Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montebello Garage Yard Sale Weekend

Four times a year people from all around Los Angeles County converge on Montebello for "Yard Sale Weekend".

The city hosts four permit-free weekends a year when residents can have yard sales. On these designated weekends there is practically a yard sale on every block. It's a win-win for both buyers and sellers.

Yard sale weekends are always the first full weekend (Friday-Sunday) in March, June, September, and December. Saturdays are most popular but there are many sales on Friday and Sunday too!

March 6-8, 2015
June 5-7, 2015
September 4-6, 2015
December 4-6, 2015
 Benefit from my yard sale experience and read my top selling and my shopping tips to make the most of your day.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What streets are the yard sales on?
Yard sales are held on pretty much every block of the entire city.
What part of Montebello should I start shopping?
The sale is held throughout the city, start at whichever streets are closest to you.
Are there a lot of sales on Friday or Sunday?
Compared with Saturday, there are significantly fewer sales on Friday & Sunday. I would guess about one-fourth of the sales are 2-day sales that extend to Friday or Sunday.
It says here that the yard sale weekend is next weekend, but there are people having yard sales this weekend, which is it?
Many people get confused and think yard sale weekend is the first Saturday of the month, but they are incorrect. The official weekends are the first Friday through Sunday weekend that occurs within the selected months. If a yard sale is held at a time outside of the official yard sale weekend a city issued permit is required.

Spring Day Camp for ages 4-12: City of Montebello

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Star Party, Garvey Ranch Observatory: Wednesday Nights, 7:30-10pm

Take part in a Star Party every Wednesday night at Garvey Ranch Park Observatory in Monterey Park!

The Los Angeles Astronomical Society hosts the weekly event and the website says, "The Garvey Ranch Observatory is open to the public every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 10 PM. Go into the dome to use the 8 Inch Refractor or observe through one of our telescopes on the lawn. Visit our workshop to learn how you can build your own telescope, grind your own mirror, or sign up for our free seasonal astronomy classes."

Stay all night or stop by for a quick glance through the telescope. My kids thought it was fun!

Wednesday Nights
7:30 - 10pm
781 S. Orange Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

Bookmobile visits Montebello

The L.A. County Public Library has an Urban Outreach Bookmobile that visits Montebello every month. Much like a traditional library, a librarian is on site to process library cards, check out books, assist with research, and manage holds.

The 27 foot long Bookmobile has thousands of titles of books, movies, music, and magazines to lend to patrons, is climate controlled, and is wheelchair accessible.

The Bookmobile's schedule is a rotating three week cycle, and visits Montebello select Fridays from 1:30-3:30pm. Items checked out of the bookmobile have a three-week lending period, can be renewed online, and are returnable to the Bookmobile or any L.A. County library.

L.A. County Bookmobile
Approximately every 3rd Friday
Potrero Heights Park
8051 Arroyo Dr.
Montebello, CA

Bookmobile Schedule for 2015
February 20
March 13
April 3
April 24
May 15
June 5
June 26
July 17
August 7
August 28
September 18
October 9
October 30
November 20
December 11

A special thanks to Facebook friend Strella T. for sharing the Bookmobile information!


East L.A. Library Events

4837 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 264-0155
Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm
All event descriptions in italics are transcribed directly from the L.A. County Library website.

 Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
Monday, March 2, 5:00-5:45pm
Children and their families are invited to join us for a special story time and art activity in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Parent Child Workshops
Friday, March 6, 10am-11am
Friday, March 13, 10am-11am
Friday, March 20, 10am-11am
Friday, March 27, 10am-11am
Friday, April 3, 10am-11am
Parents and caregivers, join us for our Parent/Child Workshops.  This is a five-week series of workshops for parents and their children ages 0-3.  Workshops feature age appropriate toys, books and activities.  Each week a community resource specialist will be available to answer questions in their field of expertise.  This is also a great opportunity to bond with your child and meet other parents.

Chinese Dancers
Tuesday, March 10, 6:00-7:00pm
Celebrate the Year of the Goat with a performance of beautiful Chinese dances by the America Chinese Dance Association. ​​Ages 18 and up.

