Friday, July 17, 2015

Kidgits Safe Summer Event: Shops at Montebello

Simon Kidgits Club Safe Summer Event
Saturday, July 18th
Center Court, The Shops at Montebello

Simon’s Kidgits Club members will learn how to stay safe in the sun and in the water this summer. There will be balloon artists, raffles, arts and crafts, and more.
This event is free for any Kidgits Club members, and $5 joining fee for any non-member. Kidgits Club is open to all, sign up online or at the Customer Service desk of the Mall. More information on Kidgits/memberships can be found at the following link.

This is a little kid play area, it's not intended for big kids.

The play area at the mall. The one-foot deep wading pool at the park. The small play area at Smith Park. The splash pad at Splash Zone. These areas are intended for little kids to have fun. For the crawling babies to preschoolers.

Shops at Montebello play area.

There aren't many places reserved just for kids in that age range, but once a big kid enters the mix, it's guaranteed a little one is going down.

My youngest is seven, and pretty small for her age, so she's able to get away with enjoying her last moments playing in these areas, but she has been knocked down by so many kids she commonly runs away from big kids who look like they might play rough.

Splash Zone splash pad.
Kids of all ages can play, but big kids need to be aware of little ones toddling about. 
I cannot even guess at the number of times I've pulled my kids out of a play area, or not entered a play area because big kids were running around.

It's physics; when two objects bump into each other the object with less mass always falls. You can see it in action here with these two kids:

I only let my older kids play in these play areas if it's empty and when I do I tell them, "This is a little kid play area. It's not intended for big kids. I am only allowing you to play here because it is empty (or almost empty). You cannot run around like crazy. Stay calm and walk to where you want to go. Steer clear of anywhere the little kids and babies are playing."

Elder Park wading pool.
Yesterday I was at the Elder Park wading pool with my youngest. A dad was enjoying the one-foot deep pool with his two young daughters. After a few minutes his three older kids came running up to the pool, jumped in, made waves, and splashed water everywhere.

My jaw dropped in amazement as I overheard him giving his big kids nearly the exact same speech as I give my kids. When his big kids didn't listen he kicked them out and told them to play in the big pool.

I thanked him and I'm sure all the moms of the toddlers enjoying the pool secretly thanked him too.

Please, do your part: keep little kid play areas little kid friendly. Have your big kids sit it out.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Pico Rivera Library Events

9001 Mines Ave., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 942-7394
Monday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, 10am-8pm
Wednesday, 10am-8pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
All event descriptions in italics are transcribed directly from the L.A. County Library website.

Rockin' Toddler Story Time
Let's celebrate the joys of music through story, song, and art. Children ages 1-3 years old and their adult caregiver.
Tuesday, July 7, 2pm
Come and get creative with over 10,000 pieces of large and medium size building blocks. Registration Required. Please call or visit the library to register. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Pico Rivera Library.
Animate Something! Workshop
Let's get animated. Bring your toys, camera and creativity to learn how to create stop-motion animation in a 4-day workshop.  You'll make action figures dance, drawings come to life and turn everyday objects into video art.
Tuesday, July 14, 5pm
Guinness World Record Holder David Fisher, the Rope Warrior, will perform spectacular routines choreographed to a kaleidoscope of music. All ages welcome.
Teen Advisory Group Meeting
Join us for our monthly Teen Advisory Group meeting. Meet with fellow teens and share ideas on what types of programming you would like to see at the library. You'll also get to hang out and play games after the meeting. Why take part in our TAG meetings? These meetings can count towards your: Community Service requirement, Leadership Skill development, College application, & Job Resume. To get involved or for more information please ask for Pico Rivera's Teen Services Librarian.
Bark for Books
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog from BARK (Beach Animals Reading with Kids). Designed for school-age children; beginning readers and pre-readers accompanied by a parent. This program is on a first come, first serve basis the third Saturday of the month. Participation is limited to dog reading team availability. For ages 4 and up.
Tuesday, July 21, 2pm
Join us for a free animated film. This jazz-filled feline adventure will definitely be a swinging good time for all ages. Please call or visit the library for film title. Parents: please be aware that refreshments will be served. A list of ingredients will be available.
Tuesday, July 28, 2pm
Families, join us in celebration of all readers with our grand finale performance. Wacko's hilarious comedy and magic show will definitely be a rockin' good time for all. All ages welcome.
Wednesday, July 29, 2pm
Express your poetic side, visually. Grab some books, newspaper articles and art supplies and let's make visual art with poetry. Here are some art ideas: Blackout Poems, Book Spine Poetry, Ransom Note, & Vine-it Poetry.
Wednesday, July 29, 6pm
Quattrosound, 14th Annual Latin Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, is an innovative ensemble presenting an inspiring and eclectic program of classical, Latin and jazz works. Quattrosound is what happens when you bring diverse cultures, talent and musical ideas together under one music–loving roof. All music is composed and/or arranged by group members. This concert is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. For the whole family!
Wednesday, August 5, 3pm
Let's play some board games. Invent game ideas with us or come up with new rules for Chess, RISK, Settlers of Catan and more. It's a fun way to get creative and learn game development. For ages 10+.
Wednesday, August 12, 5pm
Summer break is almost over. Get one more K.O. in before school starts. Think you can handle Rainbow Road? Get bugged and nerfed and let's play some console games. It's a Griefer-free zone. For ages 10+.
Wednesday, August 26, 4pm
Tired of looking at your USB flash drive's generic case?  Give it some "flash" and wrap it in paracord.  Learn to weave with paracord and create paracord cases for your USB flash drive.
Supplies are limited.  Stop by early. For ages 12+.
Saturday, September 5, 10am
How will you score on your SAT? Find out by taking a full-length practice test given under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. You'll get a personalized score report that shows your strengths and weaknesses. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at the Customer Service Desk. Practice test will be for the current 2015 SAT so high school Juniors and Seniors should sign up. Workshop provided by Princeton Review.


