Devine Acres Farm: A Great South Texas Family Experience!

It’s been a year since we’ve been back to Devine Acres Farm.  You can see last year’s post on it here.  Without knowing much about the farm, we thought we were going to take photos with  some pumpkins.

We quickly learned there was much, much more than that waiting for us.  So, of course, we went back this year.

For Laredoans, it is about an hour and a half away.  But, it is so worth the drive.

If you go, I recommend you leave earlier in the morning before the afternoon heat hits.

Devine Acres offers a truly rustic, old farm experience for families amidst its sea of  planted Christmas Trees.  The place is green and marked by oak trees, with towering windmills and all kinds of games and play areas for the kids:

  • water duck racing,
  • fishing (don’t bring your poles, just pick one up around the pond),
  • bean bag tosses,
  • tractor hay rides,
  • a gorgeous park with swings under oak trees,
  • live music,
  • face painting,
  • a petting area,
  • a tricycle track,
  • and many more family activities!

Oh- and there IS a pumpkin patch where kids can decorate their pumpkins, too.

To see more photos of the excellent time waiting for you for $8 a person (3+), you can see the gallery below.


You can find more information about Devine Acres Farm via the official website here or on the Facebook Page here.

Days like this, in places like this, are what family memories are made of.  If you are in South Texas and you haven’t visited, you really, really should.  




This is NOT a sponsored post.  I was not asked to review or promote Devine Acres Farm nor did I receive any form of compensation to write this post.  This is simply a review of a fantastic activity that families should know about if you live anywhere near Devine, Texas.  🙂

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C&C Community Round-Up: 9/23/2011

Here are the Critters And Crayons Community-Related Announcements for this week!

Check out family activities and businesses in Laredo on the new ”Where To Take Your Kid In Laredo” Page!

Many, many thanks go to all of you have helped to gather this family event information each week! Thank you so much!



Last Saturday, we went to Chick-Fil A (On Mcpherson Rd) for the Family Breakfast.  The kids enjoyed the cupcake craft and seeing the big cow, as you can see:

The gigantic cow was a little scary for some tiny ones.

But, the other kids had a grand time.  Check them out!

We also went to the Imaginarium’s “Eat Well. Play Well.” Event!

(Photos courtesy of Imaginarium of South Texas and Laredo Martial Arts Center)



Friday, September 23rd, Celebrity Chef Gala

Via Pro8 News Morning Chat: 9/12/11 Celebrity Chef Gala
Story Created: Sep 12, 2011 CDT
Story Updated: Sep 12, 2011
Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra Director, Brendan Townsend, talks about the exciting Celebrity Chef Gala that aims to raise funds to sustain the arts in Laredo. The event will be held at the Laredo Country Club on September 23 and will include food from restaurants around Laredo. There will also be silent and live auctions taking place. Funds raised will benefit the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra and scholarships

For more information or to purchase tickets you can call Brendan Townsend’s office at (956) 326-3042 or (956) 326-3039.


South Texas Collector’s Expo
Largest collectibles expo in Laredo’s History on Sat, Sep 24th at the Laredo Civic Center Ball Room from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission $3.


Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC) Nature Hike

Please join us this Saturday for our latest nature walk! The Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC) invites you to our 3rd outing in the Loving Laredo Hike Series. We will be visiting the “Lost Lakes” – the old gravel pits – at the famous bend of the river, just south of LCC.

This is a gorgeous trail – some of us scouted it yesterday. Expect to see migrating birds this time of the year – warblers, hummingbirds, sandpipers, ducks, and hawks…just to name a few. We will also make a stop at Pebble Beach.

Saturday, September 24.
Meet time 7:30 a.m.
Parking lot of San Francisco Javier Church
2502 Zaragoza Street **

RGISC is doing this hike in partnership with the Monte Mucho Audubon Society (birders) and Big River Foundation (kayakers). Big River will offer kayaking on one of the lakes afterward, around 9:30 a.m., for those of you who wish to stay and kayak this tranquil body of water.

