Friday, October 17, 2014

Very Hungry Caterpillar Event: Gymboree Retail Stores


Halloween Fun: Cathy Hensel Youth Center, Montebello

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 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.

Junior Fishing Club: Whittier Narrows, 3rd Saturday of the Month

For more information visit

20% off Los Angeles Zoo Membership: Discount Coupon Promotion Code

The Los Angeles Zoo shared an exclusive code for Montebello Mom readers code with me that takes
 20% off any membership + a free plush animal!
Sign up for Family Membership  and take an additional $5 off
Sign on for Family Deluxe Membership or higher and you'll also receive a free tote bag!

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

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP - $95,(regular price $126)
  • Free unlimited admission for two adults (one membership card with up to two names listed, or one name listed and any other adult can visit w/ adult listed)
  • Free admission for your own children and/or grandchildren (ages 2 - 17) for one year
  • Two one-day guest passes (up to a $38 value)
  • 10% discount in shops and restaurants
  • Subscriptions to Zooscape and Zoo View publications
  • Discounts to lectures, educational programs, and special events
  • Invitation to exclusive member only events
  • Tax-deductible amount: $126
  • Zoo/Aquarium Reciprocal List. Visit 160+ partner museums and zoos across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico on the reciprocal list and get free or discounted admission!

The discount code is 11410MMW and expires 12/31/14. 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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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Fest & Halloween Fair: Golf n' Stuff, Norwalk


Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show

Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show
October 10 - 12, 2014
Anaheim Convention Center, Hall E

Hours: Friday & Saturday 10am - 6pm. Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

Admission: $9 Adults. $7 Seniors. $4 Youth (13-17) . Children (0-12) Free! Tickets valid all weekend! Bring canned goods to donate to the Orange County Food Bank and save $2 on admission.

Parking: Convention Center Car Park 4, $15.

If you love the "Parade of Products" shopping area the fair, then you'll love the Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show at the Anaheim Convention Center!

The Harvest Festival features hundreds of exhibits and vendors featuring ceramics, paintings, jewelry, hand blown glass, antique treasures, children’s accessories, hand woven clothing, and more!

We attended this event a few years ago and my kids had fun with the craft activities and entertainment while the adults loved the free food samples and handcrafted art available for purchase.

Enter to win 4 Tickets to the Harvest Festival!
Click here for a chance to win!

Congratulations to lucky winner
Vicky Anguiano!!!

Giveaway rules: Deadline to enter is Thursday, October 9, at 8pm. To enter the giveaway click the link above and fill out the form. One winner receive 4 tickets to the Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show, value up to $36.  All entries will be numbered and the winning entry will be chosen by a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via phone and tickets will be hand delivered by a representative of within the city limits of Montebello. One entry per person. Incomplete entries & duplicate entries will be disqualified.  The winner's name will be published on and Montebello Mom's Facebook page the day of the drawings. Personal information collected in the survey form is not used for any purpose other than this giveaway. All personal information will be deleted after the winners are chosen. Good Luck!


St. Therese Parish Festival: Alhambra

St. Therese 90th Anniversary & Fall Festival
Friday, October 17, 5pm-10pm
Saturday, October 18, 11am-10pm
Sunday, October 19, 8am-1pm
St. Therese Catholic Church & School
1106 E. Alhambra Road, Alhambra 91801

Fitness Day & Health Fair: Garvey Center, Rosemead

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Crafts: Michaels Stores

Kids can have a bit of Halloween fun at Michaels this Saturday, October 11, from 10am-Noon.  
The closest Michaels locations are in Rowland Heights, Downey, and Whittier. Click here for more store locations.

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. No registration is necessary.
November 1: Pallet Coaster

November 29: Give & Save Bank

Kidgits Halloween Event: Shops at Montebello
Kidgits Halloween Event
Saturday, October 18
Noon - 1:30pm
Center Court
Shops at Montebello

A costume contest, Radio Disney giveaways, and 200 pumpkins for kids to decorate are the highlights of this spooktacular event!
*Kidgit membership may be required to participate in some of the activities.
For information on membership, please click here.


Halloween Dress Rehearsal: Disney Store

Kids can give their Halloween costumes a trial run at the Disney Store this weekend.

My kids have participated in the dress rehearsal in the past and they've always had fun. The costume parade includes walking the path of the store and waving to Disney Store guests.

Non-Disney themed costumes, are welcome!
This event occurs at all Disney Store locations. Call your local Disney Store for details or click here for more information.

Star Wars Rebels Event: Disney Store

The Disney Store is hosting a Star Wars Rebels event. This event was found at the Montebello Disney Store location, it may be schedule to occur at all Disney Stores. Contact your local Disney Store for more information.

The advertisement reads,

 "Join the Rebellion In-Store Events
Saturday, October 11
10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm
Sunday, October 12
12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm
Free Giveaway & Inter-Galactic Activity!
Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last."


Lego Bat Signal Event: Toys R Us Stores

Celebrate Lego's Bricktober with a free mini-build event at Toys R Us!

