Youth Programs

Party in your Park

Party in Your Park takes place four times each year! We bring the party to you by visiting various neighborhood parks. Each event features family-friendly fun, including yard games, music, refreshments, and more. 

Our last Party in your Park for 2022 will be Friday, September 23 from 5-8pm at Kenneth Copeland Memorial Park.

SLOEP (Spring Lake Outdoor Education Program)

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Youth Services Division and Texas State University's Department of Health and Human Performance present this unique out of school time program for students who attend middle school in San Marcos. Students will be led by Texas State University's Recreation Administration students in various Outdoor Education activities. 

*update* due to limitations with transportation in the district, this program will be held on the Middle School campuses this semester. 

Students will meet with youth services staff at the cafeteria for check in and programming with Texas State Students and Faculty.

Miller Middle School Registration

October 4, 2022 - October 20, 2022 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. 

Goodnight Middle School Registration coming soon

November 7, 2022 - November 16, 2022 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm. This program is pickup only! Students must be picked up from Goodnight Middle School between 5:30-5:45pm.

Texas Outdoor Family Weekend

The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department and Texas State University's Department of Health and Human Performance have partnered to offer the Fall 2022 Blanco State Park Camping Trip. The event will be held October 22-23 at Blanco State Park. Tents, cooking equipment, and Park Ranger instruction will be included for all participants free of charge, but you may bring your own equipment if you prefer! Transportation is not included. 

There will be a pre-trip meeting on October 13, 2022 at 6pm located at the Spring Lake Meadows Center. Attendance at this meeting is REQUIRED, and a $25 deposit will be collected at this time. Those who attend the camping trip will receive the deposit back in full.

Please, only register for this event if you can attend BOTH the pre-trip meeting on October 13 and the camping trip October 22-23.

Registration for this trip is currently full, sign up to join the waitlist!

Texas Outdoor Family Weekend TPWD Welcome Packet

Please email us if you have any questions. 

Texas Outdoor Family Schedule

Farmer Fred's Harvest Fall Carnival

October 28, 2022 from 5-8pm in City Park

Check out our Farmer Fred's Carnivals page for more information! 

Tales on the Trails 

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department and Community Action, Inc. are partnering to bring you Tales on the Trails! Tales on the Trails will be set up along the Virginia Witte Way Trail, a 1/2 mile accessible trail located at Schulle Canyon Natural Area (100 Ridgewood). New tales for you follow along with on this self-guided tour will be available during the first week of the following months: March, June, September, and December. 

Please show respect when enjoying our programs and beautiful natural areas by not removing or destroying items along the trail system. Thanks for helping make this program successful for our whole community!

Tales on the Trails Super Happy Magic Forest Flyer
Schulle Map for March Tales

San Marcos Homeschoolers COOP

The San Marcos Homeschool program meets at the San Marcos Activity Center on Fridays from 12-2pm in the gym for PE class, and one Wednesday per month from 12-2pm for Enrichment class. 

Registration is now closed for the Fall 2022 semester, as the class has hit maximum capacity. 

If you are looking to get involved with the homeschool COOP in San Marcos, please visit the organizations Facebook page: "Active Participants of San Marcos Homeschool" and request to join. The COOP is run by a board of administrators and the Facebook page will provide information on group meet ups, upcoming registrations, parties, and more!