A few notes:
· This is an intermediate hike. Recommended ages 12 and up.
· Please bring 1-2 bottles of water.
· Sunscreen and hat. Sunglasses okay.
· Dress appropriately. NO street clothes, street shoes, or purses.
· Tennis shoes or hiking shoes, long pants, T-shirt is okay but long-sleeve cotton shirt is better.
· Small rucksack or fanny pack to dispose of your trash. We will recycle empty bottles after the hike.
· If you have binoculars, please bring them. Great opportunity to see migrating birds. We will have a few available, first come-first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please call (956) 721-5392.

** Directions:
To avoid the standing train at the tracks by the church, please consider this route.
1) Take I-35 South. When the highway ends, stay on your far right lane on Santa Ursula. Bridge II will be on your left side.
2) Take Santa Ursula all the way down until it takes you onto the road that runs parallel to the river. The street changes names from Santa Ursula to Pedregal. On this road, you will see the river on your left side, and La Posada/downtown on your right.
3) About ½ mile later, when you see the train bridge in front of you, take a left onto San Francisco Javier Street. Keep your eyes open for this street sign!
4) You will soon enter into a residential area. Take a left onto Zaragoza St.
5) Church parking lot will b


Voelcker Homestead in San Antonio!

If you’ll be in San Antonio over the weekend, check out the Voelcker Homestead to learn what life on a farm is like! Very inexpensive activity! Check out the Free is Fantastic blog for more details!


The Kids BoOkstore Book Reading on Saturday

Join us this SATURDAY LIVE SHOW 24th @ 2:00pm “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly” Live sketch performed by KIDS! don’t miss this show… admission $7 per child, if you buy There was an old lady who swallowed a fly” $ 16.99 book cost, you will get 1 child admission free. Ages 4-12 Act will be perfomed by Roses Drama Studio owner Carol Rosales. Don’t MISS THIS EVENT! See you Saturday @ The kids BoOkstore.

Highly Recommended for younger children
The story of the old lady who swallowed a fly is a classic, there are many different versions but this is the best. The repetition is great for early readers and younger children. The student/children can learn but repeating the “chorus”. This book is also great for prediction. You can ask the class what should come next after each animal this old lady swallows. There are also great puppets and other manipulatives to use when reading to children.


The Imaginarium of South Texas

The Imaginarium has Wild Critters at 1PM where they will explore some creepy crawly little critters and Puppet Palooza at 3PM with home made puppets to inspire budding puppeteers and a creative activity to follow. At 5PM we set up a giant chain reaction so bring your ideas or use some of ours!

From Lisa C.


saturday morning


The Laredo Public Library Saturday Story Hours

Saturday Story Hour for ages 3 to 8 at the Laredo Public Library is held from 2 to 3 PM.  Here’s the schedule from now through December.  Don’t forget that the library also hosts Toddler Story hours on Tuesdays at 1030!


  • 10-School
  • 17-  Animals
  • 24-Math


  • 1-Colors
  • 8- Llama, Llama, Red Pajama
  • 15- Food
  • 22- Robots
  • 29- Halloween


  • 5- Reading
  • 12- Money
  • 19- Careers


  • 3- Weather
  • 10- Sports
  • 17- Christmas


TAMIU Planetarium



Every Saturday. One of the best ways you can spend 10 bucks an hour. Very developmental for kids and they love it. It’s amazing to see what they can create! Open Art is located at the intersection of Guadalupe and Logan Streets! Thanks for the flyer, Anna P.and Victoria!


Chick Fil A Family Breakfast

Saturday Morning with arts & crafts, surprises, story time and the Chick-Fil-A Cow from 9 to 10:30 AM at 5118 McPherson. Arts & Crafts, Storytime and that gigantic cow!!!


