Upcoming Across Grand Prairie Parks – January 2022

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Find something for every member of the family with Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. We are dedicated to bringing people together and changing lives. Read below to find activities and programs upcoming across #GrandFunGP. Also take a moment to view the recent Life is Grand magazine available in the digital format.



February 2022

11Feb6:30 pmEvent CancelledDaddy Daughter Dance

12Feb11:00 am2:00 pmKid’s Fishing Day

22Feb5:30 pm7:30 pmBridal Open House

24Feb6:30 pmAnnual Hoops for History

26Feb5:30 pmMake it to Main Street


EpicCentral has a lot of exciting movement going on! Chicken N’ Pickle recently opened, construction is underway for new development, parks and facilities across the campus are in full swing. Read more below.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

EPIC NEWS – Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark was nominated for Best Waterpark for Families in DFW Child’s Best for Families reader survey, and they need your help! All you have to do is fill out the survey questions and select all of your DFW favorites. Answer at least 14 of the survey questions to be entered for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card!  Click the link below to submit your vote for North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark! Voting closes Monday, January 31.

The Epic

The Epic offers a variety of events, shows, and actives. Click  below to view the calendar and purchase tickets.


The Summit 50+ Center

The Summit 50+ Center offers a variety of activities and programs. Click below to view their webpage and browse their monthly newsletter.


PlayGrand Adventures

PlayGrand Adventures provides a safe and fun playground experience of ‘EPIC’ proportions for all ages and abilities. The playground includes adventure areas which are designed to stimulate, challenge, and encourage development of several skill sets while providing social interaction, sense of discovery, creativity, and exercise.


Chicken N' Pickle Now Open

Chicken N Pickle Grand Prairie features indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, lawn games, a rooftop bar and a full-service restaurant using locally sourced foods to offer a variety of delicious dishes. Chicken N Pickle Grand Prairie will host pickleball clinics for players at all levels, as well as professional and amateur pickleball tournaments.


Coming Soon to EpicCentral

The city is building two connecting hotels with a shared convention center, six restaurant spaces, parking garage and creating a water/light show on the lakes as well as interactive technology experiences on the land.  The project will emphasize Grand Prairie’s family, friendly, fun culture and offer exciting new options for dining and entertainment.



Our recreation division offers a variety of programs, events, leagues, and more! Read below to find upcoming events and browse ongoing offerings.

Charley Taylor Recreation Center

Out of caution due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the 2022 Daddy Daughter Dance has been canceled.
Charley Taylor Recreation Center Staff will be in contact with those registered or you may reach out directly at (972) 339-3770.

Dalworth Recreation Center

Martin Luther King Day Parade & Celebration 

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Grand Prairie NAACP will present the 2022 MLK Jr. Day Parade on Monday, Jan. 17. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. at City Hall Plaza, 317 College St. in front of the Liberty Bell, and end at David Daniels Elementary School.  Enjoy a program at 11 a.m. across the street at Dalworth Recreation Center, 2012 Spikes Street. For more information, call: 972-237-4760.

  • To register your group to participate in the parade, complete the Parade Registration Form below. Please email to or deliver to Grand Prairie ISD Family Service Center @ 2341 S. Beltline Road, Grand Prairie 75051 on or before January 7, 2022.
  • There is no entry fee.

Kirby Creek Natatorium

The Kirby Creek Natatorium is a great facility open year round with an indoor pool that is heated for your enjoyment. Whether you are looking for a place to have a pool party or somewhere to exercise or learn to swim, we have got you covered!


Tony Shotwell Life Center

The Tony Shotwell Life Center (formerly Bowles Life Center) is one of Grand Prairie’s beautiful facilities and its purpose stretches beyond recreation. In addition to the full size basketball court, game room, weight room with state of the art fitness equipment, two meeting rooms, multipurpose room, aerobics room, men’s and women’s showers and locker rooms, it also has a branch library with a public computer lab, This facility truly is a center aimed at improving the quality of our citizens’ lives


Tangle Ridge Golf Course

Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie, TX, will challenge your senses and skills. This 18-hole championship public golf course features exciting elevation changes, subtle Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass Greens, tree-lined fairways, and water and sand hazards.

Tangle Ridge caters to every level of player with each hole varying in length, bunkering and style – offering a new direction, a new choice, a new experience every time you play.


Prairie Lakes Golf Course

Prairie Lakes Golf Course in Grand Prairie offers 27 holes recently renovated, including Texas’ largest practice area featuring 8 target greens with a fairway. Mature mesquite trees guard hybrid Bermuda fairways as they weave around water features and along Mountain Creek Lake shore and up to Bermuda greens. Wide, open landing areas speed and ease play, while water hazards, trees and doglegs offer challenges and test skills.

Located on Mountain Creek Lake in Grand Prairie, the course offers picturesque views and fantastic conditions in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.



The Historic Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie is excited to welcome Grand Prairie Arts Council to the stage to host their 2022 Presenting Series. Click the link below for the line up and ticket information.

