Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Family Eggstravaganza: La Bonita Park, La Habra, 4/19

Saturday, April 19
8:00am - Noon
La Bonita Park
1440 W. Whittier Blvd, La Habra

Easter Egg Hunts for all ages, community resource fair, game booths, jumpers, and the Easter Bunny.

A special thanks to Jolene S. for sharing this event! Thanks Jolene!

Blessing of the Animals: Olvera Street, 4/19


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chihua-Wow Pet Adoption: Seaaca, Downey, 5/3

Save 50% off adoption fees of Chihuahuas & Chihuahua mixed dogs at Seaaca Animal Shelter in Downey on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friday Night Sing-Alongs: Downtown LA, Summer 2014

The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles is hosting three Friday Night Sing-Alongs with a live band during the summer. The website says,
"Enjoy warm summer nights and join hundreds of voices belting out popular favorites and classic tunes, accompanied by live musicians. Lyrics provided. Come prepared to sing! No experience necessary. For the off-pitch, off-key and singing-challenged."
Friday, June 20
The Detroit Sound
6:30 - 8:00pm

Friday, July 4
Anthems that Rock
Friday, July 18
Songs of '64
6:30 - 8:00pm

Friday, August 1
21st Century Broadway
6:30 - 8:00pm

Friday, August 15
6:30 - 8:00pm

"The event is FREE.  However, tickets are required for this event and are distributed beginning at 6PM on the day of event. One ticket per person waiting in line." Parking at the Music Center is $9. For more information visit the Music Center's website here.


Earth Day Celebration: Grand Park, Downtown L.A., 4/22


Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Rose Bowl, Saturday April 26

A free walk-a-thon to support the non-profit, Autism Speaks.
Saturday, April 26
The Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA 91103

Registration opens from 8 - 10am
Walk begins at 9am

Distance: 3 miles

There are no registration fees. Walkers can register online or can register the day of the event. All walkers who bring in $150 in donations will receive a Walk Now for Autism T-shirt. Kids in strollers are welcome.

College Fair: Pomona Fairplex, 4/22

Pomona Fairplex: Gate 3
Free admission. Parking $5.
Over 70 colleges, universities, and trade schools are participating. Speakers and seminars held throughout the event.

Tuesday, April 22 

Free E-Waste Collection Event: Montebello, 4/19, 7/19, 7/20

Saturday, April 19
Saturday, July 19
Sunday, July 20

9am - 4pm

Montebello City Hall
1600 W. Beverly Blvd, Montebello

Business Expo: Shops at Montebello, 4/25

This year's Montebello Chamber of Commerce sponsored Business Expo will be held at the Shops at Montebello mall. There will be three locations with exhibitors, outside the food court, the elevator court, and center court at the escalators. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Family Fun Day: Mt. View Park, El Monte, 4/12

Earth Day Celebration: El Monte, Saturday, 4/12

It's a Small World Event: Disney Store, 4/12

A Cast Member at the Montebello Disney Store said the "It's a Small World" 50th anniversary event will occur on Saturday, April 12, from 10am-2pm. It is an arts & crafts activity where children will receive a flag to decorate, a maze to complete, and they will watch a Small World clip. She said the event will run every 15 minutes while supplies last.

Earth Day! Free Reusable Bag at the Disney Store, 4/22

Last year there were 200 bags to giveaway for this event and all the bags were distributed in the first hour.  Every person who brings in 5 bags to recycle will receive a bag, babies count too!

Kidgits Hop Into Spring Event: Shops at Montebello

Saturday, April 19
Noon - 1:30pm
Shops at Montebello
Every “bunny” is invited to hop into spring with the Shops at Montebello! Hello Kitty meet & greet, and arts and crafts along with a balloon artist and face painter for our Kidgits Members. Kidgit annual membership is $5. Details below.

Shops at Montebello Kidgits Membership Information. Sign up at Guest Services.

