Family Fun Indoors

Shopping Centers

The Rio Grande Valley is home to an abundance of shopping centers that attract shoppers from across the nation and internationally. McAllen is the hub of shopping in South Texas. The city features exclusive retail locations including some of the world's finest designer names and brands.

La Plaza Mall

This recently renovated shopping district boasts upscale and mainstream stores, which are some the highest revenue generating retail locations in the nation. La Plaza Mall, a Simon Mall, includes over 1,200,000 square feet of retail space, all for your enjoyment!

Palms Crossing

It's all about the outdoor shopping experience at Palms Crossing. Conveniently located just off the U.S. 83 Expressway, this shopping center, also a Simon branch, offers over 40 shops, ranging in style, and great local and franchise restaurants.

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Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets

Located in Mercedes, one of our neighboring cities, the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets, of Simon outlets, offers over 140 premium outlets. Find legendary brands with impressive savings, all in one location! The outlets are definitely a must-see center for avid shoppers visiting the South Texas area.


Satisfy the family’s appetite with delicious food in McAllen. You’ll find the best Tex-Mex in the country at local favorites, sample a variety of international cuisine or opt for classic American and comfort food dishes. Restaurants in McAllen cater to the family environment, no matter what part of town you’re in.

Fun, Food and Games

Chuck E. Cheese

3300 E. Expressway 83 (Palms Crossing at Convention Center), McAllen. (956)

Gatti's Pizza

4100 N. 2nd Street, McAllen. (956) 687-1537.

Peter Piper Pizza

1620 N. 10th Street, McAllen. (956) 682-5251.

Beat the Heat - Fun for the entire Family

Pump It Up

Looking to entertain the kids? Put their jumping socks on and head on over to Pump It Up for an inflatably jumping great time! Pump It Up is an indoor, private children’s recreational facility featuring super-sized inflatables for playing, jumping, bouncing and sliding! We also have other interactive games and activities that kids love and are so much fun. We specialize in kids’ birthday parties, open play, special events and field trips. By far, we are the most popular and fun children’s event center in town. Come jump with us!

2720 Zinnia Avenue, McAllen, Texas / (956) 682-JUMP (5867) /

IMAS Museum

Located at the intersection of Bicentennial Blvd and Nolana Ave, the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) features a variety of exhibits that celebrate artistry, creativity and scientific exploration.

Experience the renowned Science on a Sphere exhibit. This stunning global display utilizes projectors and computers to display information on a sphere that is 6 feet in diameter. The exhibit showcases the science of Earth and life. This interactive exhibit is fun for the entire family and is truly out of this world.

While you’re at IMAS, take your family to see the ICONS: Stained Glass Windows display to take a glimpse into the history of stained glass windows that date as far back as 1914.

Children will have fun as they explore water systems with the “Smart About Water” program sponsored by the McAllen Public Utilities Board.

Visit the IMAS website for a list of current exhibitions to explore.

Family Fun night is every Thursday night.

Address: 1900 Nolana, McAllen. / Ph: (956) 682-1564 /

Fantasyland Skate Center

Slip into your skates and hit the rink at Fantasyland Skate Center with your family.

Address: 801 W. Dove Ave., McAllen. / Ph: (956) 687-5283 / For a review, click here

The Zone Action Park

Locally known as, The Zone, this park is located just off the U.S. Expressway and is action packed for plenty of family-friendly entertainment. Plan a special event at the park or simply stop by for a day of engaging activities. The Zone is set on a tropical, colorful landscape and features:

  • Go-karts
  • Water bumper boats
  • Miniature Golf
  • Batting cages
  • Video game arcade
  • Park cafe

Location: 2600 W Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501

Phone #: 956.664.ZONE (9663)

Flamingo Bowl

Bring your family and friends to Flamingo Bowl for a bowling adventure. Stop by in the evening for Rock and Bowl for some rockin' music and a thrilling laser light show. The bowling site also features a game room and a full service Bar & Grill packed with refreshing drinks and some of the best burgers in town. Flamingo Bowl offers event planning for large parties too!

Location: 3301 N 23rd St., McAllen, TX 78501

Phone#: 956.686.1286

Xtreme Laser

Laser tag is a guaranteed favorite for kids. What could be more exciting than engaging in skirmishes with friends and family in a dark battle room and laser guns to shoot? Xtreme Laser in McAllen is a fairly new location, but has been a great hit for locals and vacationers alike. Take the fun indoors and escape the heat by spending a day at Xtreme Laser.

Location: 609 W U.S. Highway 83, McAllen, TX 78501

Phone #: 956.618.5297

Frio Grande Valley Ice Center

As the only ice skating rink in the Rio Grande Valley, this facility offers accommodations for public skating, professional hockey, ice skating, and other ice sports. The ice center features a video arcade area, concession stand, and even special laser light show events throughout the year. Don't forget your sweater and knee socks! Schedule a party or come by during the rink's public hours for a memorable day on the ice.

Location: 201 N 26th St., McAllen, TX 78501

Phone #: 956.972.0126

Cinemark Hollywood USA

Hit the box office for a great blockbuster with your family.

Address: 100 W. Nolana / Ph: 956-682-9438 / For showtimes click here...

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