Friday, September 22, 2023

Club Metro Camp Arrived to Southlake This Summer

Club Metro is all about new experiences for our participants, and this summer, the program got a welcomed expansion!

With the popularity of our Club Metro outings during the Fall and Spring seasons, we knew it was time to expand our offerings. This year, the Community Services Department is proud to provide two Club Metro camp weeks for our world-class participants! Club Metro hosted its first week of day camp last week for our teen and adult participants. It was a week jam-packed with exciting outings, fun games, delicious meals, and good times with friends.

Here is a recap of what our participants were up to last week.

Outings Galore
Club Metro is all about having fun with our participants while teaching them necessary soft skills such as communication when out and about. That’s why we picked an exciting location to visit almost every day of camp. Campers enjoyed discovering new experiences, such as getting a strike at Alley Cats, witnessing an equestrian joust at Medieval Times, learning about the ocean at the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine, and getting curious at the Perot Museum in Dallas!

Yummy Eats
It wouldn’t be Club Metro if it didn’t include some delicious mealtimes for our participants to socialize, and Club Metro Camp was no different. Campers enjoyed Joe’s Pizza, Chili’s, and medieval cuisine at Medieval Times!

Crafts, Games, and Activities
We pride ourselves on running well-rounded camps that everyone can enjoy. Club Metro Camp included daily activities such as crafting pipe cleaner trees, field day with Kiddo Kinetics, sand art, bingo, scratch art, soccer, films in the fieldhouse, rock painting, and games!

With such a fun schedule planned for our participants, it’s no wonder this week of camp sold out before it even began. Our first week of camp was so successful that we’re doing it again in August! We look forward to continuing to create life-long memories with our Club Metro participants!


That’s A Wrap on Summer Camp Mania 2022

The kids are back in school, but it wasn’t long ago that they were living their best lives at Summer Camp Mania!

Summer Camp Mania 2022 is officially in the books, but we wanted to take the time to showcase some of the highlights from the summer. With nine weeks of structured programming, Camp Mania returned with a bang this year.

Throughout the summer, we had 873 enthusiastic campers enrolled. These campers enjoyed a fantastic summer filled with incredible field trips, fun guest performances, friendly competitions, and much more!

Let’s take a look at some of this year’s highlights:

  • 9 Field trips including Medieval Times, Hawaiian Falls, Crayola Experience, and Alley Cats Hurst
  • Movie Mondays featuring beloved Disney films
  • Swim days every Friday at Champions Club with pizza and a shaved ice treat!
  • Weekly inflatables
  • Flag Football and Dodgeball competitions
  • Moana Hula performance
  • Petting Zoo!
  • Creature Teacher
  • A magician who made a kid float in mid-air!
  • Craft time to make magic potions, homemade play dough, slime, tie-dye shirts, and dot painting
  • Epic water gun and balloon fights with the staff
  • Over 900 hours of volunteer service from Junior Camp Counselors

Putting together a structured day camp that is both fun, educational, and unique is no easy feat; however, our Programs team rose to the challenge. Take a look at what some satisfied parents had to say:

“Very happy, my kids loved this camp! We’re new to the area so tried several out and they want to do this most of the summer next year. Convenient, reasonably priced and so fun. Thank you!”

“Staff was great and kids had a lot of fun. Much needed time during the day.”

Kids are happy. Variety of activities is nice, and excellent value for the money.”

“Amazing staff and such awesome activities and field trips!!!! I wish I had signed up for more than just one week this year!!!”

“My son had so much fun! Thanks for making his experience amazing!”

“My girls always have a blast!! Fun activities and really cool field trips!”

This summer will be one to remember. Not only did participants make friendships and life-long memories, but our staff developed professionally with each passing week. We can’t wait to go back to the drawing board and start planning an even better summer experience for next year.

If you can’t wait another year to return to Camp Mania, sign up for one of our upcoming Day Break or Holiday Break Camp Mania opportunities!


Break Out the Bookmarks for Camp Big Read: June 3 Kick Off Event for Southlake Summer Reading Program

This summer, grab your library card and take a hike to Camp Big Read, the 2017 Southlake Public Library Summer Reading Program. The library will host a camp-inspired kick off event on Saturday, June 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Family Park in Southlake Town Square. With free admission, the entire family can enjoy an evening of live entertainment, a giant tipi, games, activities, refreshments and more.

During the kick off event, kid-friendly Big Bang Boom will perform pop music as part of the MasterWorks Music Series. Composed of musicians who are also dads, the popular entertainers will play a mix of covers and original songs.

In keeping with the camping-theme, the Tipi Storytellers will bring a 28 foot-high tipi, and will share stories and understanding of Native American culture. The giant tipi and ancient tales will offer guests a fascinating perspective on our nation’s history.

Camping would not be complete without snacks. Rita’s Italian Ice will be on-site to provide 1,000 free Italian ice treats and the Southlake Library will offer an activity for children to help build a traditional campfire favorite—s’mores.

