We won’t be going to the big game, of course ($12,000? Really?!), but Indy will play host to plenty of fun activities for the 10 days of Superbowl Village. It’s just so unbelievably exciting to have it all happening right here in our city.
There are several free Superbowl events, and a few with an admission charge. Some will be geared towards adults, but several are family friendly. I really am super excited to take the girls to Superbowl Village!
- NFL Experience: The NFL Experience is billed as an NFL theme park. It will feature interactive games, attractions, kids’ football clinics, autograph sessions, and a huge memorabilia show. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for kids 2-12 (kids under 2 are free).
- Superbowl Roman Numerals: The 30-foot numerals will be on display through the Superbowl. I can’t wait to get the girls’ picture in front of the giant Superbowl Numbers! When will we get a chance like that again?
- Zipline: The US’s longest temporary zipline will run down Capitol Avenue. The ticket presale has ended, but there will be a standby line for those who still want to experience zipping over downtown Indy. Tickets are $10 per person, but I could not find any information on minimum age requirements.
- Super Dash: Giant hamster wheel of awesome. True story. Fans of each team can run on the wheel to produce energy that will be measured in a fan power competition. Which team will be crowned the victor on February 5th?
- Kinect NFL PLAY 60 FanDome: Kids love video games, and we’ve been dying to try out the Kinect. Kinect plus 360 degree inflated dome? Yeah, that’s awesome.
- Ice Gurus: The Food Network’s Ice Brigade will create ice sculptures live in the Superbowl Village. My girls are going to get such a kick out of this! (And, don’t worry—while it will definitely be cold enough to maintain ice sculptures, Superbowl Village is also full of portable heaters to keep visitors warm.
- Super Cars: Nothing says Indianapolis like Indy Cars, and the city will be showcasing several NFL-themed cars in the heart of downtown. Every time we see one on display, it’s surrounded by kids. This one will be a big hit.
- ESPN Broadcast Studio: Kids will love seeing a real television broadcast. Several popular sports shows will be produced in the Pan Am Plaza. They will be open for public viewing through Superbowl week.
- Nightly concerts: I’m not sure how many of the more than 60 performers on the Pepsi Stage (hosted by Zuri Hall and Mike Epps) will be family friendly, but it’s worth looking into—especially since they’re completely free. Check out at the Superbowl events calendar for details. There will be more free concerts, from Univision, VH1 and CMT at the convention center and Indiana State Fairgrounds, as part of the Pepsi Fan Jam. Get your free tickets in advance.
Awesome Advice: Be sure to locate the Super Care Clinic before you go, just in case. Physicians & nurses from several health networks will be on site to provide urgent care and first-aid as a fee-for-service walk-in clinic. It will also include the first ever lactation station, a fully equipped facility for nursing mothers.
Montessori Moment: Consider the Park & Ride, if your kids have never experienced public transit. My girls haven’t, and I’m feeling a bit like a helicopter mom now that I think about it. IndyGo will be free during Superbowl weekend, plus shuttles will run from several Super Celebration Sites outside of Indianapolis.