Family Fun in the RGV September Edition

Family Fun in the RGV September Roundup

We love September! When it comes to family time this month, there is so much to choose from as the temperatures are creeping back down from triple digits and school is back in session.

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

September 1 - 4, 2016

Back to School Family Picnic

September 3rd • 4 – 7 pm

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

The new school year is underway. The weather will soon turn cooler. What a better way to celebrate than to get outdoors and enjoy the last warm days of the season with a family picnic.

Food vendors will be on site, or pack your own picnic lunch and picnic on our grounds. Cool off with water games, including a water slide (don’t forget your towel!). Get crafty and make your own school supplies. Also enjoy nature walks, wildlife presentations, a bird observation station, and much more.

Back to School Family Picnic Day activities will run from 4 – 7 p.m. Entry for this event is free.

For more information, please call 956-381-9922

Paddle Town Lake

September 3, 2016

Bring the family and pedal boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard on Town Lake! Rent one of ours, or bring your own canoe or kayak.

Rental Hours:
Wednesdays through Sundays, from 4:00 pm – Sunset

September 5-11, 2016

Young Adventurer Days (IMAS)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
10:00 AM

Blast into space as we explore our solar system. Take part in a special story time reading of Hedgie Blast Off by Jan Brett. Discover the ways we learn about space as you create your own constellation!

IMAS Young Adventurer Days are special hands-on programs that help introduce our youngest scientists and artists to basic concepts. Each day features a special themed story time as well as an exciting and engaging hands-on activity.

Programs last approximately 30-45 minutes and take place the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Children must be ages 5 or younger.
Rates: IMAS Member: $5/ Non-Member $10.

Stars and Skies Mysteries (IMAS)

Thursday, September 8, 2016
4:00 – 10:00 PM

Extended by popular demand, IMAS’ Stars & Skies Parties encourage our community to explore the night sky and solar system as they learn about space science and technology through special activities and programs. IMAS Stars and Skies Parties will be extended with additional dates: September 8, October 6, and November 3. The Parties are included with general admission and include Science on a Sphere space presentations, hands-on experiments, HEB Dome-Planetarium shows, and much more. Join us from 8 to 10 p.m. for stargazing outside on the IMAS front lawn. IMAS invites you to bring out your lawn chairs, telescopes, and binoculars so you can share your astronomy knowledge with others or use IMAS’ equipment as you observe star-filled skies.

ER & Trauma Expo (McAllen Medical)

Saturday, September 10, 2016
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1800 S. 2nd Street, McAllen

Teddy Bear Clinic (CMB)

Saturday, September 10, 2016
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Join us at the Children’s Museum for Teddy Bear Clinic. Bring your Teddy and get a full check-up. Admission is $8 per person.  Teddy will be checked out by all of the partners and professionals available on hand.

Grandparents Day (IMAS)

Sunday, September 11, 2016
1:00 – 5:00 PM

IMAS will be celebrating all Grandparents with hands-on interactive educational programming throughout the museum for Grandparent’s Day September 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Create a memory for your own family history by celebrating Grandparents Day at IMAS by working together to create your family tree; commemorating the day by making a scrapbook page together; exploring science experiments at MPU BioZone and much more! Also, don’t miss your chance to see the popular Here Be Dragons exhibition in its last day at IMAS.

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

September 12-18, 2016

Go GOLD RGV Walk for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Every Wednesday in September (7, 14, 21, 28)
Fireman’s Park at Town Lake, McAllen

6:00  p.m.

4th Annual Go Gold walk for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Every Wednesday 6:00 pm destination Vannie Cook Children’s Hospital

FNWN: Hummingbirds with Juanita Gibson

Friday, September 16, 2016
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join us and some of the best naturalists and nature enthusiasts in the valley for wonderful family programs this Fall! The third Friday of each month, EWBC invites different speakers to share their knowledge of birds, butterflies, plants and more!
Program and admission are FREE!
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentations are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. RR.

Speaker: Juanita Gibson

Brown Bear Story Time

Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Storybook Garden, Weslaco

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for a Brown Bear Party STORYTIME full of fun and games! Please note, this is NOT an event with the author/illustrator.

Registration will open September 6th at 6pm. Event includes story and craft.

Space is limited – this FREE storytime requires a ticket to reserve your child’s spot. Visit the link below and look for their ticket link there.

Recommended for children ages 2-6.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Las Palmas Community Center
Saturday, September 17th
1 – 5 PM

Activities and demonstrations include tortilla making, storytelling, crafts and Dia de los Muertos face painting. Fun for the entire family with activities for children, teens and adults. Special performances by Las Palmas Ballet Folklorico and Conjunto Las Palmas. $3 per adult, $2 seniors & teens, $1 children 12 and under. No advance registration required. Payment accepted on-site.