With camp-themed photo ops, crafts, make-your-own-bubbles, hula hoops, corn hole, and other activities for children, everyone will be a happy camper at the kick-off of Camp Big Read. With the Southlake Public Library as a partner in education, kids can keep their reading skills sharp as an arrow all summer long.

The Southlake Public Library Summer Reading Program will span from June 3 to August 11. Appropriate for children ages 5-12 years old, the program rewards readers for logging their reading hours and offers engaging and educational activities for kids almost every day during the 10-week program.

A few Camp Big Read program highlights include:

  • Storytelling Workshop—June 12-14 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., with a storytelling performance on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Ages 6-12 years old.
  • Coding Camp—June 19-22 from 8:00-10:15 a.m. Instructors will lead the group on music and sound programming using Google CS First. Some coding experience suggested. Limited space, registration required. Ages 10+ years old.
  • Friday Flicks—every Friday June 19-August 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the library. Snacks provided. See the library website for titles. All ages.
  • Fort Worth Science & History Museum “Discovery Labs”—June 7, July 19 & July 26 at 2:00 p.m. Registration required. Additional hands-on science program on June 28 at 2:00 p.m. Ages 8+ years old.
  • Camp Art with ARThouse of Southlake—June 5, June 19, July 17, July 31 & August 7 at 11:00 a.m. Ages 5+ years old.
  • Circle Up for the End of Camp Big Read—August 11 at 11:00 a.m. Camp treats, camp stories, and a campy good time.

Any little campers who want to join Camp Big Read this summer must first register in the library or online at For additional details and information about these and other programs and activities designed for preschoolers, teens and adults, visit the library’s Summer Program Schedule page.

Eight reasons why we love Easter in the Park

Easter in the Park is right around the corner on Saturday, March 19 at North Park, located at 200 E. Dove Road. With only a few weeks out, we thought we would share why we love Easter in the Park so much. Learn more about Easter in the Park here.

Southlake's Annual Easter in the Park- Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter in the Park

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are headed to this year’s Easter In the Park

Join us for our annual Easter in the Park Event – presented by Complete Care Southlake – on Saturday, March 28, 2015. This year’s celebration will be held from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at North Park, 200 East Dove Road.

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny are busy preparing thousands of Easter eggs for the annual Easter egg hunt! They will be making a special trip to Southlake to hide the eggs and take complimentary photos with families.  Brings kids of all ages out to enjoy complimentary crafts, inflatables, a trackless train, games, balloon artists, refreshments and much more!

The egg hunts will be divided by age groups (2 & under, 2-4 years, 5-6 years and 7-8 years). A golden egg hunt will be offered for ages 9 and up; golden eggs will be hidden throughout the park filled with fun prizes.

Egg Hunt Schedule:

10:00 AM – Children 2 & under

10:30 AM – Children 3-4 years old

11:00 AM- Children 5-6 years old

11:30 AM – Children 7-8 years old

12:00 PM- Golden Egg Hunt for ages 9 and up

The excitement all begins at 9:30 AM, Easter in the Park is a free event and no registration is required. If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Southlake Parks and Recreation is Bringing the Hunger Games to Southlake!

Hunger Games 2014 FlyerIn honor of the upcoming Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay, Southlake Parks and Recreation staff will introduce young tributes, ages 9-13, to the skills and knowledge necessary to survive in the wilderness. Participants will learn basic survival skills such as shelter building, campfire building, plant identification, first aid, camouflage and more. The event will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

There will be a Hunger Games Southlake competition where the tributes will put their skills to the test and determine who the victory District will be! Although the day’s activities will be themed on the Hunger Games, the focus will be teaching youth to experience and enjoy nature. The program is an opportunity for the tributes to build teamwork and leadership skills and gain confidence in their own skills–participants will have to work together to accomplish projects and discover what their own strengths may be.

Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and  will spend the entire day outside so they must also be dressed for the weather. You can register online or in person at the Community Services office at 1400 Main St., Suite 210.

For more information, please contact (817) 748-8019. Be sure to register early at as tribute spots are filling quickly!

City of Southlake Monster Mash to be Held Saturday, October 25

Monster MashCalling all boys and ghouls, mummies and daddies to join the City of Southlake for a howling good time at the third annual Monster Mash sponsored by Fantastic Sams. The whole family will have fun at this Halloween-themed party and enjoy a night full of candy, dancing, games, yummy desserts and fun surprises.

The Monster Mash will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  in the Southlake Town Hall Lobby. There will be a live DJ, fun games, tons of tasty treats and fun Halloween crafts.  Participants will be able to decorate and take home their own mini pumpkin. Come dressed as you aren’t and wear your favorite kid-friendly costume for a chance to win the costume contest. Bring your daughter, son, niece, nephew or grandchild and join us if you dare for a night full of fun!

Tickets are $10.00 per person and children must pre-register with at least one adult. You can register online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210.

For more information, please call (817) 748-8019. Tickets are going fast so be sure to register early for this event!