It's Super Bowl time! The Baltimore Ravens face off against the San Francisco 49'ers Sunday, Feb. 3 in New Orleans. A Feb. 1 Daily Breeze article encourages parents to get children involved in watching the game as it is rich in history, traditions and entertainment value.
However, if you have little ones or are going to a party where there will be a bunch of children, keeping them from becoming bored, tired, overwhelmed and cranky during the big game can be a challenge.
Here are some tips for keeping children entertained during the Super Bowl.
Hire babysitters to come to the party. Enlist some tweens for cheap (or even free) or have everyone go in together to hire some more experienced babysitters.
Have a TV available with children’s shows or movies. Put out coloring books, blocks, puzzles, dollhouses or other quiet toys for kids who aren’t captivated by TV.
Wings, nachos and big slices of pizza can be a challenge for small hands. Serve kids bite size finger foods as Super Bowl snacks, such as chicken nuggets, fruit slices and sandwich quarters. Have juice boxes or sippy cups available to minimize spills.
If the weather is cooperative, send the kids outside to play. Give them a balls, hula hoops, sidewalk, chalk and jump ropes and let them wear themselves out.
With all that playing, you're going to wind up with kids desperate for a nap! Have a room set up with makeshift sleeping areas, such as the mats used for napping at childcare centers.
Making sure kids are entertained and have their needs met will give adults a more time to watch the Super Bowl without distraction.