Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Taco Mambo 5K: Schurr High School

Visit TacoMambo5K.com to register.
Registration is $25-30.
Groups of 10+ pay only $10 per person!

Haunted House & Movies: Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
820 North Garfield Avenue, Montebello, California 90640
(323) 725-7578

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!

LEGOLAND provided my family with complimentary full day tickets to experience the park & the Brick-or-Treat party night. 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 experience 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 at 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, but it was pretty fun to see how creative many families are with matching costumes, and homemade creations.

My girls wanted to enter the costume contest where the 1st prize winner in each category wins 4 annual passes to LEGOLAND. I took the girls to the stage for the contest and while they waited for their category to be called we all enjoyed watching the parade of costumes on stage. While we relaxed in the audience, by husband and son explored Miniland USA and the treat station lines.

Costume Contest for best Lego Theme. Our favorite was UniKitty and two kids who were a Minecraft Cow made out of cardboard boxes.
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 up to 45 minutes long throughout the park. We decided to hold off on treat stations and enjoy the rides and love shows instead.


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. She said the line was constantly moving though, which helps keeps the kids from getting fussy.

The reason why the Brick-or-Treat lines have a long wait.  Only one person passing out treats at each station. It 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 more live 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 after 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!

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 Angeles 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.
  5. Stay at the LEGOLAND hotel to make it your family's visit to LEGOLAND a more memorable experience.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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.

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."