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Beast Mode: Best Places to Watch the Super Bowl with Kids

The Seattle Seahawks did it again (our heart’s are still racing from that epic comeback!) and families across Seattle are preparing to cheer on the NFC champs as they take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. If you weren’t one of the lucky season-ticket holders to win the Super Bowl lottery (yah, us either), then you’ll need a place to cheer on the Hawks with every touchdown on February 1st. Instead of watching the big game from your living room (where you might also be forced to watch Dora reruns), venture out to one of these kid-friendly Super Bowl hot spots to get your 12th Man on. Go Hawks!

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photo: Seattle Seahawks Facebook page

Seattle

Belltown Pub
With TVs in every direction you look, there isn’t a bad seat in the house at Belltown Pub. Surprised to find a kid-friendly place to watch the Super Bowl in the heart of Belltown? We know it’s strange, but it’s true! And besides having a great kids’ menu, they also have games to keep your little ones entertained while you catch just one more play and plenty of room for them to get up and stretch their legs.

Belltown Pub
2322 First Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98121
206-448-6210
Online: belltownpub.com

Madrona Eatery & Ale House
Wiggly kids who could care less about the game? Head to the Madrona Eatery & Ale House. They’re stocked with bins full of books, toys, crayons and coloring sheets to keep the kiddos entertained so that you can catch a touchdown or two. Plus, the kiddos will find countless items to choose from on their own menus, and you can nosh on their appetizer specials. Bonus points for having a changing table in the bathroom!

Madrona Eatery & Ale House
1138 34th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98122
206-323-7807
Online: madronaalehouse.com

Patxi’s Pizza – Ballard
This new neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Ballard is everything it should be—warm, welcoming and downright delicious. And with two flat screen TVs centrally located in the middle of the restaurant, it’s also a great spot to watch the Seahawks defeat the Patriots with every winning TD. Patxi’s menu if full of delish options including two distinctively different styles of pizza—signature deep dish crust or thin and crispy Italian crust pies made with extra fine flour and baked to perfection. There’s also a broad selection of shareable plates (think antipasto, creamy basil-garlic bruschetti, meatballs and salads) plus a large beer, wine and cocktail menu. Patxi’s kids’ menu is full of kid-pleasing options including mini pizzas, meatballs and pasta. Psst! Upon arrival, ask for the dough balls. Patxi’s will bring each kiddo their own bowl of dough so if the game doesn’t keep their attention, playing with dough will.

Patxi’s Pizza
5323 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
206-946-1512
Online: patxispizza.com or on Facebook

Patxi's Pizza - Ballard
photo: Kristina Moy

Maggie Bluffs
Boats and beers and (foot)ball! They have a little bit of everything at Maggie Bluffs. Hidden beneath a super-posh waterfront restaurant, Palisades, Maggie’s is a place for families to love – the staff is accommodating, sweet and always brings out extra napkins with your meal. Plus, that ice cream sandwich your kids get after their meal gives you enough time to order one more pint! Maggie’s is loaded with TVs in every corner, so you’ll be able to catch the game easily.

Maggie Bluffs
2601 W. Marina Pl.
Seattle, Wa 98199
206-283-8322
Online: maggiebluffs.com

The RAM at University Village
Families love The RAM for family-friendly dining anytime (especially after dragging your kids from store to store at U Village), but if you’re looking for somewhere to catch the game with some root beer-aged fans, you’ll especially love it here. There are huge flat screens along the back of the main dining area that are visible from most tables. Plus, the kids’ menu at The RAM is incredible – they get to pick from a variety of choices for sides and such — and so is the beer selection for mom and dad. Take the kids outside into University Village during halftime to get their wiggles out – there’s a playground in the center of the Village, in case it wasn’t already on your Seattle favorite’s list!

