Five Kid-Friendly Alternatives To The Super Bowl In Houston

January 24, 2014 7:00 AM

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Let’s face it, as exciting as the Super Bowl is for most, for others, it’s not the highlight of their new year. For those with children, finding an alternative activity on Super Bowl Sunday should be fairly simple to do because of fewer crowds at places that tend to have large crowds otherwise. The popularity of the the Super Bowl has definitely made for a quiet Sunday at places such as the movie theater and other family-friendly venues and with the famous Super Bowl Sunday commercials becoming less and less family friendly, finding an alternative activity for the children may just be the right thing to do.

Cheer America Championships
Reliant Center
8400 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
(832) 667-1400
www.cachampionships.com

This year, take your little cheerleaders to watch a National Championship event at Reliant Park. Cheer America is celebrating its 16th Annual Cheer Bowl with over 300 cheer and dance teams competing for top prizes and honors, including bids to worldwide cheer and dance events. Enjoy the day watching an alternative athletic event with plenty of action and excitement.

The ICE presented By XFINITY
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 434-7465
www.discoverygreen.com

This 7,716-square-foot ice skating surface is one of the largest outdoor skating rinks in the Southwest United States. Made completely from recycled materials and using recycled water from Kinder Lake, Houston residents can spend the day skating away and enjoying the last day of the ice skating season. The Ice is dedicated to two very special Houstonians, Jack and Evelyn Bennett, who met in 1936 on the ice at Houston’s old Polar Wave Ice Park. They fell in love, married and continued to skate together their entire lives. Lace-up or Velvro-in a pair of skates on Super Bowl Sunday and relive the inspiration started by the Bennetts.

The Children’s Museum Of Houston
1500 Binz St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-1138
www.cmhouston.org

Tis’ the season for Seuss as the Children’s Museum of Houston presents Merry Christmas The Art of Dr. Seuss on Super Bowl Sunday this year. Extend the holiday season with the the exploration of the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the creator of such “The Cat in the Hat,” “Horton Hears a Who!,” “The Lorax” and even the awesome “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Discover something new such as known and unknown facets of Dr. Seuss’s life, including careers as an editorial cartoonist, advertiser, children’s book author, poet, sculptor and influential artist of the century.

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Crighton Theatre
234 N. Main St.
Conroe, TX 77301
(936) 441-7469
www.crightontheatre.org

The Crighton Theatre and The Christian Youth Theater presents “Honk Jr,” a contemporary version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.” Take the kids out to view this musical adaption of this classic story centering around the awkward life of a duckling trying to make his way through life, while dealing with being bullied by his peers. This production boasts fun along with a great message involving laughter, tears and a moving lesson for all. Why not spend the day enjoying a local production, following this amazing little duckling on his journey of tolerance, acceptance and love.

The HEARD Natural Science Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 562-5566
www.heardmuseum.org

Take a tour of Dinosaurs Live! at The Heard Natural Science Museum and view a 46-foot T-Rex and eight other life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors can actually see the dinosaurs move and hear the ferocious roar, as well as take photos to show off to friends and family or as a great souvenir to remember the experience. The exhibit also boasts a fun play area and is stroller friendly for those with little dinosaur enthusiasts. Enjoy this fun and educational experience instead of the hustle and bustle of the Super Bowl.

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Melissa Moreno is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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