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Skip the Super Bowl and Do One of These 7 Things Instead

Not so much a football fan? Find your ideal, crowd-free alternative here

Author Elisa Murray

Published on: January 30, 2018


You know this, right? Super Bowl Sunday is the best day of the year to do almost anything BUT watch the big game.

Since the Hawks aren't playing this year (sniff, sniff), there will be more of us out and about than a few years ago, but still: The usual crowds at museums, zoos, shows and favorite hikes will be fewer, especially, obviously, in the afternoon.

Given that, here's your playbook for making the most of Super Bowl Sunday. If you do like the football, you could even pop out and do one of these activities and make it back to the TV set in time for the game, at for the half-time show. Find many more ideas on our calendar but here are a few to get you rolling.

1. Hike Twin Falls. As a relatively short hike (1.5 miles round-trip) that's accessible and lovely year-round, Twin Falls is also crowded year-round. Head out about 1 p.m., and you'll likely have it to yourself. Enjoy the gorgeously green moss-covered trees (satisfyingly monster-shaped for kids), the rushing river and the jaw-dropping falls. Near North Bend. Up for something bigger? Try these winter hikes that skirt the snow.

Leavenworth tubing
Leavenworth tubing hill

2. Go sledding. Thar's new snow in the hills! If you really want to make a day of it head to Mount Rainier's Snow Play area near the Jackson Visitor Center. You'll also have a blast at the usually crowded Snoqualmie Tubing Center.

3. Go snowshoeing. Well, okay, snowshoeing isn't among the most crowded of sports anyway. But still: There's new snow! And snowshoeing is the perfect all-family, anyone-can-do-it sport.

Courtesy Living Computers: Museum + Labs

4. Get curious kids' hands on tech at Living Computers: Museum + Labs. We're not kidding about the "hands on" part. Kids (and grown-ups) will love exploring magnetic building blocks that respond to your hands; Baxter the kinesthetically programmed robot, which requires no reading; and Dash, a blue robot of BB-8-level cuteness that teaches kids as young as age 5 to program. Plus tons of other geek-cool stuff.

5. Take a free sail at Center for Wooden Boats. Every Sunday the Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union Park in Seattle lets you sign up, first come first serve, for a free sail in one of its boats on Lake Union. In-person sign-ups begin at 10 a.m. and rides lasting about 45 minutes leave throughout the day until mid-afternoon. Winter is already a good time to avoid a wait; Super Bowl Sunday seems ideal. Combine it with a visit to adjacent MOHAI to play in the Kid-struction Zone or check out the current exhibit on Seattle photographer Al Smith.

The Little Prince at SCT
'The Little Prince' at Seattle Children's Theatre. Credit: Elise Bakketun

6. See a terrific family show. From the (wink, wink) "I Hate Children Children's Show" to the adventures of "The Little Prince" to a fairy tale send-up by StoryBook Theater, there's a great show on that will delight your family.

7. Hop, jump and bounce. Indoor play spaces are notoriously crowded on winter weekend days, so enjoy a low-crowd bounce while getting some serious wiggles out at places such as Elevated Sportz, PlayDate SEA (which may be showing the game in the cafe area) or WiggleWorks.

P.S. Still watching the game? Find your snacks, healthy snacks, and kid game ideas here. 

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2014, when the Hawks won the Super Bowl, and updated for 2018. Go Eagles!

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