Welcome to the Neighborhood
Residents will tell you that this corner of Tarrant County is the ideal place to call home, with high-end shopping, restaurants, entertainment, parks, safe neighborhoods, good schools—you name it (and the housing prices reflect it). Southlake is the center of it all for families putting down roots in the area, whether you’re looking for master-planned living or established, tree-lined neighborhoods. The always-hopping Southlake Town Square has luxury retailers, green spaces and restaurants and plays host to family-friendly events throughout the year. Southlake may also be a good fit if your little one can throw a perfect spiral—the town has a history of nationally ranked high school football teams. Though similar in cost of living, Colleyville is more of a bedroom community with quieter neighborhoods, an eclectic mix of home styles and lots of mature trees, as well as a dreamy nature center perfect for Saturday morning walks. And, though it’s best known for being a stone’s throw from the airport, Grapevine has seen a residential and cultural boom in the last few decades, thanks to retail amenities like Grapevine Mills and resort destinations like Great Wolf Lodge and the Gaylord Texan (not to mention the walkable historic downtown where there always seems to be an event going on). For more exclusive amenities, look to Trophy Club and Westlake; the former is known for its golf course living and gated communities, while the latter has stunning homes on sprawling acreage for families who are willing to pay top dollar.
● GRAPEVINE-COLLEYVILLE ISD
3051 Ira E. Woods Ave., Grapevine,
Elementary schools: 11
Middle schools: 4
High schools: 3
● SOUTHLAKE: CARROLL ISD
2400 N. Carroll Ave., Southlake, 817/949-8222;
Elementary schools: 5
Intermediate schools: 2
Middle schools: 2
High schools: 2
● TROPHY CLUB: NORTHWEST ISD
2001 Texan Drive, Justin, 817/215-0000; nisdtx.org
Elementary schools: 18
Middle schools: 6
High schools: 4
● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS
Colleyville (Grapevine-Colleyville ISD)
Bransford Elementary School, 1998-99
Colleyville Elementary School, 1998-99
Glenhope Elementary School, 2000-01
Heritage Middle School, 1997-98
O.C. Taylor Elementary School, 1996-97
Holy Trinity Catholic School, 2003
Grapevine (Grapevine-Colleyville ISD)
Grapevine High School, 1999-2000
Grapevine Middle School, 1994-96
Heritage Elementary School, 1998-99; 2006
Timberline Elementary School, 2000-01
Southlake (Carroll ISD)
Carroll Elementary School, 1993-94
Carroll High School, 1994-96
Carroll Middle School, 1994-96
Johnson Elementary School, 1993-94
Robert H. Rockenbaugh Elementary School, 2006
Southlake (Keller ISD)
Florence Elementary School, 1993-94
● COLLEYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm Tuesday and Thursday
110 Main St., Colleyville, 817/503-1150; colleyvillelibrary.com
● GRAPEVINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open daily; open till 9pm Monday–Thursday
1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine, 817/410-3400; grapevinetexas.gov
● SOUTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday–Thursday 10am–8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am–6pm
1400 Main St., Suite 130, Southlake, 817/748-8243; southlakelibrary.com
Health & Fitness 101
Join other moms in the Grapevine and Colleyville area for group exercise classes, from exercises designed for moms-to-be and a stroller-based barre class to an eight-week boot camp and run club (with strollers). Classes are held at Andrew Brown Park East, Parr Park, the REC of Grapevine and the CORE in Coppell. 682/651-7895; grapevine.fit4mom.com
● THE MARQ SOUTHLAKE
Southlake has a new fitness and recreation center in the works. The Champions Club, part of The Marq Southlake, will open late December 2018. This new facility will boast a state-of-the-art fitness center, group fitness, personal training, plus child care available.
285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake 817/748-8900; experiencesouthlaketexas.com
● BICENTENNIAL PARK
Multiuse trails cover nearly every corner of Bicentennial, one of Southlake’s largest parks, also home to The Marq Southlake activity center, baseball fields (including the Miracle League Field for those who have children with special needs) and a playground.
450 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817/748-8019; cityofsouthlake.com
● BOB JONES NATURE CENTER AND PRESERVE
The nature center is open Tuesday–Saturday 9am–5pm, and trails are open daily from dawn till dusk.
355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake, 817/491-6333; bjnc.org
● COTTON BELT TRAIL
Stretching 11 miles one way, this regional paved trail currently connects four cities, with plans for future extensions. Go for a family bike ride from Grapevine (at Ball Street and Ira E. Woods Avenue) through Colleyville and Hurst to North Richland Hills and back.