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Daddy Daughter Dance 2022 – canceled

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Out of caution due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the 2022 Daddy Daughter Dance has been canceled.
Charley Taylor Recreation Center Staff will be in contact with those registered or you may reach out directly at (972) 339-3770.

Epic H20lidays at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

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Join Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark for the 35-day holiday celebration of the year! Epic Waters is celebrating the holidays all winter long. Epic H2Olidays will include daily immersive activities, live entertainment, EPIC events, and much more! This holiday extravaganza is sure to amaze. Visit us daily this November 27 – January 1 and get into the holiday spirit with our Epic Crew!

Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is hosting its Tree Lighting Ceremony and Live Epic H2Olidays Kick-off Show this November 27! Watch as our Crew lights our GIANT Christmas tree right inside of Epic Waters. Prior to the lighting of the tree, we will be hosting a Facebook Live show inside of the park including live acrobatic type acts, giveaways, live music and more.

November 27  | 6:00 p.m.


Enjoy a festive holiday spread with Santa himself! Santa is making a pitstop at Epic Waters and is bringing Mrs. Claus and even the workshop elves to join in on the party! Guests can expect an immersive meet-and-greet experience with Santa while enjoying some tasty food, activities, and more. All tickets include full-day admission into Epic Waters plus one take-home photo with Santa!

December 11, 12, 18, & 19.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)



North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark is celebrating the holiday spirit to Grand Prairie with a New Year’s Eve Bash that is sure to amaze! Spend your New Year’s Eve on the beach with our Epic Crew as we ring in 2022! Guests can enjoy immersive activities, delicious eats, and live entertainment as we keep the party going all night long.

December 31, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – January 1, 2022 | 1:00 a.m.


Paws in the Park at Epic Central

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EpicCentral will be hosting the first annual Paws in the Park followed by Movies on the lawn from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, on the GrandLawn at EpicCentral, 2960 Epic Pl.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited to take part in the tail waggin’ fun. Furry friends will have the opportunity to cool off in a splash zone dog park! Owners will have the chance to gather important information on how to care for their dogs, and enter a free raffle that will include fun items for their pups! At sunset, the original classic, 101 Dalmatians will be shown on the big screen with sweets and treats available for purchase!
For more information, please contact Manager of Events, Whitney Walters at 972-339-3780 or


EpicCentral  is excited to host a photo contest leading up to Paws in the Park on September 18!
TO ENTER- Submit your pet photos to the form below August 30 – September 5.
VOTING – (click the button below) Voting will take place on the EpicCentral Facebook page September 6 – 13. The photo in the album with the most likes will win. Be sure to share the album to your Facebook page and ask your family/friends to vote your your four legged friend.
WINNER – The winner will be announce the week of Paws in the Park. They can arrange to claim their prize and will be featured on EpicCentral’s social media.
Voting will take place on the EpicCentral Facebook page September 6 – 13. The photo in the album with the most likes will win. Be sure to share the album to your Facebook page and ask your family/friends to vote your your four legged friend.

Street N’ Treat at EpicCentral

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Join us for the Annual Street N’ Treat Halloween event in a NEW location at EpicCentral on the GrandLawn!
Participants will enjoy FREE games, face painting, kid’s crafts, and trick-or-treating!
Prepare to dress to impress, ask “Trick-or-Treat” and bring a bucket for candy!
October 31, 2021
2960 Epic Pl
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

2019 Crawfish Boil at Grand Prairie Farmers Market

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The Grand Prairie Farmers Market will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1st at Market Square, 120 W. Main Street, featuring a crawfish boil from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., water
and soda garden, live music, gift market, arts and crafts, and games. Tasty authentic crawfish prepared by Dustin Clement’s Head’s or Tails Cajun Crawfish will be sold for $10 a pound and will be accompanied with potatoes and corn. The crawfish will be available promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial Day Celebration 2019

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Join us to pay tribute to those Grand Prairie service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The recently dedicated Brass Honor Bell rung after the reading of each name of our service personnel lost during the many battles for our freedom. Activities will include a fly over of AT-6 vintage aircraft. The wings on the planes produced here in Grand Prairie. The Grand Prairie Police Honor Guard will honor our service personnel with a 21-gun salute and taps played. Upon conclusion of the ceremony, an All American Lunch of hot dogs and lemonade provided by the Grand Prairie Rotary Clubs.


Memorial Day 2019
Date: May 27, 2019
Location: Veterans Memorial
925 Conover Dr.

Time: Gather at 9:30am start promptly at 10:00am
Free All American Lunch: Immediately following ceremony

9 Smart Tips That Will Help You Have a Blast at Prairie Lights

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year—especially in Grand Prairie, where the holidays shine a little brighter thanks to Prairie Lights Powered by Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation, the premiere drive-through holiday light park in Texas.

