Corpus Christi Fun for Kids Weekend Recap December 2-4, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016
December is here and along with it all the holiday fun! This month every weekend is packed full of all kinds of things to do with your kids in Corpus Christi and surrounding areas. 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.

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 2

Art Museum of South Texas Free First Friday from 10 am - 5 pm
The first Friday of every month is free public admission to the Art Museum of South Texas. The Gift Shop and Hester's Cafe also are open to the public.
Cost: Free
1902 N Shoreline Blvd.

3rd Annual Town and Country Classic Christmas from 3-8 pm
Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, and specials at participating businesses. The atmosphere will be filled to the brim with holiday cheer! New this year is a food court made available to guests consisting of booths set up by participating restaurants. This is in addition to the restaurants in the centers dine in option. Also prize packs for the kiddos and special drawings for kids under 18 and broken up by age groups. Meet and greet with Olaf, Penguins of Madagascar and the Minions.
Cost: Free
4250 S Alameda St.


Blue, Blue Christmas Celebration Kick Off from 5 to 10 pm
Activities that night include; donation based pictures with Blue Santa, family crafts and fun, live music, food, shopping, and much more! From December 2nd thru Christmas Eve, we will be collecting donations for Corpus Christi Police Officers' Association Blue Santa. Blue Santa's goal is to join forces with the men in blue to give gifts to underprivileged children in the Corpus Christi area. Cost: Free admission Water Street Market
309 N Water St.

Marina Arts District Downtown Artwalk from 5:30 to 10 pm
On the first Friday of every month you’ll find artists, musicians and all things creative converge in the Marina Arts District. It's where Downtown comes alive with bands on every block, food trucks serving up South Texas fare, and art galleries featuring local and national artists. Take in the free live music and local flavors outside, find a nice watering hole to duck into for a quick drink, or grab a bite to eat. Make sure to stop by the The Historic Ritz Theatre to view the Altars of Remembrance display at 715 N Chaparral St.
Cost: Free
Downtown Corpus Christi

Art Museum of South Texas Dollar After Dark from 5:30 - 9 pm
Visit the Museum after hours for a special reduced admissions rate of $1 during Artwalk!
Cost: $1
1902 N Shoreline Blvd.


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 11th Annual Islander Lights at 6 pm
Come with the whole family and enjoy a snow party, games, refreshments. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Marin Corps’ Toys for Tots drive. At 8 pm, the switch will be thrown to illuminate the campus in Islander blue, green and white lights. To finish the evening, a movie “will be shown in the University Center Rotunda at 8:30 pm.
Cost: Free admission with a donation for Toys for Toys
Center for Instruction Courtyard
6300 Ocean Dr.

Garcia Arts and Education Center Family Night Out from 6–8 pm
Families - enjoy time together, share a meal, and learn about each another through different fun events! Programming is held every other Friday night Curriculum is delivered by TAMUCC graduate students.
Cost: Free
2021 Agnes St.


Ingleside Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
High Balloons with bounce houses and car train ride. Free hot chocolate and cookies. Pictures with Santa Claus and the park will be decorated with Christmas lights. Free face painting and crafts for the kids. Plus the Grinch and a few other Christmas characters walking around.
Cost: Free
N.O. Simmons Park
TX 361 and Avenue J
Ingleside, TX


Aransas Pass Chamber and Visitor Center​ Saltwater Christmas Illuminated Parade at 6:30 pm
Annual illuminated Christmas parade. Stay after the parade at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot for activities at AP Chamber Parking Lot for pictures with Santa, bike giveaway, activity booths, Christmas caroling and cookie decorating.
Cost: Free
Parade Starts at Intersection of De Berry and Commercial, proceed North on Commercial, then left onto Wheeler and then Left onto Houston Street and ends at AP Chamber Parking Lot.
Aransas Pass, TX

All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual Polar Express Storytime. Coloring and activities to follow, including writing a Dear Santa letter!
Cost: Free
5129 Blanche D Moore Dr.

The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 16th Annual Holiday Gala Concert at 7:30 pm
The concert features students and faculty in a wide variety of holiday favorites for the whole family, from familiar Christmas carols to new arrangements. Pre-performance activities, including a holiday coloring station, craft station and special appearance by Mrs. And Mrs. Clause, Frosty, Snowman and Elves, start at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC lobby.
Cost: Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in the PAC lobby one hour before show time.
TAMU CC Performing Arts Center (PAC)
6300 Ocean Dr

Saturday, December 3



First Baptist Church Corpus Christi Breakfast With Santa from 8:30 - 11:00 am
Pancake breakfast, crafts, free picture with Santa.
Cost: $4 per adult and $3 for child, children 2 and under free.
First Baptist Church Recreation center
3115 Ocean Dr.

St. John's United Methodist Church Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 am
Pancakes & Sausage. Photos with Santa will be available
Cost: Donation to food pantry
5300 S Alameda St.