The RAM at U Village
2650 University Village
Seattle, Wa 98105
206-522-4944
Online: theram.com

Bonus location: The RAM at Northgate Mall
401 N.E. Northgate Way, Suite 1102
Seattle, Wa 98125
206-364-8000
Online: theram.com

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photo: The RAM-University Village Facebook page

Magnolia Village Pub
Locals to the Magnolia neighborhood probably won’t appreciate us revealing their favorite spot to watch the game with kids, but it’s too good not to share! There are flat screens on every single wall at the MVP, which makes the game easy to watch while you have some appetizers and lunch! Try to get there early enough to snag one of the booths along the wall, or along the front of the restaurant with the big glass doors that look out onto the sidewalk. Kids need a  halftime break? Walk up the block to the Magnolia Playfield and burn off some energy at the playground! You can get there by walking past the Starbucks towards the baseball fields, then up the little path, past the tennis courts.

Magnolia Village Pub
3221 W. McGraw St.
Seattle, Wa 98199
206-285-9756
Online: magnolia-villagepub.com

Buffalo Wild Wings
Located just a few minutes from Westfield Southcenter, this new hot spot is a fave family hangout on game days. The restaurant has more than 30 flat screen TVs so the only thing you have to decide on is which one to watch. B-Dubs’ menu is jam-packed with goodness sure to please the pickiest of eaters. For their wings, they serve 16 signature sauces from Jammin’ Jalapeno to Honey BBQ and everything in between. Most of the sauces are served on their traditional wings, but if boneless wings are more your style, they make those as well. Little twelfies will also feel the love with a menu tailored specifically to them. Mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken tenders, wings, and so much more. Throw in some games of bean bag toss during half-time and even if the Hawks lose, you will at least walk away full and tired.

Buffalo Wild Wings
225 Tukwila Pkwy.
Tukwila, Wa 98188
206-243-1219
Online: buffalowildwings.com or on Facebook

Bonus location: Downtown Seattle – Westlake Center location
1624 4th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-467-2743

Bonus location: Federal Way – The Commons Mall location
2005 S. 320th St.
Federal Way, Wa 98063
253-529-7862

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photo: Ronda Billerbeck

The Triple Door
Once again, The Triple Door is offering Seattle families two unique ways to watch the big game. You can catch all the plays in the iconic, 270-seat Mainstage Theatre which hosts an impressive 17’ screen and state-of-the-art sound and lighting. In addition to plush half-moon booths, a full menu service from Wild Ginger will be available for you and your tots. If your family prefers to take in the game with a bit more privacy, The Triple Door’s suites will also be available for reservations and private parties. These four intimate box suites create an exclusive setting, and can fit up to 10 of your closest pals. If you think these options sound like a touchdown, be sure to make reservations now! For suite reservations, call 206-838-4312 or email tdprivatedining@the tripledoor.net.

The Triple Door
216 Union St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Reservations: 206-838-4333
Online: tripledoor.net

Eastside

520 Bar and Grill
Tucked away in Old Bellevue, 520 Bar and Grill is an itty-bitty restaurant with a fantastic enclosed outdoor dining space that expands their Super Bowl capacity! A popular spot for Bellevue locals to catch the game or meet with friends, 520 Bar and Grill is also a great place to take your kids – the food is a huge step above the typical sports bar fare (but without the stepped up prices!) and you can always take them next door to Downtown Bellevue Park to run around for a quarter… or two.

520 Bar and Grill
10146 Main St.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-450-0520
Online: 520barandgrill.com

Lucky Strike
Wait? Bowling? We thought this was all about football? Well, coincidentally, one of the best places to watch the Super Bowl with kids on the Eastside is Lucky Strike. Book your lanes in advance (as in, now!) and enjoy the big screens over the pins – they bowl, you watch. Really, it’s the best idea you’ve had all year!

Lucky Strike
Lincoln Square
700 Bellevue Way N.E., Suite 250
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-453-5137
Online: bowlluckystrike.com

Good to Know: The Central Library will once again be showing the big game in their Microsoft Auditorium. Free tickets for seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2:30 p.m; doors will also open at 2:30 p.m. The auditorium can accommodate 275 people so you will definitely be able to get your 12th Man on with other Hawks fans.

Will you be watching Super Bowl XLIX with your lil’ Hawks fans? Where is your favorite kid-friendly place to catch the big game? Let us know in a comment below. 

—Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla