Saturday, November 11, 2017

Holiday Snow Village: Barnes Park, Monterey Park

Holiday Snow Village
Friday, December 1, 2017
Barnes Park Ampitheatre 
350 S Mc Pherrin Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

The city of Monterey Park will host it's annual snow day at Barnes Park. The fun will include a tree lighting ceremony, sledding on "real" snow, photos with Santa, refreshments and live entertainment by local schools. Click here for more information.

Note: Closed-toe shoes are required in the snow play area.

Mickey's Birthday Celebration: Disney Store

I spoke with a Disney Store Cast Member and was told that the store will be celebrating all day, but a free gift will be given out to the first guests that visit the Disney Store on Saturday, November 18. The Cast Member said last year Guests received a pin, they have not been told what the free gift will be this year, but last year all the pins were distributed within the first hour of the store opening. The Disney Store will open at 10am on November 18. This event will occur at all regular retail Disney Stores, including the location at the Shops at Montebello.

COCO Event: Disney Store

This Disney Store COCO movie event will occur at all regular retail Disney Store locations, including the Shops at Montebello location. The fine print reads: "Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before the event begins. Guest must participate to receive free prize. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last."

Star Party, Garvey Ranch Observatory: Wednesday Nights, 7:30-10pm

Take part in a Star Party every Wednesday night at Garvey Ranch Park Observatory in Monterey Park!

The Los Angeles Astronomical Society hosts the weekly event and the website says, "The Garvey Ranch Observatory is open to the public every Wednesday evening from 7:00 PM to 10 PM. Go into the dome to use the 8 Inch Refractor or observe through one of our telescopes on the lawn. Visit our workshop to learn how you can build your own telescope, grind your own mirror, or sign up for our free seasonal astronomy classes."

Stay all night or stop by for a quick glance through the telescope. I brought my kids in their pajamas after dinner. We only stayed about 10 minutes; it was a fun outing!

Wednesday Nights
7:00 - 10pm
781 S. Orange Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bookmobile visits Montebello

The L.A. County Public Library has a bookmobile that visits Montebello every month. Much like a traditional library, a librarian is on site to process library cards, check out books, assist with research, and manage holds.

The 27 foot long Bookmobile has thousands of titles of books, movies, music, and magazines to lend to patrons, is climate controlled, and wheelchair accessible.

The Bookmobile's schedule is on a three week cycle, and visits Montebello select Fridays from 1:30-3:30pm. Items checked out of the bookmobile have a three-week lending period, can be renewed online, and are returnable to the bookmobile or any L.A. County library.

L.A. County Bookmobile
Approximately every 3rd Friday
Potrero Heights Park
8051 Arroyo Dr.
Montebello, CA

Bookmobile Schedule for 2017-2018
 Friday, November 24
Friday, December 15
Friday, January 5, 2018
Friday, January 26
Friday, February 16
Friday, March 9
Friday, March 30

A special thanks to Facebook friend Strella T. for sharing the Bookmobile information!


LA County Museum of Art: Free Family Sunday Events!

November 12
November 19
 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Free hands-on art activities for families most every Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art!

Families can visit three art stations at their leisure and use a variety of supplies to create their own works of art.

All children 17 and under children can sign up for a free LACMA NexGen Membership. Each child will get a lanyard and membership card which serves as a ticket for the child and one adult to visit the museum anytime for free!

This event is outdoors. Dress comfortably, you may have to kneel or sit on the grass or in the sun at some point. Try to arrive early, the stations tend to run out of the more popular crafts in the last hour. Every month features a different theme, so try to visit at least once a month.

LACMA parking is $14, or you can try your luck at finding metered or free street parking.

The NEXGEN booth.
Look for a canopy with these happy people when you visit LACMA for the family art day.
They will issue free NEXGEN passes to your children and give you passes that allow free access to the museum.

After having fun at Andell Family Art Sunday, visit the LACMA exhibits!

Metropolis II, a moving kinetic sculpture involving hundreds of hot wheel type cars.

 Levitated Mass.

Penetrable exhibit.


Create your own work of art in the Boone Children's Gallery.


Snow in the Park: City Park, Montebello

Pancake Breakfast & Toy Drive: Montebello Fire Department

Montebello Fire Department Toy Drive
Saturday, December 16
Montebello Fire Station
600 N. Montebello Blvd
Bring in a new unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more and receive a free pancake breakfast as a thank you!
Toys gathered will be distributed to children living with the city of Montebello.
All food & seating is indoors! 


