Family Fun

  • Something just right for the whole family!

    McAllen isn’t just for visitors, bird watchers and conventioneers. South Texas is a terrific place to live, work and raise a family. You have lots of choices of cool things to do with the kids – whatever their ages.

    McAllen Parks & Recreation Department
    1000 South Ware Road, McAllen
    956-688-3333
    Email: parks@mcallen.net
    Website 

    Please contact McAllen Parks & Recreation at about recreational activities available throughout the year.

    Cinemark Hollywood USA
    100 W. Nolana Loop, McAllen 
    956-682-5503
    Website

    Fantasyland Skate Center
    1001 N. Jackson , McAllen
    956-687-5283
    Website

    Flamingo Bowl  
    3301 N. 23rd St., McAllen 
    956-686-1286
    Website

    Gladys Porter Zoo
    500 Ringgold St
    Brownsville, Texas
    956- 546-7187
    Website

    This award-winning zoo offers more than 31 acres of easy access to some of the rarest animals in the world. You’ll see natural waterways flowing throughout the area and exhibits designed to simulate the animals’ natural habitats. Housing 1,500 species, this is considered one of the finest small zoos in the country.

    KidsZone – International Museum of Art & Science
    1900 Nolana
    McAllen, Texas
    Website
    956-682-1594

    Nothing boring about this museum! The IMAS KidsZone has a number of interactive displays, games, hands-on activities and other learning fun.

    McAllen Municipal Pool
    1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd., McAllen
    956-688-3456
    Website

    McAllen Paintball  
    4220 N. Bicentennial Ste. F, McAllen 
    956-630-0901

    Mr. Gatti’s
    4100 N. 2nd St. Ste. 1000, McAllen 
    956-687-1537
    Website

    Myth Adventure
    4617 N. 10th, McAllen 
    956-631-9636; 956-687-3104

    Hard-to-find items here include comic books, skateboarding and rollerblading equipment, sports cards, and anime.

    Palmview Golf Course  
    2701 S. Ware, McAllen 
    956-688-3444
    Website

    Peter Piper Pizza  
    620 N. 10th St., McAllen
    956-682-5251
    Website

    Quinta Mazatlan
    600 Sunset Drive, McAllen
    956-681-3370
    Website

    Best outdoor fun in the Valley. Always something interesting happening here – special events, tours, nature adventures.

    RGV Ice Center
    201 N. 26th Street, McAllen
    Website

    Rio Grande Speedway Racing  
    3 ½ S. 10TH St., McAllen 
    956-843-2789  
    Website

    Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark
    33261 State Park Road 100
    S Padre Island, TX 78597
    956-772-SURF (7873)
    Website

    The half-mile-long Rio Aventura transports you from one attraction to another without ever leaving your inner tube. Four water coasters, two whitewater tube chutes, a giant wave lagoon, the world’s largest surf machine and more.

    State Farm Arena
    2600 N 10th Street, State HWY 336
    Hidalgo, Texas
    956-843-6688
    Website

    Here’s where you go in the Valley to see the circus, watch football or basketball, take in a family show like the Harlem Globetrotters or listen to Grammy-winner performers. All the really great shows happen here in this hall that seats thousands for many different kinds of events.

    The Zone Action Park
    2600 West Expressway 83, McAllen,
    956-664-ZONE (9663)
    Website

    This park offers something that brings out the kid in all of us – go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, a large arcade and more.

    Valley Bowl
    2140 E. Business 83, Mission
    956-585-2041

    Calling all bowlers – the pins are set for crashing. Huge facility features 24 lanes, pool tables, putting course and a restaurant.

    Zoofari Play & Discovery Center  
    7007 North 10th Street
    Trenton View Shopping Center, McAllen 
    956-994-9998

    Fun includes arcade, wildlife café, party packs & more.