A Wee Bit of Ireland
Wednesday, March 11, 6:00-7:00pm
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, all families are invited to join us for stories and songs about Ireland with storyteller Ken Frawley.


Events at Montebello Library

1550 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 722-6551
Monday-Tuesday, 10am-8pm
Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-6pm
Friday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

All event descriptions in italics are transcribed directly from the L.A. County Library website.

Toddler Story Time
Wednesday, February 18, 10:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, February 25, 10:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, March 4, 10:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, March 11, 10:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, March 18, 10:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, March 25, 10:30am-11:30am
Wednesday, April 1, 10:30am-11:30am
Stories, music, and rhymes, followed by play time.  For ages 2 - 3 years.

Baby Story Time
Monday, March 9, 11:00am-11:45am
Monday, April 13, 11:00am-11:45am
Monday, May 11, 11:00am-11:45am
Join us on the second Monday of the month!  Stories, music, and rhymes, followed by play time.  For ages birth - 24 months.

Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival: Chinatown

116th Annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
Saturday, February 21
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Parade: 1pm - 3pm, see map of the parade route here
Festival: Saturday, Noon-8:30pm
Live Entertainment, Vendors, & Artisans: Central & West Plazas 943-951 N. Broadway.


Assemby District 58 Community Swearing in Celebration: Downey


Book Blast Kidgit Event: Shops at Montebello

Simon Kidgits Club: Book Blast
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Noon - 1:30pm
Center Court
Shops at Montebello

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lego Monuments Roadshow: Glendale Galleria

Shoppers at the Glendale Galleria from now through February 22, will feel that they've been transported to the East Coast when they find models of the White House, Liberty Bell, and Statue of Liberty scattered throughout the mall.

Visit on Saturday, February 14, or Sunday, February 15, from Noon-4pm, and be treated to a free Lego mini-build of the U.S. Capitol building!

Click here for a map of the 8 locations where models can be found at the Glendale Galleria, and click here for more information about the Roadshow.

Rosemad Yard Sale

Saturday, March 7
S.C.E. Parking Lot
2255 Walnut Grove Avenue Rosemead

Register to sell at Rosemead City Hall or Garvey Center by Tuesday, March 3. Residents pay $20 or $30 for a double space. Non-residents pay $45. For more information contact Rosemead Parks and Recreation Department at (626) 569-2160. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Swim Lessons: Montebello-Commerce YMCA

YMCA Swim Lesson
Registration is now open for swim lessons, swim club, wet ball, and splash ball.

Swim lessons are paid for the full month and the cost comes out to $5 per lesson for YMCA members, or $10 per lesson for non-members.

To register visit the Montebello-Commerce YMCA or call for more information.

2000 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello, CA
323 887 9622


Montebello High School Swap Meet: 2nd Saturday of every month, 8-2pm

The Montebello High School Special Education Adult Transition Department hosts a Swap Meet the 2nd Saturday of every month from 8am-2pm.

Marie Madsen, the adult transition teacher in charge of the swap meet, says there are 55 students in the program ages 18-22. They money raised from the Swap Meet goes towards classroom supplies and activities. Many weekends there are about 20-30 vendors and a deejay playing music.

The 2015 Swap Meet dates are: January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11,  May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 7, and December 12.

Vendors interested in selling can contact Ms. Madsen at 323-356-0439. Spaces are $15 or $25. 

The Swap Meet is held in a parking lot adjacent to a softball field on the corner of Wilcox and Madison Avenues at Montebello High School.

B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School for Teens: Free Hands-On Accident Prevention Classes

Teen Proactive Driving School
Pomona Fairgrounds

Teenagers, 15-19 years old, with a valid driver's license or learner's permit, and a minimum of 30 hours of driving experience will drive through five accident prevention courses that include: 
  • accident avoidance course
  • distraction course
  • drop wheel course
  • panic stop course
  • wet skid pad course
The driving school will be held on the following dates and times at the Pomona Fairgrounds:

Saturday, 2/14, 8am-Noon
Saturday, 2/14, 1-5pm
Sunday, 2/15, 8am-Noon
Sunday, 2/15, 1-5pm

