Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Here is our Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival Guide! We have listed all kinds of events going on this season, be sure to check with the organizations, since most of our info is sent to us by other Mamas. If you have another event to add to our list please email it to info@celebratemamas.com or Facebook us as a message.

Our latest printed 4Family Book is out, so look for it all over Texas, or see it here online under our Current Issue link.

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Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Fall Festival

Corpus Christi Area

Rockin’ K Corn Maze – pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, cow train / barrel train rides, corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, goat walk, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
Fm 666 And Cr 52, Robstown, TX Phone: 361-537-3308. http://rockinkmaze.com/

Asbury UMC Fall Pumpkin Patch open now:The patch is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 29, or until they are sold out. 7501 S. Staples St.
Church of Reconciliation Pumpkin Patch, Mon. – Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun, 11am-7pm, 4518 Saratoga Blvd., Corpus Christi
First United Methodist of Portland, Mon.-Fri, 4pm-7pm, Sat. 9am-Noon & 2-7pm, Sun. 2-7pm, 4545 Wildcat, Portland
Grace UMC, Pumpkin Patch open now, 14521 NW. Blvd., Calallen
Ingleside Fire Dept. Pumpkin Patch Noon-7pm daily. 2425 8th St. Ingleside
St John’s UMC Pumpkin Patch, 9am-7pm daily, 5300 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi
St Peter’s by the Sea Pumpkin Patch Mon.-Fri. 9am-dark, Sat. 10am-dark, Sun. Noon-dark 1541 Waldron Rd. Fl. Bluff

Kings Crossing Church of Christ Trunk or Treat Oct. 24th 5-7pm, 5901 Yorktown Blvd. Corpus Christi
St. Pius X Halloween Carnival, Fri. Oct. 23, 5:30-10pm, 737 St. Pius Dr. Corpus Christi
CC Ride in Theater presents Labyrinth, Fri. Oct. 23, 8pm, Corpus Christi Water Gardens
BroncFest Goulish Fall Festival Fundraiser, Fri., Oct. 23, 4-8:30pm, Baker Middle School, 3445 Pecan, Corpus Christi
Portland Parks and Rec. Boo Bash, Sat. Oct. 24, 6-9pm, 2003 Billy G. Web, Portland
St. Peter’s Annual Halloween Festival Sat., Oct. 24th at 7pm, 3901 Violet Rd. Annaville
Island Presbyterian Fall Festival, Sun. Oct. 25, 4pm 14030 Fortuna Bay, North Padre Island
Galilean Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat, Sun., Oct. 25. 6:30 -7:30pm 3321 Cimarron, Corpus Christi
Parkway Presbyterian Halloween Festival Sun. Oct. 25, 6-7pm 6707 Santa Fe, Corpus Christi
Family First Church Trunk or Treat, Wed. Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm 1525 Morgan Ave. Corpus Christi
Halloween with the CC Hooks, Thurs. Oct. 29, 6-9pm 734 E. Port Ave, Corpus Christi
Del Mar College Viking Fall Festival Fundraiser, Fri. Oct. 30 5-10pm, Harvin Student Center Del Mar East
First United Methodist Church Halloween Spooktacular Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 pm
Yorktown Baptist Church Fall Fun Night, Sat. Oct. 31, 6:30-830 pm www.yorktown.cc
Lexington Baptist Church Fall Festival, Oct. 31, 2pm-5pm, 3525 SPID, Corpus Christi
TX State Aquarium Green Halloween, Sat. Oct. 31, 10am-3pm, Kids in costume free, 2710 N. Shoreline, Corpus Christi
2nd Baptist More than Fall Festival, Sat. Oct. 31, 6-8pm, 6701 S. Staples, Corpus Christi
Trinity Worship Center Fall Festival, Sat. Oct. 31, 11-1pm, 7010 Holly Rd. Corpus Christi
South Shore Christian Church Trunk or Treat, Sat. Oct. 31, 4710 S. Alameda Corpus Christi
Grace UMC Trunk or Treat, Oct. 31, 6-8pm, 14521 NW. Blvd., Calallen
Church of Acts Trunk or Treat, Oct. 31, 6-8:30pm, 3811 Carroll Ln, Corpus Christi
Travis Baptist Trunk or Treat, Oct. 31, 6-8pm 5802 Weber Rd, Corpus Christi,
St. Marks Episcopal Trunk or Treat, Oct. 31, 6-8:30pm, 2727 Airline Rd, Corpus Christi
St. Joseph Fall Festival, Nov. 1, 1-9pm, 710 19th St., Corpus Christi
Holiday Harvest Craft Fair, Sat. Nov. 7, 3516 Holly Rd. Corpus Christi

