Not a football fan? No TV No problem Sunday will be a beautiful day for activities that don’t involve gathering around the television

Staff writerJanuary 31, 2014 

Let’s get this straight: I hope the Seahawks win Sunday, if only for the sake of my friends’ sanity. But do I need to be watching the game? Absolutely not. I’m quite content to listen for the roar of either triumph or despair resounding throughout Washington at the end.

In the meantime, I have big plans for Super Bowl Sunday that won’t take me anywhere near a TV screen. No, you’ll find me in the hardware store, on the freeway, in the theater or in the snow, enjoying traffic-free roads, short lines and beautiful places all to myself (plus those few of you who also couldn’t care less about football).

The only tricky part is fitting it all in.


Sunday’s a perfect day to head for the slopes. If I’m not skiing Crystal Mountain or Snoqualmie Summit, I’ll go to the snow play area at Mount Rainier National Park, where the sledding lines will be short. And since you need to be off the mountain by 4:30 p.m., the fact that there’s no Wi-Fi or phone reception isn’t a problem. (You can always duck inside the visitor center and ask a ranger about the game score.)

Closer to home, both Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma and Northwest Trek in Eatonville are offering Super Bowl specials this weekend: Adults and seniors wearing Seahawks gear will get $5 off admission; kids save $3. (Hey, you don’t have to like football to borrow a jersey, right?) Neither place will be crowded (no lines for the zip lines!), and Kali’s keepers will give a special talk about the zoo’s tiger cub at 12:30 p.m. Zoo hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8.75-$15. Info: Northwest Trek hours: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $9.25-$18.25. Info: 360-832-6117,

And if there’s any other popular outdoor spot you wish you could visit in peace and quiet, then Sunday’s the day.


You don’t have to brave the wintry outdoors to benefit from 12th Man mania. Head for any arts event that afternoon and you’ll have your choice of seats (and the gratitude of the sponsors and performers, who know all too well what their competition is).

On this Sunday:

There still are seats available for the 2 p.m. performance of Harlequin Productions’ one-woman show, “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.” Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for seniors and military, $20 for students at or 360-786-0151. The State Theater is at Fourth and Washington in downtown Olympia.

You can catch two different Oscar-nominated films at the Olympia Film Society’s Capitol Theater. “12 Years A Slave” is playing at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., while “Philomena” is screening at 5 p.m. Matinee ticket prices are $4.50 for film society members, $7.50 general admission; add a dollar if you come at 5 p.m. Either way, your admission allows you to see both movies.

If you’d like to make your own music, join the Jazz Jam at Traditions Cafe at Fifth Avenue and Water Street in downtown Olympia. The monthly event runs 2:30-5 p.m. the first Sunday of every month, and it’s free and open to all.

Motion in Balance Studio in Olympia is hosting a Bollywood dance workshop at 1 p.m. Sunday with Katrina Ji of Seattle’s Culture Shakti Dance. Cost is $25. The studio is at 219 Legion Way SW, No. 203A, Olympia. 360-556-2619,

You also can catch the amazing Asian New Year Lion Dance performed by the Olympia Vietnamese Buddhist Community. Sunday performances are at 11:30 a.m. at Pho Hoa, 1600 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia; noon at Sunhair Salon, 400 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia; 12:30 p.m. at Emperor’s Palace Olympia, 400 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia; and 1:30 p.m. at Emperor’s Palace Lacey, 7321 Martin Way SE.


Ah, the bliss of roaming a big hardware store while every other home renovator is somewhere else. If you’ve never known what it is to have several Home Depot or Lowe’s staff members at your beck and call, this Sunday is the time to try it. Don’t need hardware? Pick any other store where you’d love the chance to park right out front, then breeze in and out with nary a check-out line in sight.

One word of caution: Don’t hit the supermarkets before 3 p.m. or you’ll be jostling with all those unprepared game-day party hosts.


Have somewhere to go? Don’t like traffic? Sunday’s your day. You can bet no football fans will be cruising up and down Interstate 5 between, say, 2 and 7 p.m. It also is a great day to hit the side roads on a bike, street park downtown or catch a ferry.

Just don’t try a sports bar for dinner.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@ Staff writer Dusti Demarest contributed to this report.

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