Our day at The Art Museum of South Texas

Before we made the decision to move here, our family were frequent visitors to Corpus Christi and as we are also art lovers it was surprising to us that this was only our second visit to The Art Museum of South Texas.

The water gardens located right outside the museum

It’s a fantastic museum and we love it but there have been a few changes since our last visit. The last time we came here was a children’s area with books,puppets and props to play with. That has since been changed to hold various (albeit awesome) sculptures that you can view against the backdrop of the bay. We liked the sculptures very much but the kids were a little disappointed.

The main display currently up (at the time of our visit) is one on portraits and there were a lot of works that really stopped us in our tracks.

COCO inspecting art

UPSTAIRS EXHIBIT

We feel like it important to expose the girls to art as much as possible and there was a lot to look at and explore.

OUTSIDE SCULPTURE

SOUTH TEXAS ART MUSEUM

We especially liked going outside to view a couple of larger sculptures and a very cool chair we had to get pictures on.

MOSAIC ART CHAIR

Right before we left the museum Catz saw a staircase we had not been up and wanted to have a look. I’m so glad she spotted that -upstairs there was a exhibit of graphic novels.

There were lots of original artwork from the books of the girl’s favorite authors. Here’s Coco beside the Raina Telgemeier display.

And here is Catz in front of the Mark Crilley display.

All in all it was a great way to spend Father’s day and we plan on coming back again.

Museum hours and Admission:

M Closed
T 10 am-5 pm
W 10 am-5 pm
T 10 am-5 pm
F 10 am-5 pm
S 10 am-5 pm
S 1 pm-5 pm

Members FREE
Adults $ 8
Seniors $ 6
Military $ 6
Students $ 4
TAMUCC Students FREE
Under 12 FREE

A visit to the Texas State Aquarium 

As soon a my kiddos heard about the new Caribbean Journey wing at the Texas State Aquarium they  begged to go see it. So I decided to pick it for my day,the last day of our week long Staycation. 

We’ve been to the aquarium several times in the past, but it has been  renovated a lot to house the new additions and has a whole new feel to it.

I hope to foster a love of nature and a spirit of being ecologically responsible in my children and like it or lump it-it’s hard for humans to see a picture or even a video of an animal and get emotionally connected to it. It’s all well and good to say “don’t pollute you’ll hurt the oceans” but actually  seeing a glimpse of what is in those oceans might make people care more about protecting them. This is why I can see the good is places like this. I also know that the Texas State Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program does a lot to rescuce and rehabilitate sick,injured,or orphaned shorebirds,raptors,sea turtles,and marine mammals.

 

The Carribean Journey lived up to our expectations.

Our youngest fell in love with the sloth and we got to watch her being fed while being told a little about her.

 

The shark exhibit was amazing ,you can see the sharks and other fish swimming with a sunken ship. In the next room a tunnel overheard makes you feel like immersed in the experience. We also really liked the 4d shark movie,though some parts of it shocked us at first. 

The dolphin show is still very entertaining and very popular-we arrived twenty minutes before the show in order to get a seat. 

There is also a jellyfish tank where you are allowed to touch the tops of the jellyfish as they swim by. It’s tricky,but fun to try and do.

All in all, I would recommend the aquarium as a nice, full day out even for adults and older kids.(Our children are 9 and 11). But some aspects of it,such as the splash park are really geared towards younger children. I’d say ages 5-8 are really going to get the most out of the experience and if you’re local, a season pass would make for many enjoyable afternoons. If you are going for just the day make sure to visit the website in order to plan the day and catch all of the shows. 

A Staycation in Corpus Christi

We almost always take a big trip during Summer but we have decided not to do that this year. We just moved here at the beginning of Summer and felt we needed to stay put and get settled!

The kids love to travel so they were dissapointed. (We were feeling a little down about it ourselves.)

Jon suggested we have a week long staycation to make up for it.We had talked about doing a Staycation before in our old town but it just never happened. 

Chloe decided that each of us should get a day to plan however we liked.

The girls got out a big sheet of paper and started planning. Jon and I hoped we knew what we were getting into. 😊

Monday was Jon’s day and he decided we should do a day at the beach. I made a picnic,we packed up the car and we were off.

When we first thought of moving here we initially wanted to be on North Padre Island. Because that would mean buying a much smaller house due to the high cost of wind insurance,we changed out mind.

We love the beach but Jon really needed studio/office space and the girls wanted their own rooms. The great thing about our place though is it’s only 20-30 minutes away from a beach. Seeing as we used to drive 4 hours for a beach fix,we’re okay with that.

We chose to spend the day at Malaquite beach. It’s a great beach with a visitor center, dressing areas and showers.

It may have been  because it was a weekday and early in the Summer,but the visitor center was closed. The bathrooms were and showers were still open though.

The kids and Jon were able to make full use of the ball they brought with them,usually I’m scared to death they’ll hit a passerby in the head and beg them to put it away before they do. Crowded beaches and flying objects do not mix well!

It was a pretty chilled out day and  a lovely time.

 We ended up coming home near dinner time and Jon cooked out…

We bought him this grill for the beach,but honestly have not used it there yet. 

We really need to get a bigger one but this never fails to crack me up!

The rest of our week went like this:

Chloe’s day: Palmera  mall,two candy stores and Port Aransas 

Cat’s day:USS Lexington and an indoor trampoline place

My day: Texas State Aquarium 

Have you ever tried a Staycation? We loved ours,although Chloe did say she missed staying at a hotel.

Of course not staying at a hotel saves some money to do more I think. It also lets you potentially explore new places in your town. A downside was that although Jon did take some time off work he still fit some in whenever he could.My husband is a workaholic and I admire that but it is good to take a full break now and then. Actually taking a trip somewhere makes him do that. What do you think about Staycations ?