1. Stop by Super Bowl Boulevard
Beginning Jan 29, Broadway between 34th and 47th Sts transforms into Super Bowl Boulevard, where there’ll be autograph signings with NFL players, a tented Rush Zone for kids, a video projection in front of Macy’s, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and a massive, 60-ft toboggan run ($5, must be at least 36” tall) between 40th and 41st Sts. See the website for the full schedule of events. In addition, Toys R Us Times Square will offer face-painting, caricatures, trivia, cookie decorating and Super Bowl–themed merchandise from Jan 29 to 31.
2. Enter #PEPCITY
Pepsi sponsors this Bryant Park Winter Village pop-up, where fans can snack on free food and drinks alongside a smattering of art, music and theater presentations that are meant to evoke classic NYC experiences. For more details, check out our feature article at Time Out New York Kids.
3. Make a sweet pick at Tribeca Treats
In case you needed another reason to indulge your appetite on Super Bowl Sunday, Tribeca Treats is serving up team-themed batches of their delicious sugar cookies featuring the names and logos of this year’s contenders, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. And that’s not even the best part: For the past six years, whichever team has sold the most cookies has ended up winning the big game! Make your mark on history and pick up a batch for your watch party. Cookies are $3 and are on sale now through 5pm on Super Bowl Sunday.
4. Munch on football fare at the Secaucus Winter Blast
From Jan 30 to Feb 1, Buchmuller Park in Secaucus, New Jersey will be home to a local vendor village, thirty food trucks, an outdoor ice rink with open skating and hockey games, a beer garden for moms and dads, music and giveaways in honor of the big game at MetLife Stadium. Kids can also keep busy with the stars of Field Station: Dinosaurs. A family-of-four package will run you $40, but kids under 10 are free! It’s worth the short train to Jersey (lest we forget that the Super Bowl will actually be played across the Hudson). See the website for the full schedule.
Stan Kostka, National Chicle Gum Company, Football Stars, 1935. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 325, R331)
5. See vintage football cards at the Met
History buffs can see how football fans from the past got into the game, thanks to the Met's exhibition "Gridiron Greats: Vintage Football Cards in the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick," which opened Jan 24. Kids will scope out artifacts from 1894 through 1959, including 150 cards, old photographs and a varsity football sweater.
6. Attend the Meadowlands Tailgate Party
On the afternoon of the big game, East Rutherford hosts the only Super Bowl Sunday event that's open to the public. The B Street Band and the Nerds provide the live tunes, while families can fill up on food from 12 local trucks and a beer garden. Plus, there'll be boardwalk activities like a snowball throw, an inflatable obstacle course, games with the NJ Devils' mascot and dancers and a cannoli-eating contest. Admission for adults is $10, while children under 12 get in free of charge.
7. Check out two Super Bowl–themed exhibits
This winter, two of our favorite museums are touting awesome exhibits for football fans. First, CMOM partnered with the NFL to give kids the chance to play referee in the exhibit “You Make the Call: Learn to Be an NFL Official,” where there’s a facsimile of an instant replay system and a Play 60 obstacle course that teaches kids that even the refs have to stay in shape. Then, hop over the Hudson to Liberty Science Center’s “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” which features historical artifacts, real uniforms and cool new technology that lets players and coaches communicate with each other.
8. Throw the pigskin around
The best way to get into the Super Bowl spirit? Pretend you’re a part of it! Take to a snowy city park and play a game of frosty football.
9. See NFL players perform on Broadway
Snag tickets to Rock of Ages on Broadway and you might just see football greats up on stage! Look for cameos by Green Bay Packer wide receiver Randall Cobb, Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell and four-time Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green at the Jan 28, Jan 29 and Feb 1 performances, respectively. Meanwhile, catch the cast on Super Bowl Boulevard when they bring the show to the Roman Numerals Stage at 41st and Broadway on Jan 30 at 8pm.
10. Spice up Super Bowl staples
Even kids who couldn't care less about football get excited for Super Bowl Sunday. Why? The delicious food, of course! But since the big game will be played in New York this year, now's the time to gussy up the old wings-and-nachos routine. We recommend trying takeout from these comfort food spots, including more adventurous (but no less yummy) fare from Veselka, Moustache and Sarabeth's.
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