Saturday, 4/25, 8am-Noon
Saturday, 4/25, 1-5pm
Sunday, 4/26, 8am-Noon
Sunday, 4/26,1-5pm

Saturday, 7/11, 8am-Noon
Saturday, 7/11, 1-5pm
Sunday, 7/12, 8am-Noon
Sunday, 7/12,1-5pm

Saturday, 12/19, 8am-Noon
Saturday, 12/19, 1-5pm
Sunday, 12/20, 8am-Noon
Sunday, 12/20,1-5pm
Registration is now open. Spaces are limited. The class is free but a $99 refundable deposit is required. Parent must attend the event with the child.
For more information and to register visit:

Walk for Kids: Ronald McDonald House

This 5K event, on Sunday, April 12, 2015,  raises funds to support six Ronald McDonald houses and a camp in Southern California.

This walk is great because there is no registration fee and no minimum donation requirement. It's not as crowded as other walks, only a few thousands participants, making it a great walk for families. There are lots of vendors handing out freebies and coupons. Strollers are welcome, families can walk at their own pace and kids can try to keep up with Ronald as he makes his way along the course.

Participants can chose one of four locations:
  • Honda Center in Anaheim
  • Shoreline Park in Long Beach
  • Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario
  • Exposition Park in Los Angeles
Registration is available online or on-site the day of the event. Walkers who raise $100 in donations will receive a T-shirt.
For more information visit

CicLAvia: A day to play in the streets of Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Gary Leonard, CicLAvia.
A block party event throughout the city of Los Angeles!

Sunday, March 22
9am - 4pm

6 miles of roads closed to traffic!

Play in the street!
Ride your bike from end to end!

The route changes at every CicLAvia. This route runs through the San Fernando Valley.

My husband and son have participated in a few CicLAvia events and both said it was great! My husband recommends the event that kids be very comfortable riding because the atmosphere can be overwhelming, especially at intersections where it can get crowded. Kids who tend to weave back and forth on their bikes or are not experienced may end up crashing with other riders. You can read about CicLAvia safety here.

You can purchase an MTA day pass for $7 and use the trains & subways to get around. My husband suggests not relying on bus transportation because there is only space on a racks for two bikes and every bus was full.

5K Run with a PAAL

For more information visit

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SpongeBob Event: Toys R Us Stores

This event will occur at all retail Toys R Us locations. Outlet locations may not participating.

Big Hero 6 Event: Disney Store

This event will occur at all retail Disney Store locations. Outlet locations may not be participating.
The fine print reads, "Minimum age for participation is 3 years old. Event limited based on store capacity. nN lineups prior to 30 minutes before the event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last."

Saturday, January 31, 2015

10 Things to do other than Watching Football this Sunday

I get it. Football is a big thing. However, I do not really care for the game. Please don't hate me, but I can even go as far as to say that I don't even know who is playing.

If I'm in the same room as the television I will pay attention at the commercial breaks, glimpse at the halftime performer, and I may watch the last few minutes at the end of the last quarter if the score is close, but it's usually only to be able to hold my own during lunch conversation on Monday.

 If you are like me and not really into the game here are some alternatives to big game.

  • 1. You won't have to tell your kids "Don't touch!" at the La Habra Children's Museum. This fun kid-centered museum is perfect for kids from pre-school to about 4th grade. The museum offers free admission this Sunday. Be in line at 1pm to get a wristband.

  • 2. Cross of something from the Montebello Bucket List. I've created a list of 25+ things you must do if you live in Montebello. It includes everything from riding the Rio Hondo bike trail to seeing the broccoli tree off of Olympic Blvd. Pick a number and do it!

  • 4. Go to the Library. The East L.A. Library is open from 1-5pm. While there take the kids on a walk around Belvedere lake, it's probably less than 1/4 mile around, even the littlest of kids can make it around.

  • 5. Take advantage of the Museums Free-For-All Day and visit the Museum of Tolerance or the Zimmer Children's Museum. Both museums are offering free admission this Sunday.

  • 6. Get out and enjoy nature. The hiking trails along Turnbull Canyon are open every day sunrise to sunset. Find a spot along the street where parking is allowed and you are set.

