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December 8, 2013

Family togetherness

NORMAN — The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are typically times for families to gather and partake in rituals from flag football to eating one-of-kind recipes to unique gift giving.

If you find yourself as the point person to plan the next family reunion because you could not identify all the mystery ingredients in Granny’s gelatin salad or because you lost the game of H-O-R-S-E in the driveway, the Norman CVB can make it easier than purchasing a gift card for the Christmas gift exchange.

Once you have decided the date, touch base with VisitNorman. We can send out a qualified lead to our hotel partners. The lodging establishments can take a look at their availability and your requirements (breakfast buffet, for example). The CVB gathers all the prospects for you to pick which ones fit best. Then the hotel can block off your family’s rooms.

After deciding when and where, we can help you with itinerary planning.

From an art stroll through the free Fred Jones Jr., Museum of Art and the “dinosaur museum” to strictly family entertainment options like Andy Alligator’s Water Park or Fun Park to Hey Day Entertainment to paintball, motor sports and golf options, we can help plan the way your family spends the days.

Prior to your family’s arrival, we can put together welcome bags with all sorts of valuable information for your guests from visitors’ guides and maps to pins, pens and post-it notes.

Think of the CVB staff as your personal event planner and shopper at no cost to you. Get in touch with us via email at, online at VisitNorman.

com or by phone at at 366-8095 or toll-free at 800-767-7260.

Stefanie Brickman, CTA, is the interim executive director of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau. NCVB’s vision is to be the leader who markets Norman as the preferred destination in Oklahoma.

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