors and activities there is for them to do! Because Dance to EvOLvE has locations in both San Diego and Chicago, we have some specific examples of parades that could be fun for your family this St. Patrick's Day!
  
In San Diego, Balboa Park is having their St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade for the 36th year. The parade is Saturday, March 12th, starts at 10:30 am and the festival goes until 6 pm. This event will have countless St. Patrick's Day kids activities including rides, face painting, art displays, entertainment, and more! 
 
How much more festive can you get than to dye a river green?! The Chicago river is set to be dyed green on Saturday, March 12th at 9am. Afterwards, get a good seat for the parade which is set to start at noon. All of the information you need can be found here.  
 
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St. Patrick's Day is another holiday that gives you the opportunity to enjoy being with your family and to create memories for your children. Kids love to celebrate just about anything, and St. Patrick's Day is a perfect excuse for you to heighten their imagination, creativity, and ultimately just enjoy seeing their joy as they partake in these St. Patrick's Day kids activities. Don't let the opportunity pass you by! Get started on the fun now! 
 

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4 Fun Kids Dance Themed Party Ideas

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Nov 11, 2014 11:15:00 PM

Have you ever needed to plan a party for your little one, yet had a hard time coming up with some fun kids themed party ideas in San Diego? Have you gotten tired of just a simple get-together with desserts and some presents already? Here we give you four interesting kids dance themed party ideas for your child to have a special and memorable day! 

1. Ballerina Theme

How about a ballerina themed party! Because how could girls say no to dressing up in tutus, ballet shoes, tiaras and imagining being the princess in Swan Lake? Ballet Dance Theme PartySince your child might already be taking ballet dance classes in San Diego, a ballerina party would be a great way to make dance even more fun in their lives! Trust us, as the little princes and princesses leap and twirl, the other kids who have not taken kids ballet classes will try to join in the fun! You can even hire a ballet teacher to come in to teach all the kids at the party a choreographed dance. Then they all perform together and the kids become the party entertainment!  If that option is out of your budget, show a short ballet dance video for kids to mimic together. This theme works well for kids between the ages of 2 and 10.

 2. Hip Hop Theme

_kids_hiphop_dance_classes.jpgThis is a perfect theme for both boys and girls! Find a great, high energy kids hip hop dance instructor to come in and teach a fun class that will have your guests thinking of your party every time they hear the songs. The teacher can choreograph a customized routine to the birthday girl or boy's favorite song for a mini show at the end of the party. You can ask your little guests to dress in hip hop gear, including super star glasses, snapback hat, etc., and have them list their favorite hip hop songs. It would be even more fun to take pictures of kids in dance poses, and film the show to give as a party favor! With the right teacher, you and the other parents may spot the next Michael Jackson or Justin Timberlake in the house! Make sure that you host the party where there is enough space for children to dance it out, such as at a local kids dance studio in San Diego, or your backyard. This theme is great for kids ages 5 and up.

3. Disco Theme

Disco Dance Theme Party Idea and Planing

What is a better way to ignite your kiddos' intuitive sense of rhythm than a disco themed party? Simply decorating the room with a disco ball hanging from the ceiling, Christmas light around the room, and black lights for a glow-in-the-dark effect, will turn your living room or garage into a 70’s disco club. For dress code, ask your little guests to come wearing sparkling disco dresses or pants and hand out glowing jewelry or glow sticks to them after they arrive. You can hire a local kids dance teacher to teach the kids in all sort of various dance styles while they play dancing games (e.g. freeze dance, musical chair). This theme is great for kids between the ages of 2 and 6. 

4. Nutcracker Theme

Nutcracker Party theme party planningAre you on the lookout for a cool winter theme party for the holidays? Then a Nutcracker themed party would definitely be your first choice! Decorate your house with toy soldiers, Nutcrackers, fake snow and paper snowflake ornaments, DIY nutcracker character paper masks and Christmas lights. You can even set the dress code as “holiday attire” for more festive spirit! Since not every little guest may be familiar with the Nutcracker, you can begin the party by reading the story to them. Later, show them a video of the Nutcracker ballet and then organize the children to put on their own version of the performance. To add more fun, assign each child a character and ask them to play the show for you! As they enjoy the dancing and acting, this classic ballet is guaranteed to have little ones twirling with holiday delight!

Overall, hiring a professional for your child's dance party is the best way to reflect the dance party theme. We recommend researching your local dance studios that offer party planning. Compare pricing, reputations, and chat with other parents who may have some experience. If your child already takes dance lessons, try asking their teachers if they have party experience. If you would like to know about more kids dance party themes and options, fill out our San Diego dance party request form. We have plenty of other fun kids party theme ideas and don’t worry, we will do most of the work! With our assistance, we promise you and your kids will have a great time and an unforgettable party!

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