by Sam Ferris
Take a dip in the waters at North Beach during the Polar Bear Plunge or get a head start on your 2016 fitness goals at the American Bank Half Marathon.
Noon Year's Eve
If the kids are asking to stay up and ring in the New Year, this might be a good compromise. The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History will throw a confetti countdown to noon for those who won’t make it to midnight. Museum goers can make stomp rockets and various fireworks crafts, watch Museum Live shows, and participate in science experiments as they usher in 2016. This is one party every family member can enjoy. Thursday, 10 a.m., 1900 N. Chaparral St., 826-4667, ccmuseum.com.
Omni New Year's Eve Gala
Looking for a swanky New Year’s Eve party? Grab a pair of tickets to the Omni Bayfront Hotel’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala. Both ballrooms will feature live music, a high-end dinner buffet, appetizers, wine and liquor. The hotel will also have caricature artists and fortune tellers on hand to help make the night a memorable one. Tickets are $100. If you’re worried about transportation, make it a one night stay for $259. Thursday, 8 p.m., 900 N. Shoreline Blvd., 887-1600, omnihotels.com.
Polar Bear Plunge
Remember the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) ice bucket challenge that took social media by storm in 2014? The challenge just got bigger. Run into the chilly waters at North Beach during the Corpus Christi Polar Bear Plunge, a charity event that raises money for ALS research. All proceeds go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the top-rated charity for ALS research. Don't miss the after party at Fajitaville. Friday, Noon, 221 S. Hotel Pl., 549-3662, polarbearplunge.cc.
American Bank Half Marathon
Your New Year’s resolution to lose weight starts bright and early in 2016. This half marathon and 5k kicks off at the American Bank towers Saturday morning and spans all the way down Ocean Drive. Stick around post-race for a bar-b-que, live music, free beer, snacks, and plenty of water. No race day registration is available. Saturday, 7:30 a.m., 800 N. Shoreline Blvd., 289-5168, americanbankhalf.com.
Blues & BBQ Featuring The Hot Attacks
If you’re attending Artwalk in Aransas Pass, check out the barbeque specials at local eateries and then head to the Rialto Theater to dance to rock and blues by The Hot Attacks. $5 cover. Beer, wine and setups available. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., 327 S. Commercial St., Aransas Pass, 758-0383, rialtotheater.org.