Thursday, November 21, 2019

Welcome to!

I started this website back in 2010, when my family's Disneyland Resort annual passes expired and I was looking for a way to keep track of community events that I wanted to attend with my family.

Never would I have thought that my articles and information would generate over 40,000 pageviews a month, or that I would be known as a minor local celebrity of sort. has allowed me to meet  many wonderful people and work with the great organizations and companies in my community, and I am sincerely thankful.

Much to the dismay of Mr. MontebelloMom, this website has never generated an income for me, and that was never my intention. I've always considered to be a community service project of mine. I am proud of the work I have done and I am especially proud of my community and the support we provide for one another.

My children are so much older now, my oldest is a junior in high school and my youngest will be in at the intermediate school next year. All three are involved in so many extracurricular activities that we don't have much time to attend as many local events as we'd like.

I encourage you to continue to use as a resource for community events. You can use the search bar to the right of this article to find past articles and information that you seek. Although the information may be out of date, many events run annually, and the links to the main source webpages are functional.'s Facebook page, linked Twitter feed, and Instagram are still up and running. I will occassionally post a bargain, share information, or report an earthquake(!) on those accounts.

Otherwise, I wish you all well. I'll be back every now and then to post a new event or update an article, but until then I encourage you all to give of yourself what you can to your community. It can be a friendly wave to a neighbor, letting the car at the shopping center's driveway merge into your lane, or volunteering with an organization. Every little bit counts and a lot of little bits make a whole lot of wonderful. 

Much love to you all,
Bernadine, aka "Montebello Mom"

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

15-20% off Los Angeles Zoo Membership: **NEW** Discount Coupon Promotion Code

The Los Angeles Zoo shared an exclusive code for Montebello Mom readers code with me that takes
 15-20% off membership

Seven levels of membership are available with this discount, from Individual Membership to Conservation Circle. Here is a sample of L.A. Zoo benefits at the Family Level:

Family – 15% discount
$146 $125.00
§  FREE daytime admission for 2 adults named on card
§  Your own children or grandchildren (ages 2-17) *restrictions apply
§  4 FREE Safari Shuttle Tickets (value $20)
§  2 membership cards
Family Deluxe – 20% discount
$186 $149.00
§  FREE daytime admission for 3 adults names on card
§  Your own children or grandchildren (ages 2-17) *restrictions apply
§  2 one-time guest passes (value $42)
§  6 FREE Safari Shuttle tickets (value $30)
§  EXCLUSIVE early access to Big Bunny’s Spring Fling and Boo at the Zoo
§  3 membership cards

The discount code is 11903MMW . This code can only be used online and must be manually typed in, do not cut & paste. Thanks to the Los Angeles Zoo for the discount!

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
5333 Zoo Drive • Los Angeles, CA • 90027 • 323/644-4759

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Used Book Sale & Boutique: East Los Angeles Library


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 and private individuals. Most are in good/great condition and some are brand new!

The community room filled with books for sale.

The last sale had children's books start at 25 cents each. There are books for pre-schoolers though teenagers, and there are favorites such as 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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sorrowful Soiree: Homestead Museum, City of Industry

From the Homestead Musuem website

Sorrowful Soirée 
Sunday, October 28, 3 to 7 p.m.

"Celebrate life as you learn about death at our very first Sorrowful Soirée. People's relationship with death changed dramatically between the time that the Workman and Temple families lived at the Homestead. Come and learn more as you enjoy special tours and activities. We'll also celebrate some favorite seasonal traditions of the modern day that have rich histories of their own like trick-or-treating and making costumes.
Free; picnics are welcome."

Halloween Festivities: Cathy Hensel Center, City Park, Montebello

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Pumpkin Festival: Kidspace Children's Museum

Pumpkin Festival @ Kidspace Children's Museum, Los Angeles [from 27 to 28 October]

The following information is from the KidSpace Museum website: 

"Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2018 | 9:30am to 5:00pm

Join us for the 24th Annual Pumpkin Festival, a family-friendly community tradition hosted in Brookside Park, in front of Kidspace. Kids will giggle with delight at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch. Parents will love the costume sale, and tasty picnic treats. Entrance to the festival, parking, and live performances are free, tickets can be purchased to enjoy activities and food. 

