Corpus Christi Fun for Kids Weekend Guide November 30-December 2, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! December is just about here and that means weekends are jam packed with holiday fun for the whole family! 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

Harbor Playhouse Presents: A Christmas Carol at 7:30 pm (Sunday 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 $20, Military, Senior (65+) and Student $15, Child (13 and Under) $10
1 Bayfront Park


Aurora Arts Theatre Glitz! The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical at 7:30 pm (Sunday at 2:30 pm)
In the true spirit of Christmas, get a behind-the-scenes look at the backstabbing mothers and fiercely competitive daughters in the ‘Little Miss Christmas Pageant,’ an annual competition where ten girls (and their outrageous stage moms) compete for the coveted Christmas crown. Sequins, shiny shoes, and a can of hairspray aren’t all it takes to win this battle. These diva daughters and pushy moms are armed with sheer grit and a thirst for victory. However, when the value of truth, honesty, and love is learned, Christmas spirit becomes the true winner in this heartwarming new holiday classic.
Cost: Tickets $16 plus fees. Buy online.
Aurora Arts Theatre
5635 Everhart Rd.


Texas State Aquarium Scuba Santa and “The Polar Express 4-D Experience
See Scuba Santa at 11 and 3 and “THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience®” every hour on the half-hour from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Cost: Free with regular admission prices adult $34.95, child (3 - 12) $24.95, military, senior and student $32.95, child 2 and under free. Free with museum membership. Purchase tickets online.
2710 N Shoreline Blvd.


Art Museum of South Texas Christmas Tree Forest: A Reading Wonderland from 10 am to 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: Regular admission Members always free, Adults $8, Seniors (60+) and Military $6, Students $4, TAMU-CC Students FREE, Under 12 FREE
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500

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

Visits with Santa at The Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay
Dash on over to get your photos taken as the outlets will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Stroll the stores, enjoy the food trucks and find savings that would make Santa blush. Our open-air, village-style center is your holiday headquarters for shopping, saving and mingling.
Hours: 12 to 8 pm (break from 3-4 pm)
Cost: Price varies
The Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay
500 N I-69
Robstown, Texas

Friday, November 30 


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 13th Annual Islander Lights at 6 pm
The entire community is invited to join TAMUCC for an evening of holiday festivities at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi supporting the Toys for Tots drive. Enjoy the holiday bash with Santa, music, refreshments, games, and activities, followed by the ceremonial campus lighting and wrapping up with the festive "Sounds of the Season" holiday concert.
Cost: Free. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Marin Corps’ Toys for Tots drive at the University Center Entrances.
Center for Instruction Courtyard
6300 Ocean Dr.


First Baptist Church Corpus Christi Live Nativity from 7 to 9 pm
A walk-through live nativity where you can talk with the characters and see the animals at the stable. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for everyone!
Cost: Free First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi
3115 Ocean Dr.

Schlitterbahn Presents Loggerhead Dive In Theater: Elf at 7 pm
Enjoy a 65-foot movie screen experience on lounge chairs! Make sure to bring your blankets!
Cost: $5 for children and seniors, $7 for adults, children 4 & under Free.
Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi
14353 Commodore Dr.

Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 18th Annual Sounds of the Season at 8 pm
Sounds of the Season features a variety of large ensembles featuring Islander students and faculty, including the orchestra, choir, jazz groups and more. These talented artists will perform a wide variety of holiday favorites, from familiar Christmas carols to new classics the whole family will love.
Cost: $10 adults $5 children and students 3 and under FREE. Purchase tickets online until 11/30. Cash only tickets will also be available for purchase at the University Center Information Desk during Islander Lights.
TAMU CC Performing Arts Center (PAC)
6300 Ocean Dr.

Saturday, December 1

St. Mark's Episcopal Church Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 12:30 am
Annual Breakfast with Santa plus a skit called "How the Grinch Found Jesus" will be presented twice during the event. The skit will provide a unique opportunity for us to tell the story of Jesus.
Cost: Free, suggested donation non-perishable food items to be donated to the Corpus Christi Food Bank.
2727 Airline Rd.

3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa St. John's United Methodist Church from 9 to 11 am
Everyone is invited to have breakfast, talk with Mr. & Mr. Santa, have your photo with them and fellowship with each other.
Cost: Admission is a non-perishable food donation (can goods or boxed foods) to our church food pantry.
St. John's United Methodist Church
5300 S Alameda St

A 20-foot Fraser Fir with 24,000 colored lights, on the Rose Garden lawn, will be the centerpiece of ‘Holly-Days’ at the Gardens At a second large tree in the Rose Pavilion, guests may use phones or cameras for brief photo sessions with Santa, parrots and reptiles. A third, smaller tree will decorate the Bromeliad Conservatory. Other options for enhancing visitor holiday spirits will include crafts and storytelling for kids; holiday music while strolling through the Gardens; and great gift ideas in Nature’s Boutique. 
Cost: General admission - Adults over 12 $8,  60+Seniors/*Active Military/*College $6 (*ID Required),     Children Ages (12 & Under) $4,  Children Under 3 - Free with Paid Adult. All activities included in general admission except photo sessions with Santa and friends, $10 donation each, which helps fund parrot and reptile care. 
South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
8545 S. Staples St. 


