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Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier & Mermaid Festival June 25 & 26, 2016


It’s a Pirate Invasion in Long Beach this weekend!  Starting at 10 a.m. the Pirate Invasion will be kicking off at the Belmont Pier.   Admission is free!  Some of the highlights include a real live pirate battle for treasure with cannons and swords as well as other live entertainment.  Go get your pirate on!  Maybe they’ll have some Aaartichoke to munch on.

Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
25 39th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803 

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Summer Reading Program

SRP Posters

Registration for the Cerritos Library’s Summer Reading program will begin on Monday, June 20th in the Art Studio.  This year’s event is themed Read, White and Blue.  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.   Many people forget that Artesia library is right off South Street. My kids loved being part of two reading programs and getting twice the rewards for their reading. 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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FREE!! National Day of Play @ Gymboree

Gymboree Long Beach - national day of play
It’s been awhile since my kids were Gymboree eligible but it brings back fond memories of bubbles everywhere and chasing my son around everywhere.  In honor of Gymboree Play & Music’s 40th anniversary, on June 25th, 10 AM to 4 PM,  Gymboree Play & Music of Long Beach will be opening its doors for all to join (members/non-members) in the play event of the year. This is a FREE event for children ages 0 to 5 years, all are welcome to drop-in for spectacular play activities, flying parachutes, blasts of bubbles, art, music, refreshments and more!
Gymboree Play and Music
4148 N. Viking Way, Long Beach, CA 90808
Even if you don’t get a chance to visit Gymboree during this event, follow the link above to try a class for free. Your Long Beach Gymboree is owned by a local mom and we love to support our local mom based businesses!
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Family Freeeeeeeee Day

It’s JANM Free Family Day at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo!  Saturday’s theme is Celebrating Family and as always, they will have some really fun craft activities throughout the day.  Parking can be a pain as well as expensive around Little Tokyo so for some added fun, consider taking the Gold Line (or the King Taco line as we like to call it) to the Little Tokyo station.  It will drop you off right across the street from the museum.  Most of the stations have free parking.  If you want to drive, there is parking across the street for $6.50.  If you’re hungry, check out my favorite ramen spot, Shin-Sen-Gumi, which is a block down the street. I just learned that they validate parking in the Office Depot lot too.

Have a nice weekend!!

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Go Fish

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On Saturday, June 4, the 2016 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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ABC Summer Enrichment Program

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Summer is rapidly descending upon us and parents all over are scrambling to find things to occupy those little brilliant minds.  For those of you with incoming 6th to 9th grade students (2016-2017 school year), the ABC Education Foundation has announced its inaugural 2016 Summer Enrichment Program.  The Summer Enrichment Program will be held over several sessions spanning June 27 – August 5, 2016. Various classes will be offered by credentialed teachers at Tetzlaff Accelerated Learning Academy, 12351 Del Amo Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703. Class sizes are limited to small sizes to provide optimal teacher/student ratios. Visit their site to learn more about the programs and to register.

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Splendid Warehouse Sale!


You are invited to our Warehouse Sale

The Splendid/Ella Moss warehouse sale is here again 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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Sunday, May 15 is Museums of the Arroyo Day and it only happens once a year.  What does that mean?  It means that six museums located in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors — free of charge — from noon to 5 for one day only.  The 6 museums are The Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the Autry’s Historic Southwest museum.  There is a free shuttle service available so you can explore all the museums conveniently. For more information, click here.

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Open Firehouse

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On Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, all neighborhood Fire Stations in the county of Los Angeles will be expecting your visit.  Get a personal tour of your neighborhood Fire Station from one of your neighborhood fireman.  We visited fire station #30 in Cerritos on Pioneer and it was so fascinating and informative.  Hope you get a chance to visit.

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Hudson Warehouse Sale


The  Hudson warehouse sale is here again for 2 days on 5/13 and 5/14.  The sale is very well organized and the best selection is on the first day.  This year, the price range is $20-$50. In the past, the seconds were $40 and regular production was $60.  By seconds, they mean there are slight imperfections and/or irregularities.  I picked up 3 pairs of seconds for the price of one at full price and I love them.  I never noticed the difference.  You do have to know your size and fit though because you cannot try anything on so stop by Nordstrom and try on a couple of pairs before you go.

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