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Deal Alert: Day Out with Thomas


All aboard!  Day Out with Thomas will be back in Southern California for 5 days in November. Get your tickets before they sell out and at a discount! Thomas will be pulling into the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris so that he can take you and your Thomas fan out for a ride.  The event includes Thomas and Friends storytelling, a viewing station for Thomas and Friends videos, a petting zoo, entertainment, an Imagination Station and of course, a ride on Thomas himself.  Discounted ($2 off) tickets are on sale through September 1 for select boarding times on the 7th, 8th, 11th, 14th and 15th of November. Save on service charges by calling the museum directly. (951) 943-3020.

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Scholastic “Back-to-School” Warehouse Sale

If you’re in the market for books, the Scholastic warehouse sale will be on August 19-22.  Everything is 50%-80% off! Register online to find the location nearest you and get a coupon for $10 off $50 purchase.

Happy shopping!

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Sand Sculptures

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The 83rd Great Sand Sculpture contest is this weekend, August 15-16 at Granada Beach in Long Beach from 10 am til the evening.  There will be sculptures built by professionals and sculptures built by amateur groups.   The event will also include a kid’s zone, arts and crafts, vendors, live music, and food on both days!  There is free street parking on Ocean Blvd and a couple of paid parking lots that cost $1/hour. Parking at the Granada Beach launch is $12. Viewing all the sculptures will probably take about an hour or less.  It’s going to be hot this weekend so pack your beach gear because the kids will inevitably want to splash around in the waves.  When we went last year, being the prepared mother that I am, my kids were soaked from head to toe when it was time to head home.  I didn’t even have a towel.

Granada Beach
1 Granada Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


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Rocker Fever 2015

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On Saturday, the Columbia Memorial Space Center welcomes you for a fun filled day of rocketing. Admission is FREE!  Enjoy interactive exhibits, rocket flying fun, and much more! Rocket launches will be held all day long on the “launch fields” at the Discovery Sports Complex. For more information, click here.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way
Downey, California 90242

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Book Bingo

Escape the heat and play Book Bingo at the Artesia Library today.  The event starts at 2:00 p.m. and all children are welcome.  You might even get lucky and come home with some free books!

While you’re there, consider signing up for their Summer Reading program (since Cerritos library’s is over).

Artesia Library
18722 S. Clarkdale Ave.
Artesia, CA 90701
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The 52nd Annual Cultural Festival at the Southeast Japanese Community Center is this weekend. There will be games, martial arts and dance demonstrations, and of course lots of delicious food. 

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Eat More Chikin


Tuesday, July 14 is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! If you show up at any Chick-fil-A location dressed as a cow from head to toe, you will receive a free meal.  People who are partially dressed will receive a free entree.  You can click here for an easy DIY costume.


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Splendid Warehouse Sale!



Splendid | Ella Moss Warehouse Sale

Splendid/Ella Moss warehouse sale happening this weekend!   Splendid and Ella Moss are my favorite contemporary sportswear brands. Everything is fairly casual but the fabrics are super duper soft and luxurious.  At a department store, the average retail for a top is about $60 & up but at the sale, it’s $20. This is how some of the items were priced at the last sale.

They also have stuff for kids and men as well. There are no dressing rooms so plan on pulling stuff over what you’re wearing. Parking is $10 in the building or there is metered parking, which is $4 an hour. Happy Shopping!


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Summer Reading Program

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Registration for the Cerritos Library’s Summer Reading program will begin on Monday, June 22nd in the Art Studio.  The program will run through Sunday, July 5.  This annual event is themed Get Fired Up about Reading.  This is a great program that is completely free as long as someone in your family has a library card.  Each week children track their reading requirement of 30 minutes a day and at the end of the week, they can redeem it for a prize.  At the end of the program, they are awarded a book to take home.   You can sign up online prior to going to the library to pick up the materials.

Aside from the Cerritos Library, other local libraries also offer summer reading programs.  Both Los Angeles County Public libraries and Orange County Public libraries have summer reading programs.   If that’s not enough for  you, here are some additional summer reading programs:

  • Barnes and Noble Summer Reading:  Read 8 books and bring completed reading journal to a Barnes and Noble store.  Choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.
  • Book Adventure: Free incentive program sponsored by Sylvan learning where your child can earn points to trade in for prizes.  Choose from a list of books and take quizzes to determine their comprehension of what they read.
  • Chuck E. Cheese:  Earn 10 tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row.  Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free token.  I’m just not sure it’s worth the headache but if you’re going there anyways, you might as well.
  • Scholastic Summer Challenge:  Read * Log In * Win Prizes–that pretty much sums it up.
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Go Fish

Fish derby 2015

On Saturday, June 6, the 2015, the Cerritos Kids Fishing Derby will be held at Cerritos Regional Park, 19700 Bloomfield Avenue. The event begins at 7 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast followed by the fishing derby from 8 to 11 a.m. Children, ages 5 to 15 years, can participate in free fishing and angler safety lessons sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game. Each child will receive a free T-shirt and be eligible to compete for prizes in various categories. Be sure to get there early to secure a good spot.

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