Time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like only yesterday we were gearing up for Santa Claus at Emma Slowe Entertainment HQ and now we’re digging out all our greens for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day!
Emma Slowe Entertainment are regular fixtures at the Stepaside St. Patrick’s Day Parade and lately I’ve been thinking about the logistics involved when you have young children in tow. So, this month on Bernie’s Blog, we want to share some of our tips for surviving the parade when it comes around in a couple of weeks’ time.
1. Get an Early Night
And we don’t just mean the kids. When you go to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, it can be a long day. There are crowds to deal with and sometimes lots of walking. So do everyone a favour and make sure you’re all as rested as possible by getting enough sleep the night before.
2. Don’t Dilly Dally
On the morning of the parade, get up and out as early as you can, beat the human traffic, you’ll have a better chance of getting a good spot to view the parade.
3. Go with Friends or Family
Why not invite some extra people to go with you? If you have friends with children, you can all go together or bring along your parents or an aunt or uncle. Group events such as going to the parade can provide wonderful memories for all the family as the children grow up - and it’s always good to have an extra adult with you too!
4. Use Public Transport or Park & Ride Facilities
Leave the car at home and take public transport, or at least, use a park and ride facility if there’s one nearby.
5. Dress for Irish Weather
We all know it, yet somehow, we still manage to get caught out on occasion. The most important thing when it comes to taking children out to a parade in this country is your clothing. There have been numerous years when it snowed on St. Patrick’s Day! So, like a scout, be prepared.
6. Pack Snacks & Drinks for the Whole Family
This almost goes without saying when you’re taking children for a day out. Queues for food and drink will inevitably be long, so don’t do that to yourself. Pack a bag with some snacks and drinks the kids will love so that you don’t spend an hour queuing for over-priced food.
7. Think Safety
If you have a child who has a tendency to wander, take extra precautions to ensure they don’t get lost in the crowds. In the excitement, it’s easy for a little one to get separated from the rest of you. Either bring along a wrist rein or, for slightly older children, write your phone number on their hand so that an adult can call you easily should they find them unaccompanied.
8. Choose a Viewing Spot that’s Not Far from a Loo
Sometimes the obvious escapes us. As parents, or guardians, we know that one of the children is going to need to visit the bathroom at an inopportune time. It’s always the way!
Identify a spot along the parade route which has easy access to clean toilet facilities and aim to view the parade from as close to this point as possible. This way, you won’t all have to leave your spot to find a bathroom every time someone says they need to go to the loo.
9. Get Out Early
Whether you’re visiting a local parade or the city one, don’t try to be the last one standing.
Aim to go in and enjoy the festivities but call it a day before all of the crowds start to move. This will make your return home easier and less stressful.
10. Plan Dinner in Advance
We hope that by the time you get home, you’ll all be in good form. If there’s anyone in your family who tends to get a bit hungry, make sure that you’ve got dinner planned in advance. If you decide to go out to eat in your favourite family friendly restaurant, make a booking in advance. If you’re going to eat in, why not cook dinner the day before and have it ready when you get home. This gives you your best chance of getting the kids fed and ready for bed nice and early so that you can kick up your feet for the evening.
St. Patrick’s Day can be a source of great excitement for young children and an opportunity to make some wonderful memories with your loved ones. With a little forethought and planning, you can ensure a stress-free enjoyable day for the whole family.
To get the little ones in the mood, Emma Slowe Entertainment will host 2 disco’s for the children one for under 9’s at 5.30 pm and one for over 9’s children’s in the party cabin based in the grounds of The Step at Salmo , De La Salle rugby club on Friday, the 13th of March.
Emma Slowe Entertainment will be taking part in the Stepaside St. Patrick’s Day parade again this year and face painting in the village near the step inn . If you’re in the south Dublin area, why not come along? It’s always great fun for all the family.
If you are planning a St. Patrick’s Day event, call us on 086 173 9627 or contact us to secure a member of our team to be on hand for face painting and to take care of all your event entertainment needs.