Mundo Montessori Trike-A-Thon For St. Judes

Mundo Montessori will host a Trike-A-Thon the morning of September 25th. Proceeds go to support St. Judes Children’s hospital. We went to this event last year and it was a blast for the kids. Bring your kids and their wheels (bicycles and other contraptions are fine too- one kid brought his toy lawn mower last year), and enjoy healthy snacks, races and bike safety lessons. More info will be put out on this event as we get closer. It’s a great cause and even better that we can get our kids involved in helping others! It will be held in the parking lot of 1701 Peaceful Meadows (the area near Scholar’s Cafe off of Del Mar near Marble Slab Creamery). This is a pic from last year’s event:


Laredo Public Library “An Afternoon With Dr. Carmen Tafolla”

On, September 24th at 2 PM, the public is invited to meet Dr. Carmen Tafolla, writer, screenplay author, poet and children’s work author! For more info about Dr. Tafolla, go here:

From Elenisa V.


Lowe’s Build And Grow Kids Workshop

September 24th at Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop they are having a fire truck project for the kids to build. The Lowe’s here is VERY busy but they have great projects, and the children get their own apron and patches for each project to sew on the apron. If you register online you will see that they are already full, but they take walk ins. We were a walk in to the police car project last Saturday and had to wait for a little while to get all the registrants through to see if there were any extra projects. It starts at 10AM. Be sure to go early and the best part is that it is FREE!!

From Anna P.



Laredo Rio Fest Coming in October!!!

Laredos RioFest is Laredo’s premier Kayak Race. It has now grown to include multiple events, including a fun fest, bike races and recreational kayak race among other events.

Laredos RioFest is taking place October 15 and 16, 2011. in Laredo, Texas. Join us for a 33 mile kayak race down the Rio Grande, a family expo, kids fun run, rhythm on the rio, and other special events.







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Dia Del Rio 2011 Proclamation and Interfaith Service Kick-Off Event
Dia Del Rio is a celebration that has united the two Laredos for 17 years. This year’s event promises to be rich in cultural and scientific activities, with hundreds of students from both countries involved in projects that we are sponsoring.
We would like to invite you to the Dia Del Rio 2011 Proclamation and Interfaith Service Kick-off event on Friday, September 30th, 2011. The ceremony will be held at the entrance of the Paso Del Indio Nature Trail behind the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Center at the Laredo Community College campus. We will begin the festivities at 11.30am sharp and conclude with a lunch catered by the Laredo Jobs Corps Culinary Arts Program. For further information please call Gail (DDR Coordinator) at 956-721-5392.
From The Rio Grande International Study Center

The Laredo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Looking For Volunteers

The Laredo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2012 tax season. Please call Dial 1+956-320-0016 or to sign up.

The Laredo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is a local coalition of public and private groups, credit unions, banks, and the IRS that takes people from the community, certifies them as tax preparers, and places them in a VITA site to help people file their federal tax returns. Volunteers help thousands of taxpayers every year. Training is free. Tax preparation is free.

From Rafael T.


Home Depot Kids Wood Working Workshop!

October 1st at The Home Depot will be Safety Awareness Day. At their Kid’s Workshop that day they will be building a helicopter. They told me that they will have fire trucks, police cars, etc. outside the building for the kids to see. I think she also mentioned a bouncehouse, face paint, etc. I hope I heard all of this right because I was chasing my two little ones while she was explaining it to me but at the very least go out and make a helicopter, it is worth the trip!! They give your child an apron and a pin to put on the apron for the completed project. It is free and starts at 9AM. I am not sure if you have to register online with The Home Depot for their projects…the time we went we just walked in…we noticed that it is less crowded than the Lowe’s workshops. You also get to paint your project upon completion!! =)

From Anna P.


