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Five Kid-Friendly Alternatives To The Super Bowl In Atlanta

January 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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(Credit: Courtesy of http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/)

(Credit: Courtesy of http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/)

So, your kids just aren’t that excited about watching the Super Bowl, and, to be honest, neither are you. Never fear, there are plenty of other fun things you can do on Sunday. Best of all, many of Atlanta’s most popular kid-friendly activities will be nearly empty as everyone stays home to watch the game. Check out some of Atlanta’s most fun things to do with your little ones on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. N.W. 
Atlanta, GA 30313

(404) 581-4151
www.georgiaaquarium.org

The Georgia Aquarium is one of Atlanta’s premiere attractions, but many locals avoid it due to its popularity. Well, on Super Bowl Sunday, you may have the place to yourself. Your kiddos will love the graceful whale sharks and beluga whales, and there are several touch tanks that allow them to get up close and personal with the mysterious creatures of the deep. If you have older kids, you may want to consider one of the special experiences that allow you to dive or swim with the whale sharks. 

Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building
400 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
www.atlantajugglers.org

Apparently the 36th annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival will be taking place right here in Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday. The kids can watch the pros or learn a few tips themselves. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday; see the official website for more details on specific events. There will be stilt walkers, jugglers, music and all sorts of fun for you and the kids. 

Atlanta Game Fest 23
Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
6345 Powers Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 955-1700

www.atlantagamefest.com

What kid doesn’t want to join a giant gaming party? Throughout the weekend, gamers of all ages will be gathering for this fest, where they can try out hundreds of different board games. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, so it’s a great way for your and your kids to make new friends while spending some quality gaming time together. Passes for the entire weekend are $45 for individuals, $75 for couples and $85 for families. 

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Stan The Lovesick Snowman
Center For Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 873-3089
www.puppet.org

The Center for Puppetry Arts is another of Atlanta’s family-friendly favorites, and Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to check out one of its popular shows. Stan the Lovesick Snowman is listed as appropriate for ages four and up, so you can grab your little ones and enjoy a sweet afternoon together following Stan’s adventures as he falls in love with a wood-burning stove. February 2nd is the last day to see this show, and performances are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Check out the website for ticket information. 

Bangles To Benches
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4400
www.high.org

If you have a little girl who likes jewelry and is not that fond of football, consider a mother-daughter day together at the High Museum of Art. Check out the Bangles to Benches exhibit, which explores the unique skill and craft of jewelry-making. Who knows, it might even inspire your daughter to be the next great designer. The exhibit shows the range of skills offered by designers who make not only jewelry but furniture as well. 

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on

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