Operation Imagination Summer Camps @ International Museum of Art & Science
Jun 12 – Aug 12 all-day
Operation Imagination Summer Camps @ International Museum of Art & Science | McAllen | Texas | United States

IMAS hosts week-long educational summer camps for grades K-8, June-August covering a variety of fun topics. $180/$160 non-members/members ($100/$90 for Pre K only) for each week-long session.

$180 Full Day
$100 Half Day (PreK only)

$160 Full Day
$90 Half Day (PreK only)

Before Care: 8:00AM – 9:00AM
After Care: 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Before Care OR After Care: $25 per week
Before Care AND After Care: $40 per week

• Full Day Sessions are Monday -Friday from 9AM-4PM.
• Half Day sessions are Monday-Friday from 9AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM.
Spaces are limited.
Please note, snacks may not meet dietary restrictions.
Our camps are peanut free!


June 12-16
9am-12pm: BUBBLEOLOGY: Bubble gum, bubble baths… Bubbles are everywhere! Explore the world of bubbles and learn the science behind the forces that mold these fragile shapes.
1pm-4pm: RAINBOW WORLDS:What makes a rainbow appear in the sky? Learn all about color and the properties of rainbows in this exciting and colorful camp.

June 26-30
9am-12pm: JR. ENGINEER:Do you love building, tinkering, and creating? Become an engineer for the week as you build bridges, skyscrapers, racetracks, and more!
1pm-4pm:DINO RUMBLE: Explore the ancient world of dinosaurs as you study real fossils, get messy with a dino dig and meet the museum’s dinosaur descendants.

July 17-21
9am-12pm: BLAST OFF!: Train to become an outer-space explorer! Build and launch a rocket fueled by soda pop and get messy with galaxy inspired space slime!
1pm-4pm:UNDER THE SEA: Dive into the deepest oceans to explore all the mysteries of the sea. Discover the colorful fish and plants that call the ocean home!

July 31-Aug. 4
9am-12pm: JUNGLE FEVER: Get ready for a wild time as we travel through the jungle and learn all about ecosystems and the animals that work together to make their homes.
1pm-4pm: BUGS WORLD: Join us for a creepy, crawly adventure as we learn all about insects and arachnids. Meet our live bugs and create artworks inspired by the bug world!

Grades 1-2

June 12-16
MAD SCIENTIST: Let your mad scientist out as you make objects disappear, use explosions to create art and perfect your evil laugh as you make bubbling potions!

June 19-23
JR. DETECTIVE :Put your sleuth skills to the test as you examine the evidence and solve the crime! Use fingerprints, observational skills, and more to identify the culprit!

June 26-30
ENGINEER IT: Become an engineer as you compete in engineering challenges inspired by nature. Meet some animals who inspire engineers across the world and drive an aquatic robot!

July 10-14
SUPERHERO SCIENCE: Explore the science behind your favorite superheroes with thrilling hands-on experiments. Create your own superhero comic to share with your friends.

July 17-21
SPACE ACADEMY: Train to be an astronaut at the IMAS space academy! Explore gravity, discover our amazing solar system, launch your own rocket and more!

July 24-28
POKEWORLDZ: Explore the fanciful world of Pokémon as we discover the science behind the most popular characters. Create your own comic, discover the electrifying power of pikachu and more!

July 31-Aug. 4
EXPEDITION TO THE UNKNOWN: Join IMAS on an expedition as we explore places unknown and untraveled. Discover the amazing animals found around the world, build your own expedition rover and more!

MY 5 SENSES: Sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. How important are our five senses? Learn more about our senses and how they help us every day as we put your senses to the test!

Grades 3-5

June 12-16
BOOM, FIZZ, POP, SCIENCE: Become a chemist during this slimy, explosive week of camp. Discover the chemical reactions happening all around us, and even use chemical reactions to inflate a balloon!

June 19-23
CSI EXTRAVAGANZA: Hone your observational skills and learn all about forensics as you solve a mystery at the museum. Collect evidence as you learn about fingerprint, hair, and fiber analysis.

June 26-30
VIDEO GAME TECH: Design your own blocky world with any terrain you can imagine. Build waterfalls and secret mountain passages as you learn about computer coding.

July 10-14
SUPERHERO POWER: How can Superman lift 5x his weight? How can Spiderman’s web be strong enough to lift him? Explore the science behind superhero feats during this thrilling week of camp!

July 17-21
JOURNEY TO SPACE: Join us on an adventure through the solar system! Blast into space as we build and launch rockets. Explore the planets, discover the stars, travel outside of the milky way and more!

July 24-28
POKÉMON SCIENCE: Learn the science behind your favorite Pokémon characters as we explore their different types and powers. Learn about the process of making a cartoon as you create a storyboard.

July 31-Aug. 4
KEEPIN’ IT GREEN: Become an earth scientist for the week as we explore the many ways we can help conserve our planet! Test water, learn about the impacts of pollution, and build an aquatic robot.

August 7-11
HUMAN BODY: Take a virtual tour through the human body and discover the systems that keep us alive. Learn all about the tiny super cells inside us which protect us, self-heal, and change as we grow.

Grades 6-8

June 19-23
ANIMAL FORENSICS: Discover the new field of animal forensics and learn how specialists collect data, use chemical techniques, and species identification to solve wildlife crimes. Put your skills to the test during a mock crime scene investigation.

July 10-14
FACT OR FICTION?: Become a mythbuster as you explore the true science behind superheroes, magic tricks, and popular YouTube sensations. Put each feat to the test with hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and more! Can you tell fact from fiction?

July 24-28
COMIC BOOK ARTIST: Delve into the wonders of animation. We will explore cartooning, comics and anime with fun and immersive fine art projects. Learn about careers in the field of animation and how some of your favorite films are created.