● COLLEYVILLE NATURE CENTER
This 46-acre natural refuge features nine ponds great for morning fishing, a playground and 3.5 miles of trails for daytime exploring.
Mill Creek and Mill Wood drives, Colleyville; 817/503-1180; colleyvilleparksandrec.com
● FOUR SEASONS MARKET
Every Saturday from 9am–2pm, shop for locally sourced organic produce and artisanal goods. This new European-style farmers market is open year-round—even through less-than-perfect weather. Entertainment and kids’ activities vary by week, and look for four larger events at the change of seasons.
100 Main St., Colleyville, 972/884-0680; fourseasonsmarkets.com
● GRAPEVINE LAKE
Grapevine Lake is located in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth on the northern border of the city of Grapevine. The roughly 8,000-acre lake is wonderful for fishing, recreational boating, camping, hiking and much more. Check the website for information about camping; renting cabins, kayaks and boats; exploring the parks and trails; and more.
● MCPHERSON PARK
Play underneath the water buckets, a red windmill that sprays water and a spray arch with frog eyes at this park’s seasonal splash pad. Follow the park trail to find a wildflower field and take a peek inside the renovated dairy barn.
240 W. McDonwell School Road, Colleyville, 817/503-1180; colleyvilleparksandrec.com
● OAK GROVE PARK
This recreational 40-acre park is the largest on the lake. It’s a favorite for fishing, bird watching and boating, as well as sports—the park is home to Grapevine’s multisport complex.
2520 Oak Grove Loop S., Grapevine, 800/457-6338; gograpevine.com
● PARR PARK
This 31-acre park is a one-stop destination for families of all ages. Two playgrounds offer fun for toddlers and big kids, while Mom can get her sweat on thanks to the adjacent workout area. Cool down at the nearby sprayground, or explore the trails within the park that connect to the Big Bear Creek Trail.
3010 Parr Lane, Grapevine, 817/410-3000; gograpevine.com
● ROCKLEDGE PARK
The starting point to North Shore Trail is located on the east side of Grapevine Lake on the north side of the dam. This park is popular for its picturesque qualities, with views from the bluffs overlooking the lake.
3600 Pilot Point, Grapevine, 817/454-1058; gograpevine.com
● TROPHY CLUB COUNTRY CLUB
Golf enthusiasts covet a membership to this club that features a golf simulator and two 18-hole courses designed by golf legend and Cowtown local Ben Hogan. Non-golfing families can enjoy the club’s tennis courts, sports area, pool and restaurant.
500 Trophy Club Drive, Trophy Club, 817/837-1900; clubcorp.com/clubs
● TROPHY CLUB PARK NATURE PRESERVE
At the northwestern tip of Grapevine Lake, explore the park teeming with wildlife and thriving vegetation. A motocross track and ATV trails, a ramp for boats or kayaks, disc golf, and equestrian and hiking trails offer something for everyone.
2885 Trophy Park Drive, Trophy Club, 682/237-2926; trophyclubpark.com
● TROPHY CLUB PARK
Explore the 877 acres of flora and fauna in this heavily wooded nature preserve located on the northwestern tip of Grapevine Lake. Visitors also appreciate the 30-person covered pavilion with clean bathrooms.
2885 Trophy Park Drive, Trophy Club, 682/237-2926; trophyclubpark.com
● WESTLAKE TRAILS
You’ll find shade structures and drinking fountains along the 10-plus paved miles of trails, with a portion along a creek. Enter from any of the five trailheads; the one on the east side of Davis Boulevard between Solana Boulevard and Dove Road has the most parking. Go online for a complete map of trails.
● COSTA VIDA
While every neighborhood boasts that it has the “best taco,” locals are partial to the offerings at this family-friendly chain. Supersized salads, quesadilla platters and tres leches cake are always on the menu and can be washed down with bottles of Jarritos soda or housemade horchata.
5615 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, 817/656-1700; costavida.com
● PALIO’S PIZZA CAFÉ
With a robust menu of specialty and basic options, choosing a pizza for even the pickiest eaters is as easy as pie.
5712 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 130, Colleyville, 817/605-7555; paliospizzacafe.com
● RAINFOREST CAFÉ
Located in Grapevine Mills Mall, this restaurant offers up plenty of kid-approved bites like hot dogs and pizza, but let’s be honest—the real reason to dine here are the animatronic creatures that growl, purr and roar throughout your meal. After satisfying your jungle appetite, be sure to venture across the mall for a visit to Legoland Discovery Center.
