Family Fun in the RGV: Month of August

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It’s August! There’s still a ton of summer fun going on in the RGV, so get your fill of family time before you-know-what starts up again.

Have anything to add? Comment below or submit your event to our community calendar here.

August 1 - 7, 2016

Master Builder Camp (CMB)

August 1st – 5th  • 9:00 am – 3 pm

Children’s Museum of Brownsville

Age: 8-10
Rate: $150 / /$130 Members & Year Pass Holders

Master Builder
If your 8-10 year old enjoys building things, this is the perfect camp for them! Campers will get plenty of experience with the Engineering Design Process as they design bubble wands, chairs, earthquake resistant buildings, boats, Lego cars, egg cartons, and whatever else they can think of!

Wild Art Summer Camp (Quinta Mazatlan)

August 2 – 5, 2016

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Bring out YOUR inner WILD! Create arts and crafts projects using rocks, bark, sticks, leaves, sands, fish, flowers, water, clay and more!

A unique experience every week! A combination of indoor and outdoor adventure, games, wildlife exploration, scavenger hunts, science and art!

Ages 9-12
Wild Art Camp Activity Number #263002.03
Please call 956-681-3370 for details.
DATE: Session 3: August 2-5
Tuesday – Friday
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
FEE: $50 Resident / $60 Non-Resident
NOTE: Breakfast & Lunch included. Participants are also encouraged to bring a light snack, water, bug spray, hat, sunscreen and wear tennis shoes to camp.

National Night Out (Edinburg Municipal Park)

August 2, 2016
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

On Tuesday Aug. 2nd 2016 Edinburg Police Dept. in conjunction with Edinburg Crime Stoppers invites residents in neighborhoods thought the City of Edinburg and across the Valley to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors.Join our 21th Annual Edinburg National Night Out held at Edinburg Municipal Park from 6pm to 10pm. There will be music, dance groups, moon jumps, food booths, venors, 5k run/walk and more. Parking, entry and run/walk will be FREE to the public!

Bubble Concert in the Park (Quinta Mazatlan)

 Thursday, August 4th  

7:00 p.m.

Visit Quinta Mazatlan on Thursday, August 4th at 7pm for a chance to dance, sing, and blow bubbles on the lawn! The concert will be outdoors and families are encouraged to bring their own bubbles. Comfy shoes will help you dance the night away while you sing along to the tunes!

Joe McDermott has been obsessed with music ever since he was a little kid growing up in Chicago, the youngest of eight children. While he learned to play guitar and played in rock bands, he moved to Austin and earned a Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas. Hoping to make it in the art world, he took a job as an art teacher at Athena Montessori. Five years later, he opened his own preschool. During this time he began songwriting and singing. Soon Joe realized that children were an unending source of inspiration for songwriting and has been singing ever since.

Pokemon Go: Gym Takeover Night (IMAS)

August 4, 2016

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

*Included in the price of general admission. FREE for IMAS Members.

McAllen, TX- International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is hosting a Pokémon Go: Gym Takeover Night for trainers of all ages!

Explore the science behind Pokémon evolution and Pokémon types during our Pokémon hunt. Make your own Poké ball in the Ann Moore art studio! Take part in epic battles as your team works together to take over our Gym! The Gym Takeover Night will take place on

Contacto Animal (McAllen Nature Center)

Friday, August 5, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a free night in the park, learning about animals from Animal Contacto. Bring your own chairs if you can, or bring a blanket and enjoy the program from the ground. Limited folding chairs will be available. This program will be in English. At the end of the program, photos with the animals will be available for purchase.

You are welcome to bring your own water and snacks. No glass or alcohol is permitted. Raspas will be for sale starting at $3. Water will also be available onsite for $1.  This program is free of charge. A donation box is available. All donations are used to purchase native plants for the site.

RGV's "Big Latch On" and Celebration of World Breastfeeding Week

Saturday, August 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm
McAllen Public Library

Small businesses and non-profits supporting women’s health, breastfeeding, and natural childcare are teaming up on Saturday, Aug. 6 at McAllen Public Library from 10 am to 1pm to raise awareness about the health benefits of breastfeeding for mom, child and family. All this is part of World Breastfeeding Week 2016, an international effort to improve the health of women and children globally.

As part of the Big Latch On, groups of breastfeeding women coming together at registered locations around the world to all latch on their child at a set time. All the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are counted by the witnesses. The numbers are added up and we see if we can beat previous Big Latch On records or maybe even the world record!

Registration for participants will be from 9:45-10:15am

movies in the park McAllen 2016

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.

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Sunchaser 5K Series

August 6 – Sunscorcher 5K – McAllen Sports Park

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.
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

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

Kids Appreciation Day (GPZ)

Sunday, August 7, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gladys Porter Zoo

Go on an adventure with your child around the Zoo at the 13th Annual Kids Appreciation Day presented by H-E-B and News Center 23. Kids Appreciation Day coincides with National Kids Day.

