Tuesday, June 28, 2022

There’s Still Time to Register Your Kids for Summer Programs!

It’s summertime in Southlake and the heat is intense! If you are still looking for ways to keep your kiddos busy and entertained this summer, it’s not too late to register for some of our incredible half-day camps at Champions Club!

July is just around the corner, and the new month brings new opportunities to enjoy the hot summer break indoors. Our Programs and Champions Club staff are ready to give your kiddos a summer they won’t forget with innovative programs and half-day camps for every interest under the Texas sun.

Here’s just a few examples of our exciting programs that still have some spaces open:

Adventures in Science Club

Discover the wonder of science by doing hands-on experiments and projects that you get to take home! In this week-long session, kids will learn all about gears and pulleys, how things work together, and how to use their hands to build different types of engineering machines. Register here:

Club Metro

Southlake’s premier Adaptive Recreation program, Club Metro, is hitting the field for an awesome afternoon of sports! Participants will meet to celebrate the summer season by playing different sporting activities! Hurry up to register, spots are filling up fast!

DJ School 101

Do want to learn how to be a DJ? Join our half-day summer camp program where we teach you the basics of being a DJ. We will beat, match, mix and blend on professional DJ equipment, across multiple genres of music. DJ gear is provided during instruction. Don’t miss it!

Mindful Ballet Dance Camp

In these one-hour weekly camps, students will learn the proper technique and placement in this foundational genre. Dancers will also experience the classroom as a laboratory that explores self-narrative, thought patterns, and emotions.

DRESS CODE: Girls – Any color leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers. Boys – Black tights or athletic shorts, white shirt, ballet slippers. Register today!

Plan out the rest of your summer and claim your spot today!

Getting Wild at Nature Camp

We are right in the heat of summer, and things are getting wild at our annual Cross Timbers Summer Nature Camp.

Summer camps are an industry staple in Parks and Recreation. Here in Southlake, we are fortunate to offer our young residents various fun and entertaining summer camp options each year. Something that makes our community unique is our proximity to the Cross Timbers and Prairies ecosystem.

Our Cross Timbers Summer Nature Camp is a community favorite and a vital part of Our Park and Recreation Story. This summer, campers get to explore their wild side with fun activities to practice outdoor skills, hike, create arts and crafts, and learn about our local ecosystem.

Here are a few highlights of what Nature Camp has been up to this summer:

  • Campers do a 2-mile hike to Lake Grapevine every week. At the lake, they get to play on the swing and near the water before hiking back. On average, each camper hikes around eight miles per week!
  • Guest presenters are a special treat for Nature Camp. This summer, the kids have learned from the Tarrant Regional Water District, The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Creature Teacher, archery, and Mad Science!
  • Each week presents a different theme. Last week, the campers learned about sustainability and made some awesome recycled robots.
  • Campers always make great use of the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve! Each week, kids spend hours searching for grasshoppers and other critters. They always talk about the history of the land—which includes the Jones Family and the Tucker Family.
  • Every Friday, there is a Field Day Party!

With so many out-of-this-world activities, it’s no wonder Nature Camp is such a crowd favorite! But the summer is not over yet.

Here’s a sneak-peak into what campers can look forward to in the weeks to come:

  • This week, campers are learning about flowers and will be planting around the Nature Center. They will also dye and plant seeds that they can take home.
  • There will be more animal presentations coming! In addition, the Southlake DPS will present a Wilderness First Aid class to campers!
  • The final week will be the “Animal Olympics.” Campers will learn about the extraordinary feats animals can achieve—including the critters found right here in Southlake.

It wouldn’t be a Southlake summer without our summer camps and the incredible staff that make them happen. Part of our Park and Recreation Story is working hard to create life-long memories for our kiddos, and Cross Timbers Nature Camp is the perfect place to get wild!

Kids Fitness Summer Series Arrives in Champions Club in July

Champions Club fights summer boredom with the Kids Fitness Summer Series!

The Dog Days of Summer are here, and your little ones may be starting to get anxious after a month of summer vacation. Luckily for you, Champions Club is introducing the Kids Fitness Summer Series to get your children off the couch and hooked on staying active!

We know our Champions Club members are no strangers to the world of fitness. After all, you didn’t choose to become a member of a world-class facility for nothing. Here at Champions Club, we know that building lifelong healthy habits is a skill best learned early. We are here to share the joy of fitness and recreation with every single member, even the littlest champions!

