Corpus Christi Fun for Kids Weekend Guide December 7-9, 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas is right around the corner! If your shopping is all wrapped up or you want to take a break and spend some quality with the family there are some wonderful events happening this weekend. 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, December 7

5th Annual Town and Country Classic Christmas from 3 to 8 pm
Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, giveaways and specials at participating businesses. New this year is a food court available to guests consisting of booths set up by participating restaurants.
Cost: Free
4250 S Alameda St.



Flour Bluff Business Association Community Christmas from 6 to 8 pm
Every kid will get a chance to meet Santa for a picture and gift. Entertainment throughout the evening including a Cake Walk, face painting, letters to Santa and much more! The Flour Bluff Business Association would like to wish you a Merry Christmas.
Cost: Free
654 Graham Rd.


Robstown 4th Annual Winter Wonderland at 6 pm
Presented by the City of Robstown's Mayor and City Council there will be music, kids carnival, pictures with Santa and food for purchase. Presents for the first 350 kids age ranging from 2-13.
Cost: Free. Only charge is for food and street vendors
101 E Main Ave.
Robstown, Texas

Ingleside Light Up the Park from 6:30 to 9 pm 
Face painting, Balloon twisting clown, hay ride, bounce house, hot chocolate and cookies and of course Santa!
Cost: Free
N.O. Simmons Park TX 361 and Avenue J
Ingleside, TX

Schlitterbahn Presents Loggerhead Dive In Theater: A Christmas Story 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.

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 in front of Doc's, Marker 37 and Snoopy's

Corpus Christi IceRays vs. Odessa Jackalopes  at 7:05 pm
Cost: start at $10 adults plus fees and $8 for kids plus fees, other pricing available. Ice skating $9 post game includes rental and game ticket.
American Bank Center


1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Saturday, December 8


First Baptist Church Corpus Christi Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 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.

Chick-fil-A Staples and McArdle Breakfast with Santa Cow at 8:30 am
Join us for a morning full of holiday cheer and enjoy breakfast with Santa Cow. We will also have appearances by our little Elf Cow, a photo-op for family photos, a hot cocoa bar, face painting, balloon twisting, cookie decorating and holiday raffles. Only at Chick-fil-A Staples and McArdle.
Cost: Free admission
Chick-fil-A Staples and McArdle
4946 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



Art Museum of South Texas Free Holiday Family Day from 10 am to 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

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
11001 D St.

Alamo Drafthouse Corpus Christi PBS Kids at the Alamo: Peg+Cat+Holiday at 10 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.



Michaels Kids Club Dashing Reindeer 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.


2018 Ingleside Renaissance Faire from 10 am to 5 pm 
Festival-goers will be immersed in a fantastical event recreating the Renaissance era at the Ingleside Renaissance Faire. Arts, magic and folklore of the time period will take place on the festival grounds where attendees are invited to dress up and partake in this engaging interactive event. Actors and actresses play the parts of kings, queens, knights, jesters and other colorful characters, while performances and contests of all kinds take place throughout the festival.
Cost: Admission $5, kids 6 and under free
Live Oak Park
Ingleside, TX

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.


Ben F. McDonald Public Library Corpus Christi Concert Presents "Holly Jolly Showcase" at 2 pm
Cost: Free
4044 Greenwood Dr.



Owen R. Hopkins Public Library Christmas Party at 3 pm
Come join us for a Christmas party. We will have refreshments, stories and crafts. We will also have a special visitor.
Cost: Free
3202 McKinzie Rd.


Instituto De Cultura Hispanica de Corpus Christi Festival Navideño from 4 to 7 pm
Join the Corpus Christi Major Joe A McComb for the lighting of the tree. Enjoy the music by Richard King High School marching band Share a special moment with the kids lighting the luminarias around our tree. Food Truck, mini horse rides, petting zoo, vendors and much  more!
Cost: Free admission
Heritage Park
1617 N. Chaparral St.



Rockport Cultural Arts District Christmas in the District from 4 to 8 pm
Visit the downtown Rockport Cultural Arts District for Christmas festivities and fun for all. Visit with Santa, Ana and Elsa, the Grinch, enjoy Christmas caroling, can food drive, KISS the Pooch (Humane Society fundraiser), selfie photo spot contest, free face painting, free ornament painting, hot cocoa bar and Christmas treats, mariachi music, Hawaiian ukulele and singers, food trucks, Janelle Shetters, holiday cheer, store specials and refreshments.
Cost: Free admission
Austin St.
Rockport, TX

Christmas in Portland from 5 to 8 pm
Festivities will include pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, Christmas bingo, letters to Santa, winter carnival games, refreshments and appearances by Rudolph and Frosty! Parents be sure to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa.
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, TX



Candy Cane Lane of Corpus Christi Neighborhood Party from 6 to 10 pm
Cost: Free
Schanen Estates (McAlpin Dr., Donegal Dr., Gayle Dr., Wooldridge Rd. and Shea Pkwy.)
Corpus Christi



St. Peter's by the Sea United Methodist Church Drive-thru Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm 
Experience scenes of the story of Christmas come to life at our annual drive-thru live action nativity with actors from our congregation. You might even decide to walk through the scenes to get a closer view. 
Cost: Free admission 
St. Peter's by the Sea United Methodist Church 
1541 Waldron Rd.

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



Holiday Symphony by the Sea from 6:30 to 8 pm
Join us for a festive night of caroling led by Rockport-Fulton Middle School Choir! Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and your holiday spirit! Light refreshments will be available.
Cost: Free. 
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
317 Fulton Beach Rd.
Rockport, TX



Corpus Christi IceRays vs. Odessa Jackalopes  at 7:05 pm
Ugly sweater contest. Teddy bear toss and public ice skating from 1-4 pm.
Cost: start at $10 adults plus fees and $8 for kids plus fees, other pricing available. Ice skating from pre-game $12 includes rental and game ticket, post game $9 incl. skate rental
American Bank Center
1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.



Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra Home for the Holidays Concert at 7:30 pm
The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra will be joined by local choirs to offer a delightful mix of carols, seasonal favorites and the popular sing-a-long with Santa Claus.
Cost: Tickets start at $31. 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 9

St Joseph's Catholic Church Pictures with Santa from 7 am to 2 pm 
Come take your holiday pictures with Santa! The entire family or just the kids and grandkids!
Cost: $5 per picture. First Come First Serve basis so come early!
St. Joseph's Annex
710 S 19th St

2018 Ingleside Renaissance Faire from 11 am to 5 pm 
Festival-goers will be immersed in a fantastical event recreating the Renaissance era at the Ingleside Renaissance Faire. Arts, magic and folklore of the time period will take place on the festival grounds where attendees are invited to dress up and partake in this engaging interactive event. Actors and actresses play the parts of kings, queens, knights, jesters and other colorful characters, while performances and contests of all kinds take place throughout the festival.
Cost: Admission $5, kids 6 and under free
Live Oak Park
Ingleside, TX

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

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

St. Peter's by the Sea United Methodist Church Drive-thru Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm 
Experience scenes of the story of Christmas come to life at our annual drive-thru live action nativity with actors from our congregation. You might even decide to walk through the scenes to get a closer view. 
Cost: Free admission 
St. Peter's by the Sea United Methodist Church 
1541 Waldron Rd.
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