I’m a huge football fan. I’m super stoked for any game, and I can’t wait to get together with friends and hang out, eat nachos (check out our game food list!), and cheer on my home-team.
However, I have plenty of friends that are not football fans. Some of my kids are not football fans–gasp! Not everyone likes football, and I get it. 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
Although the games are usually on Sunday, you can still make a trip to the library earlier in the week to gather up books, movies, or video games to keep you occupied in the all day!
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.
Duckpin Bowling is really easy for the little kids and unique family activity. We like 10 Pins in Franklin and Action & Atomic Duck Pin Bowling in Fountain Square This is a fantastic chance to explore Fountain Square, and take your family. It’s usually best to make a reservation if you’re planning to go.
Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Right now, they’re offering all kinds of new and exciting activities for kids—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 Park
We have TONS of info on Parks around Indianapolis! Whether you’re looking for playgrounds or hikes, there is a park for you somewhere in Indianapolis. If it’s snowing, head out to one of the many sledding hills around Indianapolis.
Watch a Movie
If you’d rather to stay in, check out one of the great movies that just came out through your favorite streaming service, 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 theaters. 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!
Parents and kids all over the state are preparing for science fairs, so try some experiments while it’s fresh in your mind. 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 easy science experiments and impress the kids with your mad science skills.
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!!!!!