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Summer Movies


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.

Week Title Rating
6/25-6/26 The Three Stooges Ice Age: Continental Drift PG
7/2-7/3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Parental Guidance PG
7/9-7/10 Mr. Poppers’ Penguins Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked PG
7/16-7/17 Monte Carlo Rio PG
7/23-7/24 ParaNorman Coraline PG
7/30-7/31 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Big Miracle PG
8/6-8/7 Yogi Bear Journey 2: The Mysterious Island PG
8/13-8/14 Racing Stripes Happy Feet Too PG
8/20-8/21 African Cats Chimpanzee G

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.

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Go Fish

Wow! I can’t believe it’s already the first weekend of June! Here are some fun free activities happening around our lovely city this weekend:

  • Cerritos Kids Fishing Derby at Cerritos Regional Park (19800 Bloomfield Ave.) on Saturday, June 1. Event for children ages 5-15; starts with a pancake breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and derby starts at 8:00 a.m. Get there early because this is a very popular event!
  • Free Saturday at La Habra Children’s museum all day.
  • Home Depot Kids workshop from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • BofA Museums on Us weekend:
    • Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana (Sunday ONLY)
    • Hammer Museum
    • LACMA
    • Museum of Latin American Art
    • Skirball Cultural Center
  • Free Sunday at Bowers museum & Kidseum: These are actually two separate museums at different locations. The Kidseum is quite small so you could easily visit both venues on the same trip.

Cerritos Spring Festival

The City of Cerritos is holding its annual Spring Festival this weekend.  The event starts tonight and runs thru Sunday, April 28.  There will be rides for all ages, game booths, food, and community service booths as well.  The main stage will also host performances by our local talents and little dancers from our community dance studios.  Our favorite part of the festival is the fireworks show to be held at 8:30 on Saturday.  If you just want to watch the fireworks, park in the back parking lot at Target next door to access a perfect view.  There is no admission for the festival itself but you will need to purchase tickets for the rides and food.  They sell $25 wristbands for unlimited rides or you can buy individual tickets for the rides.  They vary from 2 tickets for a funhouse to 4 tickets for a thrill ride.   On Sunday, the Kogi truck and the Grilled Cheese truck along with some other yummy food trucks will be on site offering their yummy deliciousness.  See you there!

Cerritos Regional Park
19800 Bloomfield Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90703
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Easter Egg Hunts

Here’s a roundup of all the Easter Egg Hunts in our nearby cities:

  • March 30th: The annual Easter Program for the City of Artesia will be held from 12-3pm at AJ Padelford Park, 11870 169th Street. Activities include arts & crafts, games, photo-ops with the Easter Bunny, entertainment, delicious food, and an Easter Egg Hunt.
  • March 30th: Easter Egg Hunts at Cerritos Regional Park, 19700 Bloomfield Avenue. Be sure to bring a holiday basket to carry goodies. The hunts are open to children 18 months to 10 years and kids will be divided by age group for the hunts by ages. Adult supervision is encouraged for children two yearsand under in the hunt areas during designated hunt times. The day will begin at 10 am and will include jumpers, family games and a craft area.  Based on my past experience, if you get there at 10:01, all the eggs will be gone so get there early!
  • March 30th: The City of Cypress will be holding its annual Spring Egg Hunt at 10:30 am at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave.  There will be crafts, face painting & activities, visits with the Easter Bunny, and even free hot dogs & drinks!
  • March 30th:  “Eggnormous”Easter eggs will be hidden throughout the City of Norwalk beginning March 23rd as part of its Egg-stra Eggnormous City-Wide Egg Hunt! Keep your eyes open for these eggs, and redeem them for prizes at the Information Booth at Norwalk’s Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30.  The event will be held on the Norwalk Civic Center Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. The actual egg hunts will begin at 12:30 depending on the age of your child.  For more information please contact the Recreation and Park Services Department at 929-5702.
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Santa’s Island

Ho Ho Ho!  Santa will be visiting Heritage Park Island tomorrow from noon until 4.  Families are invited to enjoy some holiday fun with crafts and music and of course, an appearance of the big guy himself.  Everything is FREE!

