Photos courtesy of McAllen Parks and Recreation, Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, & McAllen Culinary Academy

With technology so popular with younger generations, kids are more likely to stay in and scroll through their tablets instead of spending time outdoors. This summer, try a different approach to get them interested in other things by taking them somewhere to let their minds roam free. Enjoy several movies in the park for FREE or register them for summer camps and other activities that they’ll fall in LOVE with!

Movies in the Park

Westside Park will be the place to be for “Movies in the Park”, hosted by McAllen Parks and Recreation, all summer long! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and friends to enjoy different movies! The show starts at sundown. Snacks are allowed, however, food trucks and concessions will also be available.

Here’s the movie schedule:

  • June 2ndThe Book of Life
  • June 16thDespicable Me 3
  • June 23rdPaddington 2
  • June 30thThe Lego Ninjago Movie
  • July 14thCars 3
  • July 21stFerdinand
  • July 28thThe Boss Baby
  • August 4thCoco

Summer Camps at Quinta Mazatlán

Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center will be hosting a variety of different four-day camps all summer for different age groups. Not only will your kids be entertained, you’ll also feel at ease knowing they’re experiencing new things while learning.

From robotics to survival skills, your kids will benefit from all of the camps! For more information on fees and details, visit the summer camp page.


  • June 19th – June 22nd – Robotics Camp (ages 10 – 14)
  • June 26th – June 29th – Intro to Robotics (ages 7 – 9)
  • July 10th – July 13th – Survivor Skills Camp (ages 10 – 12)
  • July 17th – July 20th – Camp Quinta (ages 6 – 9)
  • July 31st – August 3rd – Wild Art Camp (ages 6 – 12)

In addition to summer camps, Quinta Mazatlán also hosts a variety of activities like youth photography and Family Discovery Days throughout the week.

McAllen Culinary Academy

If your kids love the kitchen, then this activity is for them. Not only will they enjoy learning how to create a specialty dish with Chef Marcel, they’ll also walk out feeling fulfilled and accomplished.

McAllen Culinary Academy hosts week-long classes in intervals for different age groups between six and 18. For more details on each theme and pricing, click here.



June 4th – July 8th – Healthy Cooking Camp (ages 6 – 13)
June 11th – July 15th – Trip Around the World (ages 6 – 18)
June 18th – July 22nd – Serious Foodies (ages 8 – 18)
June 25th – July 29th – Disney Cookbook (ages 6 – 13)
July 2nd – July 6th – Healthy Cooking Camp (ages 6 – 13)
July 9th – July 13th – Serious Foodies (ages 8 – 18)
July 16th – July 20th – Disney Cookbook (ages 6 – 13)
July 23rd  – July 27th – Trip Around the World (ages 6 – 18)
July 30th – August 3rd – Healthy Cooking Camp (ages 6 – 13)
August 6th – August 10th – Trip Around the World (ages 6 – 18)
August 13th – August 17th – Serious Foodies (ages 8 – 18)
August 20th – August 24th – Disney Cookbook (ages 6 – 13)

Activities for All

For other events happening in McAllen, be sure to check out our calendar, and remember that you can also submit an event! Enjoy your summer, and don’t forget to explore McAllen in the best way possible!


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