  • 7. Show your creative side at LACMA's Andell Family Art Sunday. This month features stations where families can create abstract art using real artist tools! The art projects and museum admission is free for all kids and kids can bring an adult to visit the museum with them for free!

  • 8. Brush up on your California history. Visit Pio Pico State Historic Park. The grounds are beautiful, the adobe is a sight to see, and there is a children's garden with a pretty stone path. The adobe is open 10am-3:30pm. Free admission, free parking.

  • 9. Save some money and go grocery shopping! I know it sounds strange, but items like beef, hot dogs, hamburger buns, ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, chips, & cases of water, are priced at their lowest! Pair the savings with a few coupons and you can save a lot of money.

  • 10. Have a piece of pie! Print out a coloring page with a coupon from the Marie Calendar's webpage and get a free kid's meal with every adult meal purchased. Marie's is my kid's favorite place to eat because the kid meal includes dessert! Visit the Marie Callender's at the Shops at Montebello mall and let the kids play in the play area, visit the Disney Store where they can chose videos to play in the gazebo, and spin the Kidgits wheel at Guest Services.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Museums Free-For-All Day: Free Admission to 20+ Museums

Twenty-three museums are participating in the tenth annual Museums Free-For-All Day. Visitors of all ages are welcome to visit a participating museum during regular operating hours free of charge on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

 Highlights of the Museum Free-For-All Day include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and the Skirball Cultural Center. The Museum of Tolerance and the Zimmer Children's Museum are closed Saturday, and will offer a free admission day on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The Museums Free-For-All day is for general museum admission only and parking fees apply. Admission does not include tickets to special exhibitions.

Participating Museums
The Getty Center
The Getty Villa
 (Timed tickets are required)
L.A. Fire Dept. Museum & Memorial (Hollywood & San Pedro)
Museum of Tolerance (Free admission Sunday, 2/1/15)
Zimmer Children’s Museum (Free admission Sunday, 2/1/15)

For more information visit

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Aquarium of the Pacific: Shark Lagoon Free Admission Friday Nights!
Aquarium of the Pacific
Most Every Friday
6:00 - 9:00pm

January 23 -- January 30
February 6 -- February 13 -- February 27
March 6 -- March 13 -- March 20
April 3 -- April 10 -- April 24
May 1 -- May 8 -- May 15 -- May 22 -- May 29
June 5 -- June 12

From 6:00 - 9:00 pm most Friday nights the Shark Lagoon is open to the public for free! The Shark Lagoon is the outside area in the rear of the aquarium. There are large touch tanks and a children's play area. The event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Parking can be up to $8, click here for parking details.


Boxing Super Stars: Pico Park, Pico Rivera


Whale Fiesta: Cabrillo & Marine Aquarium

Celebrate the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale and the start of whale watching season at the

Whale Fiesta at
Cabrillo Beach & Marine Aquarium!
Help build a life-size sand sculpture of a gray whale. Enjoy activities & exhibits for the whole family. Parking is $1 per hour, $9 max.
Whale Fiesta
Sunday, January 25
10:00AM - 3:00PM
Cabrillo Beach

Monday, January 19, 2015

Free National Parks Admission Days

Free Entrance Days at National Parks!
All entrance fees are waived, save up to $20 per vehicle!

Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park.
Monday, 1/19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sat., 2/14 - Mon., 2/16: President's Day Weekend

Sat., 4/18 - Sun., 4/19: National Park Week

Tuesday, 8/25: National Park Service Birthday

Saturday, 9/26: National Public Lands Day

 Wednesday, 11/11: Veteran's Day
  • Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
  • Death Valley National Park, Death Valley
  • John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez (Northern California)
  • Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral (Northern California)
  • Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake (extreme Northeast California)
  • Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley (near San Fransisco)
  • Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines (off the 101 by King City)
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco
  • Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers (off the 99 by Visalia)
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown (Northwest California by Eureka)
  • Yosemite National Park, (Central California)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Free LACMA Admission on Sunday, 1/18

Use the code LACMA9 for free admission at the Ticket Booth
on Sunday, January 18, from 10am-7pm.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Disneyland on the Cheap

Jedi Training Academy

I've been asked a few times how to get Disneyland tickets for cheap. The answer: It's darn near impossible.

