Days Of Summer at IMAS


Schools out again for the summer, so what can moms and dads do to keep their kids busy and entertained? And what can they do as a family?

Plan a summer of fun and discovery at McAllen’s International Museum of Art and Science!

IMAS has special activities for the young and young-at-heart all summer long – 7 days a week. Take a look at what IMAS is offering kids and families this summer:

Operation Imagination Summer Camps. These weekly camps now run full days – 9 – 4, Monday-Friday – until mid-August. Students in grades 1-8 have a choice of 10 exciting classes for every grade level, including:

  • Botany
  • Astronomy
  • Engineering
  • IMAS Space Cadets (Learn about rocket launching, gravity, planets, moons, and more)
  • Magic Arts & Swords School (Train, craft, and battle alongside friends to defeat evil forces.)
  • Underwater Archeology (Learn the methods archaeologists use to explore sunken ships, hidden cities, and ruins.)
  • Zombie Survival (Learn survival skills, climbing walls, rescues, and much more during any Zombie Apocalypse.)
  • Mad Scientist
  • Time Travelers (Explore the wonders of ancient technology in this fun-filled, hands-on camp.)
  • And more

“We’ve made the camps better than ever,” says Gaby Jones, IMAS Director of Development, PR & Communications. “Because we’re offering campers a full day, there’ll be more games, more hands-on activities, more fun. And, unlike school, there’s no paperwork!”

Half-day camps are also available for kids in Pre-K and Kindergarten. They will be held from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost for IMAS members is $180/week for full-day classes and $90 for half-day classes. Non-members pay $200/week for full-day sessions and $100/week for half-day sessions.

The price includes free breakfast and lunch. Full-day classes are limited to 25 campers, while half-day classes are limited to 12 campers.

Before and After Care is provided. Parents can leave their child as early as 8 a.m. at Before Care and pick up their child from After Care as late at 5 p.m. Cost for either Before OR After Care is $5/day, while the cost for Before AND After Care is $8/day.

Family Fun Night. Families can enjoy the exhibits and other special activities every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. The cost is only $1/person.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic basket with food and beverages. They can dine on picnic tables in the beautiful park outside the museum.

Free Admission for Military and their Families. Because IMAS is a Blue Star Museum, a special classification issued by the National Endowment for the Arts, all active duty military, as well as Reserve, Guard and Coast Guard personnel, and their families can enjoy the museum for free.

“It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to all of the military and their families for the many sacrifices they make serving our country,” says Jones.

3, 2, 1 … Blast Off. This is the very first science exhibit brought to IMAS – thanks to the initiative of Museum President Julie Johnson. It comes from the Johnson Space Center in Florida and includes a replica of the space shuttle, space suits used in the Apollo missions, moon rocks, a space helmet, and special hands-on activities.

“Stars and Skies” Parties. Check out outer space and find out how awesome astronomy can be. Once the sun goes down, the fun goes up!

Families can roll out their blankets on the museum’s front lawn. There, using the museum’s powerful telescope, they can view the new horizons from Pluto on July 16 and witness the Perseids meteor shower on Aug. 13.

“We’ll be open until 10 p.m. on those nights,” says Jones. “Families also can take part in science experiments, enjoy presentations on our giant “Science on a Sphere” screen, and tour a mobile planetarium for some starry-eyed presentations.”

Back to School Bash. With vacation winding down, IMAS invites families on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for one more fun-filled summer fling. Thrill to magic shows, piano performances, story time, and a lot more. Different sponsors also will be present to hand out free school supplies. General admission is FREE.

New Membership Program. Families can purchase a family membership for $75. This entitles them to free general admission for 12 months, plus discounts on various classes, facility rentals, and ticketed events. Membership includes 2 adults and all children under 18 in the household, plus two guests anytime the family visits the museum.