Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve to Celebrate Earth Day with a Community Hike

Grab your sunscreen and hiking boots for the Earth Day Community Hike!

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is celebrating Earth Day early this year by inviting all nature enthusiasts to join us on an Earth Day Community Hike on Saturday, April 17 at 10 am. Earth Day is celebrated globally on April 22 in honor of working towards a more sustainable future. What better way to connect with the Earth and the creatures that inhabit it than by spending quality time in nature?

Join us for a morning on the Preserve Trails as we make our way to Grapevine Lake. Led by Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve staff, this Community Hike will be all about the plants and animals who call the Preserve home, how we can help them, and the incredible history of the land.

Learn more about the Jones family who lived on this land and their contributions to the City of Southlake as you explore the winding trails. Be on the lookout for tracks and hints of the diverse wildlife that are native to this land. Get in some solid exercise while becoming more knowledgeable about this treasured Southlake spot.

The Earth Day Community Hike is suitable for guests of all ages and hiking levels. Be sure to bring a water bottle, comfortable clothes you can get dirty, and closed-toe shoes. The hike to Grapevine Lake is two miles, and there will be frequent stops.

Registration ends on Thursday, April 14. Don’t delay; register today!

Champions Club Celebrates Member Appreciation Week

Champions Club members enjoyed a week full of featured fitness classes, a scavenger hunt, and fun surprises.

Champions Club celebrated Member Appreciation Week last week with several members-only events from April 5-10, 2021. From fitness gurus to toddlers, Member Appreciation Week had something for the entire family! The week was jammed-packed with fun activities such as Mommy & Me Yoga, free chair massages for members, Toddler Playtime, Facebook Live Q&As with a certified personal trainer and a dietitian, Backyard Game Night, and a GooseChase scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunt prizes ranged from Champions Club swag to Apple Air Pods, an Apple Watch, and a Percussive Therapy Device.

The week culminated on Saturday with a Zumba party at the Aria Amphitheater and the Member Bash. Dozens of members and their families came out to celebrate the Champions Club community. Food, games, bounce houses, and prizes were favorite features of the grand event.

“We had so much fun celebrating our members all week long! Our members are the heart of Champions Club and it was so special getting to treat them last week,” claimed Guest Services Supervisor, Erika Bashaw. “My favorite event was the Member Bash on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and our members really enjoyed the inflatables, live DJ, and yummy treats!”

Champions Club is more than a state-of-the-art recreation facility. It is a family. We know that our members make us stand apart from similar services, and we are truly grateful for your trust and support. Thank you so much to everyone who showed up and participated! We hope the week was memorable and look forward to creating more life-long memories as the premier recreation destination in Southlake!

Did you miss out on the fun? Become a Champions Club member today to take advantage of our fitness classes, Aquatics Center, world-class fitness equipment, and special member events.

Club Metro is in Full Swing this Spring

Club Metro hit the ground running this Spring season to provide world-class Adaptive Recreation programs to our Southlake residents.

A Parks and Recreation Department is only as strong as its ease of accessibility to quality programming for every resident. Southlake’s Adaptive Recreation programs aim to encourage residents of all abilities to lead an active lifestyle. Club Metro is Southlake’s premier program, bringing together our community with opportunities for socialization, learning, and fun!

Club Metro has been busy this Spring welcoming back old and new faces alike. With multiple weekly in-person and virtual meeting options available, there is always something exciting happening at Club Metro! Club members can look forward to art, games, yoga classes, special guests, and more! New activities this season include Zumba classes and virtual themed-goody boxes for club members to enjoy at home.

This season, Club Metro is introducing two new opportunities for increased interaction! Due to popular demand, Mondays will now be offered to supplement Tuesdays, Thursdays, and virtual Wednesdays. In addition, Club Metro introduced Sports Saturdays on March 27. Sports like Kickball, Softball, and Basketball are now available to players of all abilities.

All successful recreation programs require passion and dedication from staff and the community, and Club Metro is no exception. The connections formed in Club Metro lead to incredible life-long memories for everyone involved.

“Club Metro has always been about meeting new friends, learning new and exciting activities, and of course having fun!” Exclaimed Club Lead, Oscar Rodriguez.

Register for the next Club Metro meeting here.

Summer Camp Registrations Open April 1

If you had a blast at one of our Spring Break camps, then mark your calendars because summer camp registration opens on April 1 at 8:00 am!

