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Tomorrow is June 1st

Tomorrow is June 1st and that means you can reserve tickets for Free Day at the Huntington Library in San Marino.   The Huntington Library hosts a free day once a month but you must have tickets in order to go.  A limited quantity are available the first day of each month preceding the month you wish to visit so the upcoming free day you are reserving tickets for is July 5.  Tickets will be available starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow and most of the tickets are gone within minutes.  It’s like trying to register for City of Cerritos swimming classes.

Registration for library programs also opens at 10 a.m. for Cerritos residents.

Good luck!

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FREE App: 500 Chinese Characters

 

Check out HongEn’s 500 Preschool Chinese Characters geared towards children ages 3-6.

500 Chinese Characters classify and conclude 500 Chinese Characters in a ladder form, display their shapes, pronunciations, words and pictures.

Get it while it’s free–this IPad app is regularly $1.99.  Here is the link thatwill take you there:

http://appshopper.com/education/500-chinese-characters-preschool-must-have

Do you know of any other awesome Chinese learning apps?

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We love Stella & Sam!

Life at Warp Speed

Go There Square: A Stella and Sam Adventure for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Another great e-book Stella and Sam iPad app gone free. This is another wonderful addition to this fantastic book app series. This is my previous review slightly edited about Stella and Sam.

Stella and Sam Adventures are a series of best-selling picture books and television written and created by Marie-Louise Gay. This series airs on Disney Junior in Canada which is why you may not be familiar with the books or the series. This is the 4th offering in a series of innovative e-books (Backyard at Twilight, In the Snow and Rainy Days). This app comes to you from Tickle Tap, an award-winning developer, and is being offered for free download for a limited time. Normally, this app is $2.99. The app is designed to support both English and French languages.

This is a cute…

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Last chance for Splash passes

Splash! La Mirada Aquatic Center is still offering season passes for $49 until May 31.  After that, the price will jump to it’s regular rate of $64.  If you don’t have a pool (like I don’t have a pool) and you’ll be with your kids all summer (like I will be with my kids all summer), this might be a worthwhile investment.  Admission is regularly $16.95 for adults, and $11.95 for kids so you just have to go 3 or 4 times to break even on this little venture.  My friends have told me that this place is great and not so big where you will lose your kids. They be will open May 26 through September 30.  Let me know what you decide and maybe we’ll see you there!

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Preschool Fair

MOMS Club of Lakewood, CA (MOMS) will host its first annual Preschool Fair on Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the community room at San Martin Park (5231 Ocana Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712). Free and open to the public, the fair is a community event that will provide a forum for parents of young children to receive information about area preschools, ask questions of school representatives, and sign up for tours. Kids will also be able to enjoy crafts and face painting. “Our organization hosts community service activities each year,” stated Lisa Klimas, stay-at-home mom and current MOMS Club of Lakewood President. “Many of our members have children who are preschool age or younger, and are in the process of deciding on preschools. Considering the large number of preschool options available in our community and the time and energy it takes to research them, we felt it would be helpful for both our members and the public to offer a forum for parents to receive information on several local schools at one time.” As the first preschool fair of its kind to be held in the Greater Lakewood Area, MOMS has secured several preschools. Some of the many schools attending are: ABC Parent Education Preschool, Bellflower Unified School District, Bethany Lutheran Preschool, Cerritos Learning Tree Pre-School, Concordia Lutheran School, First Steps Christian Pre-School, Golden West Preschool, Long Beach City College Child Development Center, Long Beach Day Nursery, Montessori School Eureka, Practical Parent Talk, St. Timothy Lutheran School, and Twain Child Development Center. MOMS recognizes that once you have decided your child is ready, choosing the right preschool can seem daunting. It is important to weigh each aspect of the preschool and make a decision that is good for you and your child. MOMS hopes that this fair will assist families in understanding their options, in what is known as the first step in a child’s academic journey. To obtain more information about the free community preschool fair or to be a sponsor, please contact Lisa Klimas at lbklimas@gmail.com or (562) 508-7650. About MOMS Club of Lakewood: MOMS Club of Lakewood, CA is a locally registered non-profit membership organization that serves mothers in Lakewood, Bellflower, Cerritos, and surrounding areas; one of many chapters of MOMS Club International (www.momsclub.org).   “MOMS” stands for MOMS offering moms support. Activities include, but are not limited to: monthly meetings, park days, family gatherings, parties, outings, activity groups, play groups, arts and crafts, and a monthly MOMS night out. Gatherings are primarily during the day, when mothers at home typically need support. MOMS Club of Lakewood is also committed to helping needy children and its community through a variety of service projects. A partial list of organizations supported by MOMS Club of Lakewood is: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, Children Today, Get on the Bus, Long Beach Women’s Shelter, Mother to Mother Fund, Peace for Kids, Project Sheppard, Su Casa, and Lakewood Sheriff and Fire Departments.   For more information about MOMS Club of Lakewood please visit http://sites.google.com/site/lakewoodmomsclub

