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6 Things to Do Instead of Watching the Super Bowl

Not a big football fan and planning to skip the Super Bowl? There's plenty to do with the kids on February 4 that doesn't involve watching the big game.


Photo courtesy of Tenafly Nature Center

Try Maple Sugaring

Head to Tenafly Nature Center for a really sweet experience. This wintry highlight teaches tree identification, the history of syrup making and how sap is gathered. Your brood will get to visit the center’s tapped tree and boil down the sap to make fresh maple syrup. The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham is also hosting two maple sugaring sessions this Sunday, and is teaching kids the whole process from tree to pancake. Don’t leave without getting a taste!

Photo courtesy of Skylands Stadium

Get Frozen in Ice

This is Skylands Stadium's celebration of all things ice, featuring interactive carnival-esque ice sculptures, a 50-foot ice slide, hot food and drink, ice skating, a s’mores fire pit and more. Watch live ice carving demos, have dinner at an ice table, make your way through the ice maze. Dads even get in free this Sunday, so drag him along before kickoff. Be sure to dress as warmly as possible. 

Photo courtesy of Newport Skates

Practice Spins on an Ice Rink

Work on your figure eights with the kids at an indoor rink near you. Want to come someplace more scenic? Try Newport Skates, an outdoor ice rink in Jersey City that boasts views of the NYC skyline. 

Photo courtesy of Mountain Creek

Get Outside

Don't let low temps deter you from getting out with the fam. Consider going on a hike, or visiting a National Historic Park, like the Great Falls in Paterson. Want to get super seasonal? Try skiing, tubing or snowboarding at Campgaw or Mountain Creek. Even more fun? Low-impact paintballing in West Milford, especially for kids. 

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Make a Trip to New York City

From Gulliver's Gate to One World Observatory, there's plenty to do in the Big Apple with your little one. Want to keep it educational? Consider going to the American Museum of Natural History, Children's Museum of the Arts, or the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum


Have a Blast Indoors 

Really not up for braving winter winds? Stay warm at an indoor play place, rock gym or water park. Is your kid a gamer? Head to a cool arcade. Little athlete on your hands? Try roller skating, bowling or golfing. Mini-homebody? Get creative with DIY projects (yup, even slime) you can do together. 


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