Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Family Fun Days at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is a fantastic place for outdoor enthusiasts and beginners alike! This spring, celebrate the wonders of nature while spending quality time with your family at our Family Fun Days. Learn something new, enjoy family time, and embrace nature!

Are You Interested in Camping?

February 15, 9:00 – 11:00am
Fee: FREE, registration required

Do you dream of becoming an avid camper, but don’t know how to start? This fun and interactive class will jumpstart you and your family’s camping adventures! Learn about great camping opportunities all over Texas (the Bob Jones Nature Center Spring Family Campout, just to mention one!), how to pitch a tent, build a fire, general trail and outdoor safety, and much more!
Register here.

Night Hike

March 28, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Fee: Resident: $3, Non-Resident: $5

Who comes out to play at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve after dark? Bring the entire family for a fun and exciting night hike, star gazing, s’mores, and more!
Register here.

Celebrate Earth Day

April 25, 9:00 – 11:00am
Fee: FREE, registration required

To celebrate Earth Day 2020 we are participating in the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge–a global project to study the plants and animals that live right in your backyard. Participation is easy, all you have to do is take pictures of the plants and animals we see on our hike and share them to the iNaturalist app. We want to know more about the plants and animals who call BJNCP home, and we need your help!
Register here.

Refresh & Reconnect

May 16, 9:00 – 11:00am
Fee: Resident: $3, Non-Resident: $5

Spending time outside is not only refreshing, but it’s actually good for you! Join us for a morning of yoga and hiking to celebrate the wonders of nature.
Register here.


Learn more about Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve here.

New this Spring: After-School Club at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve

UPDATE: March 26 Event Cancelled.

Join us this spring for our first ever after-school club at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, BJNCP Explorers! BJNCP Explorers is perfect for young naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts (ages 5-11). We meet once a month from 4:00-6:00pm to explore the Preserve trails, study local wildlife, and learn how we can become stewards of the land.

Each month we will focus on a different topic as we explore. We will start the year by focusing on the animals who live at the Preserve in the winter, how they survive in the cold, and how we can help them thrive. In February, we will become Ornithologists (biologists who study birds) and investigate the birds migrating through Southlake.

As the Preserve awakens from the winter we will spend March discovering new life at BJNCP as migrating animals return, hibernators come out, and new plants and animals arrive. Finally, in April, we will celebrate Earth Day and discuss how we can make every day Earth Day!

Registration is separate for each monthly class, so you don’t have to commit to the entire session (although we hope you will!). Join us for an adventurous semester of hikes, investigations, experiments, friendships, and more!

For more information visit

Dates: January 30, February 27, March 26, April 30
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, 355 E Bob Jones Rd.
Resident Fee: $13
Non-Resident Fee: $16

Ready to sign up? Click 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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Homeschool PE 101 Summer Sessions

PE 101 is a classic 90-minute class that allows students to explore multiple sports in a fun learning environment. June classes begin Wednesday, June 12 and July sessions begin Wednesday, July 10.

This program is designed for students to be ACTIVE while learning about athletics and team sports. Each class begins with a dynamic warm-up and stretch. Units of study include sport-specific drills and games, rules of the game, strategy and the fundamentals required to play.

Summer Sessions

June 12 – 26
July 10 – 24

Classes Meet: Wednesdays; 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Champions Club Member Fee: $48
Non-Member Fee: $60
Ages: 7 – 12

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

Build Your Basketball Skills in Southlake’s Summer Basketball Academy

Summer Basketball Academy is a skills-based program designed to help beginner and intermediate players strengthen their game in a supportive learning environment.

These fun classes get young players ready for more competitive play by helping them master fundamental basketball skills such as ball handling, passing and shooting. We offer four levels so classes can be tailored to players’ specific needs and goals. Click a session below to register online!

Summer 2019 Sessions

June 3 – 24
July 8 – 29
August 5 – 26

Levels 1 & 2 (Ages 5–7)

Classes Meet: Mondays; 5:00 – 6:00pm
Champions Club Member Fee: $48
Non-Member Fee: $62

Levels 3 & 4 (Ages 8–12)

Classes Meet: Mondays; 6:00 – 7:00pm
Champions Club Member Fee: $64
Non-Member: $80

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

Champions Club Public Grand Opening is Saturday, April 6, 2019! View the Experience Southlake Magazine for Champions Club Grand Opening Details, Spring 2019 Programs and More!

