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5 family-friendly spots to watch the Panthers game

Game time starts at 6:40, just enough time to get dinner, watch the first half out and get the kids tucked in bed by the second half.
Game time starts at 6:40, just enough time to get dinner, watch the first half out and get the kids tucked in bed by the second half. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

Anyone else have cabin fever from the "snow" days we’ve just had? My kids loved the day off from school and the attempts at building snowmen out of icicles, but now we need to get out of the house. The dishes have multiplied like Gremlins, the couch cushions have a permanent sag, I’m ready to quit my job as short order cook, and the thought of hunkering down to watch the Panthers game at home is making me weary.

If you’re looking for a change of venue to cheer on the Panthers, think about these 5 family-friendly sports bars where there are lots of televisions, tons of good cheer and someone else does the cooking and the dishes.

Dave & Busters

Kids can play games, lots of tvs, and $5 appetizer specials

8361 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, NC 28027 (704) 979-1700

Hickory Tavern

Kids menu, big booths & lots of locations around town

Ballantyne: 12210 Copper Way, Ste 212 (704) 295-9009

Huntersville: 9526 Birkdale Crossings Dr, Suite 30 (704) 897-8490

Gastonia: 1925 Hoffman Rd (704) 917-0450

North Charlotte: 9010 Harris Corners Pkwy (704) 921-4466

Midtown: 1100 Metropolitan Ave (704) 334-5155

Mallard Creek: 2005 E Arbors Dr (704) 295-9001

Mooresville: 115 Morrison Plantation Pkwy (704) 660-9793

South Charlotte: 11504 Providence Rd (704) 847-4408

Rock Hill: 2674 Celanese Rd (803) 329-9797

Steele Creek 13545 Steelecroft Pkwy (704) 494-7360

Indian Trail 6455 Old Monroe Rd (704) 238-9111

The Lodge

Big menu, casual atmosphere & a TCBY right next door

7725 Colony Road Charlotte, NC 28226 (704) 544-5226

10 Park Lanes

Bowling, full-service restaurant & plenty of tvs

1700 Montford Drive Charlotte, NC 28209 (704) 523-7633

The Hill Bar & Grill

6-50” tvs, kids menu & neighborhood bar atmosphere

11232 Lawyers Road Mint Hill, NC 28227 (704) 573-7212

If you’re brave enough to stay home to watch the game, check out our Purr-fect Panthers snack ideas and get a chuckle out of Tracy Curtis’ tips on tailgating at home.

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