Family Fun in the RGV: Month of June

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Since it’s officially summer, we’re expanding our “Weekend Roundup” to include weekday events as well. Here are a few fun activities for the family this June in the RGV! Have anything to add? Comment below or submit your event to our community calendar here.

June 1 - June 5, 2016

Bird & Nature Hike

Every Saturday in June from 8:30am – 9:30am.

Increase your fitness and knowledge of diverse flora, fauna, and “Rio Grande Valley Specialty Birds” as you discover the natural world of your local State Park.

Resaca De La Palma State Park
New Carmen Avenue
Brownsville, TD 78520

Junior Ranger Explorers

Every Saturday in June from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Check out an Explorer Pack and connect with nature through hands-on environmental activities. Bring comfortable walking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, cameras, binoculars, hats/caps, sunglasses, water, snacks, sunblock, and insect repellent.

Meet at the Visitor Center.

Admission: Adults: $4, Children 12 and Under: $2

In the event of inclement weather, this program will be canceled.

Resaca De La Palma State Park
New Carmen Avenue
Brownsville, TD 78520

Farmers' Markets

Grow’n Growers Farmers’ Market [Firemen’s Park. First and Bus. 82, McAllen, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.]

Brownsville Farmers’ Market [Linear Park, 6th and Ringgold, 9:00 a.m. to noon]

McAllen Farmers’ Market [McAllen Public Library, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.]

Pharrmers Market [724 North Cage Blvd, Pharr, Thursdays, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.]

Farmers Markets in the RGV
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Movies in the Park

Saturday Nights
West Side Park
1000 S Ware Rd, McAllen, TX
Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Movie begins at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is FREE!

Enjoy your favorite big screen flicks on our giant inflatable screen. Pack a chair, blanket and a picnic. Bring your entire family for some fun! Come early an enjoy activities by our sponsors. Concessions available for purchase on-site.

4 Minions
11 No Movie
18 Hotel Transylvania 2
25 Jurassic World
2 Kung Fu Panda 3
9 Pixels
16 The Good Dinosuar
23 Star Wars The Force Awakens
30 No Movie
6 Zootopia* Pending Disney release date

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Family Summer Adventure Challenge

This summer, get outside and enjoy the outdoors with the RGV Family Summer Adventure Challenge (FSAC)! Visit nature centers and parks across the RGV to complete different nature challenges. Upon completetion of the challenges and a journal submission, your family will be placed in a drawing to win cool prizes. The challenge is for families with children ages 18 and under.

The FSAC runs from May 28 – August 27. For more information or to register for the FSAC, please call 956-381-9922.

June 6 - 12, 2016

Oscar Munoz Magic Show

Monday, June 6, 2016 – 10 a.m.

Brownsville Public Library

Oscar Munoz will perform 3 magic shows. Central Branch Library, 10-11 am and 1-2 pm. Southmost Branch Library, 3-4 pm. For more information, please contact the Children’s Dept. at (956)548-1055 Ext.2114 or Ext. 2204.

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RGV Moms Blog Park Hop

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

10 am

Our RGV Moms Blog Park Hops officially begin! Join us for the very first event at Bill Schupp Park!

Hey RGV Moms!
It’s time to get out and play this summer and mix and mingle with local moms and their kids!

We are planning a summer playdate series in various locations around the RGV, so stay tuned for more details and make plans to join us this summer.

Specific dates and times will be announced here, so mark your status as “interested” or “going” to get the updates!

RGV Moms Blog

Kaleidoscope of Nature Colors - Forest Tots at Quinta Mazatlan

Thursday, June 9, 2016
10AM to 11AM
Quinta Mazatlan
600 Sunset Drive, McAllen, TX 78503

Explore a new theme each week! Activities include songs, trail hikes, crafts and fun!
FOREST TOTS: Thursdays, 10am to 11am, Ages 3-5.
$3 program fee for children and regular park admission for family members!

Quinta Mazatlan

Summer Nights at the Museum

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Nights at the Museum is back!

The Museum of South Texas History comes to life for Summer Nights at the Museum, a family friendly event filled with hands on activities, costumed reenactors, games and entertainment. Included in admission is a free puppet show, fresh popcorn, a raffle prize each night and a chance to win a grand prize for those who attend all three events. Join us at MOSTHistory on a three night adventure through history and heritage!

Stars and Skies Mysteris (IMAS)

Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Stars & Skies Mysteries are back at IMAS!

McAllen, TX – Stars & Skies Party are back for summer 2016! The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) Stars & Skies parties encourage our community to learn about space science and technology through special activities and programs designed around night sky observations, NASA programs, and much more. This year IMAS will be hosting the Stars & Skies Parties on June 9, July 7, and August 11 from 4-10pm.

Everyone is invited to participate! The Starts & Skies Party are included with general admission. This year IMAS will continue the tradition with special Science On a Sphere presentations, its popular Inside the Dome-Planetarium shows, View Space, and hands-on science experiments from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Join IMAS for the final part of the Stars & Skies Party, stargazing outside at the IMAS front lawn from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (if weather permits) IMAS invites you to bring out your lawn chairs, telescope, or binoculars, so you can share your astronomy knowledge with others or use IMAS’ equipment as you observe under dark, star-filled skies. Local astronomy groups will be on hand with their telescopes to help you find the wonders of the night sky. If you know nothing about astronomy, bring your curiosity!

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Sunset Live Outdoor Concert Series [McAllen]

Saturday, June 11, 2015

Sunset Live: Outdoor Concert Series
Dates: 2nd Saturday of the month, April 2016- December 2016
Location: McAllen Convention Center Oval Park
Cost: Free!

