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