RGV Pumpkin Patches 2019

It’s that time of the year again! Fall is here which means it’s time for those memorable pumpkin patch photos and  FALL FUN with the kiddos!  Time to get those fall photos.

Here is a list of the 2019  pumpkin patches open to the public Valley Wide and some are already OPEN!

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1) St. Mark United Methodist Church

301 W Pecan and 2nd St.
McAllen, TX
Opens Sept 29- October 31st  
Monday-Saturday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

2) First United Methodist  Church

 3707 W. University Dr. and Mon Mack
Edinburg, TX
Now Open–


Trunk-or-Treat will be on October 31st!!!

 

3) First United Methodist Church

 321 E. Harrison Ave.
Harlingen, TX
Opens October 10th- 31st
Hours are: Monday- Friday 8:00AM-12:00 PM  and  4:00PM-8:00PM
  Saturdays 8:00 AM-8:00PM and Sunday 12:00PM-8:00PM
 

4) First United Methodist Church

1225 Boca Chica Blvd.
Brownsville, TX
Opens October 13th- 31st
Hours: Everyday from 12:00pm-8:00pm
 
 
 
5)  Pumpkin Patch At Dean Porter
       501 E. RinggoldSt
      Brownsville, TX

Dates of Operation: October 25-29
October 25: 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

October 26-29: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

6) The Pond at T-Ranch

 25492 N FM 2556
  La Feria, TX

Dates of Operation: October 4- November 3
Friday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM 
Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00-8:00 PM

 

7) Maddies’ Pumpkin Patch Mcallen

    6712 N. Bentsen Rd.,McAllen, TX

Dates of Operation: September 14 – December 1
Monday-Friday: 3:00 PM  – Sunset
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM – Sunset

 

8). Grace Heritage Ranch

27539 Old Alice Rd., Lyford, TX 

Dates of Operation: Saturdays, September 28 – October 26

Saturdays from 10am to 8pm

 

9). Maddies Pumpkin Patch and Mini Farmhouse Weslaco

1107 E. 12 1/2 Mile, Weslaco, TX

Dates of Operation: September 14 – December 1
Monday-Friday: 3:00 PM  – Sunset
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM – Sunse
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10) Maddies Pumpkin Patch and Little Red Barn,  Mission, TX

10310 N. Conway Ave., Mission, TX

Dates of Operation: September 14 – December 1
Monday-Friday: 3:00 PM  – Sunset
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM – Sunset

 

Know of any other pumpkin patches email us rgv@tots-tweens to add to the list !

 

 

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Austin Pogo Pass

Are you’re looking for fun & cheap kids activities in Austin , the POGO Pass is exactly what your family needs.

What’s a POGO pass…?

Imagine an activity pass that gave your family the ability to explore 23 family-friendly places in Austin , TX .

Go to Zoo, Texas Stars games , Wonder World  Park, UT home games, AND visit Hawaiian Falls (among other things) …all for less than $40 per person…for Over 20 activities at  23 destinations.

Fun & Cheap Kids Activities…Pogo Pass.

The Pogo Pass gives you access to many family friendly activities in San Antonio for one price – $39.98 per pass.

Pogo Pass Promo Code: RGVTOTS

With each activities pass, you get admission to 23  family-friendly venues and things to do in Austin/Waco . If you bought each thing to do separately – it would cost hundreds more.

This is a steal – cheap family fun!

Use our promo code to get the special, discounted price. The kids activities pass is usually $99.98 OR More!

23 Family-Friendly Destinations in Austin = $39.98

The Pogo Pass activity pass get you at least 1 FREE admission to each of these fun events or activities for kids.

One Pass. One Price. One Year of Family Fun

Find a full list of  Austin participants & Purchase a Pogo Pass with code: RGVTOTS to get the pass for only $39.98.

This Pogo Pass code can be used in San Antonio , Austin, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City, or Dallas to purchase their respective activities passes.

Watch to learn why the Pogo Pass is so awesome!

Pogo Pass Makes Family Fun Possible at a LOW cost!