The Kids Fitness Summer Series will introduce your child to fitness through fun and free classes! Located in the Fieldhouse at Champions Club and taught by our unbeatable group fitness instructors, this series is guaranteed to be a blast!

Here is the schedule for July:

Kids Zumba- Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00 pm
Teach your children the joy of movement through dance and burn off the summer boredom to funky world-beats.

Kids High Fitness- Monday, July 26 at 6:00 pm
Kids will enjoy a fun, dance-focused class mixed up with all your favorites music! This class is sure to have your kids dancing to the beat as it combines interval training with easy-to-follow choreography.

Kids Sports Fit- Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00 pm
Develop your kiddo’s agility and coordination in this light and upbeat atmosphere. Your child will enjoy running, jumping, and showing off their skills!

Not a Champions Club member? The Kids Fitness Summer Series is available to everyone—no registration or membership required! However, we know you’ll fall in love with our beautiful facility and world-class group fitness staff. Learn more about becoming a Champions Club Member here.

Are you ready to share your passion for fitness with the next generation of champions? We’ll see you at the Champions Club Fieldhouse!

Home-Grown Staff: From Volunteer to Camp Director

Summer Camp Mania is a Southlake staple and one of our most beloved recreation programs. Today, we celebrate one of the special Community Services Staff Members that make it all happen: Meet Emma Blight!

 

Emma is currently going into her junior year of college at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Public and Non-Profit Administration. She is kind-hearted, selfless, and brings a smile to everyone around her. Emma’s story is just one example of our staff’s commitment to creating life-long memories for our residents.

 

Emma has been a crucial part of the Parks and Recreation team for six years. She initially made her mark as a Summer Camp Mania volunteer for two years in a row. During her first year, she was even honored with the Junior Volunteer of the Year award. Having enjoyed her volunteer experience so much, Emma took her commitment to the department to the next level by becoming a Camp Counselor. During her time with Camp Mania, Emma developed positive relationships, environments, and games for kids of various ages.

 

When the opportunity to become this year’s Camp Director became open, Emma knew she had to jump on it! Camp is only a few weeks in, but she has already exceeded expectations for the role! When your child comes home thrilled from a fun-filled day at Camp, make sure to thank Emma for her passion and dedication to Camp Mania.

 

Emma’s career within the Community Services Department is just one example of the career growth that’s possible when you have the right attitude. From volunteer to counselor to Camp Director, we are very excited to see what comes next for Emma’s future with our department.

 

“Working for the City of Southlake helped me find a job that I truly care about, as well as exemplified what it truly means to be a part of a team!”—Emma Blight, Camp Director.

 

We are happy to have Emma be a part of our team!

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve Offers Virtual Adult Outdoor Education Programs This Summer

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is not just a hub for children to learn about the great outdoors. Did you know that there are multiple opportunities for adults to learn more about nature as well?

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve Adult Education classes will teach you easy ways to make a big difference in your life and our ecosystem. Thanks to our partnership with Tarrant Regional Water District and local Master Gardeners, all classes will be virtual this summer. Not only that, but all courses are 100% FREE!

There are multiple fantastic opportunities to learn more about improving your garden while helping our ecosystem this summer.

June is all about Tough Texas Plants. With an often unpredictable climate, it’s crucial to choose the right type of plants to thrive in Texas. This three-part series will teach you about low-maintenance landscape design, tough Texas perennials and annuals, and tough Texas trees, bushes, and vines. Registration for June classes is now open! Learn how to register here.

Things will get prickly in July with cacti and succulents taking center stage. Learn the hottest tips and tricks to maintaining these increasingly popular plants. Registration will be available soon.

Finish out the summer with a month of shade gardening knowledge in August. These classes will teach you what plants grow best in the shadier areas of your yard. Be on the lookout when registration for these classes becomes available.

When it comes to having the sturdiest yard in Texas, knowledge is power. Take advantage of our free Adult Outdoor Education program and become the envy of the neighborhood!

Create Life-Long Memories With Us: Champions Club Now Hiring

Calling all recreation lovers: Champions Club is now hiring!

If you’ve dreamed about working with a world-class team creating life-long memories for your community, then now is your chance to apply for a job with us! Champions Club is hiring for a variety of part-time positions. No matter what your passion is, Champions Club has a job for you.

