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a resource for families around the Cerritos, CA area, hopefully…

Library Events

As part of the summer reading program, the Cerritos Library will put on a series of entertainment showcases every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Skyline Room.  Registration is required for each event so remember to sign up on July 1st if you’re a resident and July 8th if you’re not.

  • ADVENTURES IN READING with ventriloquist Jim Adams (#178015)  Thursday, July 5
  • PRINCESS & THE PIRATES: A Puppet Show by Franklin Haynes Marionettes (#179665)  Thursday, July 12
  • OPERA-KADABRA! by Patrick Bell, the world’s only opera-singing magician (#179666) Thursday, July 19
  • HIGH SEAS PIRATE ADVENTURE with Christopher Yates (#179667)  Thursday, July 26
  • INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO: Hands-on Fun with Instruments Presented by volunteers from the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Thursday, August 2


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No, I’m not describing how I feel since summer vacation has started… well, maybe a little but that’s not what this post is about.  This weekend there will be a Pirate Invasion in Long Beach at the Belmont Pier!  This event is taking place on June 30 and July 1st starting at 10 a.m.  Admission is free!  We’ve never been to this event but it looks to be a lot of fun.  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!

Beware, Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier

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

Registration for the Cerritos Library’s Summer Reading program will be held Monday, June 25th through Sunday, July 8 in the Art Studio.  This annual event is themed “Arr is for 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 offer summer reading programs as well.  Both Los Angeles County Public libraries and Orange County Public libraries are running these programs with some fun events running in conjunction with them.   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.

(Thanks to My Frugal Adventures)

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FREE App: Toy Story Showtime!


Toy Story Showtime! is currently available for download FREE–it normally retails for $4.99. If you and your family are fans of the Toy Story franchise, you will enjoy this interactive storybook. Get it while it’s free!

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Summer Movies

“Only two more days of school”, cried my son joyfully.  AAAAGGGGHHH…ready or not summer is upon us or me at least.  I’m okay–really, I’m ready for them to be home together all day every day for 75 days, but who’s counting.  So here’s another activity for the kiddos this summer that the nice folks at Regal Movie Theaters offer:  Regal Summer Movie Express.  Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only $1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00.  Remember to take your Regal Crown club card and you can get a $2 small popcorn on Tuesdays (or upgrade to a large 15,000 cal one for only $2 more).   Today is the first day and it runs through August 15.  In Cerritos, the location offering this is the Edwards Theater at the Town Center.  Here is the link to find the location nearest you.


For a more rustic experience, the City of Cerritos also hosts a free movie night every Monday at 8:15 p.m. at Liberty Park. Liberty Park is located at 19211 Studebaker Road.  The schedule is listed below:

  • July 9 The Little Mermaid (G)
  • July 16 Mr. Popper’s Penguins PG)
  • July 23 Rio (PG)
  • July 30 Aliens in the Attic (PG)
  • August 6 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)
  • August 13 Ramona and Beezus (G)
  • August 20 Cars 2 (G)
  • August 27 Tangled (PG)

And if you see a toddler running up and down the stairs while you’re watching your movie, she’s not mine.

Update on 7/12/12:  There are also free movie screenings on Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm at the Cerritos Library and on Saturdays at the Norwalk library at 2 pm.

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And the winner is….Glenda!  Congratulations!

Want to get up close and personal with Elmo?! I’ve got two tickets to the Sesame Street Live show, Elmo Makes Music this Saturday (6/16) at 2:00 p.m. up for grabs. They are for Orchestra seats in row 8! Just leave a comment on this post to enter. This Giveaway will end on Thursday 6/14 at 11:59 pm PST, and I will pick one winner at random when it ends. Good luck everyone!

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Quick Question

Dear Readers,

I feel a little presumptuous asking this question because I’m assuming people are reading my blog but I guess if you’re reading this, then you are! Thanks!! Anyways, here’s the question: when I post about upcoming activities and events, how much time prior to the event should I write about it? If I am aware of an event ahead of time, I’ve been usually posting stuff about a day in advance which is about how long my own feeble mind can retain that information. So tell me, what’s the magic number? One day, two days, a week, the day of? I would really appreciate any feedback.



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FREE Tickets

Los Cerritos Community News is giving away free tickets to the Sesame Street Live show at the Long Beach Terrace Theater for this weekend’s shows. If you’re interested, just go to their office located at 13047 E. Artesia Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703. They will give you up to 9 vouchers for the show. Woohoo!


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FREE App: Toca Robot Lab

If you’re familiar with my blog, then you know my family and I are big fans of all the great apps by Toca Boca. Right now their Robot Lab app is free–normally, it costs $1.99. This is a simple app where your child can build their own robots and then test drive the finished robot. Free fun!

Robot Lab



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FREE Apps: Robot Workshop & Christmas Carol

A couple of free apps are available right now:

Robot Workshop
Fun puzzle game for your little ones, regularly $2.99


Christmas Carol, book regularly $6.99

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