Santa's Island

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Get Outdoors

crystal cove flyer

Head outdoors this weekend with the folks from Inside the Outdoors, an educational group funded by the OC Department of Education.  This is a great opportunity to explore Crystal Cove with the Naturalists on site.  Everything is FREE including the parking (with flyer), which is normally $15!

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December 1st?!!

Tomorrow is December 1st already!  Can you believe it?!  Where has the year gone?  Here is a rundown of all the things the first has to offer:

  • Reserve tickets for Free Day at the Huntington Library in San Marino.   Tickets will be available starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow and most of the tickets are gone within minutes seconds.  Good luck!
  • Register for programs and story times at Cerritos Library.
  • Usually it’s FREE day at the La Habra Children’s museum but due to a special event, Breakfast with Santa, it has been moved to the following Saturday, December 8.
  • Free Kids workshop at Home Depot.  Tomorrow your child can build a picture frame.
  • Victorian Christmas at the Banning Museum: Christmas festival featuring Victorian period entertainment , self-guided tours of the Museum, refreshments, children’s crafts, and a visit from jolly St. Nick!  Admission is FREE!
  • Shop the Splendid Mens & Kids warehouse sale.

Whew!  That’s a lot of stuff!  Hope everyone stays dry. Have a nice weekend!

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The First

Tomorrow is September 1st already!  Can you believe it?!  Where has the summer gone?  The First is the day you can reserve tickets for Free Day at the Huntington Library in San Marino.   Tickets will be available starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow and most of the tickets are gone within minutes seconds.  Good luck!

The First is also the first day to register for programs and story times at Cerritos Library.

The First also happens to be the first Saturday of the month so that means it’s FREE day at the La Habra Children’s museum and the theme is It’s a Small World.  Scheduled events are a marionette show and puppet making crafts.  The museum will be closed for the rest of the month so enjoy it while you can.

The First also means that there’s a free Kids workshop at Home Depot.  Tomorrow your child can build a Goal Post Football Game.

Finally, the First is also the first day of the football season.  (I just put this in for all you dads out there but I guess I didn’t need to remind you.)

Whew!  That’s a lot of stuff!  Hope everyone has a great First and an even better Labor Day weekend!  Have fun!

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Weekend fun

Animals, trains, battles and rockets are just some of the activities available this weekend.

  • On Friday, July 20, the Lakewood Nye library is hosting the Wild Wonders Animal show at 4 pm.  This event is free for everyone.  Lakewood Library is located at 6600 Del Amo Blvd., Lakewood, CA.
  • On Saturday, July 21, the Columbia Memorial space center is hosting “Rocket Fever”.  You can learn how they work, make your own and even watch a rocket launch contest.  Regular admission is $5.
  • Over the weekend, El Dorado Park is hosting a two day Civil War Reenactment.  You can see battles with combatants wearing period costumes and attend various demonstrations at this festival.  Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children 11-5, 4 and under are free.
  • Goat Hill Junction will be open for FREE train rides on Saturday and Sunday.  They are located in Costa Mesa and offer kids of all ages train rides around a scenic park.  The kids always have a blast.  OCME is located at 2500 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
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Splish Splash

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I’m on a quest today…where can I take my kids to splash around and to wear them out escape the heat?  Here’s what I found nearby:


  • Artesia Park:  Open Wednesdays from 12  to 4:00 p.m.  18750 Clarkdale Ave., Artesia, CA


  • Cerritos Park East: Dolphin spray pool open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Liberty Park: Splash pad open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Cerritos Civic Center:  the Dolphin fountain is not officially a splash pad but everyone brings their kids to splash around in.  Open all day.


  • Mayfair park and Palms park: Wading pool open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Boyar park: Wading pool open on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  • Harry Dotson park:  Opens on May 25,  the Water Feature will be open seven days a week from 12-5 p.m. Located at 10350 Fern Street


Most of these splash pads are seasonal and are only open through Labor Day.  If you know of any more around here, PLEASE leave me a note.  Thanks!

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