Free Childhood Immunizations: Beverly Hospital's Women's Care Center

Childhood Immunizations
For newborns and children up to the age of 18.
Women's Care Center of Beverly Hospital
1920 W Whittier Blvd., Montebello CA 90640

All vaccines are provided, except for Tuberculosis testing or Varicella (Chickenpox). Please bring immunization record (yellow card) with you.

Avocado Festival: Olvera Street Plaza, Sunday, 4/13

Avocado Festival
Sunday, April 13
Olvera Street Plaza
Downtown Los Angeles

Summer Day Camp: Montebello

Weekly Summer Camp
City of Montebello
July 7, - August 22
Weekly fees are $90 per camper with a one time $20 registration fee. Lunch & snacks provided. Registration packets available May 15. For more information visit the Montebello Parks & Recreation Department, 1700 W. Victoria Ave., Montebello, CA 90640, or call 323-887-4540.

Youth Soccer: City of Montebello

Soccer for kids ages 5-15 through the City of Montebello. Cost is $40 with no additional fees or fundraising. Practice is twice a week with games on either Friday nights or Saturday. Parents are responsible for providing shin guards & soccer cleats. Team pictures are optional.

Registration is now open, the season starts in May.  The city also hosts a youth basketball & football program. To register or for more information visit the Cathy Hensel Youth Center, 236 George Hensel Drive, Montebello or call 323-887-4570.

Family Sumit: Maryvale Resource Center, Duarte, 4/12


Victorian Fair: City of Industry, 4/26-4/27

Homestead Museum, 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry

Easter Egg Hunt at Clearman's North Woods Inn, 4/12

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12
Clearman's North Woods Inn
7247 Rosemead Blvd, San Gabriel

Activities include egg coloring, egg hunt, and picture with the Easter Bunny. All activities are free!
For more information visit Clearman's Facebook page.

Bakery Outlet Montebello

Most Montebello residents are familiar with the Bakery Outlet on South Vail Avenue. At the outlet you can carbo load on bread, pastries, tortillas, bagels, pizza crust, donuts, cakes, cookies and more! Most items sell for 1-3 dollars. Fresher items cost more, but less than retail, and items closer to the "sell by" date are less.

I had such a great shopping day at the Outlet one day I had to take a picture of my purchases. For a little more than $11 I came home with 4 packages of hot dog buns, 3 packages of hamburger buns, a package of sweet Hawaiian rolls, a package of mini bagels, 2 packages of donuts and a pound cake!

One reason I got such a great deal is because of the Frequent Buyer card. It gets stamped with every purchase. When the card is full it can be redeemed for a free item. There is space for $44 of stamps, but if you visit the Outlet on Thursday or Sunday the amount stamped is doubled!

Frequent Buyer Card.
The outlet store runs a promotion every day of the week. Here is the flyer with the current specials.

Another way to save money is to use coupons. The Bakery Outlet coupons can usually be found in four places:
  1. The PennySaver magazine, every other week, usually delivered in the mail on Wednesday. Coupon varies from 10% off, free black line item, or Buy One Get One Free.
  2. A mailed flyer delivered about twice a year in advertisements.
  3. Handed out in store, usually good for the next month.
PennySaver coupon. This coupon can be used twice before the expiration date!
Coupons that came in the mail.

In addition to the coupons, cashiers give out free items of the store's choice with a $6 and $10 purchase. In the picture of my purchase above I actually received four of the items for free by using a Buy One Get One coupon, a full stamp card, a free item at $6, and a free item at $10.

Open Monday-Saturday 8:30 - 6:00 & Sunday 10:00 - 3:00.
480 South Vail Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640

There are 27 outlets in Southern California and there are more nationwide. See the full list of oulets here.