 

Hill Country area

South Texas MAiZE – pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, train rides, corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
911 US Highway 90 East, Hondo, TX 78861. Phone: 830-741-3968. Fax: 830-741-8464 www.southtexasmaize.com

Houston area

Dewberry Farm has attractions, activities, food and fun — something for folks from age 2 to 92, as we say. It’s a South Texas family tradition to visit Dewberry Farm each fall for pumpkin picking and to explore the giant cornfield maze. New things are added every year — all based on the fantastic and creative inspiration of Farmer Dewberry. Come see what’s new this season! Farm: FM 362 & Morrison Rd, Brookshire, TX 281.934.3276, 1.866.908.FARM http://dewberryfarm.com/

Berryland Farms of Texas Fall at the Farm Open to the Public ​on SATURDAY’S & SUNDAY’S 10:00 am – Dark Contingent upon the weather Exploring our Corn Maze, Strolling thru our Pumpkin Patch looking for the perfect pumpkin to purchase, riding the Hay Ride to the pumpkin field, sliding down the 75′ Hill Slide, playing on the 20′ Culvert Swings, climbing on the Giant Hay Stack, trying your hand at Pumpkin Bowling, getting on the wooden beam and having a pillow fight, playing in the Kiddie Corral (3 yrs. and younger), climbing on the Candy Corn Hill, Hippity Hop Soccer and many more fun activities. 2877 FM 1941 Rd., Winnie, TX. Phone# 713-551-6360 www.berrylandfarmsoftexas.com

Old Time Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch: On Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10am to 7pm you can visit the PUMPKIN PATCH at The Old Time Christmas Tree Farm. Pick out the perfect pumpkin to purchase and take home! Take pictures of your kids in the pumpkin patch. 7632 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX (281)-370-9141 PUMPKIN PATCH HOURS: 10am-7pm Sat & Sun ONLY in October http://www.oldtimechristmastree.com/pumpkin-patch.html

Blessington Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival
occurs every Saturday through October 31st from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. We will also be open the following select weekdays from 9:30-3:30….October 20,22,23,27,29 and November 3, 13, 20. The cost is $10/person (18 mos. and under are free) for unlimited, all day fun! Bring a picnic, cooler, friends and family and come ready to have a great day! We are located 20 minutes west of Katy. Blessington Farms 510 Chisolm Trail Simonton, Texas www.blessingtonfarms.com

P-6 Farm’s 5th Annual Corn Maze & Fall Festival corn maze, cow train, hayride, races, pig races, and courtyard activities. Ducks for duck races included with paid child admission (ages 4-12) Sept 26 – Nov 14 Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm 9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery, Texas (936) 597-6062 http://p-6farms.com/

Local Events Coming Up:

For more local events check out the list at Corpus Christi Fun for Kids.

 

Pan Movie Review from Kids First!

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Here is a great set of reviews about Pan, the new movie coming out today! Looks like it will be a fun one to see on a rainy evening like tonight. We are working hard on our Fall Fun Guide and it should be out later this weekend, so stay tuned. Also, our latest printed 4Family Book is out, so look for it all over Texas, or see it here online under our Current Issue link.

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Local Events Coming Up:

For more local events check out the list at Corpus Christi Fun for Kids.

