The Super Bowl will be here before you know it, and the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area is showing their support! Best of all, many exciting events are affordable, and some are even free!
Both families on a budget and those looking to make the most out of the local events will find something fun to attend. Even if your family has small toddlers, you don’t have to sit at home all week!
Whether you’re looking for something less hectic than the Super Bowl Experience, or you have several little ones in tow, you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy. Below are some of our top picks for celebrating the SuperBowl for kids!
Super Bowl LIVE Presented by Verizon
The only thing better than a free event is a ten-day celebration. Located at the Nicollet Mall, this family-friendly football extravaganza covers six blocks of exciting venues and activities.
Each day, from Friday, January 26th until the big game kicks off on February 4th, you can mingle with your friends, neighbors, and rivals in this public celebration. Even though there are no admission fees, the festivities are thrilling regardless.
Polaris UpsideDowntown will show off thrilling winter stunts. The pavilion will open all day February 3rd, with featured performances taking to the air at 1:30.
The Built Ford Tough Sleigh Ride will show riders that Santa is due for an upgrade. See for yourself what the official pickup truck of the NFL can do!
The American Birkebeiner International Bridge brings winter fun to the masses. Here you can ski, tube, and more in the center of the action.
There will be many more fun activities and events, including live performances, music, food vendors, and more. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Toddler Tuesdays: Touchdown!
We understand that feeling festive is challenging with a young child. However, the Mall of America hasn’t forgotten about you!
Located in West Market Square, Toddler Tuesday will kick off the fun with their Touchdown! Event. From 10 am until noon, you and your little one can enjoy snacks, crafts, fun activities, and even unique character meet and greets!
If you’re planning on going shopping or just need something age appropriate for your family, you should certainly consider this gathering. Where else can you flaunt your toddler’s new Vikings jersey?
So suit up your toddler and let them make a new friend. You won’t know who might show up along the way!
Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl
You probably weren’t planning on seeing a herd of adorable kittens during the Super Bowl LIVE! festivities, but that’s just what you can see. These players may not hit as hard as the NFL, but they appear equally excited for Kitten Bowl V!
Leading up to both the big games, families can see these adorable kittens from North Shore Animal League. On February 4th, you can look forward to the top names in feline entertainment competing on the Hallmark Channel, as well as live updates on Twitter.
Best of all, the Kitten Bowl festivities are part of the free events. Just head inside the Dayton’s Building for the fiercest furry contenders.
You just may wind up with a new addition to your family! Although maybe you shouldn’t carry them throughout the rest of the event.
Family Friendly Football Frenzy
Two days before Super Bowl LII kicks off, you can join your friends and neighbors at the Midtown Global Market. Here, from 5:30 pm until 7:30, you can celebrate with others before the game takes over the city.
For two hours, guests can enjoy fresh food, fun activities, crafts, and more! Best of all, they don’t charge admission to attend!
Whether you plan on shopping around or just want to stop by for the party, it’s a simple way to celebrate with the entire family. So pick up some last minute food items and have a blast in the process!
St. Paul Winter Carnival
First, the bad news: the Winter Carnival is not a football-related event. The good news is that is precisely what some people are after.
We get it; it’s hard to sit and watch a sports events for hours at a time with young children. Heck, some kids may not even enjoy watching football, or they just don’t understand it yet.
If the coming Super Bowl doesn’t interest you or your family, the St. Paul Winter Carnival provides a welcomed escape from the football fervor. In fact, they extended their operations an additional week to compensate for the Super Bowl madness.
Those seeking a non-sporting festival will love the family events offered in this winter wonderland. Running until February 10th, there are lots to discover at this annual local gathering.
This annual winter carnival has delighted the community since 1886! This year, expect numerous unique exhibits and offerings.
The Ecolab Ice Palace is a free display which operates daily. Here, guests can purchase bricks, allowing the public to piece together this festive staple.
Rice Park comes to life with bright lights at night. Be sure to take a chilly walk through the illuminated park!
Other activities include parades, treasure hunts, marathons, and more! Whatever your family interests may be, there is something to enjoy here.
The Super Bowl Experience
Although this may be the most expensive event on the list, it’s still relatively affordable. Admission will run you $35 per adult, and $25 per child aged 12 or younger.
However, if you or any of your little ones are avid football fans, you certainly don’t want to skip the Super Bowl Experience. Here, you will find many games, activities, special events, and even an opportunity to meet and greet professional NFL players.
You can learn what it feels like to play in the big leagues. And if you or your child already plays football, there are training camps onsite!
Among the many unique offerings are thrilling virtual reality experiences, one-of-a-kind displays, free autographs, and even the Vince Lombardi trophy on display! The celebrations begin January 27th and occur daily through February 3rd.