Thursday, June 30, 2016

Toy Loan Program @ Potrero Heights Park

The Los Angeles County Department of Social Services has expanded it's Toy Loan program to Montebello at the new Community Center at Potrero Heights Park, 8051 Arroyo Drive.

The new Potrero Heights Community Center
The Toy Loan program works similar to that of a library. Children ages 3 and up are allowed to borrow one toy for a week. Children return the toy and after five, ten, fifteen, and twenty weeks of satisfactory returns the child is given a brand new toy to take home and keep.
The Toy Loan center is open on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30. Children must be accompanied by a parent to sign up for the program.
When children return toys their card is marked Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Pico Rivera has a Toy Loan center at Pico Park. Click below for times and more information.

Family Summer Night Events: Hacienda Heights Community Center

4th of July BBQ & Potluck: Potrero Heights Community Center

Hawaiian Luau: Potrero Heights Community Center

Saturday, June 25, 2016

First Sunday Picnic: Homestead Museum, City of Industry

Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum
15415 East Don Julian Road
City of Industry, California 91745

Racho Fiesta Days: Sanchez Adobe, Montebello

"Food will be offered with your $5 donation, burger, chips and soda. Historical costumes, music and the museum will be open for tours. For additional information contact Chris Vargas at 323-819-5103." -

Monday, June 20, 2016

Free Summer Lunch & Snack for Kids: Montebello

The summer food program is offered Monday-Friday.

City of Montebello Aquatics Program

Water Safety Day event runs from 1pm-4pm.
Open recreational swim is scheduled Monday-Saturday, from 1pm-4pm.

Last day for recreational or lap swimming is Monday, September 5, 2016.

Women's Health Symposium: San Gabriel Valley Medical Center

Meet the Grunion, Grunion Run: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Grunion are little silvery fish that come on shore to spawn. They can be easily seen swarming the beach in droves!

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

Cost $5 for adults, $1 for seniors/students/children.



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Regal/ Edwards Theatres $1 Summer Movies

Regal/Edwards Theatres is hosting Summer Movie Expressnow through 8/17/2016. 
Show times are Tuesday & Wednesday at 10am.
 All movies are $1. 

There are six other participating Regal/Edwards theatres in our area. All have their own start and end dates. The program runs for 9 weeks.

Edwards Alhambra Renaissance (last day 8/3)
Edwards West Covina (last day 8/3)
Edwards Cerritos Stadium (last day 8/17)
Edwards Long Beach Stadium (last day 8/17)
Regal La Habra Stadium (last day 8/10)
Regal LA Live (last day 8/17)
Edwards South Gate (last day 8/17)
Edwards Brea Stadium (last day 8/17)

Click here for Summer Movie Express listings.

$1 Summer Kid Movies: Kirkorian Theatre, Downey & Monrovia

Every Tuesday from June 14 - August 16 families can enjoy kid-friendly movies at the Krikorian Theatre in Downey & Monrovia for $1 per person. Movies are shown at 10am and 12:30pm. .
Krikorian Downey Cinema 10
8200 3rd Street, Downey 90241
Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12
410 South Myrtle Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016


FYI: The Kirkorian in Pico Rivera is no longer in business. It has been replaced by Cinépolis theatres.

Summer Concerts in the Park: Montebello 2016

Splash Zone Water Park: Rosemead

Splash Zone entrance. Plenty of street parking.
Splash Zone mini-water park, located at Garvey Park in Rosemead, is a huge hit with families. The facility features two water slides, a splash pad, and a 100 person capacity pool.

Swim wear is required to play in all three Splash Zone areas, but regular clothes are allowed for guests who want to sit and observe.

If you have questions visit Rosemead's Aquatic Center website, or call Splash Zone during operating hours at (626)569-2270. Splash Zone is available for private parties.

Splash Zone @ Garvey Park
3233 Kelburn Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770

Splash Zone is open for 2016!!
Open 7 days a week through 8/12.
Then nights/ weekends through end of August.
Weekends in September only. 
Monday-Friday 12:30 - 3:30 
Tuesdays &Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 4pm
$1 - Ages 17 and under
$2 - Ages 18 and over
Rosemead residents can purchase season passes.
Two water slides. Riders must be 40 inches tall to ride.

Splash Pad, similar to the one at Grant Rea Park, but this one is a bit larger.

The pool is shallow. Near the steps it's 2.5 feet, the deep end is 4.5 feet. When the pool reaches capacity, the life guards block it off with caution tape. Splash Zone guests then have to make a line to enter as other guests exit.
Kids 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.

A view of the whole park from the far side of the pool.

There are two picnic areas, this one near the pool. Most families bring snacks and/or lunch. Some bring in coolers on wagons, camp chairs, and blankets (for the small grassy area).

The second picnic area to the right of the slides.

There are a lot of shaded areas for parents to rest throughout Splash Zone.

There are male and female locker rooms, with toilets, sinks, showers, baby changing table, and a changing area with lockers. Lockers are free to use and measure about 10 inches deep by 18 inches high, bring your own lock.

If you plan on swimming and don't have a lock for the lockers, ask at the entrance for a basket to store your belongings in the lifeguard area.

CAVEAT: My cousin visited Splash Zone with her family on a hot weekend. She said it was packed. There was a line waiting to enter the facility and guests were only allowed to enter as other visitors exited due to capacity limitations. Once inside everyone was rotated out of the pool area, 30 minutes in the pool, then everyone was asked to visit another area while others were allowed in. She said it wasn't too fun.