Purchasing each fun kids activity separately would be costly. With the one-time cost of the Pogo Pass, you are saving a TON of money…hundreds of dollars!

Some even include more than one visit, so you can come back more than once.

Each person needs their own Pogo Pass to get into the activity with the card. Additional admissions can also be purchased separately for individual activities.

You can even use your mobile phone to show the Pogo Pass – it is that easy!

  • Pass is valid for 365 days.
  • Each pass is for 1 person – it includes their name & is non-transferable.
  • You can print the pass or show membership using your mobile phone.
  • Some activities include 2 admissions – check the website for updated details on activities.

Pogo Pass Austin Participants:

Each kids activities pass includes at least one visit the below Austin locations.

  1.  UT Athletics: One (1) general admission ticket to the 2019-2020 UT home games: Listed UT events can be attended by presenting your Pogo Pass at ticketing for a general admission ticket
    1. Men’s Basketball
    2. Women’s Basketball
    3. Baseball
    4. Softball
    5. Women’s Volleyball
    6. Women’s Soccer
  2. Cameron Park  Zoo: (2) Two visit to the Cameron Park  Zoo.
  3. Hawaiian Falls Waterparks :  One (1) general admission ticket to Hawaiian Falls Waterparks
  4. Wonder World Park: One (1) visit to Wonder World Park
  5. Austin Spurs: Two (2)  Austin Spurs games during the 2019-2020 NBA G league season.  Each Pogo Pass member receives One (1) ticket per game.
  6. Two (2) visits to Urban Air Trampoline Park Waco for a One (1) hour jump session. Re-usable Urban Air socks are required at select locations and can be purchased for $2.50
  7. Texas Stars: Two (2) Texas Stars games during the AHL regular season. Each member receives One (1) ticket per game
  8. Monster Golf & Laser Tag  (1 ) Visits to Monster Golf & Laser Tag. Members can choose from a round of Mini Golf, or a game of Laser Tag 
  9. Mt. Playmore: One (1) visit: One (1) visits to Mt. Playmore.
  10. Austin  Aquarium: (1) One visit to the Austin  Aquarium
  11. Pump It Up Austin Two (2) visits to Pump It Up. Visits can be used during open jump times .Ages 2 yrs (34″) and up. Each pass holder receives $50.00 OFF any birthday party booking Monday thru Thursday with their Pogo Pass.
  12. Dr. Pepper Museum: One (1) visit to the Dr. Pepper Museum
  13. The Mayborn Museum: One (1) visit General admission to  The Mayborn Museum.
  14. Playlive Nation: Two (2 ) visits  to Playlive NatioN Barton Creek location ONLY. 2 Hours of gaming per visit. Playlive Nation offers Pogo Pass members a 10% discount on Birthday party packages. Because of capacity limitations, admittance of Pogo Pass members may be restricted at any given time.
  15. Quest ATX Wakeboard Park : Two (2) vistits to Quest ATX Wakebaord.. Each visit is good for 2 hour session.  Equipment not included (wakeboard, life jacket and helmet rental available for $15) 
  16. Austin Park-n-Pizza: One (1) Game of Bowling /mo.( shoe rental Not included). One (1) “Climb, Tag N Play” Package / year which includes: UNLIMITED Laser Tag & Rockwall or 18 Holes of Mini-Golf
  17. Texas Sports Hall Of Fame:  One (1) visit to The Texas Sports Hall Of Fame
  18. Skate Country: Two (2) visits /mo to Skate Country Family Fun Center. Skate rental not included.
  19. Skate World:  Two (2) visits /mo to Skate World Family Fun Center. Skate rental not included
  20. Epix Lan Center:  Two (2) visits to Epix Lan Center.  Each visit includes 1 hour of gaming. Because of capacity limitations, admittance of Pogo Pass members may be restricted at any given time.
  21. Austin Rock Gym:  Two (2) visits of Bouldering at North Austin Rock Gym. A waiver is required for all participants.  ·  Shoe rental is required – $5 , Chalk is recommended – $2 .  Because of capacity limitations, admittance of Pogo Pass members may be restricted at any given time. 
  22.  Dart’ Em Up: Two (2) visits to Dart’ Em Up. 
  23. Move Sport Ninja Academy:  Two (2) visits for a 1 hour session during open gym.   Visits to be used on separate days.