 

Pan – Reviving the Child in All of Us

Pan the movie

 

Warner’s latest prequel to the classic, Peter Pan, features 12-year-old orphan Peter spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brandon C., age 15, comments, “Pan will revive the child in all of us, for sure! Before I delve into just how great this film is, I have to say that I was completely blown away by it!” Nathaniel B., age 9, adds, “Pan is a beautiful film full of fun and adventure – giant crocodiles jumping high into the air, beautiful mermaids gliding through the water and pirate ships sailing through the sky. It all looks so real and the colors are so rich. I enjoyed every bit of it and think you will too!” See their full reviews below.

Pan

 

Brandon

By Brandon C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fSDkAyE8xs

Pan will revive the child in all of us, for sure! Before I delve into just how great this film is, I have to say that I was completely blown away by it! My original thought was, “Oh it’s just another Disney movie. Meh.” But, as soon as Blackbeard and Hook are introduced, my inner child leapt out and said, “This is awesome!”

Pan is the new revision of the classic Peter Pan story, directed by Joe Wright and featuring a host of very talented actors including Levi Miller (Peter), Garrett Hedlund (Hook) and Hugh Jackman (Blackbeard). The film follows the story of Peter, an orphan who gets abducted by Blackbeard and his pirates.

Every character, even the villain Blackbeard, is likeable and fun to watch. For a kid just learning about the story of Peter Pan, this movie is a good start. For someone like me who grew up with the story, the movie is perfect. Joe Wright brilliantly teases moments here and there that setup for the story to continue. My favorite is when Hook puts his hand into the river only to pull it out when someone starts talking about crocodiles.

As far as the visuals go, there are awe-inspiring visual effects, especially in the beginning of the movie. Every background is created with incredible detail. Speaking of detail, the costumes are also perfect in their minute details. Lastly, the score is outstanding. The action scenes tie all of these technical aspects together to produce a truly wonderful experience.

Are there any negatives in this movie? Not really. The relationship between Tiger Lily (played by Rooney Mara) and Hook seems just a bit forced. Also, I felt that the ending could have been expanded further to include Hook. Then again, I am a Hook fan through and through. And that’s part of the experience that Pan creates for the viewer. When I saw Hook for the first time, I flashed back to when I was a little kid when I first became a HUGE Captain Hook fan. Heck, I got nervous just before I met someone dressed as Captain Hook on a Disney Cruise. Those memories and emotions re-emerged when I saw this film.

I very much enjoyed the message of the film. I believe Pan hammers the point home about always being brave and sticking to your friends and family. As a final point, I have to commend Joe Wright for staying true to the characters and story of the original Peter Pan story. I enjoyed seeing my old favorites like Hook and Peter and even Smiegel (SMIEGEL!) make appearances.

In conclusion, everyone has to see this movie. Pan really is fun for the whole family. It has elements for both younger and older audiences to love. So, I give Pan a whopping 5 out of 5 Hooks for its fun and entertaining story, great visuals, spectacular score and awesome characters. Pan opens in theaters October 9 so mark your calendars.

Pan

Nathaniel

By Nathaniel B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yae04_Mslec

“Sometimes, to truly understand how things end, you must first know how they begin.”

Pan is a beautiful film full of fun and adventure – giant crocodiles jumping high into the air, beautiful mermaids gliding through the water and pirate ships sailing through the sky. It all looks so real and the colors are so rich. I enjoyed every bit of it and think you will too!

This Warner Brothers live-action feature, Pan, is an amazing film that is a great prequel to Peter Pan. This story starts when infant Peter (Levi Miller) is dropped off at a boys’ orphanage by his mother. He grows up with his friend Nibs (Lewis MacDougal) and is raised by evil nuns. One night, 12-year-old Peter and Nibs get taken away to Neverland by pirates in flying boats. Nibs escapes from the boat by jumping onto a roof. Peter and the other kids from the orphanage have to mine fairy dust for the evil Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) in order to survive. He meets Hook (Garrett Hedlund) in a mine chamber while they are going to sleep. The next day he finds fairy dust but a man steals it from him and Blackbeard makes him walk the plank. When he gets kicked off the board, he flies before he hits the ground, surprising himself and everyone else. Peter’s adventures in Neverland are full of many more surprises, epic battles and answers to many of the questions he’s always wondered about.