All proceeds benefit Kidspace Children's Museum a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Ticket Ranges for Festival Activities ($1 per ticket):
  • Rides (bouncers, pony rides, petting zoo) - 2-4 tickets per turn
  • Crafts - 2-4 tickets per craft
  • Games - 2-3 tickets per game
  • Books & Costumes - 1 ticket and up
  • Balloons & Other - 2 tickets
  • Food Vendors - 4-12 tickets per meal
  • Pumpkins - 4-12 tickets

Live Performance Schedule:

Saturday, October 27
  • 10:30am - Rumbling Rhythms Drum Circles
  • 12:00pm - Cleary Irish Dance
  • 12:30pm - CMDA Dance Team
  • 1:30pm - Riot Dance Troupe
  • 2:00pm - Revolution Dance Center
  • 2:30pm - Twinkle Toes Dance
  • 3:45pm - BARK
Sunday, October 28
  • 10:30am - Bad Posture
  • 12:00pm - Cleary Irish Dance
  • 1:00pm - The Hollow Trees
  • 2:30pm - Rumbling Rhythms Drum Circles
  • 3:45pm - The Alana Banana Show"
Besides the Pumpkin Festival, Kidspace Children's Museum is a fantastic place for kids to explore!

There is a huge outdoor area with lots of activities; I was there about a year ago and even my 14 year old had a great time running around and building things.  Tickets are $14 for everyone 1 year old and up, but discounts are available: AAA card holders $12, Military $10, EBT card holders $3, all discounts are vaild for up to 4 guests. Click here for ticket pricing information.

If you love Kidspace, and you will, consider purchasing a Family Membership and enjoy free admission every day. Prices range from $89 for a 3 month membership to $199 for a full year of fun. Click here for membership information.

Halloween Fair: Golf n' Stuff, Norwalk

Halloween @ the Shops at Montebello

Take the kids for some early Halloween fun at the Shops at Montebello!

Wednesday, October 31

Two hours of trick or treating at mall retailers 
a Disney Jr. PlayDate at Center Court! 

Food Truck & Family Movie Night: Rosewood Park, Commerce

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Halloween Spooktacular: Smith Park, Pico Rivera

The following information is from the city of Pico Rivera website:

"Experience a frightful evening of ghoulish fun at this popular event.  The fun begins with food, carnival type games, spooky arts & crafts, and activities the whole family can enjoy. Halloween bags will be provided for children to collect their Halloween treats (while supplies last).
The popular Halloween costume contest gets underway at 5:00 p.m. in the following costume categories:  Cutest, Scariest or Most Creative.  Costume Contest is divided into seven age divisions: 2 years and under, 3-5 years old, 6-8 years old, 9-11 years old, 12-14 years old, 15-17 years old, and Adult & Family/Group. 
Costume Contest Times
5:00 p.m.             2 yrs & under
5:30 p.m.             3-5 yrs
6:00 p.m.             6-8 yrs
6:30 p.m.             9-11 yrs
7:00 p.m.             12-14 yrs
7:30 p.m.             15 - 17 yrs
7:45 p.m.       Adult & Family/Group
Admission is FREE with nominal fees for food and amusements."

Tidepool Walk: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro

Tidepool Walk
Discover what lurks beneath the waves at low tide as you walk across creviced rocks at the Point Fermin tide pools. Start at the aquarium auditorium for a preview of the marine life that may be found in the tidepools and tidepool etiquette, then venture out along the freshly exposed rock with a museum docent to guide the way.
The event is free of charge and reservations are not required.  My family attended a tidepool walk last year and we all had a great time! 

TIDEPOOL TIPS: Children must be supervised. You will be walking on wet craggy rocks and must be careful where you step. It is suggested that everyone wear sneakers or boots, and long pants (in case you fall, you will rip your pants, and not your skin). Parking at the aquarium is $1/hour. 

This event is worth the drive!

2018 Dates
Friday, November 23, 2pm
Saturday, November 24, 2:30pm
Sunday, November 25, 2:30pm (Spanish) 3pm (English)
Sunday, December 9, 3pm
Wednesday, December 19, 11:30am
Thursday, December 20, 12:30pm
Friday, December 21, 1pm
Saturday, December 22, 2pm
Sunday, December 23, 2pm (Spanish), 2:30 (English)

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731

Girl Empowerment Conference: East Los Angeles College

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From the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation Facebook page:

"The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation invites young women ages 11-18 to a Girl Empowerment Conference at East Los Angeles College on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Girls will have the opportunity to network and attend informative workshops that will help them build their confidence and explore pathways to realize their dreams. Please visit your local county park to sign up, or for more information, please call (323) 260-2360 or (661) 294-3508."