Don’t Miss Out on Fun Things to Do for Cheap

If your family does even a few of these activities, the Pogo Pass pays for itself! Less than $40 is a steal for some family fun in San Antonio.

Pogo Passes are also available in

Phoenix , AZ

Las Vegas, NV

Kansas City, MO

Dallas/Ft. Worth TX

Austin/Waco, TX

Chicago, ILL

When you purchase the activity pass, to any  locations be sure to use Pogo Pass code: RGVTOTS  to get the 60% OFF discount.

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Pogo Pass San Antonio is HERE!

Pogo Pass San Antonio: 21 Fun & Family Friendly Activities for Kids = $39.98 per yr

If you’re looking for fun & cheap kids activities in San Antonio , the POGO Pass is exactly what your family needs.

What’s a POGO pass…?

Imagine an activity pass that gave your family the ability to explore 15  family-friendly places in San Antonio , TX .

Go to The San Antonio  Zoo, Rampage games , Wonder World  Park, UTSA home games, AND visit Splashtown (among other things) …all for less than $40 per person…for ALL  21 activities at  15 destinations.

Fun & Cheap Kids Activities…Pogo Pass.

Activities for kids include:

The San Antonio Zoo, Urban Air, University UTSA home games, Rampage hockey games. You even get 2 admissions at some locations with the activity pass !

The Pogo Pass gives you access to many family friendly activities in San Antonio for one price – $39.98 per pass.

Pogo Pass Promo Code: RGVTOTS

With each activities pass, you get admission to 15  family-friendly venues and things to do in San Antonio . If you bought each thing to do separately – it would cost hundreds more.

This is a steal – cheap family fun!

Use our promo code to get the special, discounted price. The kids activities pass is usually $99.98.

15 Family-Friendly Destinations in San Antonio = $39.98

The Pogo Pass activity pass get you at least 1 FREE admission to each of these fun events or activities for kid

One Pass. One Price. One Year of Family Fun

Find a full list of  San Antonio participants & Purchase a Pogo Pass with code: RGVTOTS to get the pass for only $39.98.

This Pogo Pass code can be used in San Antonio , Austin, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City,  Dalla ro Chicago s to purchase their respective activities passes.

Watch to learn why the Pogo Pass is so awesome!

 

Pogo Pass Makes Family Fun Possible at a LOW cost!

Purchasing each fun kids activity separately would be costly. With the one-time cost of the Pogo Pass, you are saving a TON of money…hundreds of dollars!

Some even include more than one visit, so you can come back more than once.

Each person needs their own Pogo Pass to get into the activity with the card. Additional admissions can also be purchased separately for individual activities.

You can even use your mobile phone to show the Pogo Pass – it is that easy!

  • Pass is valid for 365 days.
  • Each pass is for 1 person – it includes their name & is non-transferable.
  • You can print the pass or show membership using your mobile phone.
  • Some activities include 2 admissions – check the website for updated details on activities.

Pogo Pass San Antonio Participants:

Each kids activities pass includes at least one visit the the below San Antonio locations.

