Celebrate National Retro Day in OKC

March 03, 2018

Living in Oklahoma City means access to fun activities every day of the year. As a metropolitan area and the state’s capital, things to do in OKC range from visiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to watching Energy FC play at Taft Stadium. However, sometimes in our modern, high-tech society we feel the need to slow down and National Retro Day is the perfect time to do this. 

What is National Retro Day?

National Retro Day, according to the National Day Calendar, “takes us back to a time before smartphones and the internet.” Celebrated on February 27, National Retro Day is a time to slow it down. Shut off the phone. Take a minute and ask, remember when? Founded by Hermelinda A. Aguilar and Robert and Tina Duran, this unique day offers everyone a chance to remember and celebrate life before social media.

There are dozens of fun ways to celebrate National Retro Day in Oklahoma City. 

Visit the Zoo

The OKC Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and it’s located on NE 50th Street less than 20 miles from both the Springs at Memorial Apartments and the Springs at May Lakes Apartments. Take some time away from the digital life when visiting the zoo and make a pledge not to post any updates on social media while you’re there. Enjoy watching the orangutans or the sea lions play and be sure to take a stroll through the zoo gardens. Complete your day with a sweet treat like Dippin’ Dots, a must for Retro Day. 

Go to the Library

E-books are great, but there’s something special about holding a favorite book in your hands. Oklahoma City has eight public library branches within its city limits. Pick one and spend an hour or two browsing among the stacks for a new read or head directly to the work of your favorite author and read a few chapters right there.

Plan a Game Night

Your Springs apartment is the ideal place to host a National Retro Day game night for friends or family. Play your favorite childhood board or card games. Because it’s Retro Day, all phones must be off/out of sight and no computers, tablets, or other electronic devices should be in use. This means no Alexa or digital music. Go old school with a record player and vinyl records if possible. Serve snacks and drinks that remind you of years past. What was your favorite after school snack or candy treat from local store? 

Get Active

Shut down your digital devices and get outdoors on National Retro Day. Visit one of the city parks with the kids and spend an hour at the playground, tossing a Frisbee, and playing catch. Have a picnic, go rollerskating, or take a bike ride. If the weather forces you indoors, take the kids to the Dynamo Gymnastic’s Playzone. It’s only $5 for admission that includes a three-story tall indoor playground and obstacle course. Adults may like the indoor climbing facilities at ClimbUp for a bit of device-free, Retro Day fun. 

Keep it close to home on National Retro Day at the Springs Apartments. Try a workout in the Fitness Center without your phone nearby or spend some device-free time with your canine buddy at the on-site pet playground. For more information about the amenities and floor plans available at the Springs at Memorial or the Springs at May Lakes, contact us today.


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