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 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


Home Depot Sled with Reindeer Kids Workshop from 9 am to 12 pm
Dash through the snow in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model sleigh pulled by a reindeer. Once your sleigh is complete, you and your musher can decorate it with paint and stickers and put imagination to work towing gifts around town. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free 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


MWR Corpus Christi Breakfast with Santa from 9 am to 1 pm
A special breakfast and pictures with Santa with activities that will include arts and crafts, inflatables, 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.

Alamo Drafthouse Corpus Christi PBS Kids at the Alamo: Peg+Cat+Holiday at 9:45 am
Reserve your seat with a donation with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at your local PBS station. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules - noisy young fans won't be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cell phones and other devices stay dark.
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.

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 Advent Calendar from 10 am to 12 pm
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.
Cost: $2 per child for kids 3-6, $5 for kids 6+. Supplies included.
4717-E S Padre Island Dr.

Art Museum of South Texas Young Artist Workshop: Holiday Ornaments from 10:30 am to 12 pm
From the sparkly to the brightly painted, create twinkling, shining, twirling decorations to adorn your family tree.
Cost: $10 members/$15 nonmembers. please note pre-registration is required no later than Friday, November 30; if minimum number of participants is not met 2 days before class, class is subject to cancellation with full refund
1902 N Shoreline Blvd.

Barnes and Noble Storytime and Activities Featuring How to Catch a Snowman Storytime at 11 am
Our heroes' entry for the snowman contest has magically come to life. Will the snowman teach our heroes a lesson they'll never forget? Who snows!
Cost: Free
5129 Blanche D Moore Dr.

Anita and W.T. Neyland Public Library Chess Club at 11 am
Come and have fun! Play against others! All ages and all levels are welcome. Please bring your chessboard if you have one
Cost: Free
1230 Carmel Pkwy.

City of Rockport Tropical Christmas from 12 am to 9:30 pm
Day-long, pirate-themed extravaganza kicking off the holiday season with fun, festivities, fireworks and more in Historical Rockport. Among the featured events are an illuminated night parade, children’s programs, decorating contests, pet costume contest, arts and crafts festival, food and entertainment, and, of course, a visit with “Tropical Santa." Topping off the annual event will be a spectacular fireworks display.
Cost: Free admission
Downtown Heritage District, Rockport Harbor Area and Rockport Beach
Rockport, TX


Nueces County Public Libraries Santa's Workshop from 12 to 1 pm 
Take your picture with Santa and make a holiday craft! A free event at the library.
Cost: Free
Nueces County Public Libraries
1000 Terry Shamsie Blvd.
Robstown, Texas

37th Annual Harbor Lights Festival at 1 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. 1 pm Harbor Lights Festival Children’s Parade, 3 pm Children’s Activity Area, Children’s Fun Zone, Main Entertainment Stage 5:45 pm Ceremonial Lighting Of The Holiday Tree 6 pm Santa’s Snowball Express Motorcade 7 pm The Harbor Lights Festival Illuminated Boat Parade
Cost: Free
Corpus Christi Bayfront
601 N. Water St.

Rockport-Fulton Tour of Historic Homes from 1 to 5 pm
Seven venues will be decorated for the holidays. Each year different homes are featured on the tour to provide new experiences for the guests. Docents in vintage dress appropriate to the house will greet visitors and provide a commentary. Historical facts about the homes and their owners will connect the visitors to the real history of these local treasures.
Cost: Tickets= 1 for $15; 2 for $25; Purchase at Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, at any of the homes on the tour or online
Rockport-Fulton


Michaels Kids MAKEbreak MAKE Gingerbread Houses from 1 to 3 pm
Cost: All supplies are included when you buy the gingerbread house kit.
4717-E S Padre Island Dr.

Executive Surf Club Pet Pics with Surfin' Santa from 2 to 5 pm
Come get in the holiday spirit and take pet pictures with Surfin' Santa! Bring your pets and your camera and come take a FREE PHOTO with Surfin' Santa. Dogs, cats, pigs - all pets welcome.
Cost: Free
309 N Water St.

