Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Festival: OLMM School

Friday, October 24, 2014


I took the family to the LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat party night last week. It was our first time attending a Halloween-themed event at an amusement park and it was fun, fun, fun!

We arrived at the resort around noon and our first stop was LEGOLAND's Sea Life Aquarium.

My kids, ages 6-11, found the aquarium to be pretty amazing, but they were anxious to get to the main LEGOLAND park and get in as many rides as possible.

Sea Life Aquarium.
We spent about 45 minutes inside the aquarium taking photos with sharks, walking through tunnels, picking up a brick-or-treat snack, making friends with starfish, and playing with Legos before making our way to the main gates.

Once inside LEGOLAND we received Brick-or-Treat wristbands that would allow us to remain in the park after 5pm.

In the time we had the park we visited the Lego Movie set, went on three rides, toured the Lego Factory building, and traded about 10 Lego mini-figures with employees before half of the park shut down for Brick-or-Treat.

The Lego Movie Experience was nothing short of awesome!

 Volvo Driving School. By far my kid's favorite ride!

At 5pm we went to the car, ate our picnic dinner, and the kids changed into their Halloween costumes.

Only half of the park is open for Brick-or-Treat and it quickly became very crowded with kids of all ages dressed in costumes.

My girls wanted to enter the costume contest where the 1st prize winner in each category wins 4 annual passes to LEGOLAND.

Costume Contest for best Lego Theme. Our favorite was UniKitty and two kids who were a Minecraft Cow made out of cardboard boxes.
I took the girls, and we enjoyed watching the parade of costumes on stage. While we were relaxing my husband and son checked out Miniland USA and the trick-or-treating lines.

My husband came back to report that the stations were giving out everything from apples, to chips, to full size boxes of Legos! However, the Brick-or-Treat lines were 45 minutes to an hour long throughout the park. Ouch!

Miniland USA line. One mom I spoke with said she spent 25 minutes in the line to reach the first of two brick-or-treat stations.

The reason why the Brick-or-Treat lines have a long wait.  Only one person passing out treats at each station. Makes for nice quality time for each child, but it takes a while to get everyone through.

After the costume contest we went on the Dune Raiders ride and the kids played in Pharaoh's Revenge.

By 8pm the brick-or-treat lines outside of Miniland USA were only five minutes long. Yippee! 

We breezed through seven stations in no time at all and had plenty of time to catch some entertainment, watch the firework show, and browse The Big Shop before heading home.

There are lots of Halloween elements throughout the park. There was a strolling juggler, stage shows, dancers, stilt walkers, and even a real life fortune teller!

The Lego Master Builders also added elements such as spider webs, zombies, ghosts, and skeletons to nearly every model in Miniland USA to make sure the minfigures were in the Halloween spirit.

Bring your good camera to Brick-or-Treat. There are lots of photo opportunities with hay bales and pumpkins; and your whole family can fit in a giant Lego pumpkin at the main entrance.

There were 12 treat stations throughout LEGOLAND and Sea Life Aquarium. Some stations were clustered together along a path, so the one line was for two or three brick-or-treat stations. We didn't trick-or-treat until 8pm, when most of the lines were only a few minutes long.

One of my kid's loot from visiting eight Brick-or-Treat stations. Include a full size Chima Speeder, retail value, $10.50.

Overall we had a great time. There are so many activities at LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat night that it is impossible to see and do everything in one visit.

One thing that I liked was that it was very family friendly, even during the day the only guests in the park were families. With the crowds and somewhat long lines every visitor was polite and patient. It was truly remarkable.

LEGOLAND offers two types of tickets for Brick-or-Treat nights. Tickets for the Brick-or-Treat event only, valid from 5pm-9pm are $40. Brick-or-Treat plus full day admission, valid from 10am-9pm, are $65-$75. Ages 2 and under are free.

The last days to experience LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat 2014 is Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26.


Double Decker Couch. Awesome!

Keep in mind that LEGOLAND is an hour and half drive from the Los Angels area. Here are some tips for visiting LEGOLAND for the distant traveler.
  1. Plan to stay all day. This includes, arriving early and staying late. The parking lot opens an hour prior to the park opening. Save time by arriving earlier than park opening time to get a good parking spot and avoid waiting in lines to pay for parking. The main LEGOLAND store remains open for one hour past closing time. Use this time to browse for souvenirs after closing time and use the open hours to play in the park.
  2. Bring your own food. Pack snacks to take with you inside LEGOLAND, but also pack a lunch & dinner to cut down on costs. For reference the Sea Life Aquarium CafĂ© has kids meals for $8.25, and adult meals range from $7 to $11.
  3. Pay the extra money for preferred parking. The LEGOLAND preferred parking lot is less than a hundred feet from the entrance. If you pack lunch and dinner it's easy for the whole family to head back to the car to relax a bit. Parking close to the entrance means you don't have to try to cram everything into the stroller, it's easy for an adult to make a quick trip back to the car for something.
  4. Pack pajamas for the kids. If you stay late, there is a good chance the kids will fall asleep on the way home. To avoid lugging dirty sleepy kids into the house, give the kids a quick sponge bath with a wet washcloth, and have them change into pajamas before you leave the parking lot.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trunk or Treat: Montebello YMCA

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


Free Vision Screening & Free Eyeglasses: ATC, Montebello

Free Halloween Comic Book, Halloween ComicFest: Comic Book Stores Nationwide

Stop by participating comic book relators on Saturday, October 25th and pick up a free special edition Halloween ComicFest comic book!

Participants can chose from any of 19 titles ranging from kid friendly My Little Pony to mature themed Resident Evil.

Local participating retailers including two locations in Uptown Whittier, Half Off Books  and UnderCity Comics Too.

For more information visit

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.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Very Hungry Caterpillar Event: Gymboree Retail Stores


Halloween Fun: Cathy Hensel Youth Center, Montebello

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

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.