The Best Bet
Peyton Manning is the only recognizable name playing a week from Sunday, and most Super Bowls are blowouts anyway. Still, you have to watch the game, so put the four hours to good use at Amsterdam Billiards (which has moved into the former Corner Billiards site). There are seventeen flat screens hung around the room and 26 full-size Brunswick tables (No. 20, in the corner, is the quietest). Drink, snack (it’s sandwiches and chips until owner-brothers Greg and Ethan Hunt refine the menu), and practice your three-rail bank shot while waiting for the best part of the Super Bowl: the commercials (from $5.50 per person, per hour; 110 E. 11th St., at Fourth Ave.; 212-496-8180).
Roll With Your Friends
The Port Authority’s revamped bowling alley transforms into a disco scene at night ($6 to $9 per game at Leisure Time Bowl, 625 Eighth Ave., nr. 40th St.; 212-268-6909).
Smash a Squash Ball
This winter, pick up the ultimate sport for calorie-burning and deal-making (Monday Night Squash Training, $30 for nonmembers at the Printing House Fitness & Squash Club, 421 Hudson St., at Leroy St.; 212-243-7600).
Stroke More Efficiently
TYR’s swimming paddles promote good technique while reducing shoulder stress (Mentor hand paddle, $20 at Jack Rabbit Sports, 151 Seventh Ave., at Garfield Pl., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-636-9000).
Practice Your Short Game
The ProCircuit II Putt Return System returns your putts—even the ones you’ve missed ($44.95 at New York Golf Center, 131 W. 35th St., nr. Broadway; 212-564-2255).
Step Up to the Plate
Practice your swing in one of the Baseball Center NYC’s five batting cages ($80 for a one-hour rental with up to five people; 202 W. 74th St., nr. Amsterdam Ave.; 212-362-0344).
Not Your Granny’s Shuffleboard
Especially after a few Bloody Marys ($1 per game at Nancy Whisky Pub, 1 Lispenard St., at W. Broadway; 212-226-9943).
Spend a Vertical Hour
Bring your own climbing shoes or rent a pair to scale the wall at the Chelsea Piers Sports Center (from $50 per person) (Montrail Wasabi climbing shoes, $95 at EMS, 591 Broadway, nr. Houston St.; 212-966-8730).
Big Game Hunting
Play a few sets of Wii tennis and you’ll need a sweatband. Toys ’R’ Us is the best resource; check daily because shipments arrive regularly ($249.99; 1514 Broadway, at 44th St.; 646-366-8800).
A Prius for Junior
Your child can cruise around the apartment powered by his own inertia on this zigzagging PlasmaCar scooter ($69 at Mary Arnold Toys, 1010 Lexington Ave., nr. 72nd St.; 212-744-8510).
One, Two, Cha-cha-cha
Dance Manhattan’s one-day, four-hour crash courses teach you the basics. The next one: salsa on February 4 (from $25 at Dance Manhattan, 39 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-807-0802).
Go Old School
Tapper is 25 cents here; between games, score some digits at this friendly Brooklyn bar (Barcade, 388 Union Ave., nr. Powers St.,Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-302-6464).