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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Kids Eat Free or Cheap..

Kids Eat Free ( or Cheap) in the Valley..

Kids Eat Free or Cheap Everyday:

Texadelphia Mcallen : Kids eat for $1. One $1 kids meal per adult meal purchased .

IHop: EveryDay 4pm-10pm: Dine in Only. Drinks not included. Some restrictions apply

Golden Corral: Children 3 and under eat FREE from the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal.

Kid Eat Free on Mondays:

Cowboy Chicken: Kids Eat Free with a purchase on an adult entree.

Buffalo Wings & Rings: Kids Eat FREE with a purchase of an adult meal.

Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays:

Main Event: Kids Eat Free

Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays:

Luby’s: One Free Kids meal with a purchase of an adult meal. Only at participating locations. Call your local Luby’s for more information. Dine in Only

Kids Eat Free on Saturdays:

Luby’s: One Free Kids meal with a purchase of an adult meal. Only at participating locations. Call your local Luby’s for more information. Dine in Only

Know of any other Kid Friendly restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free specials of for Cheap? Email us to rgv@tots-tweens.com to add them to our 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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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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Monster Jam Liners 2016

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State Farm Arena

January 15-17, 2016

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What: Monster Jam

When: January 15-17, 2016- 5 HUGE shows

            Friday- 7:30pm

            Saturday- 2:00pm   Pit Party (11:30am-1:00pm)

Saturday- 7:30 pm

Sunday- 2:00pm / 7:30pm

Where: State Farm Arena

How to get tickets: State Farm Arena box office, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

TICKET PURCHASE LINK: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/475863/1542376

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  • Kids seats start at just $10! Tickets increase $2 on day of show- so buy your tickets early.
  • Opening night supervalue adults are just $15!       Opening night discount valid for the Friday night show only.
  • Pit party is 11:30am-1:00pm on Saturday, February 6! Pit passes are available at participating Metro PCS locations starting December 28th or for purchase through the State Farm Arena box office.
  • Want more value? Pick up your discount coupon at participating Pueblo Tires locations starting December 28th!
  • Trucks scheduled to appear include: Grave Digger, Team Hot Wheels, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Zombie Hunter, Captain’s Curse, Doom’s Day and Mad Scientist.

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Event Description:

 

Welcome to Monster Jam, an incredible family-friendly experience starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks.  These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over – OR smash through.  Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

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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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Holiday Village Brownsville

The Holiday Village is sure to get visitors in the Christmas spirit.

The Holiday Village is sure to get visitors in the Christmas spirit.

With a crisp, wet breeze in the air, and Josh Groban singing, “O Holy Night,” on the loudspeaker, the Holiday Village in Brownsville is excitedly ushering in the Christmas season.

The, "Find Fritter the Elf," Challenge.

The, “Find Fritter the Elf,” Challenge.

Nestled in between the Camille Playhouse and The Children’s Museum of Brownsville, the village is lined with cottages sporting various themes and adorned with lights.

New cottages are added each year, and the events schedule is full of local elementary school, dance studio and middle school choir performances.  Admission is free.  Every Friday and Saturday evening, children are invited to visit with and take pictures with Santa Claus in the photo booth at no cost.

The Home Sweet Home Cottage, sponsored by Parra Furniture (2014).

The Home Sweet Home Cottage, sponsored by Parra Furniture (2014).

Most recently, the village added a “Find Fritter the Elf,” adventure, with Fritter hiding in a different house each evening. Participants are encouraged to find Fritter, take a picture in front of the host cottage, and post the photo on the Holiday Village Facebook page.  They are then entered into a drawing to win prizes from Krispy Kreme.

“I like taking my grandchildren because they add a new display every year.  It’s like a parade of lights, and the miniature homes spark their imaginations,” says Brownsville native Rosie Hatley.  “It’s nice to take a stroll with your family and enjoy the scenery and entertainment,” added Hatley.

The village is also a fun place to visit during the day, as it sits in Dean Porter Park and in close proximity to the Gladys Porter Zoo.  Holiday Village Hours are Sunday –Thursday, from 8:00 am–10:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday, from 8:00 am–11:00 pm.  For more information, please visit their website or their Facebook page.

A schedule of December's musical performances is on display at the Holiday Village.

A schedule of December’s musical performances is on display at the Holiday Village.

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The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art is a gateway of opportunities.  Rounding out the Mitte Cultural District and located next door to Gladys Porter Zoo, it is an ideal place to visit for residents and tourists alike.  “A lot of people don’t know we’re here in the Mitte Cultural District,” remarked Brianda Manrique, BMFA Administrative Assistant and IT Coordinator.

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Mr. Lieck instructs two of his art students.

The museum features pieces done by different local and international artists in its permanent collection, and also offers art classes, community events and poetry talks.  Throughout the year, the museum hosts a number of exhibits and educational tours, with the most recent and successful one being King Tut.  Art teacher and director, Karl Lieck, observed, “Many of the students in Brownsville [that visit] have never been to a museum.  In turn, they bring their parents.”

“We are trying to promote art here in our community,” added Manrique.  During the month of October, the museum’s goal was to create the largest a de los muertos altar in the history of south Texas.  Día de los muertos is celebrated on November 2nd, and is a day to remember the lives of loved ones who have passed on.  “We live on the border and have lots of Mexican people,” shared Manrique, “and for us, the altar is to honor and remember our loved ones.”  Altars typically include pictures, decorations like flowers and skulls, and food.  Visitors to the museum this last month, received two sugar skulls to decorate, one to leave at the large altar, and the other to take home.

An example of an altar.  This one was made for Selena Quintanilla, a Tejano legend.

An example of an altar. This one was made for Selena Quintanilla, a Tejano legend.

In the summer months of June – August, the museum offers 10-week art and music classes.  The music classes include instruction in violin, guitar and piano.  The hours are  Monday–Friday, 10–4, with the camp providing supplies and lunch for the children.  Since the Brownsville Farmers’ Market is held right outside the museum year round on Saturdays, entrance to the museum on Saturday mornings from 9–12 is free.

They are open later than usual on Wednesdays (until 8) and offer 50% off the regular entrance price on those days.  To commemorate día de los muertos, the museum will have free admission on November 1st and 2nd.  To learn more about BMFA, please visit their Facebook page or website.

Giana Gallardo Hesterberg is passionate about many things, including being a wife, mother, teacher, speaker, blogger, gardener and friend. You can follow some of her adventures on her blog storiesbytheseashore.blogspot.com

 

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