Corpus Christi Fun for Kids Weekend Guide December 8-10, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Another weekend crammed with Holiday fun as Christmas draws near. Take time out of your busy schedule to do something fun with the kiddos. Remember, some of these activities may require registration. Always check with the organizations for the most updated event 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 

Photo via Junior League of Corpus Christi
Art Museum of South Texas Christmas Tree Forest: A Reading Wonderland
Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm
Once again reflecting the theme of A Reading Wonderland, 30 school groups read their chosen award-winning childhood classic book, created related decorations, and trimmed their trees accordingly. As an added bonus, AMST visitors may cast their votes for their top three favorite trees.
Cost: Admission Members 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


Aurora Arts Theatre Presents A Christmas Story The Musical
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday 2:30 matinee
This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.
Cost: Tickets are $16. Buy them online. Discounted tickets for children available at box office at 361-851-9700.
Aurora Arts Theatre
5635 Everhart Rd.


Harbor Playhouse Presents: A Christmas Carol
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday 2:30 matinee
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

Photo via Texas State Aquarium Facebook Page
Texas State Aquarium Scuba Santa
The TSA will introduce Scuba Santa to guests who visit Caribbean Journey’s H-E-B Caribbean Sea at 11 am and 3 pm. Scuba Santa and a few of his helpers will teach guests about the aquatic residents of the 400,000-gallon exhibit and will be available to take a unique holiday photo with guests. Santa will be returning daily December 1-24 in the H-E-B Caribbean Sea at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. An enhanced program schedule including wildlife encounters, animal feedings, and the popular Dolphins and Wild Flight presentations will also be available. Scuba Santa and all other presentations are included at no extra cost with guests’ admission or membership.
Runs: Shows daily December 1 - 24
Cost: Adult admission (13 and up) $34.95, Senior (65 and up) and military $32.95, Child (3-12) $24.95, Child 2 and under free, parking free, members free
2710 N Shoreline Blvd.

Friday, December 8

Instituto De Cultura Hispanica de Corpus Christi Festival Navideño from 5-9 pm
Come and join this festival with the whole family. Christmas lights, pictures with Santa, live entertainment, music, food trucks, vendors, and more. Learn about the Christmas traditions in different Hispanic cultures and tour the museum.
Cost: Free admission
Heritage Park
1617 N. Chaparral St.


Flour Bluff Business Association Community Christmas from 6 to 9 pm
The Flour Bluff Business Association invites the community to welcome Santa and his elves to Funtrackers Family Fun Center. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6 pm and he is coming with gifts! Every kid will get a chance to meet Santa for a picture and gift. There will be entertainment throughout the evening including a Cake Walk, face painting and much more!
Cost: Free
Funtrackers Family Fun Center
9605 S Padre Island Dr.

Photo via La Posada Facebook page
La Posada Lighted Boat Parade - North at 7 pm
A large Lighted Boat Parade on the North canal route on the island. Usually 40 to 50 boats collecting toys for the children of the city of Corpus Christi and Nueces County.
Cost: Free
North Padre Island. For route visit map here

Alamo Drafthouse Corpus Christi A Christmas Story Movie Party at 7:30 pm
At these rootin’, tootin’ interactive shows you don’t even have to guzzle gallons of Ovaltine to get fun interactive props — they’re included in your ticket. So are pre-movie games and surprises so fudge-ing fun you’ll have to wash your mouth out with soap for days afterward. 18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with an adult. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.
Cost: Tickets are $15.16 plus booking fee. Buy tickets online.
7601 S Staples St.

Saturday, December 9

Chick-fil-A Staples and McArdle Breakfast with Santa at 8 am
Santa will be in Corpus Christi before he heads back to the North Pole before Christmas. They will have a photo-op area for kids (and adults) to take pictures with Santa! There will be Christmas coloring and the Chick-fil-A Santa Cow will also be present. When you buy a breakfast meal during that time you will be entered to win a raffle prizes of Chick-fil-A swag!
Cost: Free admission
Chick-fil-A Staples and McArdle
4946 S. Staples St.

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


Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center Guided Nature Walks from 9 to 10 am
Meet on the Learning Center porch. 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

MWR Corpus Christi Breakfast with Santa from 9 am - 1 pm
A special breakfast and pictures with Santa with activities that will include ice skating, arts and crafts, train ride, and face painting. The menu will include pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit, and syrup. Families with children with base access are invited to this event! For more information, please call 961-2355.
Cost: Free (MUST HAVE BASE ACCESS)
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Catalina Club
11001 D St.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Waffles With Santa from 9 am - 12 pm
The Catholic Daughters of The Americas and the Knights of Columbus are hosting a waffle breakfast you can eat with good old St. Nick himself!
Cost: $7 a plate, carry-Out or Eat In
St. John the Baptist Portables
7522 Everhart Rd.


