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12 Things To Do During the Big Game: Super Bowl Alternatives

We’re very excited that our Los Angeles Rams are playing in this year’s Super Bowl, and even more excited that the Big Game is being hosted right here in SoCal at Sofi Stadium. It’s a wonderful showcase for our region of the country – and we plan on having great weather that day!

But we know the truth: not everyone is a football fan! Or maybe your favorite teams aren’t playing this year, so your interest level is a little lower than it might be. We get it.

While many families plan on spending Sunday, February 13th in front of the TV watching the Super Bowl, that’s not the plan for all families. So if you’re looking for something non-football related to do, we’ve got the list of 2022 Game Day Alternatives for you!

12 Super Bowl Alternatives for Families

1. Smorgasburg LA
785 Bay St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Smorgasburg LA is a weekly Sunday market, happening each Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Families will find dozens of food vendors as well as many shopping opportunities. Take your time to stroll, browse, shop, and eat! Parking information is available online.

Whether you’re watching the game or not, these Recipes for Game Day Food are delicious and we highly recommend them!

2. Tarzana Native Plant Fair
Valley Art Workshop
5210 Collier Pl., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

The Tarzana Native Plant Fair is happening on Sunday, February 13th from 10 am to 4 pm. This free, family-friendly fair is an opportunity to “celebrate our natural heritage with science, art, and plenty of plants ready to take home.” Enjoy musical performances, plant sales, workshops and demonstrations, and more. Check the website for details. 

Sofi Stadium where LA Rams and Chargers Football teams play
Sofi Stadium is where the LA Rams and LA Chargers play, and it’s where the 2022 Super Bowl is being held

3. Hamilton
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

If you haven’t yet been able to get tickets to Hamilton at the Pantages, Super Bowl Sunday could be your lucky day. On Sunday, there is a 1:00 pm matinee performance. Tickets are available online. 

4. Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

When was the last time you visited the Petersen Automotive Museum? You’ll most likely find fewer crowds there on Super Bowl Sunday giving you the perfect opportunity to check out some of their most recent exhibits including Bond In Motion: Official Collection of Original James Bond Vehicles. Also, February 13th is the last day to see Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed. Tickets are available online. 

Cute quirky car at Carsland Disney California Adventure
Not a football fan? One option is to visit Disney California Adventure and see Carsland instead

5. Lunar New Year
Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA

Disney California Adventure Park will probably be a lot less crowded on Super Bowl Sunday. Which means you and your family can celebrate the Year of the Tiger with fun activities including Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, live holiday entertainment, kid-friendly crafts and activities, festive décor, special menus celebrating Asian cuisine, and much more. 

6. Sherman Oaks Castle Park
4989 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Enjoy some outside time with a game of miniature golf at Sherman Oaks Castle Park. Actually, you can do more than mini golf. You’ll also find an arcade and batting cage on-site as well. And note, the cafe remains closed. 

7. Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

If you haven’t yet been to the Skirball to check out Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, Super Bowl Sunday could be the day to do it. “This fully immersive exhibition will showcase Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, art, and technology through more than one hundred rare artifacts, set pieces, and props, plus state-of-the-art photo and video interactives.” Advance, timed-entry reservations are required and are available online. (And don’t delay too much longer. The exhibition is only at the Skirball until February 20th.)

8. Take a Day Trip
San Bernardino National Forest
San Bernardino, CA 

Families can do it all in the San Bernardino National Forest. There are hiking, wildflower-viewing, and fishing opportunities here. The Forest is immense and includes “three National Monuments, eight designated Wilderness Areas, three Wild and Scenic Rivers, and many more noteworthy and beautiful locales.” In addition, the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, is an adventurous way to spend a day. This 110-mile long drive takes families through incredible vistas, from San Bernardino and up to Big Bear. Most likely, traffic will be a lot lighter on Super Bowl Sunday.

clueless movie poster
Clueless is one of our favorite movies, not only set in Los Angeles but filmed here, too

9. Street Food Cinema: Clueless
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007

Street Food Cinema invites families to see a drive-in movie this Valentine’s Day weekend. On Sunday, February 13th there’s a 5:45 pm showing of Clueless (rated PG-13). In addition, SFC is also hosting a Valentine’s Car Decorating Contest. And if you really want to surprise your kids, you can purchase a Love Letter Ad Slide to be shown at the movie. All details, information about food, and tickets are available online.  

10. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

You can expect less crowds at the LA Zoo on Super Bowl Sunday. Along with all your favorite spots to explore, be sure to take the self-guided Betty’s L.A. Zoo Tour, honoring the life and legacy of Betty White and highlighting some of her favorite Zoo spots. Online Zoo reservations are required.  

11. Charlotte’s Web
The Phantom Projects Theatre at La Habra 
311 S. Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631

Enjoy a live theater production of the beloved Charlotte’s Web at The Phantom Projects Theatre at La Habra. On Sunday, February 13th there are several performance times including a Sensory-Friendly Performance at 12:00 pm. Children must be at least 5 years old. Details and ticket information are available online. 

12. Sunday Funday at The Wallis
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts – Promenade Terrace
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sunday, February 13th is Sunday Funday at The Wallis! The free events begin at 10:00 am with Spring Groove/Y.U.M.M.Y. Time – a 3-tiered program for body, mind and soul; then there is an 11:00 am performance of Kiddle Karoo! – a musical puppet show and concert; and at 12:00 pm, Parker Bent will be performing live music for kids. Activities are open for all ages.

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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