  1.  UTSA Athletics: One (1) general admission ticket to the 2018-19 UTSA home games: Listed UTSA events can be attended by presenting your Pogo Pass at ticketing for a general admission ticket
    1. Men’s Basketball
    2. Women’s Basketball
    3. Baseball
    4. Softball
  2. San Antonio Zoo: (1) One visit to the San Antonio Zoo.
  3. Splashtown San Antonio:  One (1) general admission ticket to Splashtown San Antonio.
  4. Wonder World Park: One (1) visit to Wonder World Park
  5. San Antonio Rampage: Two (2) San Antonio Rampage games during the 2018-19 AHL hockey season.  Each Pogo Pass member receives One (1) ticket per game.
  6. Two (2) visits to the San Antonio Urban Air Trampoline Park NE for a One (1) hour Bronze package jump session. Re-usable Urban Air socks are required at select locations and can be purchased for $2.50
  7. Monster Golf & Laser Tag  (2) Visits to Monster Golf & Laser Tag. Members can choose from a round of Mini Golf, or a game of Laser Tag each visit.
  8. San Antonio Aquarium: (1) One visit to the San Antonio Aquarium.
  9. Two (2) visits to Incredible Pizza for a free buffet: Each visit is good for One (1) free buffet
  10. University Bowl: One (1) game of bowling per visit. Subject to available space/lane availability. Shoe rental not included
  11. Pump It Up San Antonio: Two (2) visits to Pump It Up. Visits can be used during open jump times at the Pump It Up Northwest, or Pump It Up Northeast locations.  Ages 2 yrs (34″) and up. Each pass holder receives $50.00 OFF any birthday party booking Monday thru Thursday with their Pogo Pass.
  12. Battle For Texas: One (1) visit to the Battle For Texas Museum.
  13. The Witte Museum: One (1) visit to The Witte Museum.
  14. The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum: One (1) visit to The Buckhorn and Texas Ranger Museum.
  15.  UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures: One (1) visit to the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

 

Don’t Miss Out on Fun Things to Do for Cheap

If your family does even a few of these activities, the Pogo Pass pays for itself! Less than $40 is a steal for some family fun in San Antonio.

Pogo Passes are also available in

Phoenix , AZ

Las Vegas, NV

Kansas City, MO

Dallas/Ft. Worth TX

Austin/Waco, TX

Chicago, IL

When you purchase the activity pass, to any  locations be sure to use Pogo Pass code: RGVTOTS  to get the 60% OFF discount.

 

 

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Summer Camps 2019!

Hello RGV parents. Summer is HERE!!  Have you signed up the kiddos for Summer Camps? Looking for ideas? Well here are great selections for you to choose from! They are still enrolling!

Nadia’s School of  Dance-  Ages: 2-11. Mission, TX 956-534-0132

Camp Invention- Mcallen, TX  1-800-968-4332

Albartos Colegio Infantil- Edinburg 956-683-1977 & McAllen, 956-928-1966

Danz Force Academy- McAllen TX 956-400-1068

Jing’s Gymnastics- Mission 956-585-4967 & Pharr 956-702-4967

Susy’s Art & Summer Camps- McAllen, TX 956-617-6527 or 956-627-0677

KinderMusik- McAllen TX- 956-624-9436

ROLANDO PACHECO- McAllen Ballet – 95322-3707

TOPGOLF- Pharr, TX – 956-904-5810

Debi Lou Modeling- McAllen, TX – 956-454-0510

Dancenter of Edinburg- 956-38-DANCE

Little Paradise Summer Camps- Edinburg- 956-720-4340 & McAllen 956-627-1450

Sweet Boulevard- McAllen TX – 956-432-8047

Want to advertise your Summer Camps? Give us a call! 1-877-887-7816, ext. 701

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Summer Camps 2017

Albartos Colegio Infantil: Summer Camps

956-683-1977(Edinburg)

or 956-928-1699(McAllen)

  All Star Sports Basketball: Summer Camps & Year Round

956-627-0390 (McAllen)

Aqua Tots: Summer Classes & Year Round

956-687-7946 Mcallen

956-687-7946 Brownsville

Danz Force:

956-400-1068 McAllen

Debi Lou: Summer Camps:

956-454-0510 McAllen

Happy Planet: Art Camp

956-827-1386 or 956-616-2372 McAllen

Jing’s Gymnastics & Dance- Sports Camps

956-585-4967 Mission

956-702-4967 Pharr

Kids Village: Summer Care

956-686-8602 Mcallen

KinderMusik: Summer Camps

956-624-9436 McAllen

Little Crayons: Summer Camps

956-424-1299 Mission

Lavallette: Adventureland Summer Camp

956-585-4344 Mission

Little Paradise- Summer Camps:

956-627-1450 McAllen

956-720-4340 Edinburg

Main Event: Summer Fun Camps

956-787-7100 Pharr
Missy’s Modeling: $45.00 Mini Summer Camps

956-682-0044 McAllen

Nadia’s School Of Dance: 5 Weeks of Themed FUN!