Veteran's Day Ceremony: Montebello City Park

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Disney Store Summer Play Days

Everyday at 3pm
Disney Store
Shops at Montebello
Upper Level near Center Court
All children are invited to celebrate summer at the Disney Store. Interactive events vary, and typically last 15-20 minutes. All children will receive a fun embroidered patch as a thank you for participating.
The Summer Play Days events occurs at all regular retail Disney Store locations now through August 9th, 2017. The Disney Store event fine print reads, "Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Guest participation required to receive a patch."

Used Book Sale at East L.A. Library

This sale will be a smaller lobby sale, but a wide range of books will still be available at heavily discounted prices.
To see what to expect at this sale, click here.

Monday, June 12, 2017


Schurr High School
Tuesday, June 13, 6:30, East L.A. College
Montebello High School
Wednesday, June 14, 6pm
Bell Gardens High School
Wednesday, June 14, 6pm, East L.A. College
Vail High School
Thursday, June 15, 5pm
Applied Technology Center
Thursday, June 15, 6:30pm


Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Victorian Fair: Homestead Museum

For more information visit

Our Lady of Miraculous Medal School Carnival

Save big on carnival rides with
half-price pre-sale tickets!

Discount ride tickets will be sold at OLMM School 
Wednesday & Thursday
 only while supplies last.

For more information visit: or call (323)728-5435


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

E-Waste Recycling Event

Boy Scout Troop 546 is raising money for summer camp and need your electronic waste!

Drop off your old TV, VCR, computer, anything with electronics inside, this Saturday in Uptown Whittier, or call and arrange a free pick-up!

Montebello Unified School District: Open Enrollment

The following letter, announcing Open Enrollment, was delivered to MUSD families this past week.

What it means is that from now through 2/3/2017, parents can request that their child(ren) attend a different school within Montebello Unified School District for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parents can request a change of schools anytime throughout the school year, but making the request during Open Enrollment requires the least amount of paper & legwork from parents.

If you are interested in making the change for your children stop by MUSD offices, at 123 S. Montebello Blvd., and complete the form.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Volunteer with the Family at Beach Clean-Ups

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
First Saturday of Every Month
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
3720 Stephen M. White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731
The CMA website reads, "On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators and volunteers in a beach cleanup, clearing the shore of marine debris. Meet at the steps in front of the auditorium.

 [Large] groups are required to make reservations by the Thursday before the event: Call Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, 310-548-7562."

 Click here fore more information.
30 Minute Beach Cleanup
3rd Saturday of Every Month
1 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, 90803
Sign in by 10am and get a raffle ticket for giveaways!

The website says, "We provide   • Free giveaways • Trash bags • Gloves • Refreshments • Volunteer Service Verification Forms • Free street parking and beachfront parking passes are available at the sign-in tent."

Montebello Historical Society Event at Sanchez Adobe

Visit for more information.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Kidspace Children's Museum: Free Admission, 1st Tuesday/Month

The KidSpace Children's Museum
Free Family Nights
 4 - 8 P.M.
First Tuesday of every month

From the website:
"Families can engage with special programming and performers that highlight cultures and traditions from around the world. Expect crowds and long admission lines during the spring and summer months."
The KidSpace Museum offers free parking in the adjacent lots.
480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 449-9144

There are two large indoor climbing structures, this is the smaller of the two, the other is about three stories high!

Father & son enjoying a physics lesson.

The hawk's nest, accessible by stairs or ramp.

Large climbing wall, that challenged even my 13 year old!

Small stream & pond, kids are welcome to play in the water!

National Parks Free Admission Days

Free Entrance Days at National Parks!
All entrance fees are waived, save up to $30 per vehicle!

Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park.
Monday, January 16

Monday, February 20

Saturday, April 15- Sunday, April 16

Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23

Friday, August 25

Saturday, September 30

 Saturday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 12
  • Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
  • Death Valley National Park, Death Valley
  • John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez (Northern California)
  • Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral (Northern California)
  • Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake (extreme Northeast California)
  • Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley (near San Fransisco)
  • Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines (off the 101 by King City)
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco
  • Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers (off the 99 by Visalia)
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown (Northwest California by Eureka)
  • Yosemite National Park, (Central California)
A meadow in Yosemite Valley.

Waterfall at Yosemite

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific: Shark Lagoon Free Admission Most Friday Nights!
Aquarium of the Pacific
Most Every Friday
6:00 - 9:00pm


Double check the dates before heading out by clicking the more information link below. 

From 6:00 - 9:00 pm most Friday nights the Shark Lagoon is open to the public for free! The Shark Lagoon is the outside area in the rear of the aquarium. There are large touch tanks and a children's play area. The event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Parking can be up to $8, click here for parking details.

Shark Lagoon Play Area