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Five Kid-Friendly Alternatives to the Super Bowl in Washington, D.C.

January 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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While the Super Bowl brings excitement and enthusiasm to many in the greater D.C. area, for some adults and kids, the event can be pretty uninteresting. For those individuals, here are some fun, kid-friendly activities to engage in while the football-loving folks are glued to the TV on February 2, 2014. Each one of these activities is great for both kids and adults.

Spy Museum
800 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-7798
www.spymuseum.org

A visit to the Spy Museum, one of D.C.’s most popular spots, is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. For kids, there are interactive spy games, which include learning how to speak like a spy, becoming a bond villain, partaking in spy training activities and even receiving a secret spy mission. Adults will enjoy exploring the espionage artifacts section of the museum, as well as engaging in fun activities to help understand how one becomes a spy. The museum shop is full of souvenirs to explore and the surrounding Penn Quarter neighborhood has loads of great dining options.

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National Gallery of Arts Ice Rink
6th and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 216-9397
www.nga.gov/ice-rink.html

One of the best ways to enjoy the winter season is to get on the ice. Skates and lockers are available for rent for children and adults, so everyone can show off their skating skills. Music will be playing, and the adjoining Pavilion Café serves snacks and delicious hot chocolate to warm up when your fingers and toes get too cold. Adults can also order wine and beer. With most people watching the football, the rink will be free from over-crowding, so Super Bowl Sunday is a great day to take advantage of this D.C. gem.

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21223
(410) 752-2490
www.borail.org

Head up to Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museum, where you can celebrate the beginning of Black History Month by visiting the museum’s new African American exhibit. Kids can learn about African American history and also take a ride on one the museum’s various locomotives. Adults will appreciate and admire “the oldest, most historic, and most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world.” The museum has parking, a snack shop and a museum store for gifts.

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600
www.kennedy-center.org

Take a trip to Neverland on February 2, 2014 at the beautiful Kennedy Center, where “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a delightful prequel to “Peter Pan,” is showing both in the afternoon and evening. The show runs about 2.5 hours, and is full of adventure, humor and excitement. The musical has won five Tony awards, a testament to its popularity. Both children and adults will enjoy this show.

Crepes At The Market
225 7th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 698-5253
www.crepesatthemarket.com

Celebrate Crepe Day by visiting this popular creperie at Eastern Market. Choose from a wide variety of sweet and savory crepes, including crepes filled with cheese and veggies, or decadent fruit and nutella crepes. Filling options are in abundance, and prices are reasonable. Just be prepared to wait in line. This popular venue is only open on the weekends and has plenty of loyal followers.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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