Friday, September 30, 2016

Family Health Festival: Beverly Hospital

Blessing of the Animals: Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church

Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church
820 N. Garfield Avenue, Montebello, 90640

Lego Bricktober Events: Toys R Us

Visit or click here for details.
Click here to see details of the mini-figures that are free with $50 Lego purchase each week in October. 

Great Pumpkin Event: Michaels Craft Stores

Great Pumpkin Event
Saturday, 10/1 & Sunday, 10/2
Purchase a 9" craft pumpkin for a special price of $7, and carve or decorate the pumpkin in store using Michael's tools and supplies for free!  Click here for details.

Disney Store Event: Star Wars Rouge One: Rebel Mission

Rouge One isn't scheduled to hit theatres until December, but the Disney Store is launching it's Rough One merchandise today. To celebrate children are invited to learn more about the Star Wars story by attending a Rouge One: Rebel Mission event at selected Disney Store locations, (Montebello is participating!).

Usually children who participate in a Disney Store event are given a special take-home items such as a certificate, sticker, mask, or button as a thank you for attending.

Fine print reads: " Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Guest must participate in event to receive giveaway. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last. See Cast Member for details."


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Kids: Decorate your own FrankenPumpkin

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores are hosting a free pumpkin decorating event for kids 12 and under.
Saturday, October 1
There are OSH stores in South Pasadena, Monrovia, Lakewood, Cerritos, & Pasadena.


Monday, September 26, 2016

CicLAvia: A day to play in the streets of Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Gary Leonard, CicLAvia.
A block party event throughout the city of Los Angeles!

Sunday, October 16
9am - 4pm

5.75 miles of roads closed to traffic!

Play in the street!
Ride your bike from end to end!

The route changes at every CicLAvia.
This route runs throughout downtown L.A.

My husband and son have participated in a few CicLAvia events and both said it was great! My husband recommends the event that kids be very comfortable riding because the atmosphere can be overwhelming, especially at intersections where it can get crowded. Kids who tend to weave back and forth on their bikes or are not experienced may end up crashing with other riders. You can read about CicLAvia safety here.

You can purchase an MTA day pass and use the trains & subways to get around. My husband suggests not relying on bus transportation because there is only space on a racks for two bikes and every bus was full.

Childhood Immunizations

 Childhood Immunizations
Wednesday, October 19
Wednesday, November 16
Beverly Hospital
Women's Care Center
1920 W. Whittier Blvd, Montebello, 90640
Immunizations are provided free of charge.
All vaccines offered except Varicella or TB testing.
Please bring yellow immunization card.
For all children from newborns through 18 years.

College Fair

Gear Up for High School Night

September 28, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm
Don Bosco Technical Institute
1151 San Gabriel Blvd, Rosemead, 91770
An evening with admissions representatives from local private high schools to learn about the admissions process, student life, youth ministry, service opportunities, and more.
Click here for more information.

Montebello Artwalk

Family Health Fair

Kids Health Fair & Harvest Festival

Please join us at the 3rd Annual Kidz Health Fair - Harvest Festival at LAC+USC Medical Center.  This event is to bring awareness to the community of the pediatric services available at the medical center.  We have exhibitors from nutrition to financial planning as well as Super Heroes, Zumba dancers and therapy dogs.  It's a day filled with games and prize giveaways.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lego Mini-Build @ Toys R Us Stores

Saturday, September 24
Free Lego Mini-Build
Disney Princess "Lumiere" character

Toys R Us Fine Print: "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. While supplies last. LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group ©2016 The LEGO Group."

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Free Apps for Kids: Duck Duck Moose

I recently received an email from Khan Academy, an online educational support site for kids, stating they've partnered with Duck Duck Moose to provide educational kids apps free.

I've downloaded five Duck Duck Moose apps and they have all received a thumbs up from my kids. The apps are intended for ages 8 and under, but some of them are so fun my 10 & 13 year old ask to play!

Duck Duck Moose has over 20 apps to download. Simply go the app store for your device and search for "duck duck moose," click to download and start playing right away. All the apps are free, with no advertising, or in-app purchases.

My kid's top Duck Duck Moose favorites are:

ChatterPix- take a picture of a person or object, draw a mouth, add optional decorations, and record your voice to make the person or object talk. Here is a ChatterPix my kids made.

Build-a-Truck- kids experiment with building a truck using a variety of customized parts. They test the design on one of three tracks to see which design performs better. My kids and I have made a lot of dud trucks, some of which were too heavy, and some with not a big enough engine, and we are still trying to build the perfect truck that will work on all terrains.

Musical Me!- this app offers several musical games, but my kids' favorite is the "Notes" game which allows the movement of musical notes on a treble clef staff to change a song, they also like the "Memory" game which is very much like old time Simon game, but with music notes.


We can only keep our kids isolated from technology and media for so long, the least we parents can do is control the types of media our kids are exposed to and make sure it's educational. Duck Duck Moose apps are one way to go, and the price of free can't be beat.