You don’t have to block and tackle – or even trek to New Jersey – to be a part of NYC’s Super Bowl 2014. While those with tickets worry about ice and snow interfering with their football viewing, you can watch the Big Game (and, let’s be honest – the commercials) from the comfort of your couch, while still getting in on the action by checking out some of these local family-friendly Super Bowl activities.

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1. Take the PATH train to Hoboken during the week leading up to the Big Game (Jan. 27-Feb. 2) for the town’s Hoboken Huddle, featuring an ice skating rink, three curling lanes, food, entertainment and some pretty impressive ice artistry with local architect John Nastasi’s carvings of this year’s Super Bowl Roman numerals, XLVIII.

2. Super Bowl Boulevard takes over Times Square on Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets from Jan. 29 – Feb. 1. Christened the “epicenter” for football fans, there will be players giving autographs, nightly concerts, giveaways, special events for kids and a visit from the Super Bowl Host Committee’s Huddle Tour, a mobile Super Bowl experience that includes the opportunity to create your own touchdown dance. And to be sure your trip to Times Square is worth it, get a photo of your child with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. If he doesn’t think it’s awesome now, chances are, he’ll treasure the pic in another decade or two.

3. Here’s the real reason to endure all the tourist hub bub that is Times Square. As part of Super Bowl Boulevard, kids (big and small!) can slide down a 58-foot toboggan run in the heart of the city. The slide will accommodate 1,000 riders per hour and organizers recommend coming early in the day to avoid the lines.

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4. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is partnering with the National Football League to showcase You Make the Call: Learn to be An NFL Official, an interactive experience for kids focused on the art and skill of being an NFL official. The exhibit is open until the end of February and includes an obstacle course, clinics and player visits.

5. For the runner in you, New York Road Runners (NYRR) hosts its annual Gridiron 4-mile run  on Feb. 2 in Central Park. You can run and your family can cheer you on. Near the end of the race, runners funnel through one of two gates to indicate the team they’re rooting for in that evening’s match up. Then, cool down by giving your throwing arm a workout in the longest football throw contest.

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6. Finally, The Liberty Science Center is hosting Gridiron Glory through Mar. 2. At this touring exhibit from the Pro Football Hall of Fame you can slip into vintage uniforms and browse iconic memorabilia. You might even catch a glimpse of the former Jets and Giants players who will be stopping by throughout the exhibit’s run.

Are you excited that the Big Game is in NYC area this year? How will you get in on the fun with your family? Bonus: Tell us who you’re rooting for in this year’s matchup. 

Photos courtesy of Times Square Alliance, CMOM, Liberty Science Center

–Elizabeth Carr