Friday, May 15, 2015

Tractor & Car Show / Strawberry Festival: Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store

Tractor & Car Show / Strawberry Festival
Saturday, May 16
Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store
Free Admission. $3 Parking.

Spring Festival: St. Benedict Church, Montebello

Celebrate spring with St. Benedict church at it's 45th Spring Festival.  The festival will feature food, games, rides, raffles, and entertainment. Half price pre-sale tickets for rides and are available at the rectory office/ Call the church for more information.

Friday, 5/15, 6pm-11pm
Saturday, 5/16, Noon-11pm
Sunday, 5/17, Noon-11pm

St. Benedict Church
1022 W. Cleveland Avenue, Montebello

Little Planet Helpers Kidgit Event: Shops at Montebello

Los Angeles children and families are invited to go green with The Shops at Montebello during their Kidgits Club Little Planet Helpers event on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Center Court.
Children are invited to learn ways to keep the environment clean and healthy through fun activities including crafts, a face painter and balloon artist. Kidgits Club members will have the opportunity to decorate their own eco-friendly flower pot, with seeds to go along for planting at home.
Participating organizations and retailers include the Montebello-Commerce YMCA, Hot Dog on a Stick, and JCPenney Portrait Studio. Build-a-Bear Workshop will have a special character appearance and storytelling, and the Montebello City Library will have story time as well.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. The Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused for over a decade with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

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:
May 15, 8pm
June 12, 8pm
June 26, 8pm
July 17, 8pm
July 24, 8pm
August 7, 8pm


Play Days, Parade and Carnival: Monterey Park

Join Monterey Park's 99th Birthday Celebration
Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park
This four day event features a parade, carnival, live entertainment, and family fun!
Carnival Hours
 Thursday Hours Cancelled due to Weather
Friday, 5/15, 5pm-Midnight
Saturday, 5/16, Noon-Midnight
Sunday, 5/17, 1pm-10pm
Saturday, 5/16, 11am
The parade travels for one half mile along Garvey Avenue between McPherrin & Alhambra Avenues.
Be part of the Parade, join BIKE SGV, and ride your bike in the parade. Decorate your bike & dress up to celebrate the 99th birthday of Monterey Park! Click here for details.

Go Green Festival: City Park, Montebello

Friday, May 8, 2015

Founder's Day: Whittier Central Park

Whittier's 127th Annual Founder's Day
 Central Park
6532 Friends Avenue, Whittier
Saturday, May 9

May Daze: Golf n' Stuff, Norwalk


Rosemead Aquatic Open House: Free Swim!

Rosemead Aquatic Center
9155 E. Mission Drive

Letter Carrier's Food Drive

The USPS website says, "To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families."


Paint-a-Pot Art Project for Mom: OSH Stores, Saturday 5/9

Kids can make mom a one-of-a-kind flower pot for Mother's Day at Orchard Supply Hardware on Saturday, May 10, from 9am-Noon.

OSH stores can be found in South Pasadena, Pasadena, & Cerritos.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Star Wars Day: Disney Store

Celebrate Star Wars Day on Monday, May 4th at the Disney Store!
Disney Store Montebello opens at 10am.
The first 100 Guests will receive a Star Wars pin free with purchase.
All Star Wars merchandise will be 30% off.
Stormtrooper Watch available for purchase only on 5/4/15.
Star Wars themed events throughout the day.

The Disney Store blog website reads, "All giveaways are subject to availability. Outlet Disney Stores will only host spontaneous entertainment."

Click here for more information.

Jazzy Bingo: Schurr High School

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Barnes Park, Monterey Park

33rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Sunday,  May 3
Barnes Park Amphitheatre
350 S. McPherrin Avenue, Monterey Park

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations: Olvera Street

Celebrate an early Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street!
The Festival is held all weekend from 11am-8pm.

Long Beach Touch-a-Truck!, Belmont Shore

Free event for children of all ages. Special VIP entrance times for children with handicaps and special needs from 9:00-9:30am.

Free parking available in the Granada Avenue Parking Lot in Belmont Shore, see a map here.

From the event's webpage, "Expected vehicles include a street sweeper, garbage truck, a mail truck, a John Deere tractor, a ladder firetruck, SWAT vehicle, 18-wheeler, police mobile command station, an RV, a city bus, an ambulance, a stretch limo, a school bus, a tow truck, a crane, a lifeguard truck, a fire department mobile command vehicle, a police car, a police motorcycle, and more."

Pio Pico's Birthday Celebration & Fiesta de Pio Pico: Pio Pico State Historic Park

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pancake Breakfast & Car Show: Grant Rea Park, Montebello

Eco Fair: Alhambra Park

Alhambra Eco Fair
Saturday, May 2
Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Avenue, Alhambra, 91801

Community Emergency Preparedness Fair: Schabarum Regional Park

Community Emergency Preparedness Fair
Saturday, May 2
9am - 1pm
Schabarum Regional Park
17250 E. Colima Road, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
I attended this event in 2014. It was a hot day so the crowds were thin and my kids were able to have the full attention of the Sherriff's deputies, fire fighters, & other rescue workers. Lots of little freebies were handed out from the different community organizations, great presenters spoke on different aspects of disasters, and there were lots of booths with information about how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency.
Schabarum Park itself is a very nice place to visit, there are children's play areas, large grassy fields, and trails throughout. A trip to the park along with educating yourself about disasters would make for a fun day for the family.