Early Scholars Academy Winter Festival from 9 to 11 am
Parents, teachers, and children! Come dressed in your favorite pajamas to enjoy the chilly wintery weather and snuggle-up for our storytelling session, and create winter arts and crafts! Parents are required to attend this event with children.
Cost: Admission per child $10 early registration, $12 at the door. Parents are free! Pre-register online.
1356 FM 43 (next to London ISD)
361-452-4600

Flour Bluff High School Christmas Craft Fair from 9 am to 3 pm
Pictures with Santa, face painting, games and more!
Cost: Free admission
Flour Bluff High School Cafeteria
2505 Waldron Rd

Home Depot Gingerbread Man Candy Dish Kids Workshop from 9 am to 12 pm
Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can create a beautiful Gingerbread Candy Dish. Once the candy holder is built, your child can decorate it with stickers to give their gingerbread mana cheery holiday smile. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
Cost: Free. Register online so locations can measure quantities.
All Home Depot locations participate

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

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


Michaels Kids Club Sprout Stockings 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
Michaels
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360

Asbury Corpus Christi Kid's Storytime at 10:30 am
You are invited to join us for a fun morning of stories, crafts, and singing!Designed for preshoolers, parents, grandparents & friends.
Cost: Free
7501 S. Staples
361-992-7501

Barnes and Noble How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime at 11 am
"Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes!" and celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! We will have good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. 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.

35th Annual Harbor Lights Festival moved to December 10th


Photo via Art Museum of South Texas
Art Museum of South Texas​ Super sARTurday from 1 - 3 pm
Frosting, candy canes, gumdrops, graham crackers…it’s time for our annual Gingerbread House-making event at the Art Museum! We’ll sing holiday songs and create an original gingerbread house that’s sure to delight one and all. For children ages K5-12.
Cost: $15-members/$20-nonmembers (special price). Register online.
Johnson Building, Creation Zone, Heldfels Art Studio
1902 N Shoreline Blvd.

Michaels Make It Merry Gingerbread House Event from 1 - 3 pm
Kids and kids at heart are sure to love this event! Construct an adorable gingerbread house and try to resist the temptation to snack on your building supplies.
Cost: Buy a Wilton® gingerbread kit and use our classroom to assemble your creation.
Michaels
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360

Rockport Fulton Tour of Historic Homes from 1 to 5 pm
Seven historic venues can be toured by visitors in Rockport Fulton during the Rockport Fulton Tour of Historic Homes. Some of them have never been toured. Vintage dressed docents will share information about each home and its owners.
Cost: Tickets $15 each or 2 for $25. Tickets available at RF Chamber, The History Center, or online
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center
319 Broadway St.
Rockport, Texas

Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center Storytime at 3:30 pm
Join Oso Preserve staff members as they read nature themed children’s books, explore artifacts, and meet the animal ambassadors. Learn more about native wildlife, habitats, adaptations and other topics through relevant children’s stories. This program is FREE of charge and intended for children ages 2-6. Each story will be supplemented with a walk, artifact, animal ambassador or other interactive. 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

Caroler's Afloat and Boat Lighting Parade at 5:30 pm CANCELLED

Sunday, November 4

Marina Arts District BridgeWalk from 8:30 am - 11 am 
Registration starts at 7:15 am and Walk begins at 8:30 pm,  BridgeWalk is a monthly opportunity to get some exercise with a one of a kind view. The bridge route takes you up and over the beautiful Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. The Alternate route for those with strollers, small children, and animals can take the scenic route down along the water to the Marina T Heads and back. Both routes are measured to be 6020 yards (3.42 miles).
Cost: Free
1581 N. Chaparral St.

PAAC A Christmas Tail 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm
Pet portraits with Santa! 100% of the proceeds of this event will go towards spaying/neutering in our community.
Cost: $15 per photo Barkaritaville Pet Resort
6617 Jefferson St.

Rockport Fulton Tour of Historic Homes from 1 to 5 pm
Seven historic venues can be toured by visitors in Rockport Fulton during the Rockport Fulton Tour of Historic Homes. Some of them have never been toured. Vintage dressed docents will share information about each home and its owners.
Cost: Tickets $15 each or 2 for $25. Tickets available at RF Chamber, The History Center, or online
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center
319 Broadway St.
Rockport, Texas
Photo via First UMC
First United Methodist Church Presents: Handel's Messiah at 3:00 pm
Presented as a gift to the Coastal Bend by the members of First United Methodist Church and funded by a generous grant from the FUMC Foundation, Inc. This volunteer choir meets solely for the purpose of presenting this performance and is comprised of singers from across the Coastal Bend.
First UMC Sanctuary
900 S Shoreline Blvd.

St. John Lutheran Church A Night in Bethlehem from 3 to 5 pm
Cost: Free 3316 Hummingbird Ln
Robstown, Texas

CBCF Corpus Christi Christmas Concert 2016 at 3:30 pm
Come and listen to your favorite Christmas music as well as pieces from various genres. Come and enjoy all types of flute from piccolo to bass flute. A reception will follow.
Cost: Free
Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Corpus Christi
3434 Holly Rd.
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.
Asbury Corpus Christi Meet me at the Manger Children's Christmas Musical at 6 pm
Cost: Free
7501 S. Staples
361-992-7501
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