They are back and more popular than ever! Claim your spot for Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp for a summer filled with world-class experiences and forming lifelong memories.

Camp Mania

Summer Camp Mania is bringing entertainment to campers this summer with plenty of fun surprises for the kiddos! Instead of field trips, guest artists and contractors will visit the camp to guarantee exciting and educational experiences every day. Learn about becoming a DJ, jump up and down in a wild bounce house, and express your personality with an airbrush tattoo from a guest artist. Camp favorite activities such as visiting Bicentennial Park, swimming in the Aquatics Center, and playing games with counselors will be back as well!

Cross Timbers Nature Camp

Cross Timbers Nature Camp will also open for registration for all nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts! Campers will have the opportunity to explore the trails, learn about the species that inhabit them, and become good stewards of our Cross Timbers Ecosystem.

Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp are each offered for nine weeks during the summer. Campers can register for one week or all nine; however, they must enroll and pay for each week they want to attend. Specialty camps will also be offered this summer for those interested in athletics, science, or STEAM. Learn all about our various camp offerings on our website.

If you know you want to register for camp, but aren’t sure which one is right for you, then make sure to attend our Camp Fair at Champions Club on April 17! Explore each summer camp’s booth where you can learn more about the activities planned for each one.

Registration for summer camps opens on April 1 for City of Southlake residents and April 15 for nonresidents. Visit our website for more information such as COVID-19 Precautions and parent packets.

We’ll see you at camp!

Spring Break Camp Mania Thrilled Campers at Champions Club

Champions Club was busy last week as 30 campers took over for this year’s Spring Break Camp Mania.

Camp Mania had another successful year of fun, smiles, and laughter. School was out for the week, but that didn’t stop these campers from learning and playing with friends. Campers enjoyed a trip to Bicentennial Park, a dodgeball competition, and a swim day at Champions Club’s state-of-the-art Aquatics Center.

Champions Club provided the ideal background for the ultimate Spring Break Camp experience. Equipped with a large classroom, an indoor turf field, an Aquatics Center, and proximity to Bicentennial Park, campers had plenty of opportunities to let their imaginations run wild.

Activities at the Aquatics Center consisted of riding water slides, relaxing on the lazy river, and playing with pool toys provided by the Aquatics Coordinator and Supervisor. Park activities at the Playground included a zipline, slides, and monkey bars. Other highlights were a movie day, freeze dance and tag, and a joke-telling competition between staff members judged by the campers. The weather was beautiful all week long, and every day was a new adventure packed with great activities.

Camp Mania is truly a staple of the Southlake Community Services Department. Getting better and better every year, this year we welcomed new faces and familiar friends. Those who have experienced Camp Mania before will attest that it is always an enjoyable experience.

When asked about her experience planning Camp Mania, Gretchen Morgan, programs coordinator, stated that “Camp Mania has always been a fun and exciting experience for kids. Seeing their smiles at the end of each day lets us know that we have done our job. Of course, pulling off such an incredible camp experience for the Southlake community would not have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated camp counselors and full-time staff.”

Spring Break may be over; however, summer is just around the corner! Keep an eye on our website to register for Camp Mania during the summer. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss!

Let the Games Begin! Spring Athletics is in Full Swing

Spring Athletics is in full swing at the Community Services Department, and the competition is heating up!

Athletic programs are a staple of any good Parks and Recreation department, and ours is no exception. Every season, Southlake residents can sign up for a myriad of leagues, classes, and camps to compete, play and perfect their favorite sport. From America’s pastime, basketball, flag football, to volleyball and everything in between, Southlake has it all!

This season, the Athletics Division is upping their game with the Girls’ Volleyball League and Youth Flag Football League. With these two programs growing more than ever, now is the perfect time to work on your athletic mastery. The Girls’ Volleyball League is open to ages 6-12 years old. Youth Flag Football has a league for each grade level from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The growth and success of these programs are indicative of the value our community places on youth sports.

Everyone knows that playing sports is fun, but there are multiple benefits associated with youth athletics. Playing sports improves physical, mental, social, and emotional development in children. For example, playing on a team helps kids learn crucial social skills like teamwork, leadership, and communication. Practicing and seeing visible improvements helps children develop healthy self-esteem and gain confidence while having a blast!