Fiesta of Books: El Monte Community Center

Saturday, May 7, 10:00am - 12:30pm
El Monte Community Center
3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte

Monday, April 27, 2015

Home Depot Free Kids Workshops: First Saturday of Every Month

Home Depot offers a free hands on building workshop for kids the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 am - Noon. Kids receive a kit to assemble at the store, a Home Depot apron, and a pin for participating. Registration is recommended, but not necessary.

May 2015 Project
Pick Fence Photo Frame


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lego Star Wars Build Event: Toys R Us


Lego Star Wars mini-Wookie Gunship
Sunday, Mary 3
Toys R Us

The Toys R Us website reads, "Event intended for children, ages 5-up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks."

Events occur at regular Toys R Us locations; they do not occur at Express or Outlet stores. The Lego mini-build events are always popular at Toys R Us. If your heart is set on having your child build a mini-Star Wars Wookie Gunship, arrive early.


Kid's Fest: AMF Beverly Lanes

Kid's Fest
Saturday, 5/2
AMF-Beverly Lanes
1201 W. Beverly Blvd, Montebello

Kids and teens can bowl for free for one hour including free shoe rental!
Sign up for the Summer Kid's Bowling League at Kid's Fest, last year the cost was $10 a week and met Saturday mornings. With bowling there are no bad weather worries & every kid plays every game!

BOGO Dozen Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is honoring heroes on Tuesday, April 28! Buy a dozen original glazed and get a dozen free to share with the hero in your life. No coupon necessary. The closest Krispy Kreme is at the Puente Hills mall.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Summer T-ball & Softball Sign-Ups: YMCA, ages 3-11

Registration is now open for
Summer YMCA T-ball & Softball 

Facility Member: Someone who has a YMCA membership.
Program Member: Someone who participates in YMCA programs, but does not have a membership.

To register visit the
Montebello-Commerce YMCA
2000 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello

Diaper Derby: Shops at Montebello, Saturday, 4/25

"Crawlers, start your engines! Join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Diaper Derby.
Registrations are taking place at Guest Services. Parents that register their babies for the event will receive a diaper bag the day of the event. Babies must be under 12 months and not yet walking. Space is limited.
Melissa Martinez from Mundo Fox will be the official emcee for the event.
The 1st place winner will receive a $100 Baby Gap gift card, 2nd place winner will receive a $75 Children's Place gift card and 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Gymboree gift card.
There will be retailer stations with displays, coupons, giveaways and raffles from the following retailers:
  • Children's Place
  • Gap
  • GNC
  • Hot Dog on a Stick
  • JCPenney Portraits
  • Wetzel's Pretzels
Montebello Mom, Children's Dental Fun Zone located in Montebello and My Gym located in Rowland Heights will also be on site.
There will also be a face painter and a balloon artist.
Plus, enter for a chance to win four (4) one (1) day park hopper tickets to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Promotion starts on Friday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. through Thursday, May 30, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. Winner will be randomly selected on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Must be 18 or older. Limit one entry per person. Rules and regulations apply."

This event was so much fun last year!
The babies were so adorable crawling to their parents. It made for an exciting 4 minutes!


Earth Day Celebration: Arceo Park, El Monte

Saturday, April 25

Truck Adventures for Kids: Santa Anita Racetrack, Arcadia

Touch-a-Truck event! This event is specially created for the kids that love big trucks and large vehicles. Kids will be allowed to climb aboard most vehicles, pose for pictures, and learn how the vehicles operate.

Admission is $15, or $12 online. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation.

OLMM Spring Carnival

Parking is available in designated areas of the Smart & Final parking lot, the parking lot adjacent to the church, and along the street.
If buying ride tickets pre-sale, purchase more than you think you will need for your family. You can always sell any leftover tickets to another family at the carnival.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bike N' Roll: Downey High School

Bike N' Roll Safety Festival
Saturday, April 11
Downey High School, South Parking Lot
11040 Brookshire Avenue, Downey

The event is intended for children in kindergarten through 5th grades. Children are asked to bring their bicycles & bike helmets. Some bicycles & helmets will be available to lend.

The event includes: "Bike skills courses, helmet fitting, bike safety checks, obstacle course, on-street group rides, bike repairs, bike crafts, safety booths, free bike helmets, and free goodies & prizes."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Join YMCA, save up to $75 in joining fees!

Save up to $75 in joining fees this weekend at the Montebello-Commerce YMCA!

Individual memberships are $37 a month, and family membership (2 adults & children) is $60. Youth memberships for 17 and under are $20 a month.

Best thing about YMCA membership, there is no long term contract and you can cancel anytime.

Membership includes use of the pool, gym, fitness classes, children's play area, discounted rate for lessons/camps/sports teams, locker room, fitness assessments, wellness seminars, access to all 24 YMCA locations in L.A. & over 2,000 across the country, and the chance to get in shape & make new friends!

Montebello-Commerce YMCA
2000 West Beverly Blvd.,  Montebello, CA 90640

Dia del Niños: Los Angeles/Montebello, 4/11

Bringing art and culture to children at Saybrook Park, celebrate Dia del Niños with your family on Saturday, April 11, from noon-5pm.

Saybrook Park is a stone's throw from Montebello, located between Whittier and Olympic Blvds, just a few blocks west of Garfield Avenue at 6250 Northside Drive, Los Angeles, 90022.

Walk & Roll: Acuna Park, Montebello