Children 12 and under and their families are welcome to come have fun - Best of all, everything is free of charge!
The family passport is a fun way for families to explore Milwaukee Irish Fest while keeping the whole family entertained. Families collect stamps for their Pirate Paddy Passports at stops throughout the festival grounds, while making crafts and gathering prizes at each stop. Some of the areas families will visit while on their quest are the Cultural Area, Tipperary Stage, Celtic Canines and more. Sponsored by Catholic Financial Life.
Don’t miss seeing Paddy and Molly walk the Festival grounds with their Milwaukee Irish Fest friends! Parades begin at the north end of the grounds, starting Friday at 6:45 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. From the Celtic Canines to pipe and drum units, a monk, a nun, fairies, pirates, vikings and more, each parade is sure to catch your eyes, ears and imagination!
Bring your little ones to visit the Leprechaun Village. They can search for gold and even join a special “Leprechaun Kids Club” for fun prizes. The Leprechaun Village contains a bank vault, pub, performance stage, workshop and many other tiny structures. Not only is the display fun to look at, it also contains interesting educational facts about Leprechauns.
Just past the rainbow and castle are fun activities, such as Lili-Putt mini golf, the Lego/Mr. Potato Head Area, crafts, Highland games and prizes at the Pot O' Gold. Explore the Children's Cultural Area on the playground, complete with a Children's Tea Room, the Irish Discovery Zone, and a variety of interactive demonstrations at the John Byrne Stage. Also, be sure not to miss all of the family-friendly entertainment at the Children's Stage sponsored by Cedar Crest Ice Cream.
What does a leprechaun look like? Kids can get creative and win special prizes! The contest starts at the Coloring Tent in the Children's Area where children 7 and younger can show their creativity as they draw their unique ideas of just what a leprechaun looks like. The volunteers in the Children’s Area will then direct the artist (and parent) to bring this special work to the Literary Corner in the Cultural Village. There, contest sponsor Rainbow Books for Children will display the artworks and await the judge’s decision and present a special prize - a new winner each day. Winner(s) announced and introduced at 5 p.m. each day.
Come explore the wonders of water! Use your personal power to pedal a bike and make a sailboat race, examin some local bugs from our water, and play recycling ring toss. Games for kids also include Trash Art, Leprechaun Launch and the Recycling Fishing Wall. The whole family will love taking a fun picture in our photo booth area and learning about how we use and can conserve water in Milwaukee, because Every Drop Counts!