Written by: Sarah Barton, Playgroup Chair
We are so excited for all the friends we are going to meet this year! A great way for you to connect with other mamas and your kids to find buddies is to join on of our GCS Moms League playgroups. If you would like to get placed in a playgroup, just email me, Sarah Barton, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online form and I can help direct you!
Already in a playgroup or planning a 1-on-1 with a friend and need some ideas for play dates? Look no further!
Free: Grapevine Botanical Gardens and Heritage Park. Heritage Park is a small playground on Ball St. in Grapevine with a fun climbing structure and covered tables. It’s a perfect place to go play before or after walking through the botanical gardens, which is free and a great place for a picnic lunch. Don’t forget to check out the fish pond!
Paid: Who doesn’t love the zoo?? September might just be the best time to visit as the weather (hopefully!) cools off, big kids are back in school, and big field trips aren’t yet happening. We are lucky enough to have two great zoos within our reach, the Fort Worth Zoo and the Dallas Zoo. Both zoos are open from 9am-5pm and tickets range from $13-$17.
Free: When the weather isn’t cooperating for outdoor play, let your kiddos burn some energy at Wesley's Playground. This indoor playground is inside of White’s Chapel in Southlake and free to the public. They are open 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-1pm Friday, 4pm-6:30pm Saturday, and 8am-12:30pm Sunday.
Paid: Luv2Play is located in Grapevine, right next to the Hobby Lobby off of William D Tate. $13-$15 gets you 3 hours of play, with additional siblings just $6. This place is so fun for all ages, with designated baby/toddler areas along with huge slides and climbing structures. Sunday-Tuesday they are open 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm.
Craft Activity: If you love a crafts, try out leaf threading at your next park playdate! All you need is a ball of twine or yarn, scissors, a small stick, and some leaves. Go on a leaf hunt, then settle down to create a garland of leaves. (The speech therapist in me can’t help but notice the learning potential! Fine motor skills practice for little hands, language modeling with new vocabulary like ‘thread’, colors, sizes, and shapes, pre-math skills with patterns, and science as the leaves dry out and change. See what a little-prep activity can do??).
I hope some of these ideas help you & your playgroup plan some fun get-togethers! As always, we would love for you to send over some of your photos of your littles having fun so that we can post to our social media. You can email your photos to our Social Media Chair, Candice Griggs, at email@example.com.