Thursday, June 17, 2021

Cross Timbers Forest Preschool Open House

Did you know Southlake has a nature preschool at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve? Come learn all about it on January 10!

If your little one loves playing outside and learning about nature, then Cross Timbers Forest Preschool is the perfect place for them!  From discovering new plants and animals, to going on nature hikes and learning all about the Cross Timbers ecosystem, your student will spend over 80% of their day outside. Our curriculum is designed to encourage hands-on exploration of our local ecosystem through hikes, storytime, arts and crafts, imaginative play and discovery. Forest Preschool allows students to build their knowledge of the world around them and develop confidence and self-esteem while inspiring connections with nature.

We would love the opportunity to meet you and your student at our Cross Timbers Forest Preschool Open House at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. The Open House is a chance to meet our teachers, view the curriculum, and explore with us on one of our favorite trails. Please RSVP for the Open House here.

Date: January 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 355 E Bob Jones Rd.
RSVP here.




Beat the Winter Blues with Kids Programs

The colder months can be a challenge when it comes to keeping your kids entertained and engaged. Let Southlake Recreation help you out with fun and educational programs! We’ve got arts, crafts, music, and so much more. Here’s what’s coming up in early 2020. Registration is now open, and class sizes are limited, so sign up early to secure your spot!

Young Rembrandts | Ages 5-12
Each week the children will create a new drawing. All lessons are planned and we provide the teacher and all supplies. Using ‘dry media’ we teach children how to create art drawings using step by step guides and encourage creativity. Our drawing classes offer child-friendly and relevant subject matters to specific interest and increase knowledge retention. Through the process of weekly instruction, Young Rembrandts students are exposed to a wide variety of subject matter, artistic concepts, art history, and mastery of their materials.

Session 1: January 7-28
Session 2: February 4-25
Session 3: March 3-31
Session 4: April 7-28
Session 5: May 5-26

>>Details & registration.

Chess Wizards | Ages 6-12
Join us for tons of challenging lessons, exciting games, and cool prizes. Your child will improve their chess skills, meet new friends, and work out the most powerful muscle – the brain! Our camps include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time, snacks, tournaments, and puzzles. Each camper receives a t-shirt, trophy, and puzzle folder.

Session 1: January 8-29
Session 2: February 5-26
Session 3: March 4-25
Session 4: April 1-22
Session 5: May 6-27

>>Details & registration.

MusicMaker: Let the Journey Begin | 18 months – 4 years
Journey into the world of music-making as your child discovers their singing voice while exploring a variety of instruments. Every class is live music-making (no recorded music) incorporating music from a variety of cultures. Children are exposed to a variety of tonalities and meters to assist in developing their musical ear at an early age. Basic music theory concepts are also included in each class laying the foundation for a smooth transition into private voice or instrument lessons.

Session 1: January 10-31
Session 2: February 7-28
Session 3: March 6-27
Session 4: April 3-24
Session 5: May 1-22

>>Details & registration.

LEGO Engineering: Construction Craze | Ages 5-10
Put on your hard hat and head on over to our construction site! Build your own construction site with motorized LEGO® dump trucks, jackhammers, drills, and power saws. We will learn about the history of the objects and answer questions such as, “Where does a bulldozer come from?” or “How big is the biggest dump truck?” Build your knowledge of construction at Bricks 4 Kidz!

Session 1: January 22 – March 18
Session 2: January 25 – February 29

>>Details & registration.

Hearts & Hugs with My Valentine | Ages 3-5
Happy Valentine’s Day! Join us at Champions Club as we make Valentine crafts, and celebrate the season of love. We’ll also have snacks and storytime. Enjoy a special morning with your preschooler at this parent/child event.

Friday, February 14

>>Details & registration.


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Superheroes Wanted — Will Train!

The Superhero Training Academy is back in session on Friday, September 20th!

Are you ready to learn how to be a superhero? We would like to invite you for an exciting morning full of superhero action. First we will create our own superhero gear, then we will practice our superhero skills, and finally, we will test our powers with fun games and activities. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to show that you have what it takes to be a superhero!

When: Friday, September 20, 2018
Where: Bicentennial Park Playground Pavillion
Time: 9:30 – 11am
Ages: 3 – 6
Cost: $14 for Champions Club members, $18 for non-members

Register online at


A New Playground is Coming to Bob Jones Park Soccer Fields!

The City of Southlake’s 2030 Parks, Recreation & Open Space/Community Facilities Master Plan includes design and installation of a new playground and shade structure at the Bob Jones Park soccer fields. After ten fun years of play, the current playground is closed. Demolition began on Monday, June 18, 2018 to begin the exciting makeover of the playground.

On December 12, 2017, the City Council approved the purchase of the playground equipment and pavilion with Play & Park Structures. The City was the recipient of the “Community Heroes” grant from Play & Park Structures in the amount of $110,000, which will offset the cost of playground equipment.

The new playground will feature dedicated play areas for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, separate bays of swings and several single play elements. There will be opportunities for kids to climb, swing, balance, spin and slide on the equipment. There will be fabric shade structures covering the three main play areas to provide a safe space for play in the shade. In addition to the new playground, a larger pavilion will be installed. The pavilion will be the perfect place to rent for your next party as it includes a great place to gather in the shade and features several new amenities.

Completion of the project is anticipated for late July. We appreciate your patience during this time and hope to see you out at the new playground soon. If you have any questions, please contact Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Free Movies at The Marq Return Just in Time for Summer

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for a free movie night in the park with your family and friends!

