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
Saturday, 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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Free Comic Book Day!!!!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 is Free Comic Book Day!!!

Anyone can visit a participating comic book store and receive a free comic book just for stopping by!

Comic City on Beverly Boulevard near Gerhart is participating again this year, as are stores in Whittier, San Gabriel, Alhambra, and Norwalk, click here for other participating locations.
(626) 962-0385

A sample of the 50 free comic books to be given away at the
2015 Free Comic Book Day event.
The above comics are appropriate for all ages.

Visit for more information.

Earth Day Celebration: Carbillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro

 My family really enjoys visiting the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Parking is only $1 an hour and the parking lot is nestled between the aquarium and a calm beach. A breakwater with walking path & a tidepool are all steps from the aquarium. Makes for a fun day and worth the drive to San Pedro.

Tidepool Walk: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro

Try something new and head over to Cabrillo Marinie Aquarium for a free guided tidepool walk!

Tidepool Walk

Sunday, 4/11 @ 8:00am

Saturday, 4/12 @ 10:00am

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

See what lurks beneath the waves at low tide as you walk across creviced rocks at the Point Fermin tidepools and see what marine life has been left behind!

Children must be supervised. You will be walking on wet craggy rocks and must be careful where you step. It is suggested that everyone must wear sneakers or boots, and long pants. Parking at the Aquarium is $1 per hour. It's worth the drive; my whole family loved it!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Events at Montebello Library

1550 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 722-6551
Monday-Tuesday, 10am-8pm
Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-6pm
Friday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

All event descriptions in italics are transcribed directly from the L.A. County Library website.

Spring Break Stories & Art
Tuesday, April 7, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Join us for a family storytime followed by fun art activity.
Thursday, April 9, 2:00pm-3:00pm
On school break and looking for something to do?  Join us for an easy to learn fun way to create abstract art.  No art skill is required.  Teens 12 to 18 welcome.

Baby Story Time
Monday, April 13, 11:00am-11:45am
Monday, May 11, 11:00am-11:45am
Join us on the second Monday of the month!  Stories, music, and rhymes, followed by play time.  For ages birth - 24 months.

Family Fun Night Celebrating Earth Day
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Join us for stories, booktalks, and art activities.

Free Lego Mini-Build Event at Lego Stores: 1st Tuesday of the Month

The first Tuesday of every month Lego Stores host a free mini-build event. Kids 6-14 years will receive a kit to create a special themed mini model. The event is limited to the first 250 participants and starts at 5pm. There are Lego Stores at the Glendale Galleria, Ontario Mills, and Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

Tuesday, May 5 Mini-Build: Koala


Details & Event Tips:

I've been to this event a few times with the kids at the Glendale Galleria. The event starts at 5pm, but people start lining up before 3pm. The last time I arrived at 4pm and there were about 50+ people ahead of me, by 5:45 we had built our project and were heading home.

A Lego store associate passes out cards ahead of time that guarantees each child a building kit. Once you have a card you can leave to shop or eat dinner at the food court and you can return a little while later when the line will be shorter, although most people stay in line.

Kids spent the time in line doing homework, reading books, playing with tablets, and toddlers were running around a bit. I suggest having 2 adults for this event. One parent can wait in line and once you have the cards the other takes the kids to the play area, or to browse the Lego or Disney stores nearby.

Once inside there was one Lego store associate for every 3 kids, instructions were taped to the table and the associates provided help and guidance. The kids enjoyed the experience and come home with a cute Lego structure to add to their collection.

If you don't mind waiting in line, and your kids are patient the Lego Mini-Build event is worth the trip.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Free Kid Admission: Ronald Reagan Library, Simi Valley

Air Force One, Oval Office replica, articles used in the White House, presidential gifts, Nancy's wardrobe, Berlin wall, steel beam from World Trade Center, Reagan's gravesite, beautiful garden,  & automobile exhibit, it's all on display at the Reagan Library & Museum, and now through Sunday, April 19, kids get free admission to the museum.

