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Grapevine Parks & Rec ‘Snapshot’

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This week’s newsletter includes upcoming holiday camp info, registration openings, details on downtown Christmas lights, and a reminder that tickets are on sale to The Greatest Showman inspired Daddy Daughter Dance happening in early January!

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Courtesy of Grapevine Parks & Rec

Check out downtown Grapevine’s Christmas light shows and attractions! Here is some of what you can expect right here in the Christmas Capitol of Texas®!

  • There is a synchronized lightshow in Liberty Plaza that includes singing The Chilly Dawgs, City Hall lights and the Chunnel. The show is about 30 minutes long and runs continuously from 9:00 am – 11:00 pm. This attraction can be enjoyed during the day, though it is more impressive after dark. Don’t forget there is 100% chance of snow flurries every half hour (6:00 – 11:00 pm).
  • At the Town Square Gazebo, our oversized singing tree performs a nine-song synchronized light show on top of the drum 24/7 right inside of Whoville. This attraction is also more impressive after dark. And don’t forget there is 100% chance of snow flurries here too, every half hour (6:00 – 11:00 pm).


Grapevine Baseball & Softball (GBS) Spring Registration:

BaseballRegistration for the Spring Youth Baseball & Softball season is now open! In the spirit of the holiday season, we have a discount gift of $10 off your league registration when you register in the month of December. Divisions will begin to fill up quickly, so make sure to register prior to February 1 to avoid a late fee. The Spring GBS season will begin Saturday, March 23. Visit for division pricing and registration. 


Sign up for Higher Goals Holiday Basketball Camps:

HGGrapevine Parks & Recreation has teamed up again this holiday season with Higher Goals to provide Christmas and New Year’s youth basketball camps. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-15 at all skill levels. The camps are a great mix of fun and learning and provides an awesome way to stay in shape during the holidays. Each camp is $90 for all three days. Please register at, or for more information, call 817.410.3450.


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5 holiday-themed events in Grapevine and Southlake this weekend, Dec. 7-9


ChristmasThe holiday season ushers in a host of Christmas-oriented events in the community.

Friday, Dec. 7:

1. Christmas preparations in Grapevine

Families and friends can help Nash Farm get ready for the holidays by making ornaments and decorating the tree while enjoying cider and cookies. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. sessions. $3 per person. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3558.

Saturday, Dec. 8:

2. Holiday open house in Southlake

The Southlake Public Library hosts a holiday open house event, featuring a jazz concert, craft activities and food. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817-748-8243.

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Parade of Lights hits Main Street TONIGHT

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Photo: Grapevine Chamber of Commerce

Bring the entire family TONIGHT from 7 – 9 pm to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.

The Grapevine Chamber and City of Grapevine, with the support of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, work together to create the Annual Grapevine Parade of Lights.

For more information, call (817) 481-1522 or send an email.

Please refer to the map below for parade route and parking information.


Great Wolf Lodge to debut nearly $11M renovation in 2019


Photo Courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

On the heels of the resort’s 10-year anniversary at 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, Great Wolf Lodge will complete a transformation for its 605 guest rooms and update its grand lobby by Dec. 31 this year.

“We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and plan to enter our next decade in grand style with the most extensive resort renovation to date,” said Phil Cunningham, general manager at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, in a news release. “We’re so excited to provide our guests with a completely new room experience to further enhance the incredible family getaway offered at Great Wolf Lodge.”

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Urban Air Adventure Park in Southlake expecting December opening


Photo: Urban Air Adventure Park

Urban Air Adventure Park will open its new location at 2201 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, in mid- to late December. Urban Air was previously located on Commerce Street in Southlake. The new, upgraded trampoline park will have other attractions, such as indoor go-karts, virtual-reality features, bumper cars, the Sky Rider indoor zip line, obstacle courses and climbing walls. Plans also include a cafe where guests can enjoy food and drinks. “Southlake is where [it]all started for Urban Air, so we are excited to bring the latest and greatest attractions to our fans,” Urban Air CEO Michael Browning said in an emailed statement. 817-203-8686

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Colleyville cancels annual Haunted Trail Fest due to weather



The Haunted Trail Fest has been canceled due to bad weather. (Courtesy City of Colleyville)

The city of Colleyville has canceled its Haunted Trail Fest after recent rains this week flooded the park at the Colleyville Nature Center. The event was scheduled for Oct. 20.

A statement on the city’s website said there was a concern the weather would affect the featured robotic characters and therefore the participants’ safety during the event.

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A job fair and Halloween events: A guide of things to do in October and November


Quick Takes:

Oct. 19—Nash Farm Barn Dance:

Oct. 20—Butterfly Flutterby:

Oct. 21—Firebird Family:


The annual Monster Mash event in Southlake will feature a costume parade and trick-or-treating. (Courtesy Southlake Parks and Recreation Department)

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4 things to do in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake this weekend, Oct. 5-7


Local residents and visitors can enjoy film, culture and volunteering opportunities.

  1. Oktoberfest celebrated in Southlake Town Square

This event features live entertainment, German food and beer. (Courtesy Southlake Chamber of Commerce)

Family and friends can attend the city of Southlake’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. The German-inspired event includes a wiener dog race, live entertainment, arts and craft booths, specialty items from local vendors and food and drinks. Attendees can also expect performances by musical groups such as the Swiss Longhorns, Time Machine and Le Freak.

5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 100, Southlake. 817-481-8200.

Read more from Community Impact about:
  • Movie shown at the Village in Colleyville
  • Festival held on historic Main Street
  • Cleanup efforts underway in Grapevine

Perot Fall Discovery Camps for kids Pre-K to 4th Grade registering now

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Let your child spend Thanksgiving break at the Perot Museum learning the science behind all things stinky and slimy!

DATES: November 19 – 21, 2018

LOCATION: The Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 75201


Ooey Gooey Chemistry

This camp will be loaded with tons of hands-on messy experiments! You will make bouncy balls, play with slime, and make some exciting discoveries of ooey, gooey, slimy, and icky science fun!


Gross Science

Why are feet smelly? What is the purpose of mucus? In this camp, you’ll have a fun-filled week of learning about our gross bodily functions. Find out all there is to know about burping, boogers, excrement, gas, saliva, and germs and how our brain, cells, heart, organs and blood contribute to the grossness.

For questions call 214.428.5555 ext. 8 or For more information or to register, click HERE.


Editor’s Corner: Jurassic Gardens – Fun and Educational

By Stacey Doud

My family and I were looking for something to do close to home, so we decided to check out Grapevine Parks & Rec’s Jurassic Gardens.

For $8 per person, we were admitted into the back of the Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park. We weren’t completely sure what to expect, but it didn’t disappoint.

The dinosaurs featured once roamed the area we were standing on, and were not the typical dinos seen in exhibits. They are hydraulic and robotic, so they move (even their eyes) and make sounds.

In addition to the dinosaurs, there were several activities, like digging for bones, beanbag tosses and displays of real fossils. The displays were enhanced by the beauty of the plants and trees in the Gardens.

There is a store if your little one wants a souvenir, and many knowledgeable park attendants were there to answer questions.

If you have an hour or two to kill, make sure to check this exhibit out before it goes away on October 7.

For more information and tickets, visit

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