Nonetheless, here is what I've learned about buying tickets & saving at the Disneyland Resort.

2-Day & 3-Day Ticket Offer

2-day (one park per day) ticket $139 ($69.50/day)
3-day (one park per day) ticket $169* ($56.33/day)
*includes one Magic Morning admission
Upgrade to Park Hopper (both parks any day) for $39 extra

Tickets are available for purchase now and are valid through 5/21/2015, except blackout dates of 3/20/15 - 4/4/15.

Purchase tickets online or in person at the Disneyland Resort ticket booth.
Days of visits do not need to be consecutive and if you love your time at the Disney Resort you can take your tickets to a ticket booth and upgrade to an annual pass on your second or third visit.

Regular Disneyland Resort Ticket Pricing

What I Have Learned about buying Disneyland Tickets

1. If you can't find a discount price, buy Disney gift cards covering the cost of admission at Ralphs or Vons. At the very least you will get points to use to save on gasoline at Shell or Chevron stations. When you get to Disneyland exchange the Disney gift cards for tickets or annual passes at the ticket booth.

Even if you plan to purchase an annual pass with the monthly payment option, you will still have to make a down payment of $96 per person, buy enough gift cards to cover the down payment.

2. If you find the rare deal for a half-day ticket, such as $54 admission after 4pm, find out how many hours Disneyland is open on that day and find the hourly price. If the park is open 'til midnight you'll have 8 hours at the park, costing you $6.75 per hour. If you were to pay full price for the same day, and it's open for 16 hours, it will cost you $6.00 per hour. You have to decide which is better for you, be sure to take into account cost of meals and parking. Find Disneyland Resort hours here.

Lucky you: Friday, May 23, 2014 starting at 6am Disneyland & California Adventure will be open for 24 hours! Cost per hour, if you can stay awake,: $4. Click here for more information about the 24 Hour Event.

2013 Disneyland Resort Annual Passes at Ralphs.
3. If you time it right you might be able to get last year's annual passes, but use them this year. Nearly every spring, in early June, the Disneyland Resort increases ticket prices. If you plan to visit Disneyland later this year, and have the money available, you can buy the tickets or passes at the grocery store at the old prices even though the ticket prices have increased at the ticket booth. The old price ticket cards may be available in the grocery store for a few weeks before they are swapped out for cards with the updated price and can redeemed anytime until the expiration on the card, generally the end of the calendar year. Read how I did just that in 2013. 

4. Some agencies offer discounted tickets. AAA members and L.A. County employees have access to slightly discounted tickets, but they must be purchased through the agency offering them. Selected multi-day passes purchased through AAA include free parking.

L.A. County Employee Discount Program

5. Before you buy annual passes take into account the amount of gas it takes to get to Disneyland from your home. My car gets about 18 miles per gallon. Disneyland is 20 miles from Montebello. For me that's over 2 gallons round trip. At today's prices, that equals about $8 in gas per Disney visit.

6. Calling Disneyland ticket information and begging doesn't help. I've tried. The only offer available was for Annual Pass holders to save $20 if they renew before the expiration of their old ticket.


How to Save Money at Disneyland Resort
1. Take your own food & water. Meals cost $10 per person anywhere at Disneyland or California Adventure; Downtown Disney meal prices are even higher. I have each family member carry their own snack bag filled with fruit, veggies, water bottle, sandwich, and other small snacks. We usually nibble away while waiting in longer lines. Water bottles can be refilled, look for water bottle filling areas, or ask a Cast Member at any counter restaurant for water, it's free!

Step 1: Fill bottle. Step 2: Question cloudiness. Step 3: Wait for water to clear & drink!
Free ice cold water from Cast Members at counter restaurants!

If you forget to pack food and live near the 5 Freeway, stop by Costco in Commerce off the Washington exit. Load up on food on your way to or from the park. Costco's awesome churros are $1.10 compared to Disney's $4! Hot dog & soda combos are only $1.50. The food court is open until 6pm. Closed Sundays. Costco membership is not necessary, the food court is accessible from outside of the building.