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, 972/539-5001; rainforestcafe.com
● UNCLE JULIO’S
If your kiddos have a taste for Tex-Mex, visit this colorful and fun restaurant for a family fiesta. While your group waits for a table, your kids can be set up with a kid’s menu that offers Spanish lessons and activities.
1301 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine; 817/416-8416; unclejulios.com
● VILLAGE CAFÉ & BAKERY
From breakfast bites and sandwiches to salads and Korean-style bulgogi bowls, you’ll find more than the standard coffee shop fare at this café. Mom will love the customizable salad options while kiddos can’t get enough of the in-house BingSoo, a flavored Korean shaved ice treat.
85 Village Lane, Colleyville, 682/325-4080; villagecafeandbakery.com
● GRAPEVINE VINTAGE RAILROAD
Choo-choo through time aboard these Victorian-style trains. While families can reserve one-hour round-trip excursions for private parties (with train robbers and musicians for an additional cost), Grapevine residents know to ride the rails during seasonal holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter and Memorial Day.
636 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817/410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com
● KIDSVILLE AT CITY PARK
Play among the treetops at this treehouse-themed play structure. The 10,000-square-foot playground includes a large play web, telescopes, rock-climbing structures and a 20-foot-tall platform and slide.
5109 Bransford Road, Colleyville, 817/503-1180; colleyvilleparksandrec.com
● NASH FARM
Get back to the rural roots of Cowtown at monthly workshops on the 5.2-acre historical landmark. The farm offers year-round drop-in visits and tours, but not to be missed are educational events to teach your babes what life was like during the pioneer days of Grapevine. Every first Friday of the month, Nash Farm hosts a family-friendly activity session for ages 3 and up for just $3 per person.
626 Ball St., Grapevine, 817/410-3558; grapevinetexasusa.com/nash-farm
● SMALL WORLD BIG IMAGINATION
Children 10 and under can partake in open play at Small World BIG Imagination, where they can pretend in a mini market or hospital or imagine being a firefighter for the day. You can also host your kiddo’s birthday party here.
280 Commerce St., Ste. 125, Southlake, 682/305-7924; smallworldbigimagination.com
● SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE
At this sprawling outdoor mall, Mom can get in some retail therapy and the kiddos can let out some energy on the lawn at Rustin Park. The Square is home base for events throughout the year, including Stars & Stripes and Art in the Square.
1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100, Southlake; southlaketownsquare.com
● STUDIO MOVIE GRILL
Families can take in a dinner and a show at this nationwide chain that plays the newest blockbusters and family-friendly hits. Upgrade from typical concession snacks like candy and popcorn in favor of restaurantquality fare delivered right to your seat. The special kid’s menu combos include a cookie and juice box with every order.
5655 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, 817/770-8259; studiomoviegrill.com
● TASTE BUDS KITCHEN
Littles as young as age 4 can give cooking a try at Taste Buds Kitchen classes. Camps, Mommy & Me classes and even adult classes are available. Check the website for a schedule of upcoming classes.
2140 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817/488-0538; tastebudskitchen.com
● WESLEY PLAYGROUND AT WHITE’S CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
This Chick-fil-A–style indoor play place is open to the public (for age 11 and younger but best for 4 and younger). Check in at the desk and take a seat on the couches while your littles play on the tubes and slides and toddlers explore the soft play area. Open Monday–Thursday 8am–5pm, Friday 8am–1pm.
185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, 817/481-4147; whiteschapelumc.com
● GCS MOMS LEAGUE
This local nonprofit group is dedicated to serving moms in Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake. Family outings and playdates let kids bond as they burn off some excess energy, while ladies-only gatherings like monthly book clubs, ladies’ night out and member mingles allow Mom the chance to have some fun without the family.
● LA LECHE LEAGUE OF GRAPEVINE
This chapter of the breastfeeding mom-to-mom support group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10am at the Grapevine Birthing Center. Contact email@example.com to inquire about memberships.
409 W. Wall St., Grapevine; facebook.com/la-lech-league-of-grapevine
● LAKE CITIES MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES (MOMS)
Meets the third Tuesday of the month at St. Laurence Church at 7pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for membership inquiries.
● TROPHY CLUB FAMILIES
Get to know your neighbors by joining this play group organization. In addition to family- friendly play dates and events, the group also organizes moms’ nights out and other social and philanthropic opportunities to get involved in the Trophy Club community.
● WHITE’S CHAPEL UMC MOMSNEXT
Meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, 817/481-4147; mops.org/groups/http–wwwmopsorggroups-whites-chapel-umc-momsnext