Friday, January 13, 2017

Montebello Baseball Association Spring Sign-Ups


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

E-Waste Recycling Event

Boy Scout Troop 546 is raising money for summer camp and need your electronic waste!

Drop off your old TV, VCR, computer, anything with electronics inside, this Saturday in Uptown Whittier, or call and arrange a free pick-up!

Montebello Unified School District: Open Enrollment

The following letter, announcing Open Enrollment, was delivered to MUSD families this past week.

What it means is that from now through 2/3/2017, parents can request that their child(ren) attend a different school within Montebello Unified School District for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parents can request a change of schools anytime throughout the school year, but making the request during Open Enrollment requires the least amount of paper & legwork from parents.

If you are interested in making the change for your children stop by MUSD offices, at 123 S. Montebello Blvd., and complete the form.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Volunteer with the Family at Beach Clean-Ups

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
First Saturday of Every Month
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
3720 Stephen M. White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731
The CMA website reads, "On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators and volunteers in a beach cleanup, clearing the shore of marine debris. Meet at the steps in front of the auditorium.

 [Large] groups are required to make reservations by the Thursday before the event: Call Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, 310-548-7562."

 Click here fore more information.
30 Minute Beach Cleanup
3rd Saturday of Every Month
1 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, 90803
Sign in by 10am and get a raffle ticket for giveaways!

The website says, "We provide   • Free giveaways • Trash bags • Gloves • Refreshments • Volunteer Service Verification Forms • Free street parking and beachfront parking passes are available at the sign-in tent."

Montebello Historical Society Event at Sanchez Adobe

Visit for more information.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Kidspace Children's Museum: Free Admission, 1st Tuesday/Month

The KidSpace Children's Museum
Free Family Nights
 4 - 8 P.M.
First Tuesday of every month

From the website:
"Families can engage with special programming and performers that highlight cultures and traditions from around the world. Expect crowds and long admission lines during the spring and summer months."
The KidSpace Museum offers free parking in the adjacent lots.
480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 449-9144

There are two large indoor climbing structures, this is the smaller of the two, the other is about three stories high!

Father & son enjoying a physics lesson.

The hawk's nest, accessible by stairs or ramp.

Large climbing wall, that challenged even my 13 year old!

Small stream & pond, kids are welcome to play in the water!

National Parks Free Admission Days

Free Entrance Days at National Parks!
All entrance fees are waived, save up to $30 per vehicle!

Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park.
Monday, January 16

Monday, February 20

Saturday, April 15- Sunday, April 16

Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23

Friday, August 25

Saturday, September 30

 Saturday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 12
  • 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)
A meadow in Yosemite Valley.

Waterfall at Yosemite

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

LA County Museum of Art: Free Family Sunday Events!

January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 26
 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Free hands-on art activities for families most every Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art!

Families can visit three art stations at their leisure and use a variety of supplies to create their own works of art.

All children 17 and under children can sign up for a free LACMA NexGen Membership. Each child will get a lanyard and membership card which serves as a ticket for the child and one adult to visit the museum anytime for free!

This event is outdoors. Dress comfortably, you may have to kneel or sit on the grass or in the sun at some point. Try to arrive early, the stations tend to run out of the more popular crafts in the last hour. Every month features a different theme, so try to visit at least once a month.

LACMA parking is $14, or you can try your luck at finding metered or free street parking.

The NEXGEN booth.
Look for a canopy with these happy people when you visit LACMA for the family art day.
They will issue free NEXGEN passes to your children and give you passes that allow free access to the museum.

After having fun at Andell Family Art Sunday, visit the LACMA exhibits!

Metropolis II, a moving kinetic sculpture involving hundreds of hot wheel type cars.

Walk under and around Levitated Mass.

Walk through the yellow tubing of the Penetrable exhibit.

SUNDAY, 1/8 ONLY!!!!!
Get a free family photo taken by a professional photographer in Penetrable
Click here for details.

Create your own work of art in the Boone Children's Gallery.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

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


Double check the dates before heading out by clicking the more information link below. 

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.

Shark Lagoon Play Area

Free Museum Admission for B of A Customers

Bank of America account holders get free admission to over 150 museums nationwide the first full weekend of every month! Simply present your B of A card and a photo ID at the ticket booth.

Here are California's participating museums:

There are participating museums in 33 states. If you are planning a vacation check the list of participating museums here.

Remember, each cardholder gets free admission so expect to pay admission for any children. Could be great for discounted day out with the kids or a day away from the kids, whichever you prefer.

Chinese New Year Festival: Monterey Park, 1/21-1/22

Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Celebrate Chinese New Year with Monterey Park's

2017 Chinese New Year Festival

Saturday, January 21
Sunday, January 22

Held in downtown Monterey Park on Garvey Avenue between Ramona and Alhambra Avenues.
Free shuttles run from three locations in Monterey Park to the festival.

From the city of Monterey Park's website: Monterey Park's Lunar New Year festival features vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment. The traditional  New Year lion and dragon dancers along with firecrackers will kick-off the festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A large carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.

Earthquake & Emergency Preparedness Day: Monterey Park

Sponsored by the Monterey Park Fire Department and the Community Participation Commission. Contact Youth Commissioner Andrew Yam for more information at


Star Party: Griffith Park Observatory

Cast your gaze skyward at one of Griffith Park's Star Parties held monthly at the Observatory.

Volunteers from various organizations set up viewing stations across the observatory lawn and allow the public to view planets, the moon, the sun, and other celestial objects.

Star Parties are held from 2:00pm - 9:45pm on the following Saturdays:

Parking at Griffith Park Observatory is free, but limited. You will likely need to park on the road leading up to the observatory.

