Corpus Christi Fun for Kids Weekend Recap December 9-11, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Another weekend jam-packed full of all kinds of holiday fun in Corpus Christi and surrounding areas. There are breakfasts with Santa, plays, and even some rescheduled events from last week. Many events are free! Remember, some of these activities may require registration. Always check with the organizations for the most updated information or if you have any questions. We appreciate the shares and likes. If we're missing something, let us know! Compiling this information takes work, please credit or link back to Corpus Christi Fun for Kids when sharing.

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All Weekend 

Harbor Playhouse Presents: A Christmas Carol at 7:30 pm (Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm)
This timeless classic is a spectacular musical, which tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he goes through a series of strange events after being warned by his former business partner Jacob Marley to change his ways. This brilliant musical follows Scrooge on Christmas Eve, as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, which leads him to ultimately discover the true spirit of Christmas.
Cost: Tickets Adult $18, Military and Senior (65+) $15, Student $15, Child (13 and Under) $10 1 Bayfront Park
361-882-5500


Aurora Arts Theatre presents The Marvelous Wonderettes at 7:30 pm (Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm)
This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!
Cost: Tickets are $16. Buy online. Discounted tickets for children available at box office at 361-851-9700
Aurora Arts Theatre
5635 Everhart Rd

Photo via JLCC website
Art Museum of South Texas Christmas Tree Forest: A Reading Wonderland from 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday hours from 1 to 5 pm)
A showcase of Christmas trees at the Art Museum of South Texas decorated to mirror children’s books chosen by participating schools. Participating schools will decorate their trees to be displayed at the museum during regular business hours.
Cost: Admission FREE Adults $8 Seniors (60 and older) $6, Active Military $6 , Students (13 and older) $4, Children (Under 12) and TAMU-CC students and faculty FREE
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500


Visits with Santa Claus at La Palmera Mall during mall hours
Boys and girls are invited to stop by Center Court for visits with Santa Claus.
Cost: Price varies
5488 S. Padre Island Drive
361-991-3755

Friday, December 9


Flour Bluff Business Association Community Christmas 2016 from 6 to 10 pm
Join the Flour Bluff Business Association in welcoming Santa and his elves. Every kid will get a chance to meet Santa for a picture and gift. We will have entertainment throughout the evening including a Cake Walk and much more!
Cost: Free
Funtrackers Family Fun Center
9605 S Padre Island Dr.

Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department Pop in the Park: How The Grinch Stole Christmas starting at dusk
This laugh-out-loud movie is about the Grinch who can’t stand the holiday cheer from the Whos of Whooville. So, along with his companion, Max, he steals the gifts from under the Christmas trees of every Who. As the Whos rejoice anyway, he realizes that Christmas is more than just gifts and Roast Beast. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call 361-826-PLAY.
Cost: Free
Lindale Park
3133 Swantner Drive.

Starbucks 2nd Annual Cheer Party from 6 to 8 pm
Face painting, carols, and coloring table.
Cost: Free
Starbucks Doddridge and Alameda
3738 Staples St.

Tracey's Studio of Arts and Crafts Kids Night Out Classic Movie Night from 6-9 pm
Dinner, a movie and ART! Dinner will be cheese and pepperoni pizza. Movie: "Frosty the Snowman!"
Cost: $35+tax. For ages 5 years old and up! Children 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Guests and family members of child (or 4 year old plus one adult) who are participating in dinner and a movie only, but not in the ART project are $10.00 each.
5922 Yorktown Blvd., Ste 110

Photo from La Posada Foundation Facebook
La Posada Lighted Boat Parade at 6 pm
A large Lighted Boat Parade on the North canal route. Usually 40 to 50 boats collecting toys for the children of the city of Corpus Christi and Nueces County.
Cost: Free
For route visit map here


Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball With Barnes and Noble at 7 pm Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best or come as you are and join us for dancing, music, activities and giveaways. This event is ASL friendly!
Cost: Free
5129 Blanche D Moore Dr.

Port Aransas Community Theater Presents The Lion King, Jr. at 7:00 pm
Circle of Life with Nants'Ingonyama" The King's jealous brother, SCAR, no longer heir to the throne, skips the ceremony, upsetting Mufasa. So, the story begins...this is a youth production, all our characters are 9th grader and under.
Cost: All tickets are $10. Purchase tickets at the Port Aransas Business Center, online or one hour prior to the show at the theatre.
2327 State Highway 361
Port Aransas, TX

Saturday, December 10

Chick-fil-A Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 am
Join us for a memorable morning filled with a holiday themed craft, photos with Santa and hot cocoa bar. Santa Cow can’t wait to see you there!
Cost: Free
Chick-fil-A Staples and McArdle
4946 S Staples St.