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



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

Michaels Kids Club North Pole Photo Props from 10 am - 12 pm
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece.  Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Enjoy some hands-on family crafting!
Cost: Cost: $2 per project, supplies included
Michaels
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360

Alamo Drafthouse Corpus Christi PBS Kids at the Alamo: Holiday Mix at 10:30 am
Your favorite PBS KIDS characters have teamed up for an all-star holiday show! Watch special holiday episodes of BOB THE BUILDER, NATURE CAT, PEG + CAT, and THOMAS AND FRIENDS on the big screen.
Cost: Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-3, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at your local PBS station. Buy tickets online.
7601 S Staples St.

Elf Craft and Story Time with Nueces County Libraries at The Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay from 11 am - 1 pm
Saturday morning get some Christmas shopping done while having some fun at a craft and story time hosted by Nueces County Public Libraries! Crafts will be free, low maintenance and pre-cut! Easy for any age.
Cost: Free
The Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay
500 N I-69
Robstown, TX


Michaels Make Break Christmas T-Shirt from 1 - 3 pm
Be the cutest dressed guest at holiday parties with this fun T-shirt project. Buy the T-shirt, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided.
Cost: Buy the T-shirt, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided.
Michaels
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360


Brinca First Annual Winter Celebration from 2:30-7 pm
Live Dj, petting zoo, photos with Santa, snow and a chance to win prizes.
Cost: $17 +tax per child, adults and children under 1 FREE. Don’t forget socks, all guest must wear socks in the play area, even those not getting on equipment. Holiday photos with Santa $20
Purchase tickets online. To RSVP your time slot, call 361-985-0404. Walk-ins always welcome.
3801 Saratoga Blvd.


14th Annual Christmas in Portland from 5:30 – 8 pm
Festivities will include pictures with Santa (Pictures with Santa begin at 5 pm), Christmas crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, Christmas bingo, letters to Santa, hayrides, winter carnival games, refreshments and appearances by Rudolph and Frosty! Parents be sure to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa. Make a difference in the life of a child in your community!
Cost: Free. All participants are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to this event. All toys will be donated to Christmas for Kids Year Round.
2000 Billy G Webb
Portland, Texas

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

Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra Home for the Holidays Concert at 7:30 pm
This longtime holiday crowd-pleaser has become a tradition for many families throughout the Coastal Bend. Conducted by Guest Conductor, Paul Haas, your Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Corpus Christ Chorale and the Del Mar Master Chorus for a delightful mix of carols, seasonal favorites, and the popular sing-a-long with Santa Claus!
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). Buy online or at box office.
Selena Auditorium
1901 N. Shoreline

Sunday, December 10

Church of the Good Shepherd The Christmas Pageant at 10:30 am
Children and youth of all ages are welcome to participate in the annual festive re-enactment of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem. Everyone can play a part. Bring cookies to share in the courtyard afterward.
Cost: Free
700 S. Upper Broadway


Travis Baptist Choir Christmas Cantata at 10:45 am

Celebrate the birth of our Savior with this special presentation from the Travis Baptist Church choir. Cost: Free

5802 Weber Rd.



Robstown Band Boosters Pictures With Santa from 12-4 pm
Cost: $5
Beefy Burger
312 W Avenue J
Robstown, Texas


Michaels Make Break Snow Slime from 1 - 3 pm
Join us in the classroom to customize snow slime.
Cost: Free, all supplies are provided, including pre-made slime.
Michaels
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360

Holiday Symphony by the Sea from 2-4 pm
Performed by the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra with the Rockport-Fulton High School Choir on the lawn of the Fulton Mansion.
Cost: Free. 500 chairs will be available on a first come, first served basis, so bring your lawn chair or blanket to ensure that you have seating on the lawn.
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
317 Fulton Beach Rd.
Rockport, Texas

Corpus Christi Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Family Weekend) at 3 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). Buy online or at box office.
Selena Auditorium
1901 N. Shoreline


Solid Rock Christmas Parade and Festival from 5-9 pm
Parade starts at the church and then festival starts at 7 pm. Free tamales, hot chocolate, pan de polvo, and horchata. There will also be inflatables, pony rides, train rides, and a petting zoo! Everything is to benefit our Love & Happiness Toy Drive, so don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy with you!
Cost: Free
Solid Rock Church
3035 Ayers St.

Photo via John Paul II HS Facebook Page

John Paul II High School"Drive Through" Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
This unique community event allows the audience to drive around the campus while watching scenes leading up to the Lord's birth. Starts at Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School and will continue to St. John Paul II for Nativity scenes with students posing in various scenes depicting Jesus’ birth. Come see this story come alive. Entrance gate will close at 7:45 pm
Cost: Admission is free and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.
3114 Saratoga Blvd.
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