Pokemon Go Recharged!

Saturday, September 17th
1 – 5 PM

Join us for Pokemon Gym Takeover Day: Recharged featuring vendors, hands-on activities, battles, and more! Free for IMAS members. Included in the price of general admission.

16 de Septiembre Pharr Festival

Saturday, September 17th
Jones Box Park, Pharr, TX
2 – 11:45 PM

Pharr, Tx.- Prepárate para un evento delicioso! La ciudad de Pharr estará celebrando la independencia de México con el festival “Diez y seis de septiembre” el sábado 17 de septiembre en Jones Box Park, ubicado en 805 W. Rosa Lane.

La diversión dará inicio a las 2 de la tarde y contaremos con una gran variedad de atractivos para que te diviertas junto con tu familia, habrá un zoológico disponible para los pequeños, nuestros talentos de las escuelas locales nos estarán deleitando con diversos conciertos de música mexicana.

September 19-25, 2016

RGV Mom WOD - Workout Class

Join this mom fitness group for an extreme and enjoyable half hour morning workout three times a week. This bodyweight and light equipment workout is a great way to bond with fellow moms, get moving and get fit with Coach Keyla, our workout group’s personal trainer.

Empire Crossfit is offering a special boot camp class at a discounted rate for RGV Moms Blog readers. Mom can also lock in a lower rate by signing up before October 1st. Plus, the first class is free!

TIME:
Monday – Wednesday – Friday
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

LOCATION:
Empire Crossfit
4108 N 10th Street #500
McAllen, TX 78504

*Founder’s rate is $50 per month for those who sign up before the end of September (That’s about $4 per class!!! Did we mention that Coach Keyla customizes each workout for our group and monitors the class as our personal trainer?)

*RGV Moms Blog rate is $70 per month for anyone signing up in October or later. (Still awesome at just under $6 per class!)

4-H 101 (For Kids)

Monday, September 19th
19833 Morris Road, Harlingen
9 AM – 12 PM

Find our what kind of agriculture programs are available for our community kids.
More information call 956-412-4916.

Go GOLD RGV Walk for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Every Wednesday in September (7, 14, 21, 28)
Fireman’s Park at Town Lake, McAllen

6:00  p.m.

4th Annual Go Gold walk for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Every Wednesday 6:00 pm destination Vannie Cook Children’s Hospital

Kids in the Kitchen

Edinburg Children’s Hospital
Saturday, September 24th
11 AM – 2 PM

The Junior League of McAllen invites elementary school-aged children to the Edinburg Children’s Hospital for Kids in the Kitchen. Have fun while learning about healthy eating and active lifestyles! Food tasting and demonstrations as well as easy tips on how to involve your children in the kitchen are all part of this free event.

The event is free, but participants must register at the ticket link on the event page linked below.

Tea Time with Mom

Saturday, September 24th
5 – 8 PM
Palmview Community Center

Moms & Daughters – Spend a memorable evening filled with assorted beverages, finger foods, pastries, fruit, sweet treats, crafts and create memories to last a lifetime. Ages 4 & up. Fee: $40 per mother/daughter pair plus $5 per additional daughter. Registration deadline is September 19. Space is limited. Register online at www.mcallen.net or in person at the Lark, Las Palmas or Palm View community centers. For more information contact (956) 681-3360.

Fit Family 5K Run, Walk & Stroll

Sunday, September 25th
6:30 – 10:00 AM
McAllen Fireman’s Park

Check in and registration will take place on the day of the race from 6:30am – 7:30am with the race beginning promptly at 8:00am. Prizes will be awarded for male and female winners in 4 categories.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Adults and children 10 years of age and up:
Early Bird Registration (by September 15th): $25
Registration after September 15th: $30
Children 10 years and under can participate for free!

Please remember no pets, bicycles, or scooters will be allowed at this event. All proceeds support the Junior League of McAllen Inc.’s community programs and activities.

September 26-30, 2016

Go GOLD RGV Walk for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Every Wednesday in September (7, 14, 21, 28)
Fireman’s Park at Town Lake, McAllen

6:00  p.m.

4th Annual Go Gold walk for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Every Wednesday 6:00 pm destination Vannie Cook Children’s Hospital

Zoofari (GPZ)

Saturday, October 1st
6:30 PM

Come out and peacock at the Valley’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Zoofari.  This year, Zoofari is a one-night only affair. Help the Gladys Porter Zoo continue to inspire, educate and captivate the multitudes of children in the Rio Grande Valley by attending Zoofari 2016.  Join us for a party during this gala affair full of music, food, auctions and fun for everyone. The Premiere event starts at at 6:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets to Zoofari visit the GPZ website linked below.

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