Dia del Nino: Los Angeles/Montebello, 4/19

Bringing art and culture to children at Saybrook Park, celebrate Dia del Nino with your family on Saturday, April 19, 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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Activities: Albertsons, Montebello, 4/12

Easter Activities
Saturday, April 12
2469 Via Campo Street
Montebello, California

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt: Potrero Heights Community Center, Friday, 4/11

Call or visit the Potrero Heights Community Center for more information.
Potrero Heights Community and Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Drive, Montebello, CA 90640

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Family Fiesta: Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Church, 4/2-4/27

Family Fiesta
Friday, 4/25 - Sunday, 4/27
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Discounted ride tickets are available now through Thursday, 4/24 at the Parish Hall.

A special thanks to David Santos for sharing this event!
Thanks David!

Bake Sale: Albertsons, Montebello, Sunday, 4/6, 9am-2pm

Friday, April 4, 2014

Plant Trees in the Mountains: Volunteers Needed! Saturday 4/5 & 5/3

Help plant trees in previously burned areas of the San Gabriel Mountains. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The group meets in the mountains above Azusa. For more information visit: or call (626)443-2297.

Walk for Kids: Ronald McDonald House, Sunday, 4/6


 This 5K event, on Sunday, April 6, 2014,  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 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: Los Angeles, Sunday, 4/6

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

Sunday, April 6
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 year the route is entirely on Wilshire Blvd, from downtown to the Miracle Mile.

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 taking out other riders.

To get to CicLAvia you purchase an MTA Gold Line day pass, about $5, and use the trains and subways to get to the event and back. My husband suggests not relying on bus transportation because there is only space on rack for two bikes and every bus was full.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lego Movie Event: Toys R Us, Saturday, 4/12, Noon-2pm

Emmett's car in the Lego Movie.
It's Back!!!

Lego Movie Mini-Build Event
Saturday, April 12
Toys R Us

Make Emmett's car from the Lego Movie! This event happened in February and it's back for round two! Kids will get Legos and instructions to make Emmett's car & airplane, and then they take it home, all for free!

Supplies are limited. Events occur at regular Toys R Us locations, they do not occur at Express or Outlet stores.

A special thanks to facebook friend, Suzanne A., for sharing the information about this event.
Thanks Suzanne!

Easter Egg Hunt: Los Nietos Park, Santa Fe Springs, Saturday 3/30

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19
Pancake Breakfast 8:00am
Egg Hunt 10:00am
Los Nietos Park
11143 Chatsworth Road, Santa Fe Springs

Barnes & Noble Events: Puente Hills/Rowland Heights

My kids enjoy browsing retail book stores. The displays make the books visually appealing, and every couple of steps down an aisle my kids find something new that captivates them enough to put on their "must read" list.

Unfortunately, retail book stores are few & far between. The Barnes & Noble store across from the Puente Hills mall is one of the few remaining retail book stores in our area. A nice family outing that promotes the love of reading in children consists of attending a special children's event at Barnes & Noble with time to browse the aisles. The following is list of upcoming children's events.

Barnes & Noble
17490 Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Saturday, April 5, 2pm
Thursday, April 24, 4pm
Saturday, May 10, 2pm
Sunday, May 11, 2pm
Saturday, May 17, 2pm
Wednesday, June 4, 4pm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wonderland Easter Egg Hunt: Montebello, Saturday, 4/5


East L.A. Library Used Book Sale, 4/4-4/27

Stock up on chapter books for silent reading or pictures books to read at home with your child at East Los Angeles' library Used Book Sale & Boutique.

Thousands of books, videos, DVDs, magazines, and audio books are available. The items sold are library discards or were donated by schools or private individuals. Most are in good/great condition and some are brand new!

The community room filled with books for sale.

Children's books start at 25 cents each. There are books for pre-school though teenagers, and there are favorites like Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, Little House on the Prairie, Junie B. Jones, Beverly Cleary, American Girl, Goosebumps, Chose your own Adventure, Magic School Bus, Roald Dahl, and more!

BONUS: Teachers, you get an additional discount! Just tell the cashier you are a teacher, they will probably guess when they see your huge pile of books, and they'll give you a huge discount. Once I was charged only 10 cents a book!

I picked up all these books, 27 in total, for only $14.25! Retail value is over $100! Average price, 53 cents/book.