You’ve got until New Year’s Eve to experience an all-new, stunning display of four million lights on the beautiful shores of Joe Pool Lake—but closing day will be here before you know it, so make plans to visit now and avoid missing out on one of the most popular holiday traditions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Get ticket pricing and hours of admission.

9 Tips For Your Prairie Lights Visit:

One: Plan to participate in the Prairie Lights out-of-car experiences.

About halfway through your trip through the light park, you can hop out of your vehicle and enjoy a number of out-of-car experiences, all of which are included free in the price of admission (except for Photos with Santa):

  • Holiday Village: Hot cocoa, funnel cakes, a charming gift shop, free carnival rides and more are in store for you at the Holiday Village (as well as the park’s restroom facility).
  • Photos With Santa: The Big Guy himself will be available through Dec. 23 to listen to holiday wishes and snap a photo or two. (Pricing begins at $15.)
  • SnowMazing Snow Maze: With the help of some friendly snowmen, navigate your way through the twists and turns of whimsical holiday labyrinth.
  • Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest: Enjoy a memorable stroll through a wooded area that’s lit with thousands of lights depicting Christmas around the world.

Two: Allow plenty of time for your visit.

Prairie Lights Peak Times: Holidays, weekends, and December 18-21. Non-Peak Times: Weeknights (with the exception of Dec. 18-21).

If you have limited time or if you prefer smaller crowds, we recommend that you visit Prairie Lights on a non-peak night. During non-peak times, it usually takes about 45 minutes to drive through the park, and about 90 minutes to drive through and stop and enjoy the out-of-car experiences (which you will definitely want to do, since they’re tons of fun). If you visit during a peak time, you should add on at least an extra hour to your anticipated time.

Of course, these are just estimates —ultimately, your visit time will depend on how many guests are at the park that night, as well as how fast or slow everyone is driving. One last note: Cars are allowed to line up prior to our nightly start time of 6 p.m., so you might want to arrive at the park early.

Three: Consider a Fast Pass purchase

This year, we’re offering a Fast Pass ticket (available online only), which is an upgraded “line jump” option that allows you to get to the park quicker. See Fast Pass pricing. (Fast Passes must be purchased online no later than 3 p.m. on the day you want to visit the park.)

The suggested route for Fast Pass holders is to take I-20 and exit south on Lake Ridge Parkway, then stay in the right-hand lane and follow the signage leading the way to the Fast Pass entrance, located immediately after the general admission entrance and shared with The Oasis restaurant.

Note that entrance fees for general admission and Fast Pass admission cover up to eight people per vehicle—but we want you to be safe, so avoid the temptation to overload a vehicle just to save a few dollars on entrance fees.

Buses, limos and RVs carrying up to 56 people are also welcome, but be aware that they cost a little more. Also: Hayrides, while admittedly fun, are not permitted in Prairie Lights for safety reasons.

Four: Take advantage of discounts. In addition to saving time, guests who pre-purchase general admission tickets online can claim a $5 discount. Also, we usually offer special coupons for Prairie Lights at different times through the run of the event (for weeknights only). Follow Prairie Lights on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

Five: Charge your phone or camera before you leave. For safety reasons, visitors are not permitted to get out and take pictures during the drive through, but you’ll have plenty of chances to shoot pictures and video from the interior of your vehicle or during your on-foot visit to the Holiday Village, Holiday Magic Walk-Through Forest, or other out-of-car experiences.

Six: Watch the weather. In the event of potentially dangerous weather conditions, Prairie Lights may close or delay opening. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or our website to verify the park status before you head out.

Seven: Plan ahead. Besides charging your camera or camera phone, you might want to bring or pack the following:

  • Beverages or snacks for the first part of your visit (but too many, since we’ve got some delicious holiday-themed concessions waiting for you at the Holiday Village).
  • A coat or jacket if you plan on getting out to explore the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest.
  • Cash or plastic (Visa and MasterCard) for your tickets (if you don’t purchase online) and for shopping or buying concessions at the Holiday Village or taking a photo with Santa.

Don’t forget to gas up your vehicle before you arrive – you definitely don’t want to run the risk of running out while you’re driving through.

Loyd Park restrooms are available at the Holiday Village in front of and behind the big white tent. There are also a few portable toilets located near the office building and Fire Station by the main road (Lynn Creek Parkway), as well as just before the pay gate at the park’s entrance.

In the unlikely event that you experience an emergency during your visit, dial 9-1-1. The Police and Fire Departments are located at the entrance to Prairie Lights, so help will be available quickly.

Eight: Enhance your experience with music. While driving through the park, we recommend that you tune in to KLUV 98.7 FM for festive holiday classics to soundtrack your visit to Prairie Lights.

Nine: If possible, kill your lights while you’re driving through. The Prairie Lights experience is much more enjoyable when your headlights are off, especially for the people in front of your vehicle. You don’t have to worry about finding your way, because the driving path is clearly marked with cones and lighted indicators. Don’t forget to flip your lights back on when you leave the park!

Find out more about Prairie Lights

Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation