Discovery Play Adventure Time Theme of the Week: St. Patrick’s Day
Your wee ones can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the activities we have planned just for them. Just just for fun don your green, put a little Irish lilt in your voice and come play with us in our version of a children’s museum–Discovery Play.
At scheduled times throughout the day, our weekly theme celebrates St. Patrick’s Day through story, art and cooking led by our friendly Play Facilitators during Adventure Time.
What is Adventure Time?
It’s an additional activity you and your child can participate in during your visit and exploring in Discovery Play. Our friendly Paradise Park Play Facilitator engages our young guests in celebrating the theme of the week through 4 different activities: a story, interactive game, art project and cooking activity. Our curriculum is custom-designed by professionals who have put heart and soul into creating an enriching educational hands-on experience that is so much fun kids don’t even realize they are learning. Our program is inspired by unit studies, sensory play and experiential learning philosophies.
This Week’s Activities:
Imagination-capturing storytelling followed by a unique interactive activity that connects to the story and provides great kinesthetic learning.
This week: Our friendly Play Facilitator begins with the group of kids and their grownups in our Performance Room with a charming tale called How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace. Afterward, we connect the story to an interactive game. Children will be enchanted with our St. Patty’s Day version of “I SPY” as they work together to find various St. Patrick’s Day items around the room.
Children follow basic instructions to create their own art project that expands on the theme and encourages small motor skill development. We have all the art supplies set up so you don’t have to have a mess at home!
This week: Our featured art project for this celebration is a “Pot at the End of the Rainbow” project. Using a special die cut, our favorite rainbow crayons and a “lucky coin,” kids and their grown-ups will follow basic instructions and use their small motor skills to create a decoration to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
After Adventure Time, you and your child can get your creative juices flowing even more at the three self-guided art tables. We have all the art supplies set up so you don’t have to have a mess at home! Choose from a variety of projects that can also double as decorations: a “Leprechaun Wand,” a “Luck of the Irish” stamp and paint collage, and a “Kiss the Blarney Stone!”
Kids love to make their own creative treat to eat when it’s finished. The Cooking Station teaches children to try new foods, work together and learn measuring skills. And, it’s just plain fun!
This week: Kids love to create things in the kitchen, which is why we created a kid-size Cooking Station just for them! Little ones will get enjoy experiencing the magic of mixing up green icing to decorate their own Lucky Leprechaun Cookies with “Emerald Green Sprinkles” as a tasty treat!
Here are some other ideas to encourage family connection and memory making together:
Create Some Traditions
Holidays always offer a great opportunity to form traditions that become the things memories are made of.
Learn Why We Wear Green – Everyone knows St. Patty’s Day is all about the “Wearing of the Green,” but do you know why? Do some research together to learn the history of the color green before you jump in this year! The book St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons is a great one to start with. We also like this explanation at National Geographic’s kids website.
Turn Everything Green – St. Patty’s Day has such a spirit of fun, with a bit of leprechaun mischievousness… Get in that spirit and brainstorm all the things you can add a little green food coloring to… from turning milk green at breakfast (leprechaun juice?) to making the toilet water green (leprechaun tinkle?)…
Go Out To Eat Something Green – If you’re ok with a less-than-healthy, once-in-awhile sweet treat, some St. Patty’s Day Green options include Krispy Kreme green donuts, McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, and Baskin-Robbins Mint Chip ‘n Oreo Cookies Milkshake.
Plan a St. Patty’s Day Dinner Together – Of course the traditional meal for this holiday is corned beef and cabbage. You could also get creative if your kids aren’t quite ready for that yet. Try making Irish Soda Bread, Potato and Leek Soup (a creamy and yummy remembrance of the great potato famine in Ireland in the mid1800s), or Shepherd’s Pie (a comfort food you could also add pureed broccoli to for some green color). Talk about what else you could do at dinner to make the celebration the special occasion you want it to be for your family—decorations, games, stories, Q&As, trivia, movies, and more!