Sunset Live Outdoor Concert Series: Held every second Saturday of the month, focuses on promoting the arts and giving up and coming artists/musicians a different type of exposure outside of the local bar scene. This family & pet friendly event has grown from 1,500 attendees to nearly 4,000 attributed mainly to social media and word-of-mouth.

With the native palm trees and foliage as the backdrop, Sunset Live event offers a big city feel with the uniqueness of a Rio Grande Valley sunset to set it apart from all the others.

Grab a cozy blanket and a lawn chair and experience the perfect sunset serenade at the Sunset Live Outdoor Concert series.


Book Signing: The World of Jan Brett

Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“The World of Jan Brett” comes to IMAS!
McAllen, TX- The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is pleased to announce the opening of The World of Jan Brett, a fun, new and engaging traveling exhibition that brings to life the stories of this beloved children’s author and illustrator. Original artwork invites visitors to travel the globe and become a part of their favorite books. The exhibition will be on display in Clark Gallery at IMAS from June 11 to August 29, 2016 with an opening reception from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Join us for a book signing and presentation with Ms. Jan Brett at McAllen Convention Center, meeting room 103, on June 11 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a free event you don’t want to miss!

Ridley Rush (1 Mile Run)

Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You are invited to join us for our 1st Annual Ridley Rush 1 Mile Walk /Run.  This family fun run aims to raise awareness for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle.

The Ridley Rush route will take you through the beautiful and scenic Gladys Porter Zoo as you experience what a baby sea turtle must endure on its rush to the ocean.

Cost to participate is $12.00 for adults and children.  This covers admission to the Zoo, medal and entrance to the YappoPalooza Sea Turtle Festival, located on Zoo grounds, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  All proceeds for these events go to the Kemp’s Ridley Bi-National Conservation Program.

Spaces are limited, click on the link to register today.

June 13 - 19, 2016


RGV Moms Blog Park Hop

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10 am – Noon
1401 S 18th Ave, Edinburg, TX 78539

Our RGV Moms Blog Park Hops officially begin! Join us for the second meet-up at Edinburg Freddy Gonzalez Memorial Splash Park!

Hey RGV Moms!
It’s time to get out and play this summer and mix and mingle with local moms and their kids!

Meet up for fun, play, mingling, and picnic time with RGV moms every Wednesday from 10AM to Noon this summer:

June 8 – Bill Schupp Park, Zinnia/10th, McAllen
June 15 – Edinburg Splash Park, Raul Longoria, Edinburg
June 22 – Bannworth Park, Sharyland
June 29 – North McAllen Splashpad, Zinnia/29th, McAllen

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Super Fun Friday

Friday, June 17, 2016  – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for all the fun activities that the Nexstar group will be facilitating!

Bubbles, Chalk, Painting, Imagination Playground, Construction Challenge and so much more.

June 20 - 26, 2016

Lego Camp 1 (CMB)

June 20 – 24, 2016 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Children’s Museum of Brownsville

Ages: 5-10 yrs old
Rate: $120 / $100 for pass holders
Time: 1-4p Mon-Fri.
June 20-24th

Play with over 70,000 Legos at the camp just for kids who love Legos! With daily Lego free play and directed Lego challenges, your child will definitely get to display his or her creativity and engineering skills while having tons of fun!

Sunchaser 5K Series

Chase the sun as part of the annual Sunchaser 5K Series! All races are professionally chip-timed. First 150 registered participants will receive a FREE t-shirt! Refreshments are provided at the end of each race. Awards issued to first through third place in men & women age groups. Participants running all four races are eligible to receive an overall series award (men & women age divisions) at the conclusion of the last race .

June 25 – Sunriser 5K – Fireman’s Park
August 6 – Sunscorcher 5K – McAllen Sports Park
September 10 – Sunsetter 5K – Palm View Golf Course
November 5 – Moonriser 5K – Westside Park

Series registration $45 Deadline June 25th
All Single 5Ks $15 Advance Registration $25 On-Site

Register online or in person at the Lark, Las Palmas and Palm View Community Centers

Nature at the Beach

Every Saturday in June! 

Herman the HERMIT CRAB is bringing the BEACH to Quinta in June! Learn about seabirds, sea creatures, build a sand castle, investigate a shell and seaweed collection, and understand the science behind oceans and waves. Make a sand art or seashell craft. And don’t forget to wear your swimsuit! (You might just run into a “SPLASH”!).

Visit the Discovery Museum at Quinta Mazatlan for a special presentation about a featured creature every Saturday in June with activities, crafts, and exploration. Programs start at 10am and 2pm. $3 program fee.

June 27 - 30, 2016

Community Night at Brownsville Childrens Museum

Children's Museum Community Night

Thursday, June 30, 2016

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Brownsville
501 E Ringgold Street

Join us at the Children’s Museum of Brownsville for Free Community Night from 5-7pm. Last Thursday of every month, enter for free and enjoy all the wonderful exhibits that we have to offer.

Dinosaur George

Monday, June 27, 2016 – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Brownsville Public Library

Join George Blasing as he entertains children with his collection of dinosaur skulls, teeth, claws, bones and more!!! Main Branch Library: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Southmost Branch Library: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm For more information call the Children’s Department at (956)548-1055 ext. 2114 or 2204.

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Renee K.
Hi. I’m Renee. Last year, I left my full-time job in New York, moved back home to Texas, bought a house, and popped out my first baby. Luckily, I did this all with my awesome husband and our totally bewildered cat. Now that we’re living in the RGV, I’m getting to know a whole new side of Texas— which I love. I also love my little girl, public libraries, fresh margaritas, adult conversation, and anything funny or satirical. (I used to love sleeping, but I think we all know that’s a lost cause.) When I’m not adjusting to life with a toddler, I'm working from home as a freelance copywriter. Oh, and downing copious amounts of iced coffee.


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