956-534-0132 Mission

Rhema’s DayCare: Summer Daycare

956-682-3933 Mcallen

Rogue Hip Hop- Summer Dance

956-322-9707 or 956-912-2012

St Paul Lutheran: Camp Invention! K-6

956-682-2345 Mcallen

Sweet Boulevard: Summer Camps

956-599-3742 Mcallen

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5 Tips for Hosting a Child with Special Needs This Holiday Season

By Diane M. McCullom

For most people, the holidays are a joyful time spent with family and friends, though they can be quite stressful and demanding with party-attending, gift-buying and schedule-juggling. Families with children who have special needs face these same demands and more—wondering how their children will feel at social gatherings is just one of the many questions asked. If you have the privilege of hosting a child with special needs this holiday season, chances are you are wondering about some ways that you can help ease the process for these families and for yourself. We have a few ideas:

Check in with parents – Before your holiday gathering, check in with the child’s parents for a list of do’s and don’ts, traditions, food sensitivities and recommendations. This step can go quite the distance in ensuring that the child feels comfortable and at home in a new environment.

Be prepared – Organize your home in a way that provides few distractions: remove clutter, keep overstimulating items out of the central focus points of your home, have backup food that the child likes, and have fun, skill-appropriate activities and games available for the child in those moments when uneasiness or restlessness sets in.

Be flexible – You might have to throw all of that preparation out the window on a whim. And guess what? It’s OK! Be flexible enough to change your plans to meet the needs of your guests.

Teach your family – Use your experience hosting a special needs child as a teaching time for your own children or relatives to learn about awareness, difference, respect and acceptance.

Relax and have fun – A kid with special needs wants to be independent too, so let them attempt things on their own instead of immediately jumping in to help. Things might get spilled or kids might jump on your couch. As long as a safe and fun environment is maintained, don’t sweat the small stuff!

With a little preparation and an accommodating mindset for those special kids in your life, the holidays are sure to be a success for everyone this year!

Diane M. McCullom is the senior vice president of clinical operations at Dallas-based Epic Health Services, a leading provider of pediatric skilled nursing, therapy, developmental, enteral and respiratory services, as well as adult home health services, with operations in 21 states.

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Guidelines for Choosing a Gift for a Child with Special Needs

By Diane M. McCullom

Walk into a gift store this holiday season, and chances are, you’ll be overcome with more items than you could possibly imagine—the hottest toy trends of the season and all things merry and bright. This same overwhelming sensation can be quite stressful for parents and those shopping for children with special needs. So what are some guidelines for finding that perfect, yet appropriate, gift for the child with special needs in your life? Here are a few questions to ask yourself when shopping:

Is the gift multisensory? If it’s a toy, does it respond with lights, sounds or movement to engage the child? Does it have scent, texture and contrasting colors? Sometimes these things can be overwhelming to children with sensory disorders, so depending on the specific needs of the child, these may or may not be positive things.

Does it provide open-ended play? This means the gift has no definite right or wrong way to use it. Will the toy provide a challenge without frustration? Is it adaptable to the child’s individual style, ability and pace?

Does it meet the child’s individualistic needs and abilities? Does the gift allow for personal creativity and making choices? Is it developmentally appropriate?

Is it practical in terms of safety, durability and adjustability? Does it fit the child’s size and strength? Does it have adjustable sound, height, speed and level of difficulty? Is it easy to keep clean and store? Could it fit on a wheelchair tray?

For specific gift ideas, check out Toys”R”Us’ toy guide for “differently-abled” kids that categorizes items by different skill sets. For more than 20 years, they have offered this one-of-a-kind resource that provides parents and caregivers with gift recommendations that aid in the development of children with disabilities. With thousands of pins popping up under the search phrase “gifts for kids with special needs,” Pinterest is also a fantastic resource for finding gifts specific to the needs of each child.

Get creative with your gift buying and don’t forget to have fun with the process! With a little research and preparation, you can find the perfect gift and make Christmas special for these uniquely special kids.

