Tuning In for Sunday’s Big Game: Puppy Bowl

February 3, 2017

Posted in: Children, Family

Last year, Super Bowl 50 drew 111.9 million TV viewers and 16.9 million tweets. When the Patriots take on the Falcons this weekend, some will tune in for the teams, some for the commercials and some (like many a 3-year old) for the snacks.

But not every family is into football and with the big game on at 6:30 p.m., and lasting well into the evening, it can be a long night before bedtime for those with young children.

For kids who aren’t big fans, or just aren’t quite old enough to commit hours of attention, your big game event might be more Puppy Bowl than Super Bowl. With an air time of 3 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. PT, this puppy match might be better timing for early-to-bed crowds of young children.

Here are a few ways you can make it an event to look forward to:

Get Pup Close and Personal:

Get to know the Puppy Bowl’s starting line-up, which includes a mix of puppies from animal rescues and shelters across the United States! One 16-week old puppy called Lucky will play on Team Fluff with only three legs. This is a good opportunity to elevate the conversation in your home about respect for animals and supporting causes which save, shelter and rehabilitate animals. PBSKids reports that while 10,000 humans are born on average every day in the U.S., more than 70,000 puppies and kittens are also born!! Talk about pet responsibilities and how everyone in the family can get involved caring for your family pets.



Image Credit: Animal Planet


Prepare Scooby Snacks

Watching puppies roll around can build up an appetite. Keep with the puppy theme by preparing a spread of delicious “Scooby Snacks” displayed in traditional dog bowls like these dishes from Amazon.


Cuddle Up Together for the Show

In order to watch the Puppy Bowl, your audience has to be comfortable to sit through the show. Cuddling up atop floor pillows like these from FloorBloom.com can be a fun way to get cozy with character and creativity before the puppies take the field.

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Prepare Your Menu

Whether you’re having “Paw-sta” salad, “Beggin’ Strips” of bacon, “Pup”cakes, “Pup”peroni pizza, “Paw”tato chips or “Puppy Chow” cereal mix, you can get creative with your kids about what pup-tastic snacks you want to eat while you watch the Puppy Bowl! Everyone can decorate their own “doggy bag” from brown paper bags, pick out the food they want to eat during the show and bag it for mid-game snacking.

Invite some of your kiddo’s friends over for a “paw”ty time they won’t soon forget and a Super Bowl Sunday like you’ve never hosted before (PRO TIP: because Puppy Bowl is on so early in the afternoon, you can still watch the Super Bowl game with friends and family afterwards!). You only have to decide: are you Team Ruff or Team Fluff?

The Puppy Bowl airs on the Animal Planet channel on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. PT. Tweet us @KiddieAcademy while you watch!