Southlake’s free family movie series Movies at The Marq brings new and old favorites to Aria Amphitheater, located behind Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. In addition to featuring new releases and classic favorites on a giant outdoor screen, Movies at The Marq also offers free popcorn, refreshments and a variety of movie-themed activities and giveaways.

Festivities begin at 8:00 p.m., and movies begin at dusk. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, but tarps, tents, alcohol and glass are not permitted at this event. For more information, please call Southlake Special Events at 817-748-8919.

2018 Movies at The Marq Schedule


“Create, Connect and Care” at 19th Art in the Square April 27–29

Art, music, food and fun return to Southlake Town Square for the 19th annual Art in the Square, Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

Art in the Square will showcase the artwork of over 160 internationally renowned artists, local emerging artists and aspiring high school artists. Hosted by the Southlake Women’s Club, the community fundraiser will benefit women, children and families in Northeast Tarrant County. The family-friendly event will offer free admission as well as free parking in Town Square’s parking lots and garages.

Ranked 8th in the nation’s top 10 art festivals of 2018 by the renowned Art Fair SourceBook, Art in the Square has evolved into one of the most popular art festivals in the country. With hundreds of art pieces on display and for purchase, the event celebrates all artists, from recognized professionals to up-and-comers. Even area high school students will participate in a juried Youth Art in the Square, and the winner will have his or her artwork displayed in the rotunda of the State Capitol for one week.

In addition to offering the best in visual arts, Art in the Square will also feature a continuous lineup of musicians and performing artists on two stages throughout the weekend. The Main Stage will offer performances from some of the hottest acts, starting with The Walton Stout Band on Friday, April 27 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday is Tribute Day, with two headliners celebrating the creative idols of yesteryear: Free Fallin will honor the work of Tom Petty at 7:00 p.m., and Chase & Ovation will perform A Salute to the Music of Prince at 9:00 p.m. The Gazebo Stage will feature local talent and family entertainment.

Art in the Square is a family festival with plenty of fun for children of all ages. Young children can have hands-on art experiences in the Kids Korner, while The Zone will host a variety of thrills for teens and ‘tweens, including inflatables, a rock climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and more.

Guests looking for a bite to eat will want to head over to Le Bistro for festival favorites like BBQ, pizza, funnel cake, chicken on a stick and more. Route 66, conveniently located on Main Street in front of Malouf’s and Mi Cocina, will also offer delicious food, fabulous art and great street entertainment. Quench your thirst at one of four beverage stations, or stop by one of the many lemonade stands throughout the event for a refreshing treat.

For additional information, including event hours, a map and an entertainment schedule, visit

Get Your Baskets Ready for This Year’s Easter in the Park!

Easter in the Park, one of Southlake’s most popular free family events, will return to North Park on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Little girl meets a bunny at the Easter in the Park petting zoo

The Easter Bunny has been hard at work filling thousands of eggs with candy and toys for this year’s Easter in the Park, sponsored by Gateway Church. Hop over to North Park on March 24 to enjoy all the free fun, including:

  • Egg scrambles by age
  • Photos with the Easter Bunny
  • Balloon artists
  • Crafts
  • Inflatables
  • Petting zoo

…and so much more!

To ensure the safety of all participants, egg scrambles will be organized by age. In order to participate in the Golden Egg Hunt, children must be able to gather eggs without adult assistance.Little boy hunts for eggs at Easter in the Park

Egg Scramble Schedule:

10 a.m. – Children ages 2 & under
10:15 a.m. – Children ages 3-4
10:30 a.m. – Children ages 5-6
10:45 a.m. – Children ages 7-8
11 a.m. – Golden Egg Hunt for ages 9-12

Golden tickets will also be placed in a handful of eggs in each division for those lucky hunters to win a fun prize. Be sure to open your eggs before you leave so you can pick up your spring prize at the Parks and Recreation tent!

Easter in the Park is a FREE event with no registration required. Venue parking is limited, so please arrive early. We will also be providing free shuttle parking from the CISD Administration Building (2400 Carroll Ave), only half a mile east of North Park.

Visit the Easter in the Park webpage to see photos and a video from last year’s event! If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Southlake Special Events at 817-748-8919.

Children’s Book Illustrator Leads Youth Art Class at the Library

Kids ages 6-10 years can learn the art of illustration from children’s book illustrator, Betsy Lewin.

Award-winning children’s book illustrator Betsy Lewin, whose most notable books are Click, Clack; Moo Cows That Type (Caldecott Honor Book 2005) and Duck for President (New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books 2005) will visit the Southlake Public Library next week, Thursday March 8th, to teach illustration to children ages 6-10 years.

This class is free and will be held on the third floor of Southlake Town Hall. Registration is not required.

Contact the Library at 817-748-8243 with any questions.

Sign Up Your Kids for Snacks with Santa

Has your child written their letter to Santa yet? What if they could hand-deliver their letter while enjoying holiday snacks, crafts, and music with their friends?

Santa will be extending his visit to The Marq Southlake (285 Shady Oaks Drive) at the brand new Snacks with Santa event on Saturday, December 2 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa is SOLD OUT, so Snacks with Santa is your chance to enjoy the Jolly Ol’ Elf and Mrs. Claus with your family and friends. Join us for some sweet snacks from Mrs. Claus’ bakery, fun holiday crafts, and a photo with Santa on the big stage. Parents don’t forget to bring your cameras and remind the children to bring their wish lists!

The cost for Snacks with Santa is $12 per person. Children 2 and under are free! Pre-registration is required and space is running out. You can register online or in person at the Community Services office located in Southlake Town Hall at 1400 Main St., Suite 210. Children must be registered with at least one adult, and all individuals attending the event—including all adults—must be registered.

For more information, please visit our website or call 817-748-8019.