You can make a difference this summer by joining our team. We are looking for innovative team players who always put customer service and commitment to excellence first. If you love kids, then become a Child Watch Attendant or a Camp Counselor. If you are passionate about Aquatics, then a Lifeguard position or a Learn to Swim Instructor role could be the job for you. Working as a Fitness or Athletic Attendant would be the perfect fit for those that enjoy sports and fitness. If getting to know people and making them feel welcome is your talent, you would be a great Front Desk Attendant.

At Champions Club, we are in the business of having fun and providing world-class recreational opportunities to the Southlake community. Our team consists of enthusiastic and hard-working individuals who strive to make positive memories for our members. If you want the chance to work with friends, connect with new people, and make a difference in your community, then you should join our team!

Here’s what some of our staff had to say about working at Champions Club:

“Apply for our part-time positions this summer!! No matter what department you are working with, we are all one BIG TEAM! Our team is here to succeed. The ultimate goal is to provide the best experience to our community. This can include indoor and outdoor programs and athletics for kids and young adults, fitness and guest services attendants, childcare, and lifeguards. These positions can help provide guidance, direction, and experience for you to take to the next level!” Gretchen Morgan, Programs Coordinator.

“The managers are awesome, and the schedules are flexible. My coworkers are great. We get to provide world-class customer service.” Crew Borgeson, Guest Services Attendant.

“Working Part-Time is amazing. In my opinion, you never get the same type of day twice. Every day is a new adventure with new people and new experiences to walk through with amazing coworkers.” Mitchell Ouille-Programs and Athletics Recreation Attendant.

“Being a part-time employee for the City of Southlake Parks and Recreation department allows me to develop my passion and make great connections.” Lauren Batts, Athletics Specialist.

Make this a summer to remember! Apply today!

 

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!

Cross Timbers Forest Preschool Registration Opens Monday!

The Cross Timbers Forest Preschool is an explorative, hands-on preschool experience focusing on nature and our local ecosystem. Children will be inspired to learn through discovery, play and nature-focused curriculum inclusive of hikes, storytime, arts and crafts, and imaginative interaction. The 750+ acres of Cross Timbers Preserve will be their classroom at a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio. The minimum number of students per class is 4 and the maximum is 12.

Watch as every child builds their knowledge of the world around them, connects with their environment and develops confidence and self-esteem while interacting directly with nature.

Join us for our Meet and Greet at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve on August 16 from 9 – 11 a.m. to meet the teachers and tour the facility!  Non-residents who attend will get the opportunity to register early for preschool if they sign up at the event!

Register for the Meet and Greet here

Cross Timbers Forest Preschool Schedule

Tuesday, Aug 27 – Dec 10 Res: $540 | Non-Res: $675

Wednesday, Aug 28 – Dec 11 Res: $540 | Non-Res: $675

Thursday, Aug 29 – Dec 12 Res: $540 | Non-Res: $675

Friday, Aug 30 – Dec 13 Res: $540 | Non-Res: $675

Thanksgiving Week Drop-In

Monday, Nov 25 Res: $36 | Non-Res: $45

Tuesday, Nov 26 Res: $36 | Non-Res: $45

Wednesday, Nov 7 Res: $36 | Non-Res: $45

Time:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:
Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve

Instructor:
Outdoor Experience Staff

Age:
3 – 5

Participants:
Min 8 | Max 12

Registration will open on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Adult Ballet Classes Coming to Southlake Parks and Recreation This June

Have you always wanted to learn ballet? This class is perfect for you! Students will sculpt a dancer’s physique while learning ballet fundamentals from former professional dancer Kristina Mitchell Simmons.

This class is also a great fit for former dancers and athletes of other disciplines.

Instructor Kristina Mitchell Simmons is a Southlake mom who is a former professional ballet dancer with a Master of Fine Arts in dance teaching and choreography. Each 75-minute class will take you through barre, stretching and center work. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Adult Ballet Session 1

Date: June 4–20  |  Tues & Thurs  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $100
Non-Member Fee: $125
Register Online

Adult Ballet Session 2

Dates: Aug 6 – 27  |  Tues  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $66
Non-Member Fee: $83
Register Online

Adult Ballet Session 3

Dates: Aug 8 – 29  |  Thurs  |  9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Champions Club Fitness Studio
Champions Club Member Fee: $66
Non-Member Fee: $83
Register Online

For more information, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.