Have you visited Rancho Los Cerritos yet? It only popped up on my radar because my friend toured it as part of her son’s Cub Scout requirement. Rancho Los Cerritos was once the home of the Bixby family, who developed the Long Beach area. It is a beautifully preserved and one of the few remaining two-story adobe homes from the Mexican Rancho period.
On Sunday, December 8 from 1-4 p.m., Rancho Los Cerritos will host an Old Time Christmas Festival. It will feature costumed docents, festive holiday music, old-fashioned crafts, and light refreshments. Youngsters will also enjoy storytelling, a visit with Santa, and more! Even if you don’t make it out for this event, I still highly recommend a visit to this historic site. They are open Wednesday thru Sunday from 1-5 p.m. All tours are free and led by a living history docent.
Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, California 90807
SimpleRockets is free today for reddit cakeday (whatever that means) so grab it now while it’s free. Regularly $1.99, this app will appeal to all those aspiring rocket scientists out there. I studied the “training” manual with my son and it’s not only fun, it’s educational. I have had a much more difficult time finding educational apps that appeal to my older child and this one definitely fits the bill. Players can build their own rockets, launch them and then explore the solar system. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
One of our favorite app developers, Dr. Panda is offering one of their apps for free right now. Normally $1.99, Dr. Panda’s Daycare allows your child to care for their little animal friends from playtime to naptime.
Another app gone free is Peekaboo, which is a look-and-find app also geared towards young children. This app is also regularly $1.99 and only compatible with the iPad.
Oh no! What’s wrong you say? It’s time again for the Splendid/Ella Moss warehouse sale and I have to agonize over whether to go shopping or not. On top of that, they are extending it for a day! If you’re unfamiliar with these brands, Splendid and Ella Moss can be described as upscale contemporary sportswear. Everything is very casual but the fabrics are super duper soft and luxurious. Average retail for a top is about $60 & up at a department store but at the sale, it’s $20. This is how some of the items were priced at the last sale in June. It was a mad house and the line to pay by credit card was about an hour long but I think it was worth it because I’m worth it. (ha…I couldn’t resist)
If you want to alleviate some guilt for shopping, buy something for your kids. They have kids and men’s clothing 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 meter parking, which is $4 an hour.
The LA County Junior Golf Program has just started accepting applications for 2014. It is a year round program that offers FREE golf lessons to juniors, 18 and under. Week-long after school and summer programs as well as one day clinics are offered. The program travels to all five Los Angeles County Supervisorial Districts, including 17 golf course properties.
Frontier Baseball is already registering kids for the Spring 2014 season. An information meeting will be held at Cerritos Park East on November 14 from 6:30-7:30. If you sign up before Thanksgiving, you can save $20.
Some of you may already know about this but Cerritos Library is currently running the Cover to Cover reading program sponsored by In-n-Out. Read five books and get a coupon for a free hamburger, cheeseburger, or grilled cheese. All kids ages 4-12 are eligible to participate. Program runs October 7, 2013 to November 17, 2013. Earn up to three coupons per child. See a librarian in the Children’s library to sign up. Check your local library if you do not have a library card for Cerritos library.
On Saturday, check out Home Depot for their free kids’ workshop. Between 9 am-12 pm, kids can build their own tabletop ship. HD is asking parents to register online first, but I’m sure if you show up without doing it, they will still let your kids participate.
It’s Target Free Day this Sunday at the La Habra Children’s Museum. Visitors will enjoy the festivities of Dia de Los Muertos while making decorated sugar skulls, whimsical calavera masks and other colorful crafts! On free days, there are two entry times: 1pm-2:45pm, and 3:15-5:00pm. The current exhibit is Egypt: Land of the Ancients.
Registration begins on Saturday, November 2 for the City of Cerritos youth basketball league at the Cerritos Sports Complex from 10 am to 4 pm if you are a resident and again on November 6 from 4 pm to 8 pm. For non-residents, registration begins on November 9. If this is your first time signing up, bring a hat and a chair and be prepared to stand in a long a** line! Based on my own experience, the wait time is about an hour and a half. The fee is $45 and you get a jersey and a trophy at the end of the season. The kids are divided by birth year so kids born in 2008 will be entering Rookie I and so forth.
The Cerritos Sports Complex is located at 19900 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos. See you in line!
Have you always wanted to see what it’s like in jail without actually getting arrested? How about a haunted one at that? This year you have two opportunities! The Lakewood Sheriff’s Station becomes ‘The Haunted Jail’ on Friday, October 25, from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Along with a scary jail for visitors 12 and older, there is also a less scary version for younger children. There will be public displays from various Sheriff’s Department units as well as kids games and even a bounce house.
Lakewood Station is located at 5130 Clark Avenue. The best place to park is on the south end of Civic Center Drive on or near the vacant lot and Angelo M. Iacoboni Library. More parking becomes available after library and city hall business hours.
Cerritos Sheriff Station will also be hosting it’s own Haunted Jail on Saturday, October 26 from 12 to 8 pm. There will be a kid-friendly Halloween-themed fair with jumpers, face painting, crafts, and candy. A scary tour of the haunted jail with special effects will be available for the older crowd.
Cerritos Station is located at 18135 Bloomfield Avenue right next to the library.