Welcome to the Neighborhood
Away from the urban sprawl of downtown Fort Worth, families have flocked to the good schools, affordable housing and family recreation opportunities in Alliance, Keller, Roanoke and other North Fort Worth areas. If your family is looking for a close, community feel, search no further than Keller’s gated communities and family-friendly neighborhoods. If it’s land you want, check out Haslet and Alliance, where there’s still plenty of acreage to be had. And Watauga is one of the least expensive Fort Worth suburbs, making it a popular choice for young families buying their first piece of Tarrant County. Though North Tarrant residents have a reasonable commute south to Fort Worth, they don’t have to leave town to find things to do with the fam: Keller Town Center and Alliance Town Center both house a movie theater, public parks and dining options, while the Keller Pointe is a recreation hub for the whole family, with a popular indoor-outdoor aquatics center. For good food, there’s Roanoke (the “unique dining capital of Texas”), where historic Oak Street has a string of family-friendly eateries and an old-fashioned candy shop.
● NORTHWEST ISD
Elementary schools: 18
Middle schools: 6
High schools: 4
● BIRDVILLE ISD
6125 E. Belknap St., Haltom City, 817/547-5700; birdvilleschools.net
Elementary schools: 21
Middle schools: 7
High schools: 4
Advanced learning centers: 1
● KELLER ISD
350 Keller Parkway, Keller, 817/744-1000; kellerisd.net
Elementary schools: 25
Intermediate schools: 4
Middle schools: 7
High schools: 6
● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS
Keller (Keller ISD)
Keller High School, 1999-00
● FORT WORTH LIBRARY–SUMMERGLEN BRANCH
Open Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday; Monday open till 8pm
4205 Basswood Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/392-5970; fortworthtexas.gov/library
● KELLER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open daily; Monday–Wednesday open till 8pm
640 Johnson Road, Keller, 817/743-4800; kellerlibrary.org
● ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday–Thursday 10am–9pm and Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
308 S. Walnut St., Roanoke, 817/491-2691; roanoketexas.com
● WATAUGA PUBLIC LIBRARY
7109 Whitley Road, Watauga, 817/514-5864; cowtx.org
Health & Fitness 101
● THE KELLER POINTE
This activity center offers plenty of opportunities for the whole family to get fit.
405 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller, 817/743-4386; thekellerpointe.com
● NORTHPARK YMCA
9100 N. Beach St., Fort Worth, 817/993-1333; ymcafw.org
● ROANOKE RECREATION CENTER
501 Roanoke Road, Roanoke, 817/837-9930; roanoketexas.com
● WATAUGA COMMUNITY CENTER
7901 Indian Springs Road, Watauga, 817/514-5828; cowtx.org
● ALLIANCE TOWN CENTER
Come for the restaurants and shopping, then stay longer for the serene green spaces at the center’s two parks. Walk the half-mile trails around Bluestem Park and Prairie Vista Park to spot ducks and birds at the pond and traipse through blackland prairie developed in collaboration with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
9550 Sage Meadow Trail, Fort Worth, 817/224-6000; alliancetowncenter.com/parks-and-trails
● FOUR SEASONS MARKET
This year-round European-style farmers market works with a network of sources that offer artisanal goods in a festive atmosphere. Open every Sunday from 10am–2pm. Entertainment and kids activities vary by week, plus there are four large events at the change of seasons.
7600 Denton Highway, Watauga, 972/884-0680; fourseasonsmarkets.com
● KELLER FARMERS MARKET
May–November, each Saturday from 9am–1pm
400 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller, 682/593-3507; kellerfarmersmarket.com
● ROANOKE FARMERS MARKET
April through September, every Saturday from 8am–noon at Austin Street Plaza
221 N. Oak St., Roanoke, 940/391-3360; roanoketexas.com
● WESTWIND CHURCH COMMUNITY GARDEN
1300 Sarah Brooks Drive, Keller, 817/428-6775; westwind-church.org
● BABE’S CHICKEN DINNER HOUSE
Enjoy home-style cooking—without the cleanup! This Roanoke location serves just two favorites: chicken-fried steak and Babe’s famous fried chicken. Picky eaters will find a more expansive menu at locations in Dallas, Collin and Denton counties.
