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February 1, 2021
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making Super Bowl history as the first team EVER to play in the Super Bowl on their home turf!
While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way Super Bowl events are being celebrated (wear your face mask-the NFL requires it at their events AND there’s a City of Tampa mask mandate in the Super Bowl entertainment zones), there are still some Super Bowl events in Tampa Bay and related activities you and the kids can participate in as we get ready to root for the home team.
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If you haven’t already, you absolutely should now! The Jr Bucs Fan Club is just for kiddos! Membership includes a pirate’s treasure chest filled with a Bucs hat, football, lanyard and more! You’ll also receive notifications for special events and when things return to normal, you can definitely expect more in-person events too.
*Photo by Marisa Langford of TampaMama.com
Update: The NFL OnePass app updated to announce the SOLD OUT event at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park will take walkups if capacity allows on Wednesday, Feb 3 and Thursday, Feb 4, but NOT on Friday, Feb 5 and Saturday, Feb 6.
The 2.7 miles of Tampa’s Riverwalk will feature NFL activities and activations between Armature Works and Sparkman Wharf, including the Super Bowl Experience! If you weren’t able to snag a reservation to the sold out SBX event at Julian B Lane Waterfront Park, there are so many other ways you can still enjoy the Super Bowl Experience, BUT you still need to download the NFL OnePass app to gain entry at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Technology Village. Check the App Store in your phone.
If you are among the lucky ones who got a reservation at Julian B Lane Park, get ready for an interactive football adventure–once inside, you’ll get a chance to snap a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, participate in games like a 40-yard dash and vertical jump against NFL players on LED screens, see all of the Super Bowl rings, take part in football clinics, and enjoy many more interactive outdoor activities. Face masks are required art all times, even when snapping photos.
Don’t forget–The Super Bowl Experience events at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Technology Village still need a spot on your MUST-SEE list. As we said, you don’t need reservation to attend, however you do need the NFL OnePass app to gain access. (*see hours below) At Curtis Hixon, there will be rotating live music and DJs, food and drinks, sponsor tents, and some really cool photo opps!
Over at Technology Village, you can check out a 10 Tampa Bay’s live broadcast set to see what happens behind the scenes and enjoy live music, food and drinks, and more.
Tampa’s very own pirate ship, the Lost Pearl is hosting several pirate cruises on select nights for a 45 minute cruise where you can view the short fireworks and laser show from the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship scheduled throughout the night from the Tampa Convention Center. The 45 minute long cruises began on select nights on Friday, January 29. Tickets for sale for sailings are for $20 for adults and $15 for kids (A $2 marine fee will be added to each ticket). You can learn more about the Big Game Pirate Fireworks Cruise here. This week’s final cruises are on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6.
If you’d rather view from the shoreline, the roughly 4.5 minute long laser light show will take place on January 29-30 and February 5-6 at 6:55pm, 7:55pm, 8:55pm and 9:55pm.
Curtis Hixon Park will have a larger fireworks show on Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6 at 9:30pm.
Sparkman Wharf will have live music on the lawn with live bands and DJs while you taste and sip your way through the dining garden, restaurants and Biergarten on February 2,3,5, and 6. There will also be fun activities like lawn games.
On the other end of the Riverwalk at Armature Works where CBS is stationed, there will be a multi-day, outdoor Tailgate Party February 4-7. There will be live music, pro athlete appearances, raffles, and even a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Big Game! The event is family-friendly.
The NFL and Host Committee has nailed the pandemic pivot as we the world’s eyes turn to Tampa! Part of the pivot includes a long list of virtual events, including events for kids from around the world! If you’re missing out on the Super Bowl Experience at Julian B Lane Park, you can still download the NFL OnePass App to snag a virtual autograph from NFL players!
There are also several virtual events on schedule, including this one the kids will love:
NFL Play 60 Kids Day: Wednesday, February 3 from 1-2 p.m.: This one hour virtual event will include appearances by NFL players, cheerleaders and mascots as they encourage your kiddos to get up and move for at least 60 minutes per day. Click here to participate and learn more!
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, you can start the day with the NFL’s ‘Taste of the NFL @ Home’ event! It’s a ticketed live-streaming event that will allow you and the kids to whip up some tasty game day dishes alongside celebrity chefs…all while raising money to combat food insecurity in schools. Your virtual ticket includes a shopping list of all the things you’ll need along with access to the event. Learn more here.
You might not be able to attend the game in person, but you can be there in “paper” as a cardboard cutout! There are a few photo submission rules like only no commercial branding on your clothing. It’s first come, first served, so check out how to get your family’s faces in the stands. The cut outs are one per person, so. no group shots. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a non-profit, so it’s a win-win! You’ll even be entered for a chance to win 2 tickets to Super Bowl LVI. Learn more about the Fan in the Stand program here.
The Indian Rhino Feeding Experience is a staff favorite here! It’s a chance to get up close to baby Gronk’s parents, Jamie and Johnny. During this special encounter, a zookeeper will lead you through how they care for the rhino family and share some fun facts about the animals. You’ll then wash up and feed the rhinos some of their favorite snacks like lettuce leaves and even snap a photo. You will need to wear a face mask during the encounter, but you can take it off for a quick photo taken by ZooTampa staff. The encounter is $15 for Zoo Members and $20 for Non-Members. Learn more here.
MOSI is hosting the ultimate esports gaming event February 5 & 6–Beyond Meta. They’ve partnered with High Point Gamer, US Air Force Special Warfare and NFL Alumni for the weekend of gaming events that includes a Madden Tournament and Brawlhalla Tournament for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Learn more and book your tickets here.
Celebrate the home team in the sweetest and coolest way ever by heading to Ice Cream Theory in Oldsmar and ordering their special Bucs Cone for $5!! The shop is located at 4058 Tampa Road #8. You can also visit their Facebook page here.
Kids as young as 5 can volunteer with their families to help sort food at Feeding Tampa Bay. Sign up by February 3 for a chance to win tickets to the Super Bowl courtesy of the NFL! If you are looking to volunteer at one of the off-site pantries, it is recommended volunteers are at least 13 years old with an adult, just due to the nature of the activity.
The following opportunities are recommended for busy families:
Nicholas apparently has a pretty good track record of predicting the winning team–guessing the last 6 winners CORRECTLY! On February 2 at noon. While he picked the Chiefs, we’re pretty sure the Bucs will come through on Super Bowl Sunday! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be celebrating Big Game Week February 1-7 with a commemorative cup giveaway, an Otter Bowl, and themed menu items. Learn more about the different events here.
*We’ll be sharing MORE Super Bowl events in Tampa Bay coming soon. Keep checking back as we update this Super Bowl Events page!