Parents enjoy some Kid free time and get your shopping done in peace! Let our City Lights Youth group take care of your littles for a full 4 hours! Dinner will be provided along with fun activities and a movie. 
 Cost: $7 per child not to exceed $20 per family. Age range is 2 yrs old through 5th grade. 
Impact City Church 
2033 Airline Rd, Ste D3

Rockport Illuminated Christmas Parade at 6 pm 
As the sun goes down, the Rockport Beach Parks plays host to the ever-popular, illuminated night parade. Access for parade viewers begins at 5 pm and there is no charge. The City, community organizations and neighboring towns and villages all participate with their own floats and entertainment. Following the parade, the Community Christmas Tree is lit. 
Cost: Free 
Click link for route 
Rockport, TX

Schlitterbahn Presents Loggerhead Dive In Theater: Miracle On 34th Street at 7 pm
Enjoy a 65-foot movie screen experience on lounge chairs! Make sure to bring your blankets!
Cost: $5 for children and seniors, $7 for adults, children 4 & under Free.
Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi
14353 Commodore Dr.

First Baptist Church Corpus Christi Live Nativity from 7 to 9 pm
A walk-through live nativity where you can talk with the characters and see the animals at the stable. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for everyone!
Cost: Free First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi
3115 Ocean Dr.


Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour at 7 pm 
Featuring some of the best athletes of the sport going head to head with the fiercest bulls in the country. The PBR Velocity Tour will bring all the high-energy sound, lighting, special effects and edge of your seat action that fans have come to expect from the World leader in the sport of bull riding.
Cost: Tickets start at $15 plus fees
American Bank Center
1901 N Shoreline Blvd.

Sunday, December 2

A 20-foot Fraser Fir with 24,000 colored lights, on the Rose Garden lawn, will be the centerpiece of ‘Holly-Days’ at the Gardens At a second large tree in the Rose Pavilion, guests may use phones or cameras for brief photo sessions with Santa, parrots and reptiles. A third, smaller tree will decorate the Bromeliad Conservatory. Other options for enhancing visitor holiday spirits will include crafts and storytelling for kids; holiday music while strolling through the Gardens; and great gift ideas in Nature’s Boutique. 
Cost: General admission - Adults over 12 $8,  60+Seniors/*Active Military/*College $6 (*ID Required), Children Ages (12 & Under) $4,  Children Under 3 - Free with Paid Adult. All activities included in general admission except photo sessions with Santa and friends, $10 donation each, which helps fund parrot and reptile care. 
South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
8545 S. Staples St.


Texas State Aquarium Dollar Day from 10 am to 5 pm 
Dollar Day guests can take in all of the Aquarium’s exhibits and a show at the Whataburger 4-Dimension Theater, the only 4D Theater in South Texas. This special entertainment experience brings the audience into the action of the movie with 3D visuals in combination with snow, wind, water, jolts, pokes, and other immersive effects. On Dollar Day, the Whataburger 4-Dimension Theater will feature continuous screenings of “THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience®. Due to the significant increase in attendance on Dollar Days, regular presentations and visitor programs will not be provided. Due to the significant increase in attendance on Dollar Days, regular presentations and visitor programs will not be provided.
Cost: $1. Children 2 and under will receive free admission and parking is included with admission.  Tickets are only available for purchase on-site on December 2. Dollar Day tickets cannot be purchased in advance or online.
2710 N. Shoreline Blvd.


Michaels Kids Gingerbread Slime from 2 to 4 pm
Cost: All supplies are included when you buy the gingerbread house kit.
4717-E S Padre Island Dr.

First United Methodist Church Presents Handel's "Messiah" at 3 pm
Presented by the Corpus Christi Messiah Chorus and members of the Corpus Christi Symphony under the direction of Brad Kisner. Soloists include Nancy Lanmon Munn, Hope Thacker, Nick Lopez, and Ross Bernhardt.  Offering will be taken to support United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Cost: Free
First UMC Sanctuary
900 S Shoreline Blvd.


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi “Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Concert” at 7:30 pm
Michael Martin Murphey is not only the number one, best-selling singer/songwriter of American Cowboy Music, he's one of the world's most respected singer/songwriters in the Pop and Country-Western field. In May, 1975 Murphey’s story song, "Wildfire," reached No. 1 on the Radio and Records charts, No.3 on Billboard's Pop Chart, and No. 1 on all Adult Contemporary Charts, giving the artist vast commercial exposure. Michael broke ground with an innovative concert concept called "Cowboy Christmas" in 1987 which has become a trademarked touring show and musical concept for him.
Cost: Reserved seating tickets range start at $25
Performing Arts Center
6300 Ocean Drive
361-825-ARTS (2787)


Annaville Baptist Church Christmas Play and Festival from 4 to 7 pm
Christmas Play, "The Unlikely Shepherd," and games, inflatables, train, hay rides, hot cocoa, s'mores and more. We will also have a number of Food Trucks on site during the Festival, so make sure to bring cash or credit card for snacks, drinks, food, and dessert!
Cost: Free event
Worship Center at Annaville Baptist Church
4025 Violet Rd.


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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