Diane M. McCullom is the senior vice president of clinical operations at Dallas-based Epic Health Services, a leading provider of pediatric skilled nursing, therapy, developmental, enteral and respiratory services, as well as adult home health services, with operations in 21 states.

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Ritzy Resale Shop and Lunch Veranda

My children closely inspect the outside of the Ritzy Resale Shop.

My children closely inspect the outside of the Ritzy Resale Shop.

I love when my children surprise me for the better.  I also enjoy finding hidden, local gems.  It was not in my original plan to write a story this week on the Ritzy Resale Shop and Lunch Veranda in Brownsville, but I am so thankful I had the privilege of visiting.

It had been years since I had last made its acquaintance, when my mother-in-law treated me to a lovely birthday brunch.  Curious to know if it was still there, I decided to treat my children to a small lunch.

This was the dining room my son chose.  He and his sister enjoyed looking around at the different items and parts of the shop.

This was the dining room my son chose. He and his sister enjoyed looking around at the different items and parts of the shop.

As soon as I walked in, my initial thought was, “What was I thinking?”  An antique store, consignment shop and lunch veranda in one, it holds many of my favorite things.  With my four-year old on one side of me, and my 22-month old on the other, I glanced around at fragile items that stood at their eye level.  “Please be careful and don’t touch anything,” I gently reminded them.

We were warmly greeted by one of the co-owners, Amy Garces, and told to choose a room to dine in.  My children were happy to pick one.

Cindy Gulley poses with a couple of nutcrackers.

Cindy Gulley poses with a couple of nutcrackers.

A couple vacationing on South Padre Island from Illinois perused the room.  Jerry and Cindy Gulley were on their way to the zoo when they googled resale shops and found Ritzy Resale.  “It was on our way, so we thought we’d stop and check it out.  It’s definitely a different shop.  I like the way they’ve got their rooms laid out for dining,” remarked Jerry.

Cindy was on a mission to find a nutcracker for her son, who collects them.  She picked a good time to visit, as all of Ritzy’s Christmas items are currently 75% off.

My favorite part of the visit, outside of eating my delicious meal, was talking with Amy and her co-owner and mother, Diana Masso.  Ritzy Resale has been in existence for five years, with loyal, committed customers and newbies that did not know they existed until stumbling across them.

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Diana Masso, one of the co-owners of the Ritzy Resale Shop.

Located at 814 Boca Chica Blvd, the warm shop was originally a home built by the Barnard family.  With larger rooms, windows and hardwood floors, it has all the charms to make a person feel nostalgic.  “People tell us [coming here] is like walking into [their] aunt’s house or grandma’s house,” added Masso.

A lifelong lover of antiques, cooking and baking, Masso wanted to find a way to combine them all.  “I was turning 50, and decided if I don’t do it now [open a shop], I’m not gonna do it.  I decided to go out on a limb,”  remembered Masso.

The littles play with safe, unbreakable beads.  It was good to talk antique shop and tea time etiquette with them.

The littles play with safe, unbreakable beads. It was good to talk antique shop and tea time etiquette with them.

While I was having a conversation with Amy and Diana, my children found some safe beads I agreed they could look at.  Every now and then, they would each chime in, “Look at this, mama!” like it was the coolest thing they had ever seen.

With a variety of menu items, Ritzy Resale offers everything from Mediterranean foods to sweets.  “We try and cook healthy.  We have a different special everyday,” added Masso.  As I sat there enjoying my lunch and the company of my children, I couldn’t help but envision future mother-daughter tea dates and celebrations.  “This is a good mom retreat place,” said Masso.  I couldn’t agree more.

I highly recommend their famous chicken salad and house salad.  This was my delicious lunch.

I highly recommend their famous chicken salad and house salad. This was my delicious lunch.

For more information on the Ritzy Resale Shop and Lunch Veranda, please visit their Facebook page.  If you decide to check it out, take me with you.

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McAllen Public Library

The McAllen Public Library is located at 4001 N. 23rd St.

The McAllen Public Library is located at 4001 N. 23rd St.

