Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Day Camp: YMCA Montebello

The Montebello-Commerce YMCA is offering Summer Day Camp for children from Kindergarten (age 5) through 6th grades. For more information read the flyer below or contact the Montebello-Commerce YMCA at 323-887-9622.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Goodwill Used Book Store: Arcadia

I'm always on the lookout for good quality used books for my kids and since this place is near my chiropractor's office I often stop at the Goodwill Bookstore and Donation Center in Arcadia a few times a year.

The bookstore itself isn't very large, a few hundred square feet maybe, but I always come out with an armload full of books for my kids.

Most children's books are $1.99, but there is often a half-price or buy-one-get-one free special. Call to ask about any current or upcoming sales.
Goodwill Bookstore & Donation Center
Monday-Saturday 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Sunday 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Children's Chapter Book Section.
Children's Picture Book Section on the far wall.

Youth Expo: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Saturday, 5/31

This Boy Scout sponsored event is open to families and children of all ages, scouts are especially welcome! Free admission, parking is $10 per vehicle.

Make Music Festival: Downey, Saturday, 6/14


Bowers Kidseum (Kid Museum): Free Admission this Sunday!

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month.

Visitors can tour the museum, Kidseum, and participate in all activities free of charge. The main museum & the kid museum are located a block away from each other on Main Street.

The museum is open from 10am-4pm on Sunday. Parking is $6, or metered street parking is available.

Bowers Museum & Kidseum
Target Free First Sunday
10am - 4pm
1802 & 2002 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Cudahy Book & Literacy Fair; Cudahy, Saturday, 5/31

The Fair website says, "Come to the Cudahy book & literacy fair and enjoy interactive games, a local art competition, group reading of children’s books, arts & crafts for children, local author signings, food, artist performances and other outdoor family activities."

I had to look up where Cudahy was, it's off the 710 Freeway, Florence exit, just a few blocks west.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free Haircut & Hairbrush w/ Locks of Love donation: Supercuts, 6/2-6/8

During the week of June 2-8, 2014, every person who meets the Locks of Love guidelines below will receive a FREE haircut from an expert stylist at participating Supercuts locations in Southern California, and a free Paul Mitchell 413 Sculpting Brush (while supplies last and hair donations must meet Locks of Love donation guidelines).

Locks of Love Guidelines:
  • Hair donation must be 10 inches or longer (from tip to tip)
  • Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches
  • Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches
  • Hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut
  • Hair that has been colored or permed is acceptable
  • Hair that has been bleached is not usable.  If unsure, ask your stylist.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Observance: Rose Hills, Whittier, Monday 5/26


Memorial Day Rembrance Ceremony: Rosemead, Monday, 5/26

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Monday, May 26, 10:00 a.m.
Savannah Memorial Cemetery
9263 Valley Boulevard, Rosemead
Join the City of Rosemead and Savannah Memorial Cemetery as we remember those who have served our country in the cause of freedom. The event will feature comments from local officials, wreath laying ceremony, and a gun salute.  For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (626) 569-2160.

Memorial Day Remembrance Program: Montebello City Park, 5/26

2014 Memorial Day Remembrance Program
Monday, May 26th
Veteran's Monument
City Park, 1300 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello
 For more information call 323-887-4540

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Yard Sale Weekend: Wrightwood, 5/24-5/26

Wrightwood Yard Sale Weekend
Friday, May 23 - Sunday, May 25, 2014

Click the map for directions to Wrightwood, Ca. Estimated time from 90640, 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Every Memorial Day weekend the population of Wrightwood, California increases ten-fold as the city hosts it's annual Yard Sale weekend.

My good friend, Michele, lives in Wrightwood and here is what she has to say about the weekend,
"The yard sales are throughout the town, some community organizations set up along Highway 2. A lot of people start their yard sales on Friday and leave them up through Sunday, then there are a lot of people that just have Saturday sales. Saturday is probably the best day to go.

There are bathrooms on Hwy 2 at the gas station and there is a public bathroom between the banks and near the community center. Sometimes the Hardware Store has port-a -potties set up.
There are no sidewalks, so you'll have to walk on the road. The east-west streets are pretty flat for the most part, you can park at the end of a block then walk up and down to return to the car. The north-south streets are usually hilly, you could park the car at the top and move it down after a few houses."

I went to Wrightwood for last year's yard sale weekend. I was out for six hours and covered most of the town. I had a great time and hope other yard sale shoppers will find that Wrightwood is worth the trip!

Read my yard sale shopping tips and find information about
Montebello's Yard Sale weekend coming up June 6-8, 2014.


Art+Design Open Market: One Colorado, Pasadena, Sunday, 5/25


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Disneyland Ticket prices have increased! Get tickets today at yesterday's prices!

I originally wrote this post in June 2013. This morning the world woke up to find another Disney Resort price increase!

Last year there was a 3 week period between the time the Disney Resort raised price of tickets and the time the updated cards with the new price were stocked at grocery stores.

If you plan to go to Disney later this year, and you have the money available, buy your tickets & passes at the Grocery Store or Disney Store now and save!

