Max Carroll makes shamrocks for his front window

With vacations interrupted, classes canceled and COVID-19 putting a damper on young families’ plans all over the country, a free, fun activity has sprung up in neighborhoods including Lake Highlands. You don’t have to have children to participate in the Shamrock Hunt, you just need a giving spirit and a little imagination.

The idea is to hang a shamrock in the front window of your home or business and let kids get outside and discover your artwork. You can be wildly expressive or discreetly minimalist with your creation, but you should make it large enough for little detectives to discover. The four leaf clovers should be left up for a week.

If you’ve got little ones in your home, you can take a walk in the fresh air or drive around the neighborhood, tallying shamrocks and taking photos. Social distancing is encouraged, and you’re welcome to post your pics in the comments here.

Members of the Lake Highlands School Moms posted this map of discoverable shamrocks on their Facebook page, but additional shamrocks are sprouting up all around the neighborhood today. Happy hunting.

Neighborhood restaurant Cedar & Vine is also joining the fun by doing a Lake Highlands Shamrock Hunt giveaway. Here are the rules: