St. Patrick’s Day fun in Indianapolis

StPatricksDayIndianapolis_Indy's Child MagazineIndy is a city with no shortage of luck. The city is so lucky in fact that our football team has a horseshoe hanging over the largest doors in the city at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the starting quarterback has the word stitched into his jersey. He also happens to wear a beard that has every leprechaun out there seeing green.
To celebrate just how lucky we Hoosiers are, I’m giving you a list of 7 {my lucky number} things to help ring in St. Patty’s Day this year.
Start your St. Patty’s celebrations early this Tuesday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. I can think of no more fitting way to usher in the holiday than by mixing it with Indiana’s favorite pastime: Basketball. This Tuesday take the kiddos to see the Pacers play, you guessed it, the Celtics! This will be the only time this week you’re allowed to yell at the Irish.
StPatricksDayIndianapolis_Indy's Child MagazineIf basketball isn’t your jam, or your looking to save your lucky pennies, try taking the kids to play Leprechaun “Sardines” at one of many local parks. For those of you that don’t know how this one works, it’s basically reverse hide and seek. Head to a dollar store, grab some green garb and take turns dressing each kids as the lucky leprechaun. Each ‘leprechaun’ gets a turn hiding. Reward the team afterwords with a pot o’ gold containing little treats.
On Wednesday the 16th, the real festivities begin. It wouldn’t be St. Patty’s in Indy without the Greening of the Canal. Head downtown after school at 5pm to see the entire canal get dyed an awesome shade of jade. Music, dancing, and giveaways are always good things to get you in the spirit of the holiday.

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If you’re heading back up north afterwards like me, stop by Langston’s Irish Pub for their Family Fun Night. Kids eat free with a paying adult and they will have Face Painting and prizes for all. It would be the perfect opportunity to introduce the kiddos to corned beef and cabbage.
For over 30 years the kilt clad men of Indy have been blowing their bagpipes down Meridian during in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This Thursday will be no different. Head to the block party next to the Indiana War Memorial at 10 am, and have some fun while you wait for the parade to begin at 11:30AM.
If you feel like skipping the crowd, or feel like an being extra adventurous with a second stop after the parade; The Urban Chalkboard will be having their second annual Shamrock Hunt. You’ll have two chances to let your little leprechauns hunt for lucky pennies, make a beard that would make Andrew jealous, and dance and sing like the Irish. Call quickly to make a reservation for 10:30am or 3pm.
Or to go super low-key, one of our favorite secret spots has long been Earth Explorer Toys in Zionsville. They’ll be getting all crafty on Thursday making Shamrock headbands much like the one in our Leprechaun Sardies photo above. For free. So, no gold coins required.
So there you have it. Spread the luck and share these seven events with your clan!

Luis Ruvalcaba - Indy's Child

In late June, 2007 Luis Ruvacalba removed his laundry from the dryer to find that he had rendered all of his undershirts pink and shrunk his favorite red University of Arizona sweater.

At that point – as he says: “I realized: I need a wife. I married Katie in Sept of 2007. Aside from one lousy pen left in my pants pocket and numerous dried on Conner Prairie stickers, the laundry has gone pretty well since then.” Luis has four children: Maggie- 7, Micah- 5, Millie- 2, and Merritt- 1. Each of them helps him sharpen his parenting skills in new and unique ways. “Without Maggie I’d never have learned to put on tights. Without Micah I would have the weakest MMA fighting skills on the block. Millie challenges me to improve my search and rescue abilities. Merritt gives me weekly lessons in Matrix style urine dodging. Together we are the greatest family to ever ruin your family’s nice quiet afternoon at the park.”

Follow along with Luis as he helps shows you the best places to let your family run wild.

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