Movie and Ice Cream Bargains

Just have to share- You all might already be tracking some of the good family fun deals around Laredo, but here’s a good Tuesday option. Go to Cinemark 12 (the movie theater by Kohls off of I-35 S) and watch a kids’ show on Tuesday (1 buck a person all day or 3 bucks per person for 3D) and then go to Marble Slab Creamery where you pay for one original cup or cone and get one free. For our family of four, we spent four bucks at the theater and then went to Marble Slab and enjoyed ice cream for the price of a single. That was one cheap day (7 bucks). Here’s a breakdown of deals for these two places:

Cinemark 12:

  • Mondays- Family Day. Parties of 3 or More pay $.75 or $2.75 (3D) each
  • Tuesdays: $1 all day per person or $3 for 3D movies per person

Marble Slab Creamery:

  • Tuesdays: Buy 1 original cup or cone, get one free.
  • Thursdays: Buy 1 kids cup or cone, get one free.


Rosa Barocio’s “Disciplina Con Amor” (DIscipline With Love) Conference is Back!

I attended this conference last year. It was life changing. It’s a gentle discipline method that focuses on the different temperaments within each child. To read more about last year’s conference, see here.


Lrd Martial ArtsCenter

Laredo Martial Arts Academy Offering

Free Anti-Bullying Workshop To Bullied Kids!

To learn more about the project, check out their site:

And to read more about the initiative, you can read their Facebook Note at:!/notes/lrd-martial-artscenter/how-to-defeat-the-bully/111474178955703

From Claudia P.


HEB Plus Reading Program Schedule

Don’t forget the monthly reading program where characters come, too! (see flyer below!)

From Ruben


YogaKids! Now at the Kids BoOkstore! Check the flyer for details!


Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. sponsors FREE kayak outings for teachers and their students. Go to for contact info and to learn more!

From Eric E.


From Liz T.


I know it’s early but look who’s coming to the Laredo Energy Arena on December 28th!!!! Woot! For more info:



Have a great week! If you have something to share for next week’s Community Round-Up, feel free to leave a comment here! Flyers and info can also be sent to!


C&C Community Roll-Up Friday: 8/26/2011

Here are the Critters And Crayons Community-Related Announcements for this week!  For more information on what’s happening in Laredo for families through the end of the month, check the Critters And Crayons “What’s Happening” Page! 

Starting in September, Critters And Crayons will not be doing the daily roll-up anymore as we move the blog to a new website, but you’ll be able to find these Community Round-Ups on the “What’s Happening Page“.

 And you can always check out all the family activities and businesses in Laredo on the new “Where To Take Your Kid In Laredo” Page!

If you think what follows is disjointed, you should see my inbox.

  Or my To-Do List.  


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And speaking of blogs!

Just gotta share some newly discovered ones!!!

Let’s welcome Laredo’s newest blog Laredo Foodie!  The blog has already posted outstanding reviews of local restaurants!  Most recent review on Pho 1, yummy Vietnamese!    Check it out!

Going to San Antonio and want to know what there is to do there for free?  Check out a fellow Laredoan’s blog, Free Is Fantastic!  Check out the FB Page, too!

If you have an interest in natural living, vegetarianism or veganism, and/or naturopathic medicine, check out Dr. Cristina Cantu’s new blog Natural Remedies 



Newcomers And Friends Of Laredo Play Date!

Newcomers and Friends of Laredo Family Group Play Date At The Imaginarium at Mall Del Norte TODAY, Friday, 26 August 2011,  at 3:30 PM!  For members!  If you are not a member but would like to test an activity and meet folks to decide if you’d like to join, consider dropping by this event for your free first event!  Newcomers And Friends of Laredo Annual membership fee is now just $12.50 for the rest of this year!  It’s a great group of families who do a lot of different activities.


This Weekend: 

Winnie The Pooh at Cinemark 12!

………Winnie the Pooh the movie is airing at the Cinemark 12 (cheap ticket theatre)
on saturday!

From Heather B.

***C&C Note:  Here’s a link to the showing: 


Just saw a post from Disney Store on an event to be held this Saturday, 10:30-1. Royal Princess Craft Event

From C&C Reader, Lizette Z


Nature Trail Hike with RGISC!!!