The Griffith Park Observatory is free and open to the public during the Star Party events until 10pm.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Autry Museum in Griffith Park: Free Admission!

Panning for Gold at the Autry Museum.
The Autry Museum offers free admission on
 New Year's Day
2nd Tuesday of the Month

If you have an interest in American history, cowboys, or old western movies, the Autry museum is a must see! The Autry has lots of hands on exhibits and viewing stations of clips from old movies and historical films. The museum can be easily toured in 1-2 hours, unless you get caught up watching every movie clip, then before you know it you've stayed all day.

 There is a great section just for kids in the lower level. They've created a turn of the century house and restaurant complete with costumes for kids to role play. I spent well over an hour watching my kids have fun pretending they were cooking while the other adults in my group toured the galleries.

If you can't make it to the Autry on one of the free holidays, know that every 2nd Tuesday of the month is free admission day as well.

The Autry, located across the street from the L.A. Zoo, is open 10am -5pm, and offers free parking.

Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Break Kick-Off: City of Montebello

The city held a similar Halloween event in October and it was a big hit with families! It was a very safe event for little kids because everything was enclosed. Many activities are free, but bring a few dollars to splurge on the vendors, and extra activities. Pictures with Santa are $2.

Winter Break Kick-Off & Tree Lighting
Friday, December 16, 2016
The Gym @ Cathy Hensel Youth Center
236 George Hensel Drive (across from City Park)
Call 323-887-4577 for more information.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fishing with Santa @ Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

Click here for a map to parking lot.
For more information please call 626-575-5526.
While at Whittier Narrows take your kids to see the two-headed dragon and it's five historic concrete friends.
Click here for more information.

Save $10 on Books from Amazon...surprise your kid with books by Raina Telgemeier

Some of the greatest kids books to come out of this decade are graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier.

These graphic novels read like a comic book and show kids facing realistic problems, learning something about themselves and others, and coming out more mature and understanding of others in the end.

The books are easy reading, and have content that is enjoyable for kids of all ages.
  • My second grader loved the relationship between the sisters in Smile, Sisters, & Ghosts
  • My fifth grader plowed through all of Telgemeier's Baby-Sitters Club books and is now hooked on the old series of chapter books
  • My 8th grade niece loved all the books, but especially the high school situations in Drama
  • My son saw my daughter's excited about reading the books, liked the graphic novel aspect, and found all the books entertaining. He doesn't necessarily think they are "girl's books"
  • I personally enjoyed Smile, Sisters, & Drama the best because the books are autobiographical and mentioned things that I remember from growing up, such as hype among teens when the Little Mermaid movie came out, and experiencing a big earthquake for the first time
Take advantage of Amazon's Black Friday promotion, use code HOLIDAYBOOK, and save $10 off any $25 book purchase. Hurry, the promo code is expires tonight at midnight!

Fill your amazon cart with $25 of Telgemeier's books and you'll come out paying under $17 for 4 books, which is the most discounted price you will be able to find.

Sample page from Smile.
All of Raina Telgemeir's books are similar.

Click here to see a Smile video trailer.

Raina's newest book, Ghosts, with new characters.
This books hits on families moving, a sister with cystic fibrosis, 
& the celebrating the Day of the Dead.

The Baby-Sitters Club. Telgemeier took Ann M. Martin's original books and modernized them in graphic novels. Books can be purchased individually or in this box set.
 A special thanks to Raina Telgemeier's  media department at for providing me with a preview copy of Ghosts to review.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday & Holiday Shopping at the Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello are gearing up for Black Friday & Holiday Shopping!

Just last week the Shops at Montebello invited bloggers to a Holiday Preview Event and it was wonderful getting reacquainted with the mall and some new changes.

1. SANTA!!! The Shops at Montebello has a new Santa, he is very energetic & interacts well with children. Santa wants everyone to know that a visit with Santa does not require a photo purchase. All children are welcome to visit with Santa, enjoy some conversation, and share what is on their Christmas list at any time.

Photos with Santa start at $24.99, but Kidgits members can request a coupon at Guest Services for a special photo package that includes 3 sheets of photos for $35.

Santa is available everyday. Contact Shops at Montebello Guest Services for Santa's hours.

Kidgit Members can register to have Breakfast with Santa, parents can register their children in person at the Shops at Montebello Guest Services.

2. COTTON:ON NOW OPEN celebrated their Grand Opening this past Saturday and the big day featured a DJ, giveaways, and some of the most enthusiastic associates I've ever met.

Cotton:On features comfortable trendy clothing and intimate apparel for men & women at reasonable prices. The store is headquartered in Australia and has locations worldwide.

The Shops at Montebello's newest store is definitely worth checking out; with such a variety of clothing & accessories there is bound to be something that will catch your eye. Start browsing now online here, then stop by the Shops at Montebello to see it all in person!

On Black Friday everything in store will be 40% off!


The Shops at Montebello will be open Thanksgiving evening & early on Black Friday. Black Friday shopping couldn't be easier with ample parking, warm interiors, and every store offering sales & promotions to help you check off every loved one on your shopping list.

During Black Friday guests can be entertained by live music, refreshments, and giveaways.
 Guests are invited to purchase a $200 Visa gift card, which is valid any place Visa is accepted, and they will receive a Disney plush of Mickey, Minnie, or Pluto!
The fun continues throughout the weekend with a Disney Dream Package & Macy's gift card giveaway.

Save some time navigating the crowds this Black Friday, read my top 10 Black Friday shopping tips here.