Saturday, August 13, 2022

Snag a Coveted Spot for Summer Camp Mania Before It’s Too Late!

Summer Camp Mania is right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss your chance to snag a coveted remaining spot!


The early bird gets the worm, but we still have a few spots remaining for Summer Camp Mania Weeks Five, Six, and Seven! If you are looking for a world-class day camp experience for your kiddos, look no further than Southlake’s premier summer camp!


Summer Camp Mania provides a safe and fun environment where kids are number one! Our outstanding combination of structured and free play, guest instructors, educational field trips, and award-winning Champions Club facility makes us the best summer camp!


Our dedicated Programs staff is committed to helping our campers create life-long memories. From relaxed movie days, adventurous inflatables and bounce houses, and exhilarating pool days at our Aquatics Center, to field trips, there’s something for everyone at Camp Mania! This summer, our campers will be going to Legoland/Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, the Crayola Experience, and Hawaiian Falls, to name a few.


Each week delivers campers various recreational opportunities that never get redundant. Whether you sign up for one week or more, you’re guaranteed to have an individualized experience.


Don’t miss your chance to snag one of our few remaining spots! Take a sneak peek at our incredible schedule and enroll your kiddo today!

Meet Jason: Programs Coordinator

There’s no shortage of innovative program opportunities in Southlake. Our recreation staff takes pride in providing world-class opportunities for Southlake residents to enjoy from our beloved Camp Mania, Club Metro, to PLAY in the Park!

No one is more prepared for the process of program ideation and execution than our excellent Program Coordinators. Jason Ellison is the newest face to join the Programs Team, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. Jason has a passion for sports and recreation. He understands that giving back to the community is truly a life-long calling.

Here’s what you should know about our new Programs Coordinator:

What is your professional background?
Hello, my name is Jason Ellison. I’m from Kansas City, Missouri, and I moved to Texas in 2018 to study Recreation, Event, and Sports Management at the University of North Texas. I started working as a Site Director for the YMCA in 2019, where I learned I loved working with kids, whether it was in sports, camps, or after-school care.

What do you love most about Programs/ Parks and Recreation?
Honestly, I don’t know what’s not to love! Parks and Recreation is everything to me because I was in foster care when I was one to seven years old. Participating in programs and athletics kept me going. The reach and impact Parks and Recreation professionals have is outstanding. It can be the thing that holds communities together.

What are you most excited about for your new position?
I’m very excited about creating a new and higher standard of excellence for our programs than what was set by my predecessors, which is no small task! Southlake takes pride in delivering the best services possible and providing world-class experiences. I’m excited to help achieve that goal.

What is something people should know about you?
I love connecting with people, learning about them, and creating friendships!

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I love watching sports, especially football and track. I also love DJing and Cooking. I’m known as the grill master! I also am a gamer, so add me if anybody has a PS5!

What can participants look forward to for future programs?
I would definitely say to lookout for new and innovative programs. The recreation and sports worlds are changing, and we have to find a way to bridge the gaps so our younger generation can learn and grow.

Welcome to the team, Jason! We know you’ll do an incredible job! Look out for Jason at Summer Camp Mania and say hi!


Educational Seminars at the Senior Activity Center

Learning is a lifelong process, and no one knows that better than our Senior Activity Center members.

Senior Center staff work diligently alongside our community partners to provide educational opportunities for our seniors. We love coming up with programs to keep our member’s minds active and engaged! Two exciting seminars covering diverse topics are available this month.

First on the agenda is a Weather Awareness Seminar with the Office of Emergency Management. Experience has taught us that the weather in Texas can be unpredictable and dangerous at times. Senior Center members can join us on Friday, January 14 from 1:30- 2:30 PM to learn tips on how to stay safe during the cold winter months. Pre-registration is required.

If you like your learning with a side of lunch, then the Senior Centers Learn Then Lunch seminar series is for you! Enjoy a complimentary bite to eat as you learn about different financial, health, or legal topics. The topic this month is Prevention and Controlling Diabetes After 65. Did you know that more than 25% of the USA population aged over 65 has diabetes? Learn prevention and mitigation tips from a physician on Tuesday, January 18 from 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM. A huge thank you to the Valora Medica Group for hosting this seminar. Pre-registration is required.

We look forward to seeing you at the Senior Activity Center as we continue to learn together!

There’s a New Face at the Senior Activity Center: Meet Andrew Burnett

It’s no secret that the Southlake Senior Activity Center is the premier recreation destination for seniors 55 and better, and that’s thanks to our world-class staff!

If you’ve visited the Senior Center lately, you may have noticed a new smiling face around, Recreation Specialist Andrew Burnett! Andrew is the newest addition to the Senior Center staff, but he’s no stranger to the Southlake Community Services Department. Andrew spent the summer as a Recreation Attendant II at Champions Club. While there, Andrew helped out with Camp Mania, mentoring kids, and creating life-long memories. He recently transitioned to the Senior Center and is ready to make his Marq there as well.

Andrew grew up in North Richland Hills and is a Public Relations student at UT Arlington. As a valued member of the Southlake family, he aspires to eventually work for the City’s Office of Marketing and Communications. For now, however, he is happy to be a part of the team that creates world-class experiences for our Seniors. One of his goals for this new position is to “leave a lasting impression on our seniors as they’ve left such a positive impression on me. They’ve given me ‘gold nuggets’ of advice and experience! I want to keep that connection I have with our seniors and bring them the most enjoyable environment they can experience.”

When asked what he loves about his job, Andrew stated that his favorite part of working at the Southlake Senior Activity Center is receiving smiles from seniors and staff. Those who know him know he’s all too happy to return the smiles as well! A man of many talents, Andrew’s hidden talents also include spinning a basketball on his finger and being able to sing the song, “Hey There Delilah” word for word!

“The City has been an amazing experience for me. Everyone I know has been so kind and helpful, and they treat me just like family. The staff and community have helped me become a better man!” Andrew Burnett.

Welcome to the Senior Center Team, Andrew! We are excited to see all the incredible things you will accomplish.