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Not into football, Super Bowl Live attracts science-loving families

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The countdown to the Super Bowl is winding down and football fans from around the region have packed downtown Houston to experience the festivities surrounding the big game. Our family opted for Super Bowl Live because of the value, it’s free and we love science. 

After more than a decade since Houston last hosted the Super Bowl, downtown has changed considerably. I was curious how the revitalization of downtown would make our families NFL experience different than the last one.  

Looking back, I remember it was very cold and there was rain throughout the week which made it hard to enjoy the football-related activities.

Fast forward to 2017, and what did I hope for?  Great weather.

This is not the time for the crazy Texas weather that Houstonians have learned to grow fond of.  We wanted the rain and cold to stay away long enough to enjoy the Super Bowl Live activities at Discovery Green.  For the football fanatic, the NFL Experience is inside the George R Brown. The charge is $35 for adults.

There is plenty to enjoy with the entire family, now comes the hard part. Do you take the children to the NFL Experience or do you take them to Super Bowl LI Live? Well if your children are like my niece and nephews who enjoy Science more than football, then Super Bowl Live at Discovery Green is perfect.

We planned our visit to get the most out of our time and to minimize confusion in the crowds. We knew parking was going to be outrageous.  We opted to take the MetroRail from the University of Houston-Downtown and just walk to Discovery Green.  

The MetroRail itself was an experience for the kids.  Growing up in Houston, our children are regulated to cars while stuck in traffic during long commutes. The children were very excited to be on the train and the anticipation grew with each stop along the rail.  

Once we were past security and inside the park, we took the obligator Super Bowl selfie. We marched over to the NFL Helmets exhibit, but as you can imagine the lines for the Texans and Cowboys helmets were the longest out of all the lines. 

Getting to the NASA Future Flight ride was the ultimate goal.  Unfortunately, the wait time for the virtual reality ride was two hours long and the wait time for the Astronaut Exhibit was 30 minutes. All other exhibits were quick, informative and enjoyable to the children. 

To end our visit to Super Bowl Live, we saw the helmet and football exhibits brought in from Mexico City and the James Webb Space Telescope. It was great to see the talent and creativity put into these works of art as well as the size of the telescope.

Even if you are not a football fan, I definetly recommend the experience. It’s amazing to see so many diverse families come together to enjoy themselves.  There is also a Super Bowl app that can be downloaded to your phone that will provide all the events at your finger tips/




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