Friday, November 2, 2018

Used Book Sale & Boutique: East Los Angeles Library


Stock up on chapter books for silent reading or pictures books to read at home with your child at East Los Angeles' library Used Book Sale & Boutique.

Thousands of books, videos, DVDs, magazines, and audio books are available. The items sold are library discards,  or were donated by schools and private individuals. Most are in good/great condition and some are brand new!

The community room filled with books for sale.

The last sale had children's books start at 25 cents each. There are books for pre-schoolers though teenagers, and there are favorites such as Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, Little House on the Prairie, Junie B. Jones, Beverly Cleary, American Girl, Goosebumps, Chose your own Adventure, Magic School Bus, Roald Dahl, and more!

BONUS: Teachers, you get an additional discount! Just tell the cashier you are a teacher, they will probably guess when they see your huge pile of books, and they'll give you a huge discount. Once I was charged only 10 cents a book!

I picked up all these books, 27 in total, for only $14.25! Retail value is over $100! Average price, 53 cents/book.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sorrowful Soiree: Homestead Museum, City of Industry

From the Homestead Musuem website

Sorrowful Soirée 
Sunday, October 28, 3 to 7 p.m.

"Celebrate life as you learn about death at our very first Sorrowful Soirée. People's relationship with death changed dramatically between the time that the Workman and Temple families lived at the Homestead. Come and learn more as you enjoy special tours and activities. We'll also celebrate some favorite seasonal traditions of the modern day that have rich histories of their own like trick-or-treating and making costumes.
Free; picnics are welcome."

Halloween Festivities: Cathy Hensel Center, City Park, Montebello

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Pumpkin Festival: Kidspace Children's Museum

Pumpkin Festival @ Kidspace Children's Museum, Los Angeles [from 27 to 28 October]

The following information is from the KidSpace Museum website: 

"Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2018 | 9:30am to 5:00pm

Join us for the 24th Annual Pumpkin Festival, a family-friendly community tradition hosted in Brookside Park, in front of Kidspace. Kids will giggle with delight at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch. Parents will love the costume sale, and tasty picnic treats. Entrance to the festival, parking, and live performances are free, tickets can be purchased to enjoy activities and food. 

All proceeds benefit Kidspace Children's Museum a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Ticket Ranges for Festival Activities ($1 per ticket):
  • Rides (bouncers, pony rides, petting zoo) - 2-4 tickets per turn
  • Crafts - 2-4 tickets per craft
  • Games - 2-3 tickets per game
  • Books & Costumes - 1 ticket and up
  • Balloons & Other - 2 tickets
  • Food Vendors - 4-12 tickets per meal
  • Pumpkins - 4-12 tickets

Live Performance Schedule:

Saturday, October 27
  • 10:30am - Rumbling Rhythms Drum Circles
  • 12:00pm - Cleary Irish Dance
  • 12:30pm - CMDA Dance Team
  • 1:30pm - Riot Dance Troupe
  • 2:00pm - Revolution Dance Center
  • 2:30pm - Twinkle Toes Dance
  • 3:45pm - BARK
Sunday, October 28
  • 10:30am - Bad Posture
  • 12:00pm - Cleary Irish Dance
  • 1:00pm - The Hollow Trees
  • 2:30pm - Rumbling Rhythms Drum Circles
  • 3:45pm - The Alana Banana Show"
Besides the Pumpkin Festival, Kidspace Children's Museum is a fantastic place for kids to explore!

There is a huge outdoor area with lots of activities; I was there about a year ago and even my 14 year old had a great time running around and building things.  Tickets are $14 for everyone 1 year old and up, but discounts are available: AAA card holders $12, Military $10, EBT card holders $3, all discounts are vaild for up to 4 guests. Click here for ticket pricing information.

If you love Kidspace, and you will, consider purchasing a Family Membership and enjoy free admission every day. Prices range from $89 for a 3 month membership to $199 for a full year of fun. Click here for membership information.

Halloween Fair: Golf n' Stuff, Norwalk

Halloween @ the Shops at Montebello

Take the kids for some early Halloween fun at the Shops at Montebello!

Wednesday, October 31

Two hours of trick or treating at mall retailers 
a Disney Jr. PlayDate at Center Court! 

Food Truck & Family Movie Night: Rosewood Park, Commerce

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Halloween Spooktacular: Smith Park, Pico Rivera

The following information is from the city of Pico Rivera website:

"Experience a frightful evening of ghoulish fun at this popular event.  The fun begins with food, carnival type games, spooky arts & crafts, and activities the whole family can enjoy. Halloween bags will be provided for children to collect their Halloween treats (while supplies last).
The popular Halloween costume contest gets underway at 5:00 p.m. in the following costume categories:  Cutest, Scariest or Most Creative.  Costume Contest is divided into seven age divisions: 2 years and under, 3-5 years old, 6-8 years old, 9-11 years old, 12-14 years old, 15-17 years old, and Adult & Family/Group. 
Costume Contest Times
5:00 p.m.             2 yrs & under
5:30 p.m.             3-5 yrs
6:00 p.m.             6-8 yrs
6:30 p.m.             9-11 yrs
7:00 p.m.             12-14 yrs
7:30 p.m.             15 - 17 yrs
7:45 p.m.       Adult & Family/Group
Admission is FREE with nominal fees for food and amusements."

Tidepool Walk: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro

Tidepool Walk
Discover what lurks beneath the waves at low tide as you walk across creviced rocks at the Point Fermin tide pools. Start at the aquarium auditorium for a preview of the marine life that may be found in the tidepools and tidepool etiquette, then venture out along the freshly exposed rock with a museum docent to guide the way.
The event is free of charge and reservations are not required.  My family attended a tidepool walk last year and we all had a great time! 

TIDEPOOL TIPS: Children must be supervised. You will be walking on wet craggy rocks and must be careful where you step. It is suggested that everyone wear sneakers or boots, and long pants (in case you fall, you will rip your pants, and not your skin). Parking at the aquarium is $1/hour. 

This event is worth the drive!

2018 Dates
Friday, November 23, 2pm
Saturday, November 24, 2:30pm
Sunday, November 25, 2:30pm (Spanish) 3pm (English)
Sunday, December 9, 3pm
Wednesday, December 19, 11:30am
Thursday, December 20, 12:30pm
Friday, December 21, 1pm
Saturday, December 22, 2pm
Sunday, December 23, 2pm (Spanish), 2:30 (English)

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

Girl Empowerment Conference: East Los Angeles College

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From the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation Facebook page:

"The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation invites young women ages 11-18 to a Girl Empowerment Conference at East Los Angeles College on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Girls will have the opportunity to network and attend informative workshops that will help them build their confidence and explore pathways to realize their dreams. Please visit your local county park to sign up, or for more information, please call (323) 260-2360 or (661) 294-3508."

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Observatory Nights: Rio Hondo College

The Gordon D. Crowell Astrophysical Observatory at Rio Hondo College is open for free public observation on selected Friday nights throughout the year.
After a moderate 1/2 mile hike to the observatory, a staff member will explain what is visible in the night sky, and allow visitors to look through a 14" telescope.

Remaining Dates for 2018: 

I took a group of Girl Scouts to one of the observatory nights in 2016. A couple of the Girl Scout moms had to stop and catch their breath while hiking up the road to the observatory as the paved road is quite steep. Overall we had a good time, but a large crowd made for long lines at the telescope.
Note: Near the end of the Rio Hondo college semester the event is usually heavily attended because Astronomy students are given extra credit for attending. If you want to experience this telescope with your family I suggest attending early in the college semester to avoid larger crowds and bringing a flashlight to double check for potholes in the road on the way up.