The incredibly talented Hugh Jackman is completely unrecognizable as Blackbeard. He’s ruthless but has an oddly compassionate side. He sends Peter to his death and, when he survives, he lets him live. He tells Peter, “We have an ancient prophecy that tells of a boy, a boy who would disappeared from his world until he was old enough to return and lead an uprising against me. A boy who could fly…

To find the right actor to play Peter, the filmmakers looked at thousands of kids in the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia before finding Levi Miller. I think he does a good job playing this mischievous boy who wants to know where he comes from and where he’s headed.

Pan is suitable for ages 8 to18 because there is some violence but it’s not gory. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. Check it out in theaters October 9.

Cool Pumpkin Planters for Kids

Editor’s Notes:

Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Fall is here! There are all kinds of cool projects and crafts and decorations for fall. We have a cool one this week – making pumpkins into planters. We will be back on track with our newsletters each week, so tell your friends and share the fun.

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Local Events Coming Up:

Christus Spohn Baby Talk
Come to Baby Talk!
Our panel of physician experts will answer your pre-pregnancy, birthing and post pregnancy questions.

Cost: Free
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 5 – 6 pm: Reception with food, music, door prizes and registration for a $500 Babies-R-Us gift card!*
6 – 7 pm: Main program where our panel of physicians answers your anonymous questions!
Location: CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital – South 5920 Saratoga Blvd. Please use our valet parking!

RSVP Required, fill out the form at http://www.christusspohn.org/body.cfm?id=26&eformid=25 or call: 1-855-557-7646
‪#‎christusbabytalk‬

For more local events check out the list at Corpus Christi Fun for Kids.

Groovy Pumpkin Planter

Pumpkin Planters for Kids!

Expert Author Jenni Foster

As the Halloween holiday approaches, pumpkins will be appearing everywhere! There are tons of ways to carve a pumpkin for a scary decoration, but pumpkins can also be used to beautify and create a fun fall planter project for kids! Read on to find out how to gather the kids and get started!

Gather the Supplies

To create your pumpkin planter project, begin with selecting a suitable pumpkin for each child. Choose a pumpkin that is a large enough size and that is round enough to accommodate your plants. Additionally, you will need to pick up some annuals that are appropriate for the autumn season, such as hardy mums. You will also need potting soil and basic gardening tools.

Preparing the Pumpkin

To begin transforming your pumpkin into a planter, start by cutting off the top and removing the insides, including the seeds and the flesh. Be sure to save the seeds for roasting into a healthy snack! Once the inside of the pumpkin is empty and clean, decorate the outside of the pumpkin however you choose. From paint and markers to glitter and embellishments, this is a great opportunity to get creative with your planter and make it special and unique!

Finishing Up

Once your pumpkin planter is all ready, add enough potting soil to fill the bottom one third of the inside of the pumpkin. You are now ready to place your annual plants into the pumpkin planter. Once you have your flowers in place, add additional potting soil around the sides and pack it down to fill the pumpkin cavity. You may also opt to add a thin layer of mulch to the top, for a nice finish and to help retain moisture.

Décor & More

A pumpkin planter makes a great outdoor décor item when placed on a porch, patio, or other outdoor area. Consider creating multiple pumpkin planters, in a variety of sizes and colored flowers, for even more fall beauty! Your planter may be left out for several days, and then when the pumpkin begins to soften and decay, the entire planter can be planted directly into the ground. The pumpkin will decompose and continue to feed the plant throughout the fall season or until the cold becomes too much for the plant.

There you have it! A fun and creative fall project to get the kids outdoors, learning and decorating with garden inspired ideas!

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