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Super Bowl Sunday activities that have nothing to do with the old pigskin

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This film image released by Universal Pictures shows Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, left, and Anne Hathaway as Fantine in a scene from "Les Miserables." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

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Updated: February 25, 2013 11:40AM



Sure, it’s the Super Bowl, but an East Coast-West Coach match-up may not mean much to us Midwesterners.

If this game holds no interest for you, you’re in luck. Forget moping around the bowl of chips and dip, waiting for the commercials. Here are a few suggestions on other activities around the area.

1. Go to the movies. This is a perfect time to catch up on all the Oscar picks — see “Les Miserables” and “Argo” before the statues are handed out next month.

Angelique Barthel, marketing manager with Hollywood Palms in Naperville Hollywood Palms, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville, (630) 428-5800, Atriptothemovies.com, and Hollywood Blvd., 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, (630) 427-1880, Atriptothemovies.com, says that Super Bowl Sunday is actually a big day at the theaters. They charge just $3 for any film, all day long. (Plus an extra $3 for 3D titles.) It’s a promotion that has proved popular with football and non-sports fans, too.

“This is the third year that Hollywood is ‘striking’ the Super Bowl, hence the discount on the tickets,” she said. “Obviously, Super Bowl Sunday is usually not a popular day to go out and see movies, so we came up with a fun way to acknowledge that and encourage football and non-football fans to come out anyway.”

Even people who want to watch the game will come to a matinee, she said, while non-football fans come during the game.

“It’s one of our busier Sundays,” she said.

While they won’t likely have any of the films nominated for Academy Awards (they don’t have the screens to hold over titles for as long as they would like), look for the new zombie-comedy “Warm Bodies” and the Al Pacino-Christopher Walken flick, “Stand Up Guys.”

2. Take the kids to an activity center. At Sky High Sports in Naperville, kids and parents alike can bounce to their hearts’ content on trampoline areas. There are even separate zones for dodgeball, a foam pit, and zones for kids 6 and under.

Other activity places include Jump Zone Party Play Centers in Bolingbrook, Mokena, St. Charles and Schaumburg. Jump Zone is an indoor playground filled with inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses, and is open until 6 p.m. Sundays. Find your closest location at jumpskyhigh.com.

3. Area author Brenda Ferber is appearing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville at 2 p.m. She’ll be reading from and signing copies of “The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best-Loved Valentine Ever.” It’s the story of little Leon, who has a secret crush. At 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville. Call (630) 963-2665 or visit andersonbookshop.com.

4. Hit the museums — hopefully you won’t have to fight the long lines. The Legoland Discovery Center, 601 N. Martingale Road, (847) 592-9700, Legolanddiscoverycenter.com, in Schaumburg reports lower than normal attendance numbers on the day of the big game. The Brookfield Zoo and the DuPage Children’s Museum, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, (630) 420-6010, napersettlement.museum, stop for a bite to eat afterwards and you’ll still miss a good chunk of the game.

5. Get some culture in your life, and go to the theater.

“The Art of Murder” is at 2 p.m. at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6300, pheasantrun.com. “Deathtrap” is at 3 p.m. at the Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 587-8521, steelbeamtheatre.com. First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook presents “Jeeves Takes a Bow” 3 p.m. at First Folio Theatre, 1717 31st St. Oak Brook, (630) 986-8067, firstfolio.org. “Sunset Boulevard” shows at 2 and 6 p.m. at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, 100 Drury Lane, (630) 530-8300, drurylaneoakbrook.com. The Village Theatre Guild offers the drama “Trying” at 3 p.m. at their space at 3S020 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, (630) 469-8230, villagetheatreguild.org. The final showing of “The Underpants” by Buffalo Theatre Ensemble is at 2 p.m. at Building K Theater at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Fawell Boulevard west of Lambert Road, (630) 942-4000, cod.edu. The feel-good musical “The Music Man” is 1 and 5 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora, (630) 896-7676, paramountaurora.com.

6. Take care of yourself. Go to the gym — chances are good you will have the place to yourself and will have your pick of the machines. With some advance planning, you could even book a massage or a hair appointment. (Remember to tip well — you might not want to see the game, but maybe they do.)

7. Catch some counter-programming on TV — now is as good a time as any to start watching the PBS smash hit “Downton Abbey.” There’s a repeat at 7 p.m. and a new episode at 8 p.m. In it, Cora and Robert aren’t speaking, Matthew and Robert are at odds, and the servants shun Isobel. Good times!

NBC is showing two episodes of the hit show, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” followed by a repeat of “Live From New York: The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live.” It includes interviews with creator Lorne Michaels, cast members and writers; and clips of sketches and musical performances.

If all else fails, click back to the Super Bowl and try to catch the commercials so you’re up on what everyone’s talking about the next day at work.

8. Lace up your ice skates and head to the free ice skating rink at The Park at Rosemont, 9700 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont. Skate rental costs $8, but skating is free until 8 p.m. Visit rosemont.com/portal_park.html.



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