August 7-11
AMAZING ANATOMY: Discover what you’re made of as we explore human anatomy and see just how amazing the human body is. Explore the mechanics of body motion and organ systems with dissections, demonstrations, and experiments!

MOST History Happy Hour: The River Highway @ Museum of South Texas History
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Independence Day Celebration at IMAS @ International Museum of Art & Science
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Independence Day Celebration at IMAS @ International Museum of Art & Science | McAllen | Texas | United States

“Get in the spirit with hands-on activities including fireworks science, explosive experiments, red white & blue splatter paintings and more!” Included in general admission.

Looking for a ‘cool’ way to gear up for the explosive excitement on the Independence Day? Join us on Monday, July 3rd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM as we celebrate a day early! Get in the spirit with hands-on activities including fireworks science, explosive experiments, red white & blue splatter paintings and more!

In addition to these fun activities, you can also explore our four wonderful new exhibitions during your visit. You can take a journey to the depths of the ocean in our traveling exhibition Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss (additional charge applies), fly high in the sky with our Superheroes in My Hero: Contemporary Art and Superhero Action, go back in time to the 1800’s and early 1900’s an experience a basic life skill in the exhibition To Spin a Yarn, and go on a creative journey into the world of glass in our latest art exhibition by Kathleen Elliot called Imaginary Botanicals.

As a special thanks to all first responders, including police, firefighters, and EMTs etc. and very much like the superheroes featured in our exhibition My Hero: Contemporary Art and Superhero Action, who equally uphold the virtues of bravery, integrity, and selflessness, we will honor first responders by offering free general admission to them and up to four of their family members. A valid and current I.D. must be shown at the time of admission.

Best of all, it’s free for IMAS Members. General admission $7/Adult; $5/Senior or Student with ID; $4/Child (4-12). Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss has an additional $4 charge. Ask about our Museums for All program. For more information, please call (956) 681-2800 or visit

Shark Week Celebration @ International Museum of Art & Science
Jul 24 – Jul 30 all-day
Shark Week Celebration @ International Museum of Art & Science | McAllen | Texas | United States

Shark-themed art, workshops and a sale at the gift shop are happening all week at IMAS.

Art Studio: Shark fin hats and shark origami
BioZone: Shark teeth exploration and create your own shark tooth impressions.
S.O.S.: Explore shark migration with special presentations.
*Shark Week is included in the price of general admission. Free for IMAS Members.
Gift Shop Sale: 10% OFF Total Purchase
*Gift Shop Sale only during Shark Week.

Collage 2017: IMAS 50th Anniversary @ International Museum of Art & Science
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Collage 2017: IMAS 50th Anniversary @ International Museum of Art & Science | McAllen | Texas | United States

The museum marks their 50th Anniversary with their annual gala.

The Museum’s Board of Trustees and staff members are excited to announce Collage 2017, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS). This year’s black-tie celebration will take place at IMAS on Saturday, September 16th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This year especially, Collage is about celebration. We celebrate the museum, the key organizations that helped start the museum, the generous individuals who have continually assisted in the growth of our museum, the community within which we have grown and we celebrate the city which has assisted us in reaching our current position.

Mark your calendars and reserve your tickets to join us as we honor the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses that have supported IMAS over the past 50 years. Collage, one of the longest running fundraisers in our area, raises critical funds for continuing and expanding museum programs, and is one of the most eagerly anticipated social events of the year. The funds raised through Collage allow the museum the opportunity to continue creating life enhancing art and science exhibitions, educational programs and cultural events towards inspiring our visitors to “Think. Discover. Experience. & Create!”

The International Museum of Art & Science, also known as the McAllen International Museum, was chartered under the laws of the state of Texas on June 2, 1967 through the efforts of the Women’s Junior Service League and the McAllen City Commission to increase the quality of life for the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley and to provide cultural arts activities that are meaningful, educational, and available to the public. The museum was dedicated and formally opened to the public on October 26, 1969. During that time, the museum’s acquisitions consisted of Mexican folk art, contemporary art, historical documents as well as a collection of scientific specimens of rocks, minerals, shells and coral which were all made possible thanks to the generosity of local collectors.

In 1974, when the McAllen citizens voted to construct a new 21,000 sq. ft. building at its present location on Nolana Ave. through a city bond, the Board of Trustees raised $400,000 for new exhibits, furnishings and landscaping. In 1982, the Board of Trustees expanded the museum’s mission to include the arts and science. In 2001, an additional building was constructed and the museum’s name changed to the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS).

Today, IMAS provides 50,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, an outside sculpture garden and a children’s play area called Rio Scape which was constructed by generous members of the community. IMAS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a Smithsonian Affiliate organization as well as a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). IMAS, the largest art and science museum in South Texas, welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year. IMAS takes pride in providing our community fine art and science exhibitions of the highest caliber possible, in addition to providing exceptionally engaging educational programs since its establishment on June 2, 1967. A must-see exhibition at IMAS is the Science on a Sphere, located inside the IMAS Theatre. There are only 145 Science on a Sphere theaters throughout the world.

The International Museum of Art & Science Board of Trustees humbly asks you to not only attend this year’s 50th Anniversary Collage celebration, but to also consider sponsoring this important fundraising event. We have great things happening at the museum and your kindness, support and generosity will ensure that they continue. We seek your support to further our mission to provide world-class art and science exhibitions, science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.) programming, and cultural events to the Rio Grande Valley. If you are interested in attending or supporting the museum as a Collage sponsor, please visit our website at or call (956) 681-2800 for more information. We appreciate your generosity and look forward to welcoming you to Collage 2017, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the International Museum of Art & Science.