The Stella and Sam series is based on a Canadian TV show and the corresponding best selling picture books. My kids love these interactive stories that are a combination storybook and cartoon. This app will appeal to young children ages 1-7. Stella and Sam Story Pack includes all five of the Sam and Stella adventures and usually retails for $5.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Get it while it’s free!
In celebration of summer, Mystery Math Town is free for today only! Your kids can add, subtract and even multiply their way to rescue fireflies through town. Normally, it costs $1.99. Compatible with the iPhone only–the iPad app is still $2.99.
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! We haven’t had a chance to check out 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! Maybe they’ll have some Aaartichoke to munch on.
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
25 39th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Registration for the Cerritos Library’s Summer Reading program will begin on Monday, June 24th in the Art Studio. The program will run through Sunday, July 7. This annual event is themed “Reading is for Champions”. 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.
Hi friends! The nice people at Orange Empire Railway Museum offered me 4 tickets for this weekend. We can’t make it out there because it is my daughter’s preschool graduation so leave a comment if you want them.
Unplugged and I’m not referring to a cool acoustic concert. It’s AMF’s free summer bowling program where your kids can bowl for free. Just register them here and your kids can bowl two games a day for free. Shoe rentals are not included. Too bad AMF can’t throw in some free acoustic concerts while we’re watching our kids bowl. See you at the bowling alley!
For a limited time, Toca Hair Salon 2 is FREE–normally, it costs $1.99. This is the sequel to Toca Hair Salon, a simple app where your child can cut, color, comb, shave and blow-dry lifelike hair on six different characters. We have this app and I can vouch that it appeals to kids of all ages! Get it while it’s FREE! This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5 or later. It is also available for Google play but not for free.
T minus 10 and counting–ready or not summer is upon us. Every summer 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). The schedule varies depending on where you are but in Cerritos, June 25 is the first day and it runs through August 21. In Cerritos, the location offering this is the Edwards Theater at the Town Center. Here is the link to find the location nearest you.
||The Three Stooges
||Ice Age: Continental Drift
||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
||Mr. Poppers’ Penguins
||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
||Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
||Happy Feet Too
If there is a Krikorian near you, they are also offering $1 movies and even better, they’re completely free at the Buena Park location. Click the link for movie listings: Buena Park Krikorian
For a more rustic experience, the City of Cerritos also hosts a free movie night at Liberty Park every Monday at 8:15 p.m. Liberty Park is located at 19211 Studebaker Road. The schedule is listed below:
- July 8 Monsters, Inc. (G)
- July 15 Cinderella (G)
- July 22 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)
- July 29 Brave (PG)
- August 5 Wreck-It Ralph (PG)
- August 12 Nanny McPhee (PG)
- August 19 Madagascar 3 (PG)
- August 26 The Wizard of Oz (G)
Cerritos Library also shows free movies on Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm.
Tonight is Parent’s night out at the PDA. Drop your kids off from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm! They will receive two pieces of pizza and a drink and play in the gym all night long.
Price before 2 pm: $15 per child/ $10 sibling/family rate = $40.
Price at the door: $20 for 1st child/ $15 sibling/family rate=$50.
Are you wondering what to do for dear old dad on Father’s Day? If he’s a fan of trains and automobiles, consider giving him an early present and taking him to the Orange Empire Railway museum this weekend. On Saturday, the City of Perris is hosting the 14th annual Rods & Rails show at the OERM. The free, all-day festival should be entertaining, fun and maybe even a little educational. You’ll get the chance to get up close to collector classic cars, motorcycles and bikes. There will be live music and food vendors. Also at the festival:
- The Old Town Temecula Gunfighters western show.
- Petting Zoo
- Franklin Hayes Marionette Show
- Youth Bike Show (enter your own retro bike project)
- Carnival games
- Potato doll making
- Puppet making
- Cartoon character appearances
- Story time
- History exhibits
- Panning for gold and adobe brick making
- Carnival games
- Bouncy house
If you can’t make it out this weekend, they will be serving up a Father’s Day BBQ lunch while showcasing their Pacific Electric collection. The menu for the barbecue is BBQ chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, corn bread and peach cobbler for desert. Price for the picnic lunch from noon to 2 p.m. is $10.00 per person. Diners must have a reservation. Call (951) 657-2605.
There will be a full parade and display of the railway heritage museum’s vintage collection of Pacific Electric Railway Company cars. The public is invited all day to ride, photograph and view the restored LA-area trolley cars. Admission and parking is free at the railway heritage museum at 2201 South A Street in Perris. Riding the trolleys and trains is $12 for 12 and up, $8 for 5 to 11. Four or younger is free.