Imagine a time where great flocks of mammoths grazed on the prairies of South Texas. How would the first peoples have hunted these great beasts? Or what if you were with Colonel José de Escandon on his survey of the Rio Grande? How would life change for your family in a new land with different people? Experience elements of these time periods during Summer Nights at the Museum on Thursday, June 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.
The museum will be filled with demonstrators dressed in interpretative and reproduction clothing, and the exhibits will include fun hands-on activities that encourage children and families to imagine living in South Texas and northeastern Mexico hundreds and thousands of years ago.
A scavenger hunt will guide your family to activities such as hunting mammoths, digging through an archaeological pit, creating native rhythms, learning the survival skills of Coahuiltecans, packing Spanish treasure chests, knot tying, building a casa mayor fort, making tortillas and learning which items were traded in and out of South Texas and northeastern Mexico. Children who successfully complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a drawing for a prize that includes items from the Museum Store and a certificate for a free kid’s meal from Raising Cane’s Chicken.
To quench your thirst from the night’s adventures, free lemonade will be provided to guests by Raising Cane’s Chicken. And, make sure you fuel up for the night’s adventures with a brisket sandwich from Q’in It Up BBQ, which will park its food truck on the museum’s parking lot.
And, this year, discover a new adventure with the museum’s puppets! The “True Tale of San Juan de Carricitos” puppet show engages the audience through participatory activities. Enjoy the story of José Narciso Cavazos Gonzalez who describes Spanish colonial life and the lands of South Texas and northeastern Mexico with Bright Eyes, a Tampacuas woman, who lives on the lands.
Summer Nights at the Museum is a three-night series starting June 14 and will continue June 28 and July 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Children who attend and complete scavenger hunts for all three nights will be entered into a grand prize drawing from the Museum Store. Bring the whole family for a night of adventures!
Admission to Summer Nights at the Museum is the regular admission price, passes and coupons excluded: Adults (ages 18+) $7; seniors (ages 62+) and students with ID (13+) $5; children ages 4 to 12, $4; children ages 3 and under are free. As a participating museum in the Blue Star Museums, all active duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission to all three Summer Nights at the Museum.
The Museum of South Texas History is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call (956)383-6911.