5 things to do in the Seattle area instead of watching the Super Bowl

This is a great time to go out when many others are at home watching TV.

Sure, it’s the biggest pro football game of the year — and the most watched TV event — but not everyone cares. If you’re not tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday, you could read a book, clean your closet, take a nap or just relax at home. But a day when most people aren’t out can also be a great time to go out, so here are a few suggestions:

1. Visit a museum. If young ones are part of the plan, head to the first weekend at the new site of KidsQuest Museum in Bellevue, with fun for kids from babies to 8-year-olds and their caregivers. Activities include water play, Bellevue Mercantile and other make-believe exhibits, tot zones, art studio and outdoor play area. The museum is open daily, including from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; 425-637-8100 or kidsquestmuseum.org.

Also in Bellevue, it’s the last day of the Bellevue Arts Museum exhibit “BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis,” which is focused on the medium of metal; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 425-519-0770 or bellevuearts.org. The “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” exhibit is in its final weeks at the Museum of Pop Culture, through March 5; 206-770-2700 or mopop.org. Frye Art Museum’s current and permanent exhibits of art, featuring works collected by two of Seattle’s earliest patrons of the arts, Charles and Emma Frye, has the added feature of always free admission; 206-622-9250 or fryemuseum.org.

2. Rain is in the forecast, but don’t let that stop you from a walk outside. Grab your umbrella and head to your closest park or trail, or take a trip to Seattle’s year-around outdoor mecca, Washington Park Arboretum. Colorful witch hazel, winterberry and holly, fragrant daphne and blooming hellebores are among the pleasures of the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden, a short walk away from the Graham Visitor Center and parking areas. The Winter Garden is featured on the guided Arboretum tours…

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