You don't have to be a huge football fan to find something fun to do in the 10 days leading up to Super Bowl 2018 LII if you live in the Twin Cities. That's because both the NFL — and the Super Bowl Host Committee have come up with all sorts of active ways families can get their game on!
If your kids are wondering what it would take to play in the NFL, Super Bowl Experience Driven by Genesis, which takes over the Minneapolis Convention Center, Jan. 27 – Feb. 3, is offering youth football clinics, games, and the chance to test their ability to kick a field goal through NFL uprights, compete in the 40-yard dash and vertical jumps against NFL players on LED screens, and master a throw even NFL quarterbacks sometimes find tricky: throwing the ball on an arc over a defensive player and into a net. Other great ways to get in on the action — and earn some Kid Power Points ...
- Kids can also watch and learn from USA Football coaches and NFL players about football and NFL FLAG football and safe tackling during various clinics, competitions and demonstrations. On-field clinics are open to kids ages 6-14.
- Run, jump and turn through a simulated world in theNFL PLAY 60 app designed by the American Heart Association.
- Run through physical challenges at the Under Armour booth, including navigating an obstacle training course like an NFL Players do and testing lower-body explosion, balance and strength at the broad jump station!
If the actual game play doesn't get them hooked, NFL players will be stopping in for autograph sessions. Super Bowl Experience will also feature personalized digital photos and a virtual reality experience. For exclusive access to Super Bowl Experience—tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for kids — and the chance to win tickets to Super Bowl LII, register for Fan Mobile Pass. $55 for an SBXTRA ticket will buy adults and kids all-day priority access to attractions from the time of puchase beginning at the time slot that you purchased.
For more football-themed activities your family can do throughout the year, NFL Play 60, a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the National Football League, has created fun activities and videos designed to help kids and families get the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day. Check out the videos here and go on a virtual field trip with Minnesota Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph and Everson Griffen, and American Heart Association volunteer Dr. Courtney Baechler to learn just how good that 60 minutes of daily activity is for our hearts.
If you're looking for some free family football fun, there'll be no shortage of that over the course of teh 10-day fan festival Suepr Bowl LIVE, which runs daily from 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 through game day on Sunday, Feb. 4 on the Nicollet Mall. There will be live events, food and a concert series, which younger kids may be exicited to learn, kicks off with Broadway and television star Idina Menzel (“Frozen,” “Wicked,” “Glee”) performing with local choral group VocalEssence.
Be on the lookout for new entertainment announced at the Hyundai Ice Rink, football themed activities for the kids at Target Plaza Commons — and the Kids Tailgate Party, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Target Center, which will roast Minnesota kids from across the state who participated in the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund 52 Weeks of Giving campaign.Photo of the NFL Experience, Super Bowl XLF by PRO John Tornow, from Flickr