Lego Bat Signal
Saturday, October 18
Toys R Us

Events occur at all regular Toys R Us locations; they do not occur at Express or Outlet stores.

The Toys R Us website reads, "Event intended for children, ages 9-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."

Lego Star Wars Build Event: Toys R Us

Events occur at regular Toys R Us locations; they do not occur at Express or Outlet stores.

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."

Click here for more information.

Lego Star Wars Rebels Mini Ghost Ship

Free Scary Face Pancake: Halloween at IHOP

I woke up my kids extra early last Halloween and we had breakfast at IHOP. They enjoyed the novelty of eating breakfast on a school day at a restaurant and had fun decorating their pancake. Fellow restaurant patrons got a kick out of seeing the kids in their costumes too!

Pink Shawl Walk: City Hall to City Park, Montebello

The walk begins at Montebello City Hall and runs approximately one mile south to Montebello City Park. Participants can park at City Park prior to 5:30pm and take a complimentary shuttle to City Hall to start the walk. On site registration is available.

Citrus College Centennial Celebration: Glendora

All About Cowboys, Pre-School Event: Homestead Museum


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Free Kids Admission @ the San Diego Zoo/Safari Park & 100+ Kids Free offers in San Diego: October

In celebration of the founding of the San Diego Zoo, kids 11 years and under get free admission, a $36 value, to the Zoo and Safari Park the entire month of October!

Adult admission price is $46. Parking is free at the Zoo, $12 at the Safari Park. All tours, trams, and other experiences must be purchased separately.

Over 100 San Diego attractions, restaurants, hotels, and museums have Kids Free promotions in October! LEGOLAND, Sea World, and Amtrak are offering a free child ticket with every adult ticket purchase. For details about San Diego's "October Kidvasion," click here.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Free Car Wash! Fast5Xpress Pico Rivera

Fast5Xpress Car Wash is celebrating the grand opening of it's 5th location in Pico Rivera with free car washes for everyone!

Fast5Xpress Car Wash
8629 Whittier Blvd.
(between Paramount & Rosemead)
Free car wash through 10/23

Fast5Xpress offers a family friendly, fast, efficient way to wash cars. Passengers remain in the car during the wash and customers have the option of vacuuming the car after the wash.

To get your free car wash simply drive into the entry lanes to Fast5Xpress and meet the attendant. A free silver car wash for all customers for the first 2 weeks of opening, $9 value.

**WARNING** The past couple of days Fast5Xpress has been closed off and on due to electrical problems. Check the location's Facebook page to see if it's up and running on the day you want to get your car washed.


Walnut Tree Festival: Roadside Rest Park, Whittier

Saturday, October 4
9am - 4pm
Roadside Rest Park
12352 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA
The Walnut Tree Festival website reads, "Free parking will be available at Legget & Platt, Inc., across the street from the park...In addition to enjoying and shopping for art, vintage and antiques, the day’s events will include a walnut cookie baking contest and live music. Food trucks will be on site all day for attendees to enjoy a variety of tasty treats." Click here to read about the history of Whittier's walnut tree.


Western Days Parade & Festival: San Dimas

Pumpkin Festival: Kidspace Museum, Pasadena

Pumpkin Festival
Saturday October 18
Sunday, October 19
9:30am - 5:00pm
Brookside Park / Kidspace Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
The event website reads, "Festival admission is free - as well as the live music/performances, selected crafts, promotions at the Radio Disney tent, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch. There is also plenty of free parking in Lot I of the Rose Bowl adjacent to Brookside Park. Tickets are available for purchase to enjoy the bouncers, pony rides, games, food, and many other festival attractions."

Swap Meet: Montebello Intermediate School

Swap Meet
Saturday, October 4
Montebello Intermediate School
Corner of Whittier Blvd & Vail Avenue
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the 8th grade Washington D.C./New York trip in April.
Donations of goods are accepted now through Friday at noon. Vendors can rent a space for $25.
Call Rosie Davies at (323)887-7900, ext. 2440 to make a donation of goods or to rent a space.

Scarium of the Pacific: Free Admission for Kids!

Halloween fun at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Scarium of the Pacific
Saturday, October 25
Sunday, October 26
Free Kids Admission

The Aquarium of the Pacific is having it's annual Scarium of the Pacific Halloween event. Kids 11 years old and under in costume get free admission with the coupon printed from the aquarium's website. Adult tickets are $28.95 at the ticket booth, or $23.95 online.

The Aquarium website reads, "Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and much more."

Click here to view the flyer, then press Control and P to print.
Limit 4 free admissions per flyer.

Star Wars Reads Day: Los Angeles County Libraries

The force will be with twelve Los Angles County Libraries as they host a Star Wars Reads Day in October. Story time, costumes, arts & crafts, games, and more.

Tuesday, October 7
7:00 - 8:30pm
Saturday, October 11
Noon - 1:30pm



Free Vision Screening & Free Eyeglasses: ATC, Montebello