Every child receives a special passport which takes them on a scavenger hunt around the Zoo where they will visit themed activity stations focusing on health and wellness, safety, animal conservation and enrichment.  Once their passport is fully stamped, they will be eligible to enter a drawing for back-to-school prizes.

First 1,000 children that complete their passports get goodie bags stuffed with H-E-B Buddy School supplies, such as a box of crayons, safety scissors, glue stick and pencil sharpener, courtesy of H-E-B.

Event is free with regular paid admission or Zoo membership.  Admit one child free with paid adult coupons are available for pick-up at News Center 23 in Brownsville and McAllen, H-E-B Stores in Brownsville and select Metro PCS stores valleywide.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Family Adventure Challenge RGV

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.

August 8 - August 14, 2016

Let's Play Camp! (CMB)

August 8th – 12th

9:00 am – 12:00  pm

Play! Play! Play! This half day camp is full of fun play activities that will keep your 3 or 4 year old busy and happy! Art, games, imaginative play, and physical activities will scheduled each day.

Stars and Skies Mysteris (IMAS)

Thursday, August 11, 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!

PostPartum Depression Support Group

Thursday, August 11, 2016
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Did you know that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders affect one out of seven women? Postpartum depression is very common, and can be challenging for many new mothers. You don’t have to go through this alone. Get support from other women that are also dealing with the same struggles by attending our FREE PostPartum Depression Support Group at Women’s Hospital at Renaissance.

We offer FREE support group facilitated by a licensed professional counselor (LPC) for moms struggling with depression after child birth.

For more information, please call 956-362-4039

Dragon Festival (IMAS)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Come join us for all of the fun and excitement! Included in the price of general admission, FREE for IMAS Members. *Excluding Here Be Dragons exhibition. For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit It’s a great opportunity to bring family members and friends together, experience various performances, and have a fun culture experience! A celebration of the ancient festival awaits you!

August 15 - August 21, 2016

Summer Outdoor Movie: Brother Bear

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands 

714 S Raul Longoria Rd, Edinburg, Texas 78539

Saturday, August 20, 2016 • 8 pm

Join us at EWBC this Summer for a showing of Disney’s Brother Bear. Entrance is Free. Snacks and Drinks available for purchase. Remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!


Cinemark Community Movie Day

Saturday, August 20, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy family-friendly movies for FREE along with discounted concession offerings!

Net proceeds will support in providing youth empowerment and service learning programs in the USA!

Cinemark Community Day will feature:

  • FREE family movies at all Cinemark locations from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Movie selection provided by DreamWorks Animation, Inc.
  • Movie selection at each theatre may include the following family-friendly films: Kung Fu Panda 3, Home, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Madagascar 3, and Shrek.
  • Discounted concession items including: $2 small popcorn, $2 16 oz. soft drinks, and all packaged candy varieties for $2 (While supplies last)

Share this Cinemark Community Day event with friends & family to help spread the word! Enjoy a movie outing while also helping to make a difference.

Showtimes and movie selection will be available to view online at starting August 15th. Complimentary tickets for the select DreamWorks movies, at each theatre, will be available at the theatre box office only. Community Day showtime tickets will be available at each theatre’s box office starting at 8:30AM on August 20th.*

IMAS Back to School Bash

Saturday, August 20, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Reach for the Sky! Join us for our annual event with fun & educational activities for children! The event will take place at IMAS, located on the corner of Bicentennial and Nolana Ave in McAllen.

FREE general admission to the museum filled with plenty of family-oriented activities, like magic and puppet shows, Live Animal Talks, face painting, Science on a Sphere presentations, and FREE books for ages K-12 provided by South Texas Literacy Coalition. The first 300 students will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies to get them ready for the new school year. In addition to these, the first 800 visitors will be able to enter the Dragon’s Lair with our most popular exhibition – Here Be Dragons, exploring the myth of dragons through culture, literature, folklore, religion, paleontology, history, science, and live animals.

August 22 - August 28, 2016

T-Rex Planet (MCC)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

T-REX PLANET offers a range of fun and engaging activities designed to appeal to and engage all members of the family. Walk through our live dinosaur and fossil exhibits learning interesting facts about each one. Our massive Mamenchisaurus and two Tyrannosaurus rexes are sure to make you feel quite small. Then head on over to our ongoing concert with our three dinosaur band who play catchy tunes about dinosaurs that even adults will enjoy. Tickets are purchased at the event or online.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 1, 2016

Adults: $19.00 Plus fees
Children (12yrs & under): $23.00 Plus Fees
Military(with ID) & Seniors(65 yrs & older): $16.00 Plus Fees

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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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