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Observatory Nights: Rio Hondo College

The Gordon D. Crowell Astrophysical Observatory at Rio Hondo College is open for free public observation on selected Friday nights throughout the year.
After a moderate 1/2 mile hike to the observatory, a staff member will explain what is visible in the night sky, and allow visitors to look through a 14" telescope.

Remaining Dates for 2018: 

I took a group of Girl Scouts to one of the observatory nights in 2016. A couple of the Girl Scout moms had to stop and catch their breath while hiking up the road to the observatory as the paved road is quite steep. Overall we had a good time, but a large crowd made for long lines at the telescope.
Note: Near the end of the Rio Hondo college semester the event is usually heavily attended because Astronomy students are given extra credit for attending. If you want to experience this telescope with your family I suggest attending early in the college semester to avoid larger crowds and bringing a flashlight to double check for potholes in the road on the way up.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Holiday Snow Village: Barnes Park, Monterey Park

Holiday Snow Village
Friday, December 1, 2017
Barnes Park Ampitheatre 
350 S Mc Pherrin Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

The city of Monterey Park will host it's annual snow day at Barnes Park. The fun will include a tree lighting ceremony, sledding on "real" snow, photos with Santa, refreshments and live entertainment by local schools. Click here for more information.

Note: Closed-toe shoes are required in the snow play area.

Mickey's Birthday Celebration: Disney Store

I spoke with a Disney Store Cast Member and was told that the store will be celebrating all day, but a free gift will be given out to the first guests that visit the Disney Store on Saturday, November 18. The Cast Member said last year Guests received a pin, they have not been told what the free gift will be this year, but last year all the pins were distributed within the first hour of the store opening. The Disney Store will open at 10am on November 18. This event will occur at all regular retail Disney Stores, including the location at the Shops at Montebello.

COCO Event: Disney Store

This Disney Store COCO movie event will occur at all regular retail Disney Store locations, including the Shops at Montebello location. The fine print reads: "Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before the event begins. Guest must participate to receive free prize. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last."

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 7:00 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. I brought my kids in their pajamas after dinner. We only stayed about 10 minutes; it was a fun outing!

Wednesday Nights
7:00 - 10pm
781 S. Orange Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bookmobile visits Montebello

The L.A. County Public Library has a 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 wheelchair accessible.

The Bookmobile's schedule is on a 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 2017-2018
 Friday, November 24
Friday, December 15
Friday, January 5, 2018
Friday, January 26
Friday, February 16
Friday, March 9
Friday, March 30

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


LA County Museum of Art: Free Family Sunday Events!

November 12
November 19
 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.

 Levitated Mass.

Penetrable exhibit.


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


Snow in the Park: City Park, Montebello

Pancake Breakfast & Toy Drive: Montebello Fire Department

Montebello Fire Department Toy Drive
Saturday, December 16
Montebello Fire Station
600 N. Montebello Blvd
Bring in a new unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more and receive a free pancake breakfast as a thank you!
Toys gathered will be distributed to children living with the city of Montebello.
All food & seating is indoors! 


Veteran's Day Ceremony: Montebello City Park

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Disney Store Summer Play Days

Everyday at 3pm
Disney Store
Shops at Montebello
Upper Level near Center Court
All children are invited to celebrate summer at the Disney Store. Interactive events vary, and typically last 15-20 minutes. All children will receive a fun embroidered patch as a thank you for participating.
The Summer Play Days events occurs at all regular retail Disney Store locations now through August 9th, 2017. The Disney Store event fine print reads, "Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Guest participation required to receive a patch."

Used Book Sale at East L.A. Library

This sale will be a smaller lobby sale, but a wide range of books will still be available at heavily discounted prices.
To see what to expect at this sale, click here.

Monday, June 12, 2017


Schurr High School
Tuesday, June 13, 6:30, East L.A. College
Montebello High School
Wednesday, June 14, 6pm
Bell Gardens High School
Wednesday, June 14, 6pm, East L.A. College
Vail High School
Thursday, June 15, 5pm
Applied Technology Center
Thursday, June 15, 6:30pm


Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Victorian Fair: Homestead Museum

For more information visit

Our Lady of Miraculous Medal School Carnival

Save big on carnival rides with
half-price pre-sale tickets!

Discount ride tickets will be sold at OLMM School 
Wednesday & Thursday
 only while supplies last.

For more information visit: or call (323)728-5435