104 N. Oak St., Roanoke, 817/491-2900; babeschicken.com
● FNG EATS
Keller’s dining destination for locally sourced dishes you’ll love for brunch, lunch, dinner and all those moments in between. Sourcing ingredients from Keller Farmers Market and other local purveyors, the menu offers dishes based on homestyle favorites as well as innovative offerings. The ample kids’ menu (including brunch bites) boasts mac and cheese, flatbread pizza and pasta with seasonal veggies.
201 Town Center Lane, Suite 1101, Keller, 817/741-5200; fngeats.com
● HARD EIGHT BBQ
Check out the meal deals for your kiddos. The popular counter-serve joint is a favorite with Roanoke residents for its real-deal smoked meats. Community-style seating plus an outdoor area make this spot a win for the whole family.
205 S. Oak St., Roanoke, 817/837-8888; hardeightbbq.com
● DOWNTOWN KELLER
Keller has gained a reputation for its local art scene, from city-funded outdoor sculptural pieces to gallerylike displays at Town Hall. Play “I Spy” as you stroll the streets of shops and restaurants in historic Old Town, and see if your little ones can re-create some of the city’s pieces, like the “Circle of Friends” sculpture on display at the Keller Public Library.
1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller,
● EVENINGS ON OAK STREET
Pack a picnic and load your kids and some blankets in the car for this free concert series at Austin Street Plaza in Roanoke’s historic downtown. The town hosts one to two concerts per month from March–September. Plenty of parking and on-site restrooms make this an easy event for families. Before you settle in, stock up on sodas or sweet treats from nearby Hey Sugar!, a throwback candy store.
211 N. Oak St., Roanoke; roanoketexas.com
● KELLER SUMMER NIGHTS
Families can pack a picnic and enjoy entertainment al fresco every Thursday evening in June. Free live music starts at 7:30pm and family-friendly movie screenings at 9 pm, hosted on the front lawn of Keller Town Hall.
1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller; cityofkeller.com
● ROANOKE SPLASH PARKS
Both parks have a splash pad and much more: a playground, picnic pavilion, basketball courts and a paved walking trail that encircles the park. The Cannon Parkway location (down the street from Hawaiian Falls) also has a large skate park.
750 Cannon Parkway, Roanoke // 107 Hillsborough Drive, Roanoke 817/837-9930; roanoketexas.com
● ROANOKE COMMUNITY POOL
416 S. Walnut St., Roanoke, 817/491-0454; roanoketexas.com
● HASLET MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS)
Meetings occur the first and third Fridays of the month from September–May at the Fellowship of the Parks Haslet campus. Visit facebook.com/hasletmops for more details about upcoming family playdates and social events.
1029 Avondale Haslet Road, Haslet; mops.org/groups/hasletmops
● KELLER AREA MOMS
The nonprofit serves moms in Keller, Alliance, Haslet, Roanoke, Watauga and neighboring areas. Moms-only social gatherings and philanthropic opportunities are just part of the membership benefits, which also include playdates, holiday parties and couples events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
● KELLER EARLY CHILDHOOD PTA
Join the PTA and connect with other families in your neighborhood.
● LA LECHE LEAGUE OF FORT WORTH-ALLIANCE
This chapter of the breastfeeding-focused mom-to-mom support group serves women in Alliance, Roanoke, Keller, Watauga, Argyle, Trophy Club and beyond. The group meets the first Thursday of every month at 10:30am at the Southlake Public Library.
1400 Main St., Southlake; facebook.com/lllalliance
● MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF NORTHWOOD CHURCH
Meetings are the second and fourth Fridays of the month from September–May. Annual membership dues are $120, including the cost of child care. Email email@example.com for more information, or call Andi McGrath at 817/656-8150, extension 117.
1870 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller; northwoodchurch.org/events/mothers-of-preschoolers-mops