The Whittier Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Center offers dozens of classes for kids of all ages. Winter Session classes are well under way however, some session start this week or next. Some classes yet to begin are:
Little' People's Play Place (3 - 4.5 years)
Kindergarten Prep (4.5 - 6 years
Kiddie Gymnastics (5 - 8 years)
First Steps in Music (3 - 5 years)
Youth Etiquette (7 - 12 years)
Ice Skating (3 - 15 years)
Skateboarding (6 - 17 years)
Tennis (4 - 15 years)
For a full list of classes visit the City of Whittier Web page, click on "Recreation & Arts", then click the first link to download the brochure. Most classes are reasonably priced at well under $10 a class. Some classes have an additional non-resident free of $5. Register for classes online, in person, or by mail. For more information call 563-464-3430.
Gymboree and MyGym are play gyms designed to exercise the bodies and minds of children from birth to school age.
The enrollment fee for these programs start around $75 a month, require a minimum two month commitment, and have such detailed fine print about termination of membership it will give you a headache. However, both Gymboree and MyGym offer a free trial class!
I've taken my little one to both play gyms for a trial class and we both had a lot of fun!
The nearest MyGym is in Puente Hills and there are Gymboree gyms in South Pasadena and Monrovia. You can sign up for a free trial class online and there is no obligation to sign up for membership.
The place where a kid can be a kid, gives out free tokens to kids. In a recent visit my kids received 40 free tokens that gave us 35 minutes of Chuck E. Cheese fun and 80 tickets for toys and treats.
A visit to the Chuck E. Cheese promotions page will yield links to print out 16 certificates for everything from sports achievements to no-nose picking! Kids can also bring in a recent report card with good grades for 15 free tokens.
Fine Print:No more than one of any free token offer can be used per child, per day. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required. (Our recent visit to the Monrovia location did not require a food purchase.)
YMCA Youth Basketball Season starts March 12, 2011.
Youth basketball for ages 3-14. Register by February 28, YMCA members $75, non-members $125. Late registration add $25. Cost includes uniform and trophy. Practices are once a week at a park in the Montebello area determined by the coach. Games are every Saturday at Montebello High School.
For more information and to register call or visit the Montebello-Commerce YMCA, 2000 W. Beverly Blvd, Montebello. 323-887-9622
The Soroptomists International of Montbello invite everyone to join them in the 3rd Annual "Go Red Heart Walk for Women", Thursday February 24th, 2011 at 5:30pm. The walk starts at Montebello City Hall and continues to the Senior Center at Montebello City Park. Refreshments and goodies will be provided to all participants!
You can meet the group at city hall or take a shuttle from the finish line to the start line. To catch the shuttle go to the Senior Citizen center at City Park, the first departure is at 4:45pm. For details about this event call 323-726-0327 or visit the Soroptomist of Montebello's Facebook page
Here is some information I received on the Soroptimist's Facebook page regarding this event: If you arrive early enough around 4:30 pm, you can register before the walk. We are asking everyone for a $5 donation if possible. There will be a SHUTTLE BUS at the Senior Complex at the Montebello Park which will shuttle every participant to the steps of the City Hall. The walk will begin there around 5:15 pm.
The Montebello Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an E-waste recycling event from 9am - 4pm the weekend of March 12 and 13, 2011 at Taylor Ranch Park, corner of Montebello Blvd and Lincoln Avenue. For details contact the Chamber of Commerce at 323-721-1153.
If you have e-waste that you want to dispose of immediately you can visit, eWaste Center, 5788 Smithway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90040. Conveniently located near the Citadel Outlets it's a great place to dispose of e-waste Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm. This company takes nearly all forms of electronic waste including telephones, video game systems, and car batteries. All e-waste recycling is free and this site can offer free pickup! Click here for details.
July 2012: The Montebello Sharkey's location is now closed. Thenext location is in Chino Hills.
A new hair salon geared for kids is open in Montebello. Sharkey's Cuts for Kids located in the AMC/Sears shopping center has been cutting hair since November. I took my kids for their first visit last week.
Lime green colored walls and large colorful daisies adorn the shop. Three cars, used as barber chairs line the right side of the salon. Children can choose to sit in Lightning McQueen, a Barbie Jeep, or a Mini Cooper for their cut while watching a video on their own TV.
The left side of the salon is for older kids or adults. Two traditional barber chairs have large screen televisions connected to cable TV and X-box and Nintendo gaming systems.
The back of the salon is reserved for glamour girl style birthday parties.
Complete with a hair and makeup station, wall of dress-up gowns, mini-nail salon, and eating area, girls can celebrate their birthday like a star!
I asked my kids what they thought of Sharkey's and a simultaneous, "Yay!" was their response. A visit to Sharkey's would be perfect for every haircut or special occasions. My kids can hardly wait for their hair to grow out so they can play at the salon again. Mention MontebelloMom.com and get a $3 discount and ask about the loyalty card, every 10th haircut is free!
Boys cuts are $18. Includes wash, cut, blow-dry, and style. Girls cuts are $20-$23 depending on hair type. Includes wash, cut, blow-dry, style, and nail polish manicure. My kids all came out with a complimentary lollipop and Sharkey's balloon too!
Glamour Girl Parties are $325 for two hours of fun! 12 kids can enjoy getting their hair styled, face made up, nail polish manicures, and dress up time. Party includes fashion show with photos, paper goods, pizza or sandwiches with juice and soda for the guests. Invitations, thank you notes, and party favors are provided.
HUB TV is having a casting call for a TV game show. Families of three with two kids ages 8 - 14 years. Adults can be parents or grandparents. This Saturday, February 19 @ 9am - 3pm at Citadel Outlets Center Court. You'll have to bring a filled out application and photo. Be ready to bring out your charm! Follow this link to read more.
Albertson's is having their great free Gift Card promotion!
Buy $25 in gift cards fromApplebees, Regal Entertainment Group, iTunes, SpaFinder, MasterCard,Visa, Olive Garden, Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherines, or Searsand get a free $5 gift card for Albertsons!
Albertson's ran a similar promotion around Christmas time and it was a huge hit! It was a great way to get discounted Disney tickets! This time the Disney gift cards are not part of the promotion but you can purchase $100 in MasterCard or Visa gift cards to buy your $99 Disney 2-Day ticket and have $20 in coupons for free groceries from Albertson's too!
This promotion is only valid through Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. If you have any questions ask the cashier or store manager before you check out, gift cards are non-refundable.
Krispie Kreme is having a Valentine's Day promotion! Buy one dozen donuts and get 12 Valentine's cards for a free donut, coffee, or hot chocolate! The Krispie Kreme at the Puente Hills mall and six more locations in the Los Angeles area are participating, click here for details!
TIP: The cards are available while supplies last. If you are heading over to Krispie Kreme just for this promotion, call first to check that they haven't run out.