The Reagan Foundation website reads,
"All Kids Are Free During Spring Break
  March 14 – April 19, 2015
Looking for a fun and educational way to spend a day during Spring Break?  At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, all kids aged 17 and under will be free during this school holiday. Regularly priced $6 - $9 per person, this special promotion was created to encourage families to explore the Reagan Library and all it has to offer. To purchase tickets in advance, just enter promo code KIDS during the online ticketing process."
 Families may also print out the flyer above and redeem it at the museum's ticket window. Regular adult admission $16. Free parking.
For more information please visit
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA. 93065*
*The Reagan Library is an hour's drive from our area. Make the most of the trip and pair the visit with a stop over at the $5 or less Bookstore, also located in Simi Valley. The bookstore features new & used books, dvds, cds, and other media all sold for $5 or less! Or continue travel down Highway 23 to Malibu on the way home.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Special Needs Talent Show: Alhambra


Art & Antique Street Fair: Uptown Whittier

Visit for more information.

YMCA Membership: Joining Fee Waived 4/25-4/27

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

Cosmic Car Classic: Bob's Big Boy, Downey

Click here for more information about STEM week at the Columbia Memorial Space Center.

Imaginology Fair: OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa

Take the family to Costa Mesa to explore Imaginology, an education and entertainment fair for Southern California's youth that highlights activities and advancement in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

There will be hands-on demonstrations, make & take projects, competitions, baby chicks, petting zoo, worm farm, bug barn, science related exhibits, and more.

Friday, 4/24, 9am-3pm
Saturday, 4/25, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 4/26, 10am-5pm
Free admission. Free parking on Friday.  $7 parking on Saturday & Sunday.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Earth Day Festival & Bike Ride: Monterey Park

Free registration.
First 100 to register get free t-shirt!

Details from EventBrite registration website:
"Check-in/Ride Start at Bruggemeyer Library
318 S Ramona Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

8:00AM Ride Check-in / Bike inspections by Bike SGV
8:30AM Briefing and Announcements
9:00AM Family Friendly Bike Ride Rolls

11:00AM Earth Day Expo/Cherry Blossom Festival opens
Family: This mostly flat -6- mile bicycle ride loops around the City of Monterey Park passing by some of the City's historic landmarks. Bring your family friends and favorite bike. Kids trailers, and fixed gear bicycles allowed. * The ride will be escorted by safety marshals and mobile Pit Stop provided by Bike SGV.
** Minimum age rider is 10 years old.
Hill - Challenging 13-mile ride is for intermediate to advanced riders.
** Minimum age rider is 10 years old.
Both will be supported with truck and ride monitors.
Family ride will be escorted by Monterey Park Police Department.
Please register by Monday, April 1, 2015.
Call (626) 307-1320 for more information."

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Teen Proactive Driving School
Pomona Fairgrounds

Teenagers, 15-19 years old, with a valid driver's license or learner's permit, and a minimum of 30 hours of driving experience will drive through five accident prevention courses that include: 
  • accident avoidance course
  • distraction course
  • drop wheel course
  • panic stop course
  • wet skid pad course
The driving school will be held on the following dates and times at the Pomona Fairgrounds:

Saturday, 4/25, 8am-Noon FULL
Saturday, 4/25, 1-5pm  FULL
Sunday, 4/26, 8am-Noon FULL
Sunday, 4/26,1-5pm FULL

Saturday, 7/11, 8am-Noon
Saturday, 7/11, 1-5pm
Sunday, 7/12, 8am-Noon
Sunday, 7/12,1-5pm

Saturday, 12/19, 8am-Noon
Saturday, 12/19, 1-5pm
Sunday, 12/20, 8am-Noon
Sunday, 12/20,1-5pm
Registration is now open. Spaces are limited. The class is free but a $99 deposit is required. Deposit will be refunded in full when parent attends the course with their teen.
For more information and to register visit:

All About Cowboys, Pre-School Event: Homestead Museum


STEM Week & Festival: Columbia Memorial Space Center

Tuesday, April 7 - Saturday, April 11
Family Friendly Events
Cosmic Car Classic: Wednesday, April 8, Bob's Big Boy
Girls in Stem: Thursday, April 9, Downey Library
Sci-Fi Movie: Friday, April 10, Columbia Memorial Space Center
Big Science Fest: Saturday, April 11

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Day Camp for ages 4-12: City of Montebello

Blessing of the Animals: Olvera Street

Olvera Street Blessing of the Animals
 Saturday, April 4

Lineup for blessing begins at 1:00pm

Blessings by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez. People of all cultures and religions are welcome to attend. Animals of all kinds: dogs, snakes, llamas, cows, chickens, fish, cats, gerbils, hamsters, goats, ducks, lizards, turtles, birds, horses, monkeys, they and many more are all welcome to be blessed. Please bring animals in carriers or on a leash.

Bunny Breakfast & Spring Extravaganza: Golden Park, Downey