Chet Holifield Library Events

1060 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello, CA 90640

Monday-Tuesday, 10am-7pm
Wednesday-Thursday, 11am-6pm

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

Family Story Time
Monday, July 6, 5pm
Monday, July 13, 5pm
Monday, July 20, 5pm
Monday, July 27, 5pm
Nurture your child's love of reading with songs and stories at the library!  Simple art activities will also be provided to encourage learning. We will also be introducing a few words in American Sign Language each week to enrich our families' storytime experience! Open to all children and their caretakers.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Firework Shows in the Los Angeles area

Large firework shows must be registered with the city or county of Los Angeles. Most firework shows start at dusk or 9pm. Click city links for more information or visit

Saturday, July 4th Firework Shows

Baldwin Park
Crescenta Valley
Culver City
Diamond Bar
Eagle Rock
El Sereno
Huntington Park
La Habra
La Mirada
Long Beach: The Queen Mary
Los Angeles: Van Ness Recreation Center,
Marina Del Rey:  Burton Chase Park
Marina Del Rey: Fisherman's Village
Monterey Park
Pacific Palisades
Porter Ranch
Redondo Beach
San Fernando
San Pedro - Cabrillo Beach
Santa Clarita

Santa Fe Springs
South El Monte
South Gate
Westlake Village


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Independence Day Celebration: Rosewood Park, Commerce


4th of July Spectacular: New Temple Park, South El Monte

Fourth of July Celebration
 Saturday, July 4th , 1-9 pm
New Temple Park
1450 Lidcombe Ave, South El Monte

4th of July Kid's Bike Parade: Long Beach


Saturday, July 4th
Registration begins at 9:15am (on site registration accepted)

1 S. Granada Ave
Belmont Shore
Long Beach, 90803

Bikes, wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs are welcome. Kids, parents, and teens are encouraged to ride. Kids are required to wear helmets.

Contests for kids 12 and under include: best decorated bicycle, best costume, and best patriotic speech.

Free parking available at 1 Granada Ave or bring quarters and use the parking meters on the street. For more information visit


4th of July Block Party: Grand Park, Downtown L.A.

4th of July Block Party
Saturday, July 4
Grand Park
200 North Grand Ave.,  Los Angeles, CA 90012

I visited Grand Park for the first time two years ago and was pleasantly surprised to find lush spacious lawns, shops, a huge walk-in water fountain for kids to splash to their hearts content, and a new playground has been added since my last visit.

This Fourth of July Grand Park will feature a celebration with live entertainment and fireworks.

Prepared food picnics are encouraged in the park. Beverages are not allowed, but empty bottles for water are allowed. Grilling and cooking prohibited. All bags will be checked. Pets on leashes are welcome. There are strict rules for what is allowed, please refer to the Grand Park website for more information.


Rosemead 4th of July 5K Run, Kids Mile, and Tot Trot

Day of registration is accepted. Cash only.
Registration begins at 6am. 5k starts at 7am.

4th of July Celebration: Almansor Park, Alhambra,

Saturday, July 4th
800 S Almansor St, Alhambra, CA 91801
The image above is from the City of Alhambra Community Calendar.

4th of July Parade: Hacienda Heights

"I Love America"
4th of July Parade
Hacienda Heights
Saturday, July 4th

The parade travels on north on Stimson Avenue, from Colima Road to Steinmetz Park.
The parade features bands, equestrian units, community members, service organizations, floats, drill teams, and  churches.

Parking is available in the surrounding community. Bring chairs/blankets to sit on the curb, umbrellas for shade, water and snacks. The parade lasts about 2 hours from start to finish.

For more information visit click here.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kid's Day & 4th of July Parade: San Gabriel

4th of July Parade & Celebration: Rosemead


Fourth of July: Monterey Park

The city of Monterey Park's website reads...

  • 3:00 p.m. Food, craft and game booths open
  • 4:00 p.m. Monterey Park Concert Band
  • 5:15 p.m. Recognition of new citizens, military families and dignitaries
  • 6:30 p.m. Live Entertainment 
  • 7:15 p.m. Live Entertainment
  • 9:00 p.m. Fireworks show.

  • Barnes Park
    350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Junior Lifeguard Class: Montebello-Commerce YMCA

    YMCA members pay $80, non-members pay $160.
    Parents can purchase a youth membership for any child under the age of 17 for only $20 a month, with no joining fees.

    Swim Lessons: Montebello-Commerce YMCA

    YMCA Swim Lesson
    Registration is now open for swim lessons, swim club, wet ball, and splash ball.

    Swim lessons are paid for the full month and the cost comes out to $5 per lesson for YMCA members, or $10 per lesson for non-members.

    To register visit the Montebello-Commerce YMCA or call for more information.

    2000 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello, CA
    323 887 9622


    Montebello Concerts in the Park: 2015

    Concerts are from 6:30-8:30pm at Montebello City Park Bandshell, 1300 W. Whittier Blvd.
    For more information call Montebello Parks & Recreation 323-887-1200, ext. 540.

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