The RioGrande International Study Center (RGISC) invites you to our latest outing in the Loving Laredo Hike Series: Chacon Trail.

Saturday,Aug. 27

Meettime 7:30 a.m. (Ends at 9:30 a.m.)

DrydenMemorial Park

2700Diaz St. (off New York St., near Loop 20/Hwy 83S intersection).

Birding expert RaulDelgado will lead us down the lovely Chacon Creek Hike and Bike Trail toobserve fascinating avian wildlife, and other riparian flora and fauna.



Vega’s Arte En La Avenida!


From Vega’s


Fundraiser 3rd Annual RotaRun Race!

Over the last two years, the Club has built playgrounds for the Sacred Heart Children’s Home and the North Central Park – intent on promoting a healthy lifestyle among children and creating joy that may be remembered over their lifetimes. “Since being formed in 2008, our club’s membership has been deliberate in demonstrating how ‘service above self’ and a greater sense of community can deliver results that benefit those in need. We can’t wait to see children enjoying the playground that all of us will build for them,” said Oscar Castillo President-elect and Project Chairman.

The Club is holding the 3rd Annual RotaRun at Laredo’s North Central Park, Saturday August 27th.  The event includes a 10K, 5K, and 1K walk. Competitors, recreational runners, and fun-walkers are all welcome. Pre-registration is $20 for the 10K, $15 for the 5k and $10 for 1k walk. The event starts at 7AM, Saturday August 27th. Proceeds from the race will help fund the Santo Niño Community Playground project.  To register online go to

From The City of Laredo Public Informaton Office


Down The Road And Ongoing: 

Chick-Fil A Free Breakfasts….see the link for more details!

From Chick-Fil A Mcpherson


Arts Bazzaar At Scholar’s Cafe!

A new arts bazaar is being developed by a TAMIU organization. Please see the below
information and contact Marlinn if you are interested in selling. This one is
on the north side of Laredo at Scholar’s Cafe on September 3rd from 6:30-9 p.m.

From Heidi C. Via Laredo Main Street


UFO Conference in September!

A UFO Conference in November and A Civil War Exhibit at Laredo’s Villa Antigua Museum opening August 25th!  For more info, check out Que Fregados’ post about both events!

From Que Fregados


El Centro De Laredo Farmers Market And Cilantro Fest!

Saturday, September 17 · 9:00am – 2:00pm at Jarvis Plaza.

NOTICE: Extended Market Hours!

Cilantro Recipe Contest Categories:
Main Dish
Value Added Item

Call 956-523-8817 to become a vendor and enter into the contest!  (You also need to register your recipe with Alli Hrncir at
**All food vendors must obtain a $20 food handling permit the Health Department 795-4904- Mr. Cisneros or Mr. Garcia.

From Laredo Main Street


Katie’s Fighters Bracelet Fundraiser!

Katie’s Fighters is selling Anencephaly Awareness Bracelets for $5!  Funds go to help families dealing with hardships associated with Anencephaly.  For more information about Anencephaly  or Laredo’s miracle baby, Katie, who has celebrated her 43rd Day Birthday!  Go, Katie!!/media/set/?set=a.131304376961613.30039.123906067701444


Intelligym Registering For Pre-School Now!

Intelligym has opened its doors for registration for the new school year!  They take ages 2 through 5 and are a fantastic pre-school option for your child.  Intelligym is located at 249 Northpoint Drive just off of Calle del Norte!  Contact School Director Pamela Jordan for more info at   (956) 717-1142.

For C&C Posts on Intelligym, check the following links:

***C&C Note: Both of my kids have attended Intelligym.  Very caring atmosphere and stimulating environment.  Love this school.


New Laredo Martial Arts Center Offers Free Anti-Bully Worshops To Bullied Kids!

Laredo has a new martial arts center!  Check out their new free Anti-Bully workshops!


From LBV Planetarium Staff


Until Next Week’s Community Round-Up! 

If you have something to add for next week’s, leave a comment here!

Thanks!  Have a Great Week!