Five Kid-Friendly Alternatives To The Super Bowl In South Florida

January 24, 2014 8:00 AM

The Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 2, 2014. While most will be tuning into the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl at Metlife Stadium, kids will need something to do in between the the fanatical cheers of their fathers and family friends. Luckily for them, South Florida has a variety of family-friendly activities to entertainment them rather than bide their time. Some events are great for children and teens while others allow the football fan to tag along while their children are playing. So check out the list and make your plans for football’s biggest night!

The Flying Trapeze School

301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(786) 239-8775

Sure the Super Bowl has food, fun and football, but it doesn’t have flying. The Flying Trapeze School is located at Bayfront Park and offers children of all ages the opportunity to join the circus. Parents and kids can purchase the Try n’ Fly package to get one turn on the trapeze or the more adventurous can opt for a two-hour class where they will get detailed instructions and even perform a catch. Later parents and children can cruise around Bayfront Park and dine at one of the many eateries. They’ll miss the big game but they’ll see more action than their fellow couch potatoes.

Museum Of Discovery & Science and Autonation IMAX Theater

401 S.W. 2nd St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 467-6637

Kickoff is after 6 p.m. but your children can have a blast at the Museum of Discovery & Science beforehand. The museum is open from noon to 6 p.m. and allows kids to interact with the world of science through exhibits and fun games. Afterwards, children can venture to the Autonation IMAX theater to catch the latest film in 3D like “I, Frankenstein” and transport themselves into a world of PG-13, fantasy fun. Parents or guardians will love it because it’s educational and informational.

Xtreme Indoor Karting

5300 N. Powerline Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 491-6265

Children as young as eight years old can strap into a go-kart and take a spin on an indoor track at 35 to 45 mph. Then they can spend the night playing games at the onsite arcade. Pair that with food like pizza and mini golf and your children have got a night to remember. This is one night that is way better than any old football game but there are also TVs onsite just in case your children want to catch the halftime show.

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Bird Bowl

9275 S.W. 40th St.
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 221-1221

Bird Bowl is one of the few places where you can watch the big game if you want to, and still bowl. Kids can bowl and play the arcade while football fans can enjoy wing specials, beers and an amazing view of the game. Last year, Bird Bowl held a Super Bowl watch party for fans including snacks for a price. So no matter what happens on Sunday night, everybody here is a winner. Call ahead for availability.

Swap Shop

3291 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
(954) 791-7927

If you have a vehicle, preferably a convertible or an SUV, then you have a fun movie night ahead. The Swap Shop is a flea market by day and a drive-in movie theater by night. Tickets are only $7 per person but moviegoers can save additionally by bringing in their own snacks or even a fast food meal. Bring a blanket if the night is cool and curl up for a movie where you’re surrounded by others in the privacy of your car. The best part of all is that you won’t be near any screaming football fans.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at

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