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Not a Sports Fan? What to Do on Super Bowl Sunday

Forget the Super Bowl. People who know where it’s at will be switching channels to the Animal Planet for the annual Puppy Bowl. Many folks prefer adorable puppies playing football more than the “real game”—there’s a whole lotta cuteness goin’ on; it may be the best fun you’ve had this year. Puppy Bowl XI airs at 3 p.m. For details, visit: www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/americas-other-cuter-super-bowl-the-story-of-the-puppy-bowl-20140131. Puppies not your thing? Kitten Bowl, airs on the Hallmark Channel at noon (hosted by animal advocate and North Shore Animal League America spokesperson Beth Stern). www.hallmarkchannel.com/kitten-bowl.

There’s always the Fish Bowl on Nat Geo Wild. They’re building buzz around their Super Bowl counter-programming, Fish Bowl II, the successor to last year’s captivating event. Fish Bowl II will liven things up by moving the Bowl to a farm, and adding a clown fish in with the gold fish.

For those who prefer a different blood sport, the Zombie Bowl is back. On Sunday, February 1 AMC will offer The Walking Dead to zombie marathoners.

Want to see real animals, not the ones on the grid iron? Try “A Winter’s Day on the Farm” 12 p.m.—4 p.m. at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown. Experience a day-in-the-life of early 20th century farm families. Tractor-pulled wagon rides, farm animals, ice harvesting, tapping maple trees, daily farm chores, wood stove cooking, sewing demonstrations, hands-on weaving craft. Adults $8, seniors $7, ages 4-16 $6, ages 2 & 3 $4, under 2 free 973.326.7645

And then there’s Groundhog Day: Time for “Imagine That,” at the New Jersey Children’s Museum. This Morris County destination offers arts and crafts on Sunday, with seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is $9.95 for adults, and $10.95 for children.” Imagine That” is at 4 Vreeland Road in Florham Park. For more information, call 973-966-8000 or http://imaginethatmuseum.com/ Super Bowl Sunday is also Hedgehog Day at the Bergen County Zoo that Sunday, with events starting at 11:30 a.m.

If it’s dinosaurs you crave, visit Dinosaurs of the Deep at Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront. Five thousand square feet of large-scale skeletons, ancient fossils and more than 20 life-size replicas are on display. Visitors will come face-to-face with a 24-foot Liopleurodon, one of the oceans’ most dangerous predators, view a life-sized coral reef teeming with trilobites, touch a horseshoe crab at the “Touch a Living Dinosaur” exhibit and become a paleontologist by examining a variety of fossils.

The Boardwalk Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show at the Wildwoods Convention Center. This AKC show features a Best of Breed Competition, Police K-9 Unit Demonstration, Obedience and Rally Trials, vendors and much more! Competitions begin at 8 a.m. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for Seniors, children 12 and under $2. For more information and a detailed list of event schedule visit www.BoardwalkKennelClub.com.

In the mood for some authentic barbeque but don’t wanna watch a game to get it? For a kosher tailgating experience without the game, try The Wandering Que Kosher Texas Barbeque on Super Bowl Sunday in Brooklyn at the Kingsway Jewish Center 2810 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn At 2 p.m. there will be an end of game-time BBQ pop-up dinner/game-time service with pre-orders starting at noon. Pre-orders can be secured by ordering online and will be available for pick-up in a separate station on game day with no waiting on lines. www.wanderingque.com

Wanna see a movie? Teaneck cinemas will be open, and most other movie theaters will not have long lines. This is your chance to get the best seat in the house! Another chance to get great seats? Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week. Check out www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek

There’s always shopping. The Princeton YWCA will hold its annual Super Bowl Sunday Flea Market at the center, 59 Paul Robeson Place in Princeton from 10 am to 2 p.m. Or try a Super Bowl Sunday morning auction for a change of pace: The Hazlet Holiday Inn—2870 Rt. 35, Hazlet, N.J. will feature antiques, collectibles, coins, vehicles, and more. Preview 9:00 a.m.—Auction 10:00 a.m.

The Tenafly Nature Center offers Maple Sugaring at 12:30, with the chance to learn how to identify a maple tree, discover the history of syrup making and learn how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center’s tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup. Check out www.tenaflynaturecenter.org/Seasonal-Programs to register.

Then there’s always getting a mani/pedi, grabbing a cup of something yummy with friends at Lazy Bean or Mocha Bleu, taking the kids to World of Wings (www.wowbutterfly.com)

Happy non-super-bowling (oh yeah, there’s always bowling. www.nationwidebowling.com).

By Lisa Matkowsky

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