Plan Your Summer Fun with Local Businesses in Mission

With summer just around the corner, your friends, family, and neighbors are no doubt making plans for special events, BBQs, and vacations – or staycations.

While you may be able to schedule a getaway with your family at some point during the summer, don’t forget to enjoy all the fun activities your City of Mission has to offer. Fill up you and your kids’ summer break with family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities all within the Rio Grande Valley region.

Your Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce invites you to support local business this summer by visiting these venues:

Mission Entertainment Venues

The Border Theater

905 N Conway Ave.

Mission, TX 78572

(956) 585-4122

Built in 1942, this quaint theater in Mission is one of the last left in Texas with art pueblo styling. It has provided three generations of Valley residents and visitors with top-notch entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere. The theater reopened in 2009 and offers an array of performances, space for private event rentals, and a movie premiere venue for independent filmmakers in the Rio Grande Valley. Classic movie theater concessions are available on site like popcorn, soft drinks, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, and candy. Call The Border Theater today to host an event or for general inquiries at (956) 585-4122.

Europa Cuisine & Entertainment

5112 W Expy 83

McAllen, TX 78501

(956) 225-0920

Escape the South Texas heat by enjoying a night indoors filled with great entertainment and food. This modern entertainment locale is the ideal place for a night out with family and friends. Europa Cuisine & Entertainment offers food, fun, and everything in between. You can plan a private party, enjoy a night of entertainment with hi-tech sports simulators, bowling, and arcade games, or enjoy inventive cocktails at the ultimate sports-watching arena. The event center also offers a variety of deliciously and creatively crafted cuisine for those who are in the mood for a dinner with friends. Call to (956) 225-0920 for general information.

Hands In Art Studio

613 N Conway Ave

Mission, TX 78572

(956) 605-9393

At Hands In Art Studio, local artists and craftsmen come together to offer a variety of art workshops to children and adults alike. The studio believes their hands-on workshops promote stress relief and helps develop critical thinking skills all while providing an entertaining, educational experience for all participants. You can book parties or enjoy one of the many workshops offered at the studio, including ceramics, painting, and woodwork. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite beverages and snacks along with their friends and family. Call (956) 605-9393 or visit for details on their upcoming workshops.

Mission Historical and Outdoor Venues

Mission Historical Museum

900 Doherty Ave

Mission, TX 78572

(956) 580-8646

Housed in two historic buildings in the downtown Mission area, the museum opened its doors to locals and visitors alike in 2002. It now maintains long-term and temporary exhibits while hosting a variety of events and programs for participants of all ages. The museum is also active in local celebrations and family-friendly events, such as their “Movies on the Lawn” summer series. You can join the Mission Historical Museum for interactive and fun programs or events. Simply call (956) 580-8646 for more information.

Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park

2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr

Mission, TX 78572

(956) 584-9156

As part of the World Birding Center, this park is a globally recognized destination for bird-watching. The Rio Grande Valley is fortunate to be a region where more than 525 species of birds converge through yearly migrations. Just within the park’s boundaries, birders can spot some 358 species of birds. If you or someone in your family is interested in outdoor activities and nature, Bentsen is the ideal spot to develop knowledge of local flora and fauna. Visitors can take transportation shuttles, enjoy the bike trails, or walk throughout the park while searching for unique plants and animals. The park features a two-story observation tower, two enclosed bird blinds, a birding wall, and water features that allow visitors to see the birds up close. For visitor information or for inquiries on the park’s programs call to (956) 584-9156.

National Butterfly Center – NABA International Butterfly Park

3333 Butterfly Park Drive

Mission, TX 78572

(956) 583-5400

In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, you can see some 150 species of North American butterflies. In fact, nearly 40% of all 700+ butterfly species found in the United States can be seen in the counties in the southernmost tip of Texas. The National Butterfly Center is the butterfly capital of the USA with a great volume of wild, free-flying butterflies and the largest native plant botanical garden in the United States. This 100-acre preserve is right in your backyard, so take advantage this summer! Schedule a visit with your friends and family. The center also has summer camps for kids, like the Super Summer Critter Camp, which is offering three weeks of Project WILD® certified environmental and life science education to children age seven to 12.  For details call the National Butterfly Center at (956) 583-5400.

Are you planning a summer event?

If you’re planning an event during the summer break, your Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce can point you in the right direction. Some of our chamber members are local event planning and equipment rental businesses that can bring life to any party. A few of them include:

Make this summer one to remember with these Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce members and many more.

For more information on local businesses that you might be interested in communicating with this summer, visit our Member Directory or contact us at (956) 585-2727.