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Ideas to entertain during Spring Family Weekend 2022

It's the weekend that OU families descend on Norman! We love to have those special people in our city throughout the year, but just in case this is the first time you are building your itinerary of things you need to do with them while in Norman, we have some must-do things to do:

Treat them to a Happy Hour at Classic 50s. You don't have to order the Sprittle to give them the full Norman experience, you can always start off with an Eskimo Frosty and a Love Boat. Later, make sure they try out Apple Tree Chocolate for a dipped apple or strawberry. And they cannot leave Norman without chips and queso at The Mont.

Browse the monthly 2nd Friday Art Walk in Downtown Norman’s Walker Arts District. From 6-9 p.m., the area transforms into a walkable gallery, concert and open-air entertainment venue. If you are looking for a starting point on your maps app, plug in Norman Arts Council as a landmark (parking may be easiest at the City of Norman’s lot off Gray Street between Crawford and Peters avenues).

Dine with them at a Norman Original restaurant whether breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

Shop Saturday morning at the bi-weekly Norman Farm Market staging at The Well, Norman’s new location for the decades-old market, from 8 a.m. to Noon. There is more to it than just fruits and vegetables.

Take them to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (featuring complimentary admission) to see the largest collection of Impressionist art at a public university with works by Monet, Degas, Renoir and the other names you had to memorize for that art class. The Sam Noble Museum presents another option, especially if you have younger family members who like dinosaurs.

Visit other points of interest including The Jacobson House Native Art Center, the Moore-Lindsay Historical House, The Crucible Foundry and/or The Depot.

Stroll with them through Norman's business districts from Downtown Norman, Campus Corner and The Main District to Sooner Mall, University North Park and Brookhaven Village, whether you all want to window shop or shop till you drop.

Hike, bike or take a photo at LOVE art at Lake Thunderbird. The lake is east of the university, still in the Norman city limits, and is the state’s largest urban park.

Most of all, look like a Norman expert by downloading the VisitNorman app and having all of the best of the city at your fingertips.