Green is definitely the theme of any St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt.  There are so many different ways to develop this type of game, especially with a fun adventure including rhymes, riddles and puzzles.

The Theme

Naturally, incorporating the color green is a must.  What else?  Depending on your heritage, either bust out your Irish roots with common Irish phrases, or channel your inner Irishman, or Irishwoman with popular Irish lingo.  It’s always a safe bet to incorporate shamrocks, the Irish flag, a pint of Guinness or Irish Whiskey (age appropriate), Leprechauns, pot-of-gold, harps, Leprechaun hats and belt buckles, castles, and even the Blarney Stone (a representation).  Have fun with this theme!

Thrill of the Hunt gave suggestions how to approach the St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt.  We divided this theme into age appropriate categories to fit everyone’s Irish celebration requirements.

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How many shamrocks are in this picture?

Family Friendly

Building a scavenger hunt for everyone in the family, involving the children and even the family dog, is a perfect idea for a family friendly evening together.  Don’t stop at your inner circle!  Invite other families to join the adventure.  The children and adults will appreciate the social interaction and a little healthy competition.

Perhaps, set the stage with Leprechaun footprints leading to the first clue.  You may want to use this theme throughout the scavenger hunt, keeping the magic alive.  Use flour to outline small footprints to specific locations of the home or designated area.  If you’re really ambitious, use glow-in-the-dark window paint (used during Halloween) to create the footprints and tackle the scavenger hunt in the dark, or with black lights or flashlights.


Teenagers will equally love the idea of solving riddles and rhymes, even with the glow-in-the-dark paint idea from above.  Only add an element of social media and more detailed clues and silly challenges to accomplish along the way leading them toward the pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow.

Some teens are more introverts while others are extroverts, know your audience and work with the crowd addressing their strengths, weaknesses and interests.

Purchase coin chocolates, chocolate disks wrapped in gold foil to resemble gold.  Have the kids collect them during the scavenger hunt, or give away the pot-of-gold upon completion of the game.  It’s a great idea to give special treats or prizes for good deeds or special team building actions, or for those individuals who go above and beyond in team spirit.

Adults 21+

Of course, we can’t talk about an Irish scavenger hunt without addressing pub crawls.  A St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl is another option to celebrating the holiday.  Give clues to each location and make sure you include online challenges to celebrate with those not present.  Another idea is to divide and conquer.  Separate the teams and have them take different routes in different areas, to meet up at the end, or complete the scavenger hunt in stages, mixing it up.

Remember, stay in a safe location for walking and don’t include driving as part of the scavenger hunt.  An option would be to use Uber or some sort of Taxi service as part of the scavenger hunt.  It’s also in the best interest of all parties involved to have a bystander among the mix, watching out for everyone’s safety.

In order to ensure the scavenger hunt doesn’t get out of hand, set the rules and regulations prior to, addressing no tolerance for fights, access intoxication, or puking.  If someone breaks the rules, simply penalize that team or kick the weakest link off the game.  In order to enforce the rules, offer a grand prize to the winners to give the participants something to work towards.


Ireland is full of history, as well as the Irish roots in the United States and abroad.  Whether you’re an elementary or high school history teacher, or a college professor, educate your students with a new approach.  The Irish theme is perfect for incorporating rhymes and riddles to create a Q & A game.

Use history events as clues and answers to reinforce education while having fun.  You don’t need a lot of space for such an event.  Use your classroom, the entire school or campus, or take your adventure outside in a courtyard or parking lot, or all the above.  Get your students out of the same old humdrum, and thinking differently.  If done correctly, this will leave a lasting impression on the students and will commit the history lesson to memory for life.

Team up the students into small groups, which is always encouraged by Thrill of the Hunt, to build comrade, show the importance of teamwork, and build classroom morale.

Like the colors of the rainbow, the ideas are endless.  Remember, use the luck of the Irish to help you with your scavenger hunt!  Good luck!

Did you create your very own St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt?  Share your story with us!

If you’d like to learn more about our suggested themes and ideas, let us know.  We’d be happy to discuss and provide you with a free quote.

Thrill of the Hunt exclusively develops and administers to themed scavenger hunts for public and private events such as team building activities, company outings, fundraisers and private parties.

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