How to plan a family-friendly Superbowl party
By Aimee Heckel
The Super Bowl is basically a national holiday. If you’re planning on watching it — along with 108.4 million other of your closest friends — here are some fun ways to celebrate with your whole family.
1. Organize the house into two zones, preferably with two TVs or one iPad streaming the game live. The first zone, in the main room, is for parents, the big-time football fans who actually care about the results and the commercials. The second area can also show the game, but it’s the designated watch-and-play area, where people (ahem, little people) can chat, build with toys and wrestle around — without disrupting the adults. They’ll still feel involved in the festivities, but they won’t be forced into impossible silence.
2. Prepare healthy and fun snacks. Crunchy veggie trays. Zucchini fries instead of French fries. Instead of just potato chips, set out Eat Your Vegetables chips, which contain one serving of veggies per ounce. They’re crunchy, salty and delicious, and your kids will never know they’re munching on kale. Find them at most grocery stores and even Toys R Us for $3.59 a bag.
3. Don’t forget healthy drinks. Instead of “punch” or sugary drinks, provide carbonated water, milk, 100 percent orange juice diluted with water or make special strawberry-infused or cucumber water. Ask your kids to help you make it, and they’re more likely to try it.
4. Plan an activity for either before or after the game, to get your kids moving. Inspired by the Super Bowl, organize a family or neighborhood game of flag football.
5. Prepare for antsy pants during the game by picking up some new craft supplies and having a few artsy activities in mind, too. When your kids start getting rascally during third quarter, sit them down with pre-cut cardboard or construction paper footballs and let them decorate them. Have them design their own imaginary team’s helmets or logo. Help them make a wreath or garland out of paper footballs to decorate the kitchen with.
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