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Punishment Hour

Something fun to get us thru hump day.

Mister G Kids

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Mommy-n-Me summer school

Currently, my toddler & I go to “mommy-n-me” preschool.  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  I love it not only because it develops our toddlers’ socialization skills but it also allows the parents an opportunity to socialize.  Now if you’re a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), you know how precious that time is.  The program is through the ABC Adult School program.  They are broken up by ages and held at different campuses throughout  the district.  For the youngest group, this class is very similar to Gymboree play and music classes. The pricing varies by class but it is so reasonable for the experience you & your child will be receiving.   For more information, here is a link to the website: ABC Adult School.

If you’re interested in enrolling in this program, registration began yesterday, May 21.  You can enroll online or in person at the Cabrillo Lanes campus.  Spaces fill up fast so don’t wait!

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Planetarium in Cerritos

Did you catch the eclipse yesterday?  Through some handiwork of my friends, my kids and I were able to see the partial eclipse and I have to admit that despite the fact that I used to  fall asleep during Astronomy 101, it was pretty cool!  I wonder if NASA knew this was going to happen and scheduled the traveling exhibition of Visions of the Universe to arrive at the Cerritos Library to coincide with this event.  I know it certainly has renewed my son’s interest in the cosmos.  Here is an excerpt from the press release on this exhibit:

The exhibit is part of a multi-year global celebration of astronomy, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo. The goal of the continuing celebration is to create awareness of astronomy’s impact on society and culture, stimulate young people’s interest in astronomy and science, portray astronomy as a global peaceful endeavor and nourish a scientific outlook in society. 

As part of this exhibit, the Cerritos library is hosting a temporary planetarium for children ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, May 23.  There will two showings at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited to 40 kids per show.

Cerritos Library
18025 Bloomfield Avenue
Cerritos, CA 90703
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Aloha!

As in Aloha Expo….yea that’s kinda cheesy but I couldn’t think of anything else.  The Aloha Expo is a two day festival featuring an outdoor marketplace, island food, as well as live cultural entertainment.    The event will be held this weekend at Heritage Park from 10:00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m.  Free admission and free parking.  Link:  http://www.aloha-expo.com/index.html

Heritage Park is an oasis in the middle of Santa Fe Springs.  It is the site of a former ranch, and the city has restored its grounds as well as some of its buildings.  On the main grounds, you will find a carriage barn, a greenhouse, an aviary, a windmill building and a Tongva exhibit.  Adjacent to the main grounds is a train exhibit.  There is a steam locomotive, a boxcar and a caboose.  The kids are allowed to climb into the locomotive but the exhibit is only open on the weekends.  There are also picnic areas on the main grounds and I think it would be really lovely to have a picnic there with sounds of the fountains in the background.  One thing to note is that there is no playground so according to the kids, “it’s not really a park”.

Heritage Park
12100 Mora Drive
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
 

 

What are your plans for the weekend?

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Lowe’s Build and Grow

Hi everyone!  Sorry if it seems that I’ve been MIA but my PC still isn’t working and it’s extremely hard to pry the iPad out of my toddler’s hands.  Mom friends are the greatest but then you already know that.  I was just reminded about these awesome workshops that Lowe’s puts on so I wanted to remind you too.  They fill up fast so register early–I just signed up my son for the June clinic.

  • Lowe’s Build and Grow clinics:  Bring the kids into any Lowe’s store and build a FREE wooden project. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project.  Upcoming projects are an ice cream truck and a Monkey powered airplane (I don’t know if the monkey is included.)

Thanks for the reminder, Amy!

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