Disneyland Resort has raised admission prices once again. The cost of one or two day tickets have gone up $4-12 a piece. All annual passports increased by $30. The cost of a one day, one park ticket is now $92 for ages 10 and up, $86 for ages 3-9, and children 2 and under are free. See all the new prices here.
I know what you are thinking. Yikes! I know, right? Okay, here is how you can get around paying the full price for Disney tickets and it's totally legitimate.
Disneyland Resort tickets and annual passports available at Ralphs, Monterey Park, 6/1/2013.
These tickets & passports must be redeemed by 12/31/2013.
You can still purchase tickets and passports at the old price if you visit the gift card section at  grocery stores that sell Disney tickets and annual passports.
I contacted a Disneyland Resort ticket representative earlier in the month and she said that although the prices increase at the park they do not ask the grocery stores to replace their current stock. They are available while supplies last and can be redeemed up until the expiration date on the card, usually until the end of the calendar year. The ticket holder will not have to pay the difference in price.

UPDATE 12/24/13: We redeemed finally redeemed our annual passes that we bought way back in June, at the ticket booth the Cast Member couldn't figure out how to add the 2013 updated parking fee to our pass, and after a few minutes of trying she gave us the old parking pass price, saving us $30! She said, "I can't figure it out, Merry Christmas!"
If you are planning on visiting Disneyland this year act fast, buy your tickets at the old price from the gift card section of Ralphs, Albertsons, or another grocery store that carries the cards, and save up to $30. Check out the Disney Store gift card section too! They still sold the passes & tickets to Disney at the old prices for a few weeks until the new updated price cards came in.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Day Camp: Montebello

Camp Quest Summer Camp
City of Montebello
July 7, - August 22
Weekly fees are $90 per camper with a one time $20 registration fee. Lunch & snacks provided. Registration packets available May 15. For more information visit the Montebello Parks & Recreation Department, 1700 W. Victoria Ave., Montebello, CA 90640, or call 323-887-4540.

Museums of the Arroyo Day: Sunday, 5/18

The Gamble House

Heritage Square Museum

The Los Angeles Police Historical Museum

Lummis Home and Garden

Pasadena Museum of History

The Autry's Southwest Museum: Mt. Washington Campus

These six museums will offer free admission on Sunday, May 18 from Noon-5pm.

Visit one or visit all!
Special demonstrations, crafts and entertainment are scheduled at each of the six museums.

The museums are located in the Arroyo Seco area of L.A. and Pasadena.

Sneak Peak Discount Days at Splash!: La Mirada

Get a sample of a day at Splash! in La Mirada by attending a Sneak Peek day for only $5 per person. If you end up loving Splash! Buccaneer Bay season passes are on pre-sale for $54.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kidgits Membership Information: Shops at Montebello

Visit Guest Services at the Shops at Montebello to sign your children signed up for the Simon Kidgits Club! See the photo below for the member benefits.

Shops at Montebello Kidgit Membership, $5 per child.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Children's Summer Theatre: Cantwell-Sacred Heart High School: Montebello

Your child can be part of a stage performance this summer in Montebello!
The Children's Summer Theatre Program will continue for it's 8th summer season at Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School at 329 N. Garfield Avenue in Montebello.
Fees run about $500 for the six-week program. Kids in first through eight grade are welcome to join either the stage track where they learn to perform onstage or the technical track where they learn how to run the backstage aspects of a performance. The program runs from June 23 through August 3, Monday -Friday from 8-12:30pm, with performances on the last weekend.
For more information email or call 323-887-2066 and ask for the Theatre Arts Director.

Strawberry Festival & Car Show: Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store, Saturday 5/10

 Pick your own strawberries starts at 11am. 
Petting zoo $3 admission, $1 food cup.
Parking is $3.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fire Service Day: Fire Station Headquarters, San Gabriel, Saturday, 5/10

Fire Service Day
Saturday, May 10
10am - 3pm
Fire Station Headquarters
1303 S. Del Mar Ave., San Gabriel, CA 91776
The city of San Gabriel website says, "The City of San Gabriel Fire Department, in partnership with La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center and the Los Angeles County Department of Health are sponsoring a day to meet your city firefighters. The event will feature live demonstrations, free hotdogs, station tours, and more cool activities for all age groups."

Pre-School Science Classes: Discovery Science Center, Downey

The Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey has a great Preschool Science class that runs twice a month on Saturday at 10am. The one hour class cost $12 per child-adult pair and grants admission to the class & all day admission to the museum.  

Summer Island Day Camp: Grace Baptist Church, Montebello

61¢ Hot Dog: Wienerschnitzel, Sunday, 5/11

I don't know how many moms will appreciate a Wienerschnitzel meal on Mother's Day, but maybe there is a dad out there who is taking the kids out for the day to give mom a rest.
Make it an even better deal by texting HOTDOG to 21333 and get a free corndog with any purchase. Visit for more information.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Indoor Yard Sale: Grace Baptist Church, Montebello, Saturday, 5/3

Grace Baptist Church is holding an indoor yard sale Saturday, 5/3, from 7am-3pm in their main hall at 482 Garfield Avenue in Montebello.
I stopped by on Friday and they are definitely selling at realistic yard sale prices. I bought a fewclothes and all were 75¢ or less. Be prepared to spend some time sorting through piles for clothes, it's worth scheduling stop on this beautiful Saturday.