Champions Club at The Marq Southlake will celebrate its public grand opening on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Check out the special edition of Experience Southlake Magazine to learn more about Champions Club and see all the fun things happening in Southlake Parks and Recreation this spring!

Join us for the official public grand opening of Champions Club on Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members and non-members are invited to tour the facility, learn about available memberships, try out our equipment, take a fitness class and enjoy activities for the whole family. More information will be available soon, so be sure to follow Champions Club on Facebook to stay up-to-date or visit

The Winter/Spring Experience Southlake Magazine is now live with Champions Club information! You can register online for all of our spring programs and athletic leagues, and you can also book your Champions Club rentals now for use once the facility opens.

Inside this issue of Experience Southlake Magazine, you’ll find more information about the programs and services we’ll be offering at Champions Club, including:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Personal training packages
  • Learn to swim classes and schedules
  • Rentals and party packages

You’ll also find information about our spring 2019 Parks and Recreation programming, including:

  • Youth and family programs
  • Nature programs at the Bob Jones Nature Center
  • Youth and adult athletics
  • Special events

As we put the final touches on Champions Club, in-person registration has been temporarily relocated to Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

To learn more about Champions Club services, rentals and memberships, please call (817) 748-8955. For information about our recreational programs, leagues and events, please call (817) 748-8019.

Become a Chess Wizard in Southlake’s November Chess Camp

Chess is more than just a fun and challenging game—it’s also a great workout for your brain! Southlake’s November Chess Wizards camp begins Tuesday, November 6.

Chess offers a number of benefits for children. According to Parents Magazine, the strategic nature of chess helps children refine their critical thinking and decision-making skills. It’s also been proven to have positive effects on visual memory, attention span and spatial-reasoning ability.

Chess Wizards is a premier chess camp that provides fun, accessible and challenging chess lessons to kids ages 6–16. As students learn the fundamentals of the game, they will also develop important skills that will help them throughout their lives: how to use logic to make strategic decisions, how to win graciously and how to accept defeat with dignity and sportsmanship.

All skill levels are welcome, and students will be divided into appropriate groups according to their chess experience. At the end of camp, each student will have had the opportunity to participate in a mini chess tournament.

November Chess Wizards Camp

Session Dates: November 6 – 27* (3 classes)
Time: Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $45
*No class on November 20.

If you would like more information about Chess Wizards, call Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

Summer Registration for Southlake Parks and Recreation Opens April 3rd!

Summer is almost here! That means it’s time to start registering for all the great things Southlake Parks and Recreation has planned. In preparation for the opening of The Marq Southlake Champions Club in summer of 2018, Parks and Recreation is changing registration software.

The new software, CSI, will go live Monday, April 3 at 8:00am when summer registration opens. Registration will also be available in-person at Southlake Town Hall in Training Room 3C. City staff will be standing by to assist customers in creating an account in CSI and registering for their favorite summer programs. Take a sneak peek at all the exciting summer activities in the Summer 2017 Southlake Scene.

When participants go to register for programs on April 3rd they will notice the website looks a little different. Now, instead of having to search for an activity, you will be able to select a category to begin the search process.

One important transition note to keep in mind: All users will have to create a new account. Account information will NOT carry over from Active Network.

What does this mean for me?

Before actually registering for a program, you will be prompted to create a new account. Because CSI will also be used once Champions Club is fully operational, it will look like you are registering for a membership. Don’t worry, when you are asked to select your membership type, simply select the “Patron” membership and Parks and Recreation as the site. This will allow you to register as you normally would.

You will need to create your new account before you are able to register for summer programs like Camp Mania or Basketball, to name a few. Parents, when you are completing the account registration, be sure to list yourself as the “main member” on the account. Other family members, like spouses and children, will become “sub-members” on the account.

We understand change can sometime be confusing. We’re here to help! You can view the step-by-step instructions to help you set up you new CSI account or you can call us at (817) 748-8019.Southlake Parks and Rec CSI Transition 2016

Archery and Target Shooting

Want to try a new sport? Want to learn a new skill? Southlake Parks and Recreation has something for you!

Come get a taste of archery as we travel to a local range to learn from a certified instructor how to properly use a bow and arrow. After a brief talk on archery safety, you will be hitting the target in no time. Bring your friends ages 10 – 14, and compete to see who the best shot is on Saturday, April 1 at 8:30AM.

You can register your child online or at the Community Services office located at 1400 Main St, Suite 210.

Please contact (817) 748-8019 for more information.