Lifestyle Expert, Holly Resnick came up with some really fun alternatives to watching the "Big Game" this Sunday.
1. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NO CROWDS!
Visit that place that's always too crowded
Portland has its share of them, those popular spots that always have a line or a waiting list, i.e.: Salt and Straw, Movie theaters, IKEA, etc.
*Head up to the wine country. Hit up the places that would normally be overwhelmed by tourists.
*Try a new restaurant: Make the most of what will surely be a slow night and make reservations at a restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Rather than rushing through your meal, make it special by ordering a cocktail you’ve never tried, share an appetizer and definitely order dessert. Just be sure wherever you go doesn’t have TVs in the bar.
2. GET OUTSIDE:
You don't have to like watching football to enjoy tossing the ball around and tackling your friends. Load up a crew of fellow Super Bowl skippers and head to your nearest park or big backyard. Don't have a football? Bring a Frisbee, a soccer ball, anything to get you outside with friends instead of inside with no clue what's happening on the field.
*Go to a Park.
Take your children along for a hike on local trails or watch them as they swing and slide at the neighborhood playground. Stop for takeout as you head for home. Fresh air and exercise will send everybody to bed at an early hour.
*Get out in nature: Go ice skating, take a winter hike, plan a group run or organize a game of capture the flag or kickball with other Super Bowl defectors. Go to the gorge, or mountain, beach: Be thankful that you’re able to see such beauty with little-to-no crowds. Most cities have hiking and running groups that meet on the weekends. Sign up and make new friends.
3. INSTEAD OF SUPER BOWL, JUST GO BOWL!
If you'd rather not watch the Super Bowl, why not actually bowl. Bowling is a much simpler game to wrap your head around than football, and it's certainly more hands-on than any kind of watch party. Why settle for watching superstar athletes knock each other down when you could be knocking down pins?
Host a cook-off: Or a bake-off, or a cocktail contest. Choose a theme, hit up the grocery store, and invite your friends over to whip up their own version of a recipe with you. Turn up the music and get into it. Extra points if you provide cheesy aprons you found at the thrift store (“Kiss the Cook”), and be sure to have extra drinks and snacks on hand. When you’re done, vote for your favorite and hand out fun awards to everyone while you indulge in their creations.
Take Tea with Friends.
Invite your friends over for Darjeeling and scones. Leave the beer and pizza to the guys while you sip fine sherry and nibble cucumber sandwiches and tiny tea cakes. Dress for the occasion. Pearls would be lovely; hat and gloves are not required. Set the sophisticated mood with either classical music or soft jazz.
5. TAKE IN AN ART SHOW - i.e.:LAIKA exibit at Portland Art Museum
You’ve been promising yourself to catch the latest exhibition at the museum or check out the local artist’s new showing at that downtown gallery. Crowds won’t be lined up three deep to block your view of touring masterpieces. Gaze as long as you wish without feeling you have to rush through. You’ll find plenty of parking on deserted city streets.
Bring a sketchbook and some pencils or charcoal for when you inevitably get inspired and allow yourself to really sit and look.
6. DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL:
*Visit an elderly relative: They’re probably not watching the game either and if you time this properly the roads will be deserted for your visit to Nana.
*OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETY AND GIVE SOME PUPPIES AND KITTENS SOME MUCH NEEDED SNUGGLES WHILE THEY WAIT FOR HOMES.
7. UNPLUG EVERYTHING:
Get a jump on the National Day of Unplugging, which runs this year on March 1st. In preparation for this event, see how long you can go without phone, Internet, TV and other distractions.
8. COUNTER PROGRAMMING:
*For the last 14 years, Animal Planet has provided non-football fans a cute, furry alternative to the Super Bowl: the Puppy Bowl.
The Puppy Bowl will take place the same day as the Super Bowl, Feb. 4, starting at 3 p.m. ET on Animal Planet.
*Host a pre-Oscars movie night: Have you seen all of the Oscar-nominated films? Gather together a group of friends, make some snacks and cocktails, and settle in for a night of cinema. Before the night is over, write your predictions down and see what pans out when the awards show airs on February 28th
* Television executives finally got hip that not everyone is watching the Super Bowl and they're working hard to get all the audience members they can. Check out your guide for different marathon options!
9. GET CRAFTY - MAKE SOMETHING:
Valentine’s Day is just a week away, so why not get a head start on your Valentine’s gifts and spend the afternoon making treats and sweets for those you love? Craft up some cards using watercolor paper and paints, or mix up your own box of chocolates.
10. LAST RESORT - CLEAN:
* Closet project: You know there are items of clothing in your closet that could be tossed or donated. Sort through your clothes and get rid of everything that doesn't fit, is tied to a sad memory, or that you haven't worn in over a year. You don't need that baggage
*Clean Out the Garage.
*junk drawer or email inbox. You have plenty of empty hours to fill on Super Bowl Day. Even the undisciplined end up with plenty of free time and no excuse to avoid tackling despised chores.