Grace United Methodist Church Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 am
Silent Auction, Children’s Performances, Arts and Crafts, Food and Fun! Free picture with Santa! Cost: Tickets only $5.00 per person, $20 maximum per family
14521 Northwest Blvd
361-933-0109


Sinton Choir Boosters Breakfast with Santafrom 8:30 to 11 am
The Sinton Choir Boosters wil be hosting Breakfast with Santa. Bring your family to have breakfast with Santa and listen to the Choir sing. Breakfast includes pancake, sausage, and drink.
Cost: $8 per person
First United Methodist Church Sinton
405 W. Sinton St.
Sinton, Texas



Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center Guided Nature Walks! from 9 to 10 am
Meet on the Learning Center porch. The parking lot is now open. Please bring good walking shoes, plenty of water, and dress for the weather. This program is FREE of charge and open to individuals and families. Binoculars and field guides will be loaned on a first come first served basis. All children attending the program must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact 361-826-PLAY (7529)
Cost: Free
2446 N. Oso Parkway

St. Mark's Episcopal Church Breakfast with Santa from 9 - 11:30 am
Pancakes, games, bingo,crafts and storytelling, and an opportunity to snap a photo with Santa.
Cost: Free but please bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi!
2727 Airline Rd


Art Museum of South Texas Free Holiday Family Day from 10 am – 2 pm
Christmas is a time of tradition, and our annual holiday family day is one you won’t want to miss! Join us and our partners, H-E-B and the Junior League of Corpus Christi as we celebrate the season with A Reading Wonderland Christmas Tree Forest. With holiday music, H-E-Buddy goodie bags, book giveaways and self-guided tours of the tree forest, there will be something for every member of the family to enjoy. Santa will even be taking some time from his busy schedule to visit so bring your cameras to snap a photo! This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss! For all ages.
Cost: Free
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500

Photo via Texas Toyz Facebook
Texas Toyz Star Wars Salvation Army Day from 10 am to 4 pm
Star Wars 501st characters will be on site for pics and donations. -come in your favorite Star Wars costume for a chance to win in our SW Costume contest. -Bring the kids for Free pictures with Star wars characters. Star Wars Costume contest - adult & children divisions. Prizes are gift certificates to TexasToyz: 1st place -$100, 2nd place -$50, 3rd place -$25
Cost: Free
5425 S Padre Island Dr, Ste 126

Art Center of Corpus Christi Family Art Time from 10 am to 2 pm
Free fun art time for families every Saturday! Families of all ages are welcome. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT, drop-in art activity, no registration. While supplies last.
Cost: Free
100 N.Shoreline

Ingleside Renaissance Faire from 10 am to 5 pm
Come out to Live Oak Park and take a step back in time. Be entertained by Jousting Knights, Pyrojugglers, Belly Dancers, Great Music, Food, Arts & Crafts and much more!
Cost: Admission $5 with 12 and under FREE
Live Oak Park
1874 Port St (Off Hwy 1069)
Ingleside, TX


Michaels Kids Club Clay Pot Elf from 10 am - 12 pm
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Enjoy some hands-on family crafting! Grownups and kids will work together to design and create colorful thumbprint ornaments.
Cost: Cost: $2 per project, supplies included
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360

CC Toys N' Hobbies Presents the 1st Annual Joker Day from 10 am to 12 pm
Celebrate DC's baddest villain but our community's true hero, Corpus Christi Joker, for all he has done for our community! Joker will be making an appearance of course and will be bringing his entourage of Sparkling City Hero cosplayers and some amazing local artist. This event will be the grand opening of our new town location as well! So if you've ever been inspired by a comic book or a character, if you've ever wanted to see them come to life, or if you want to support the people who also enjoy and supply your hobbies then make the time to come down and see us all!
Cost: Free
5433 S Staples St.


Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History Little Learners Hour from 10 - 11 am
The Jurassic Period may be over, but dinosaurs can always be found at the Museum! Bring a wallet size photo of your child to make holiday ornaments.
Cost: $5 for members, $10 non-members
1900 N Chaparral St.

Ben F. McDonald Public Library Chess Club from 10:30 am to 1 pm
All ages and levels of players welcome. Not a chess tournament. You may bring your own chess set and snack.
Cost: Free
4044 Greenwood Dr.


Barnes and Noble If You Give a Mouse A Cookie Storytime at 11 am
Join us for a Storytime featuring If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Coloring and activities to follow.
Cost: Free
5129 Blanche D Moore Dr.


Herrman & Herrman Holiday Block Party from 12 to 5 pm
Activities, food, and fun for the entire family! In appreciation to our clients and the community, we will be offering hams in exchange for one unwrapped gift that will be donated to Toys for Tots.
Cost: Free
1201 3rd St.

La Costa Dental Toys for Tots Drive from 12 to 3 pm
Photo with Santa, arts and crafts, giveaways and more.
Cost: Free
3505 Leopard St.


35th Annual Harbor Lights Festival from 1 to 8 pm
The Annual Harbor Lights Festival rings in the beginning of the Christmas holiday season by transforming the beautiful Bayfront Marina into a Fiesta Holiday. This fun filled event has grown into a South Texas tradition and is a “must attend” family event. AEP Texas Children’s parade, Children’s Activity Area, Children’s Fun Zone, live entertainment, food and gift vendors and enjoyable family activities throughout the evening.
Cost: Free
Corpus Christi Bayfront
601 N. Water St.

