McALLEN Give kids a chance to play with their food, and they just might make a masterpiece! That's the thinking behind Super Duper Mini Chefs, a free culinary event kicking off on Saturday, June 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at La Plaza Mall in the JCPenney Court.

Hosted by the Simon Kidgits Club, Super Duper Mini Chefs combines demonstrations with hands-on activities that encourage kids to have fun and get creative. Activities will include pasta art and jewelry, sweet cereal necklaces, coloring sheets as well as decorating a chef hat.

Kids will also learn to give back to the community by bringing a non-perishable food item for donation to the RGV Food Bank.

"Kids will love this event for the chance to roll up their sleeves and have fun with food," said Isabel Rodriguez-Vera, Area Director of Marketing & Business Development for La Plaza Mall. "And parents will like it because they can spend quality family time together with their kids and have a blast."

Simon Kidgits Club members will receive a variety of giveaways including Kidgits imprinted aprons as well as Chick-fil-A and Steak Escape samples and giveaways.

The Super Duper Mini Chefs is one of several programs and events held throughout the year at Simon malls for members of the Simon Kidgits Club, which focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages three through eight.

Families can sign up for the Simon Kidgits Club during regular mall hours at Guest Services or online at Membership includes a Simon Kidgits Club membership card and T-shirt, scheduled entertainment and activities for families, a Birthday Club (that includes a gift redemption certificate), unique programs and offers, as well as discounts.