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Small tables and chairs adorn part of the children’s section.

McAllen, Texas, has the reputation of being the most modern and progressive city in the Rio Grande Valley.  Now, it also boasts the title of having the largest single-floor public library in the United States.

Originally a Wal-Mart, the library has many features that make it unique.  Outside of the popular adult and children’s sections, it also has an area specifically for teens.  “We have a teen department that caters to kids between 13 and 18, and there is all kinds of stuff that draws them in, [like our] Teen Theater,” said Bobby Guevara, Reference Assistant.

The McAllen Public Library is the perfect place for any book lover to visit.  It features an expansive collection of literature.

This library is the perfect place for any book lover to visit. It features an expansive collection of literature.

The children’s section is colorful and has a computer lab and story room designed with little ones in mind.  The library also hosts a regular story time for toddlers.

Guevara continued, “We have [members] from all over the US.  Our Winter Texans have their library cards when they come here.”  Interested residents can start the process online and then come in with a valid ID and proof of address.  When they become members, they also have access to an online catalog and eBooks.

The non-fiction section of the library.

The non-fiction section of the library.

The McAllen Library also has a cafe, a bookstore run by volunteers, meeting rooms that can be rented out, a state of the art computer lab, and an auditorium that seats over 100 people.  Visitors are allowed to enjoy drinks in the library as long as they are covered.  In addition to the main location, there are also two branch libraries.  Interested parties can schedule tours.

With areas that cater specifically to children, teens and adults, the library is a popular family destination.  To find out more about the McAllen Public Library, please visit their website or their Facebook page.

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Sharkey’s Hair It Is

Sharkey's Hair It Is specializes in parties for little girls.

Sharkey’s Hair It Is specializes in parties for little girls.

The main floor of Sharkey's.

The main floor of Sharkey’s.

Walking into Sharkey’s Hair It Is is a visually stimulating experience.  With Hollywood lights lining the stylists’ mirrors, bold colors on the walls, a couple of televisions playing popular shows with options to play the Xbox, and pop culture music—both old and new—playing on the speaker, your attention is captured.

Originally based  in Connecticut as “Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids”, Sharkey’s Hair It Is was created to cater to the whole family.  With locations mostly in the East Coast US, and as far away as Ireland and Egypt , it is the first of its kind to show up in South Texas.  Owner of the local franchise, Marcos Saldivar, says, “My vision is to have one in each city here in South Texas.  We’re all about customer service.  When you come in, we treat you like you’re walking into somebody’s house.  We offer water and want people to feel comfortable.”

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This pink room is a popular party venue for little girls.

When asked what the secret of their three years of success has been, manager Mary Valdez commented, “We have good customer service for the kids.  A lot of parents tell us their children are requesting to come and get their hair cut here.  We treat the whole family.  They leave very happy.”  The aforementioned Xboxes, she notes, are there for whoever wants to play them, whether it be a child or an adult.

A popular venue among little girls, Sharkey’s offers two different birthday party packages.  One is for 12 girls for two hours at $375, and includes a hairstyle, make-up and nails.  They also get to dress up and play planned games in between.  Sharkey’s provides drinks and pizza, and parents have the option of bringing a cake.  The smaller package is for 6 girls for an hour and a half and includes all the same perks for $275.

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Two examples of the cars children can choose to sit in while getting their hair done.

Party Coordinator and stylist Karie Recio noted, “[Parents] like the space because they don’t have to do everything.  We have enough people to take care of the kids; it’s adapted for them, especially little girls.  They enjoy dressing up and being with the ladies.”

Haircuts for adults are $18, and $15 for children.  All haircuts come with a shampoo, and girls can get their nails done for no extra charge.  Children receive a balloon and a lollipop when they are done, and have the choice of sitting in a special car of their choice while being treated.

With great customer service and clientele, it looks like Sharkey’s Hair It Is is here to stay.

For more information on Sharkey’s, please visit their website or Facebook page.

Local Sharkey's manager, Mary Valdez, is very helpful and committed to her clients.

Local Sharkey’s manager, Mary Valdez, is very helpful and committed to her clients.

 

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