I only visit Splash Zone with my kids on weekdays, and on days where it isn't scorching hot; I've always had a pleasant experience. If it's a really hot day, or you visit on the weekend, it will probably be very crowded. Plan to arrive at least 15-30 minutes before the center opens. Lines to enter form very early on peak attendance days.

CAVEAT #2: Near the end of the summer season in 2013, Splash Zone's hours of operation changed without notice. Double check the hours of operation later in the summer season.
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Summer Play Days: Disney Store 2016

This summer kids can visit the Disney Store and take part in Summer Play Days!

Fun events take place every day at the Disney Store through Labor Day, 8/5. At the end of each Play Day event, a wristband will be given to all participating children. Each week a new wristband will be distributed while supplies last. 
Play Days events typically last 15-20 minutes, and kids usually leave with a small token for participation, like a paper character mask, a sticker, or coloring page.
Call your local Disney Store or stop by and read the digital marquee that displays the events and times for the coming week.  Montebello Disney Store 322-720-1055.

Kids who attend a Disney Store Summer Play Days event every week and collect all 14 wristband will receive an exclusive Mickey & Minnie wristband set.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pasadena Chalk Festival: Father's Day Weekend

Think of an outdoor mall with hundreds of people making really cool chalk art on the sidewalk and you have the Chalk Art Festival.

Every year on Father's Day weekend the city of Pasadena hosts a Chalk Art Festival. The festival boasts the title of  World Largest Display of Chalk Pavement Art.

Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19
Paseo Colorado Shopping Center
280 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

In addition to the chalk artwork, there is a car show, live entertainment, and Kid's Chalk Land. The Chalk Festival is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the shopping center's parking structures, last year's parking prices were first 90 minutes free, then $1.50/30 minutes, $9 max.  For more information visit the Chalk Art Festival website or the Facebook page.

I attended this festival in 2012, and it was pretty fun.  It can get really crowded and there are a few going up/down stair situations that can get tricky with a stroller, leave the wheels behind if you can. My kids liked the children's area where they were able to make chalk art, but they had more chalk dust on their bodies and clothes than on their papers. There was also a car show and a few free sample carts last year. Sunday is a better day to attend because most of the artwork is near completion.


Father's Day Lego Event: Toys R Us

*Mini-Figures not included with LEGO Mini Winner's Podium. Event intended for ages 6-up. Parental supervision required at all times for minors. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participants only. Limit one per customer. Quantities limited; no rain checks.

Lego Free Mini-Build events occur at regular retail Toys R Us locations. They are not available at Toys R Us Express or Outlet stores.

Shops at Montebello KIDGITS club revamped for 2016!

Mark your calendar for the next Shops at Montebello Kidgit event: 
When I Grow Up
Saturday, June 18, Noon-1:30pm
The Montebello Fire Department firefighters, mascot, and Montebello Fire Explorers will be attending the event to share fire safety tips, and kids will even have a chance to try on fireman uniforms!
There will be a special performance by teen pop performer, Koda Corvette, at 1 p.m.
Kidgits members have the benefit of exclusive access to face painters and balloon artists at each event.
Montebello-Commerce YMCA will be on site to share information on the clubs’ summer programming for kids and teens, while Yogurtland will be present to distribute fun promotional items and coupons.

For the past five years the Simon KIDGITS club has been a staple of the Shops at Montebello.

In exchange for a $5 annual membership, kids ten and younger were invited to spin the wheel for a toy, and receive extra goodies at exclusive Kidgits events.

This past Easter was the debut of the new & improved Kidgits club! Highlights of the new program include:
  • FREE membership
  • Invitation to Kidgit events throughout the year
  • Access to all craft projects & goodies at Kidgit events
  • Coupons & discounts for mall retailers
This Kidgits revamp allows more families to participate in the program, and all children are invited to participate in every activity at Kidgit events.

Parents need only to stop by the Guest Services desk at Center Court to sign their children up for the Kidgits club, or sign up online.

My children have enjoyed the Kidgits club from it's very start. All the events are very well planned out, and the activities keep the kids engaged and entertained.

Here are some highlights from the Kidgits Easter event this past March.

Kids a decorated a crown & funny bunny with the help of Shops of Montebello volunteers.
Visit & photos with the Easter Bunny!
FYI: No purchase is necessary to visit the Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus. Parents can take their children through the line and tell the attendants that your child only wants to visit, no picture purchase is necessary.
Yogurtland is always in attendance at Kidgits Events with coupons for 3oz. of free yogurt!

Kidgit members also took home a wind-up bunny or chick as a fun Easter gift.

The Build-a-Bear bunny made an appearance and posed for pictures with kids.
Build-a-Bear associates were on hand to distribute a bag of cookie bites to all Kidgits members.

Crazy 8 had cute Easter outfits on display. After the Kidgit event I took my girls upstairs and found a perfect dress for my daughter. Crazy 8 was having a Buy-One-Get-One for 88¢ sale, so we picked up a white jean jacket to wear with her dress, and on Easter Sunday, she not only looked great, but she felt great too!

Learned something new: Yogurtland offers party boxes!
The manager will personally deliver the party boxes to your event. Contact the store for details.

I had to stop by the Shops at Montebello the following week to pick up some Easter candy, my two stops: The Sweet Factory for the "good" jelly beans & See's for my family's favorite hallow Easter Eggs with baby chick!


Mark your calendar for the next Shops at Montebello Kidgit event: 
When I Grow Up
Saturday, June 18, Noon-1:30pm