Not only does participating in youth athletics help kids today, but it also sets them up for success in the future. According to Aspen Project Play, physical activity during early childhood can have lasting positive effects throughout adulthood. For example, active children can score up to 40% on tests, are 15% more likely to go to college, and have lower levels of depression and self- derogation.

As adults, active children have 7-8% higher annual earnings, are more productive at work, and have a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. The individual benefits transfer to communities as well. Active communities tend to have higher property values, lower heart disease rates, and higher graduation rates.

There’s no denying that athletics plays a vital role in youth development and the building of healthy and strong communities. We are proud of our robust athletics programming and are looking forward to everything that’s to come. Make sure to keep an eye on our website and register for your favorite sport! Let the games begin!

 

Southlake is the Number One Spring Break Staycation Destination

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and we are all too cool for school—that’s right, Spring Break is just around the corner!

With the arrival of warmer weather and the exciting prospect of classes being out for a week, also comes the question of what to do with the newfound free time. Luckily for Southlake students and parents, the Community Services Department is offering multiple camp opportunities to keep kids curious and engaged.

Adventures in Science Club-Spring Break

Have a future scientist in the family? Then look no further than Adventures in Science Club-Spring Break! This Spring Break camp will offer naturally inquisitive children opportunities for hands-on experiments and projects. The best part is that most of the projects completed at camp can be taken home. Open to science-enthusiasts aged 6-13 years-old, this club gives students the tools they need to succeed all while having fun!

Don’t miss out on your next “Eureka!” moment! Join us at Champions Club and sign up here.

Cross Timbers Spring Break Nature Camp

Naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, and explorers unite! If adventure is calling your child’s name, then the Cross Timbers Spring Break Nature Camp is for you. Join us at the Bob Jones Nature Center for a week of practicing outdoors skills, hiking, crafting, and creating! Conduct exciting science experiments and learn all about Southlake’s local ecosystem and how we can become good stewards of the land.

Get in touch with your wild side and register here:

Spring Break Camp Mania

Calling all fun-lovers, creators, and young innovators: Camp Mania is back and it’s the perfect destination for a Southlake Champions Club staycation! If your child is a social butterfly wanting to learn and play with friends during Spring Break, then save your spot for Camp Mania. Join us for a week of arts and crafts, structured activities, free play, and lots of fun!

Spots will fill up quickly so make sure to get in the action are sign-up here!

Who says you need to leave Southlake to make lifelong Spring Break memories? With so many incredible camp opportunities for our youngsters, our hometown is where the most cherished experiences happen! See you at camp, Southlake!

The Marq Receives Nominations in Three Categories for Southlake Style 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

The new year was off to a fantastic start as The Marq at Southlake received three nominations for the Southlake Style Readers’ Choice 2021 awards.

Champions Club at The Marq is competing for best Full-Service Gym as well as best Kid’s Birthday Party Venue. On the other side of The Marq, Legends Hall was nominated for best Event/ Wedding Venue, solidifying its place as a premier wedding destination in North Texas.

Residents nominated businesses in over 100 categories on Southlake Style’s website. Nominations were open from January 11 to January 31. The top five nominees moved on to the voting round which began on February 4 and ended on February 18. The winners will be revealed in the Southlake Style April print issue and online.

The Marq is honored to be nominated in so many categories by its members and the Southlake community. Our goal is to create world-class experiences and foster lifelong memories, and we are grateful for the support we have received. Thank you so much for voting for us in the Health and Wellness and Entertainment categories! Don’t forget to follow us on social media @LegendsHallSLK and @ChampionsClubSLK!

Marianne Burton, membership services coordinator featured in Southlake Style as the Face of Community Recreation

Marianne Burton, membership services coordinator at Champions Club at The Marq Southlake was featured in Southlake Style magazine as part of their Faces of 2021 campaign.

Marianne was named The Face of Community Recreation, and her work ensuring that all Champions Club members feel like they are part of the family was highlighted.

Indeed, Champions Club strives to be the premier destination for Southlake families looking for a way to have fun and stay active together. When asked about her main drivers for going to work each morning, Marianne stated that “Our members are a part of our family. Creating a positive experience for them is what drives me.”

If you are looking for a world-class wellness experience, look no further than Champions Club. If you happen to see Marianne walking by, make sure to stop and say hello!
Congratulations on your hard work being recognized by the community, Marianne! We are glad to have you on our Community Services team!