I’m a huge football fan. I’m super stoked for the Super Bowl this weekend, and I can’t wait to get together with friends and hang out, eat nachos (check out our game food list!), and be seriously lazy. However, I have plenty of friends that are not football fans. Not everyone likes football, and I get it. As I put together an article for some great places to watch the game with kids, it occurred to me that I’m not catering to the other side. There are many of you out there that don’t care for watching the game; never have, never will. For you, I push aside my fanatic nature, and I give you this: stuff to do with kids that is anything BUT watching a football game.
Go to the library
Even though the game is in the evening, you can still make a trip to the library during the day to gather up books, movies, or video games to keep you occupied in the evening. Many Indianapolis Public Libraries are still open 12-5 on Sundays. For the full list, go here.
Go to the mall
It’s unlikely that the malls will be too busy leading up to, and during game time. From personal experience, I urge you to stay away from sporting goods stores, and the grocery! The Castleton Square Mall is home to The Lego Store, which is always a hit, no matter how old your kids are. While you’re there, visit Build-A-Bear, and take home a snuggly new friend.
They’re open 7 days a week, and offer free parking! It’s usually best to make a reservation if you’re planning to go. This is a fantastic chance to explore Fountain Square, and take your family out for a unique and fun activity.
Go to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Right now, they’re offering all kinds of new and exciting activities for kids. From the Chocolate Slide to the crowd favorites, there’s always so much to see and new activities to dive into! The best part about it for us is that we have a different experience every time we go.
Visit a State Park
We have TONS of info on Central Indiana Parks on IWK, and here’s the most recent installment of our favorite park activities.
Watch a movie
If you’re looking to stay in, check out one of the great movies that just came out through your favorite rental avenue (store, Netflix, Redbox, etc.), and introduce your kids to a new movie! Grab some nachos and game food, and have the same football game experience, without the game! You could also go to the movies, and treat the whole family to a night out! For children with special needs, we have compiled an awesome list of sensory friendly movie theatres. Another great place to check out is Studio Movie Grill at College Park, or FLIX Brewhouse in Carmel, where dinner and a movie is the ultimate theatre experience!
Find an open swim at a pool near you!
Science fairs are happening all throughout the state right now, so while it’s fresh in everyone’s minds, why not take it to the next level? For the really little ones, you can pretend play to make science experiments, and for the bigger kids, you can really go all out and pull some of your favorite experiments off the internet and impress the kids with your mad science skills.
The game overshadows the next big holiday coming up, which happens to be Valentine’s Day. Get a head start on your Valentine’s Day festivities by making some crafts! Check out our craft ideas!
So, there you have it. There are tons of things to do on Sunday! Don’t let anyone give you a hard time for not wanting to watch the game. If you don’t hang with sports, you just don’t. As I always tell my 5-year-old, “You just do you, baby. Don’t let ‘em get you down.”
Oh, and, um…GO SPORTS BALL TEAM!!!!!