Janet F. Harte Public Library Holiday Express at 2 pm
Polar Express movie, craft, and storytime.
Cost: Free
2629 Waldron Rd.



La Retama Central Library Christmas Decoration Workshop from 3 - 5 pm
Make some decorations for your tree. Fun family event!
Cost: Free
805 Comanche
361-826-7000


St. Peter's by the Sea Methodist Church Drive Thru Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
Cost: Free
1541 Waldron


Caroling at the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site at 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
317 Fulton Beach Rd
Rockport, TX

Port Aransas Community Theater Presents The Lion King, Jr. at 7:00 pm
Circle of Life with Nants'Ingonyama" The King's jealous brother, SCAR, no longer heir to the throne, skips the ceremony, upsetting Mufasa. So, the story begins...this is a youth production, all our characters are 9th grader and under.
Cost: All tickets are $10. Purchase tickets at the Port Aransas Business Center, online or one hour prior to the show at the theatre.
2327 State Highway 361
Port Aransas, TX

La Posada Lighted Boat Parade at 7 pm
A large Lighted Boat Parade on the South canal route. Usually 40 to 50 boats collecting toys for the children of the city of Corpus Christi and Nueces County.
Cost: Free
For route visit map here

Corpus Christi Cathedral Presents A Touch of Frozen Frost- 2016 Home for the Holidays Concert at 7:30 pm
Moms, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas will want to make sure they bring their little Elsas, Olafs and Annas in costume to help Guest Maestro, Paul Haas, make sure everyone has a Fabulously Frozen Fun time! Maestro Haas will begin this much anticipated holiday concert with traditional holiday favorites including Sleigh Ride and selections from the Nutcracker. Then, audience members are in for a real treat when the Del Mar Master Chorus and the Corpus Christi Chorale sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Also, expect a few surprises that will be sure to delight the senses and maybe even bring a (joyful) tear to the eye! Of course, the ever popular sing- a- long and visit from Santa will cap off a very memorable evening you will not want to miss!
Cost: Tickets range from $21-95. Buy online or call 361-883-6683.
PAC at TAMUCC
6300 Ocean Dr.


Corpus Christi Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Family Weekend) at 7:30 pm
A classic holiday favorite featuring a marvelous cast of over 100 with lavish scenery, dazzling costumes, and exciting characters. Family Weekend with tickets half off regular price and no live orchestra.
Cost: Tickets start at $7 (plus fees)
Selena Auditorium
1901 N. Shoreline

Annaville Baptist Church "Back to Christmas" Play from 7-8 pm
"In the not too distant future, Christmas has been all but forgotten. Join one family on an adventure through time as they discover the true meaning and power of Christmas!"
Cost: Free
Worship Center Annaville Baptist Church
4025 Violet Rd.

Sunday, December 11

Ingleside Renaissance Faire from 10 am to 5 pm
Come out to Live Oak Park and take a step back in time. Be entertained by Jousting Knights, Pyrojugglers, Belly Dancers, Great Music, Food, Arts & Crafts and much more!
Cost: Admission $5 with 12 and under FREE
Live Oak Park
1874 Port St (Off Hwy 1069)
Ingleside, TX


Dollar Day at the Texas State Aquarium from 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: Admission $1. Kids under 2 are free and parking is $5.
Texas State Aquarium
2710 N Shoreline Blvd.


Travis Baptist Choir Christmas Cantata at 10:45am
Celebrate the birth of our Savior with this special presentation from the Travis Baptist Church choir.
Cost: Free
5802 Weber Rd.

Parkway Presbyterian Church Christmas Cantata at 10:55 am
Join us in worship for a morning of festive music presented by the Parkway choir.
Cost: Free
Parkway Presbyterian Church
3707 Santa Fe St.

Corpus Christi Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Family Weekend) at 2 pm
A classic holiday favorite featuring a marvelous cast of over 100 with lavish scenery, dazzling costumes, and exciting characters. Family Weekend with tickets half off regular price and no live orchestra.
Cost: Tickets start at $7 (plus fees)
Selena Auditorium
1901 N. Shoreline

Annaville Baptist Church "Back to Christmas" Play and Festival from 4 to 7 pm
"In the not too distant future, Christmas has been all but forgotten. Join one family on an adventure through time as they discover the true meaning and power of Christmas!" Christmas Festival from 4-7 pm. Inflatables, food trucks, face painting, rockwall climbing, gaming and diva trailers, pony rides, hay rides, s'mores bonfire, and more. This is a free event for the whole community, though we will have food trucks on hand if you'd like to purchase snacks, food, and drinks. Then come inside from 7-8 pm and join us for a showing of our free Christmas Play.
Cost: Free
4025 Violet Rd.

St. Peter's by the Sea Methodist Church Drive Thru Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
Cost: Free
1541 Waldron

Parkway Presbyterian Christmas Pageant and Sounds of Christmas from 6 to 8 pm
Come hear the story of Christmas as told by the children of Parkway and hear the congregation offer their gifts in music and song with the Sounds of Christmas.
Cost: Free
Parkway Presbyterian Church
3707 Santa Fe St.
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