Make a pit stop at Costco to fill up before or after a trip to Disney.

2. The first day of any annual pass you buy, even if it's a block-out day, you are allowed admission to the Disneyland Resort. For example, If you are buying the Southern California Select which only allows weekday visits, your first day, even if it's Christmas day, or a Saturday, you are allowed admission to the parks.
3. When you visit Disneyland Resort for the first time & purchase an annual pass with parking, take your parking receipt with you to the ticket booth; the parking fee will either be refunded or credited to your parking pass.

How to Save Time at Disneyland Resort
1. When in line for a ride and the line splits, which side do you go on? The right or the left? Save a few minutes in line by following Disneyland Inside Out's tips here.
2. Arrive at the gates with ticket in hand 40 minutes before the park opens. Disneyland and California Adventure allow guests into the park 30 minutes before the opening. You'll get a head start and be closer to the rides when the park does open. My family once enjoyed 9 rides in the first hour and half of the park opening!
Warning: Both Disneyland & California Adventure have "Extra Magic Hour & Magical Mornings" a few times a week where Guests with multiple day passes are allowed admission to the park one hour early. On those days it won't matter how early you get to the resort, there will already be lines. Check here for early admission days and avoid them if you plan to arrive early.


My last tip: If a trip to Disneyland is a financial stretch for your family consider starting a "Disney Fund." Have a piggy bank especially to save for Disney. Kids can contribute coins found on the floor and birthday money. Every night put all your spare change, rebate checks, money saved with coupons, and money found in the washer; it all goes to the Disney Fund! My family spent the better part of 2 years saving. With all of us contributing, even the baby, we saved enough for annual passes.
Okay, one more tip: If all else fails, apply for a job at the Disneyland Resort. After a grace period employees can bring in three guests for free several times a year. Click here for more information.

Pet Adoption Center Grand Opening Adoption Event: Pico Rivera

SPCALA Everyday Adoption Center
Saturday, January 10th
  Pico Rivera Towne Center

8852 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera CA

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, SPCALA, is opening it's first new model adoption center in California.  Join the non-profit in celebrating on Saturday, January 10th. Qualified adopters can adopt a pet for the discounted price of $18.77 from 11am-9pm.

Click here for information about what to bring and what to expect when adopting a pet at this event.

Blood Drive: Montebello-Commerce YMCA

Thursday, January 15, 2015
1:00pm - 7:00pm
Montebello-Commerce YMCA
2000 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, 90640


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Observatory Nights: Rio Hondo College

The Gordon D. Crowell Astrophysical Observatory at Rio Hondo College is open for free public observation on the following Friday nights:
February 20, 7pm
February 27, 7pm
March 13, 8pm
March 20, 8pm
April 24, 8pm
May 8, 8pm
May 15, 8pm


Free Lego Mini-Build Event at Lego Stores: 1st Tuesday of the Month

The first Tuesday of every month Lego Stores host a free mini-build event. Kids 6-14 years will receive a kit to create a special themed mini model. The event is limited to the first 250 participants and starts at 5pm. There are Lego Stores at the Glendale Galleria, Ontario Mills, and Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

Image from the Lego Store Calendar.

Image from the Lego Store Calendar.


Details & Event Tips:

I've been to this event a few times with the kids at the Glendale Galleria. The event starts at 5pm, but people start lining up before 3pm. The last time I arrived at 4pm and there were about 50+ people ahead of me, by 5:45 we had built our project and were heading home.

A Lego store associate passes out cards ahead of time that guarantees each child a building kit. Once you have a card you can leave to shop or eat dinner at the food court and you can return later when the line will be shorter, although most people stay in line.

Kids spent the time completing homework, reading books, playing with iPads, and toddlers were running around a bit. I suggest having 2 adults for this event. One parent can wait in line and once you have the cards the other takes the kids to the play area, or to browse the Lego or Disney stores nearby.

Once inside there was one Lego store associate for every 3 kids, instructions were taped to the table and the associates provided help and guidance. The kids enjoyed the experience and come home with a cute Lego structure to add to their collection.

If you don't mind waiting in line, and your kids are patient, it's worth the trip.