Featured SoCal Events and Services

Come Aboard the Historic Queen Mary for Thanksgiving Day Traditions Nov. 22

The Queen Mary is offering superb dining options for the upcoming holiday season at her highly-acclaimed restaurants: Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, and the Promenade Café, along with her legendary, award-winning brunch. Thanksgiving Day fare will include seasonal specials and upscale versions of traditional favorites sure to satisfy the most discerning … [Read More...]

DISNEY ON ICE presents Dare to Dream Tickets on Sale NOW!

Discover Your Inner Hero at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream Skating into Greater Los Angeles December 13 – January 6 **Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time ever!** <Plus Special Pre-Show Sing-Along with Miguel from Disney-Pixar’s Coco>         Celebrate what’s possible as five daring Disney Princesses spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice … [Read More...]

Holiday Cheer returns to the Los Angeles Zoo for seven wondrous weeks starting November 16, 2018 Reindeer Romp, L.A. Zoo Lights, Family New Year’s Eve Celebration, and Holiday Happy Hours Await Holiday Revelers of All Ages

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham From Friday, November 16, 2018, through Sunday, January 6, 2019, the Los Angeles Zoo will become a holiday wonderland, set aglow with LED lights by the thousands, creating a festive atmosphere replete with Santa and a herd of real reindeer.  The Zoo ushers in the holiday spirit with REINDEER ROMP daily (except December 25) and its awe-inspiring nighttime … [Read More...]

San Pedro, CA To Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event Free event highlights eBooks and audiobooks from the library -- anywhere, anytime

Spreading reading happiness to communities across the nation, this unique traveling exhibit is an interactive experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available at libraries in California. The Digital Bookmobile presents library lovers of all ages with an interactive experience exploring the digital services available at public libraries in the San Pedro area. Equipped with … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

How To Decorate a Small Home

Decorating a small home or a small apartment is definitely tricky compared to decorating a larger home. You have to be much more selective when you’re decorating a small home, because you’ll have to buy stuff that will fit in small spaces. You’ll have to get creative, you’ll have to be strategic, and you’ll have to de-clutter. Decorating a larger home where there’s a lot of space for all of your … [Read More...]

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes 41st Annual Turkey Trot

The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite the community to experience the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce’s 41st annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. Enjoy races for all ages and a special two-day Health and Wellness Expo, then visit the harbor to enjoy delicious eateries and niche shopping. “The Turkey Trot is among the largest and longest continuously running … [Read More...]

Miguel’s Jr. Offers $5 Original Burritos and $1 Homemade Horchata for Limited Time

For a limited time, Miguel’s Jr. is offering guests the chance to enjoy an Original Burrito for $5 and homemade horchata for $1. Famous for their signature burritos, Miguel’s Jr.’s Original Burrito (Since 1975) is made with refried beans, Spanish rice, real cheddar cheese and your choice of shredded chicken, shredded beef or marinated chile verde pork. Carne Asada Original Burritos will also be … [Read More...]

How To Plan A Winter Vacation With Your Children

Getting away for the winter is the perfect opportunity to escape the cold weather and bond with your children. You’ll have a much better experience and a more successful trip when you take the time to plan ahead. Use this trip as a way to spend quality time with your kids and also to relax yourself. Keep in mind that it’s important to remain flexible both in the preparation stages and as you … [Read More...]

Child development expert offers free lectures Nov 13 & 15

Sandy Spurgeon McDaniel, a longtime expert in child development and former parenting columnist for the Orange County Register, offers free parenting classes at Carden Hall in Newport Beach November 13, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Grades Pre-K–3) and November 15, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Grades 4–8). Her lecture titled The 4 Rs of Parenting provides insights about how to raise reliable, respectable, … [Read More...]

Featured Products

zulily’s Top Tips to WIN a White Elephant Gift Party This Holiday Season

The holidays are quickly approaching which means annual White Elephant parties are upon us. Everyone dreads walking away with the worst gift, but this year, we’ve got the inside scoop, so you and your readers/viewers can come away as winners and so they know what to bring for a “steal worthy” gift. Online retailer zulily has created a list of the top tips to ensure you’re all the envy of the … [Read More...]

12.4Qt XL Air Fryer with Large Viewing Window by SARKI is a Must-Buy this holiday season!

The busy holiday season is here and time for quick snacks and holiday cooking and baking! Want a healthier way to fry french fries and onion rings? I just love the SARKI Air Fryer that you can find on Amazon.com! It's super easy to use, easy to clean and healthier eating! What more could you ask for? I love that it has 12 Pre-set settings and love the visible window so you can view while your food … [Read More...]

5 Tips to choosing the best Christmas tree this year

A Christmas tree is usually the epicenter of the festive season for most people. Everyone wants a perfect Christmas tree for a perfect Christmas holiday. The biggest mistake you can ever do when buying your Christmas tree is to skimp on quality and buy any tree you get to first. If you want the best Christmas tree this year, then there are a few things you should consider when shopping for it. The … [Read More...]

Barry Berry Tea, Barack “Tisane” Obama Herbal Tea (PoliTEAcal Series) is a Must-Try!

Today was Voting Day! It is also a day that I thought about past Presidents and today's President. Everyone has their own opinion and are entitled to their own opinion...so I don't often discuss politics on my blog. But, I was quite excited to hear about the Barry Berry Tea from The Tea Book. I am a big fan of their teas and this one definitely didn't disappoint! It is a sweet berry taste and I … [Read More...]

Four Ways To Liven Up Your Workout

We all know the importance of working out to stay fit, healthy and in good shape, however it can get a bit dull if you find that you’re doing the same exercises over and over again. After all, doing anything repeatedly is bound to get boring over time, so finding ways to spice up your workout couldn’t be more important if you’re going to stay motivated and on task, achieving your fitness goals and … [Read More...]

November is Family Literacy Month! zulily Gives Kids Gift of Reading with Holiday Buy 1, Give 1! This is just too cool! Nov 1 - Dec 12, 2018

November is National Family Literacy Month, and as we all know, there’s nothing quite like the imagination-inspiring power of books – storytime is a treasured pastime for all, but many children may not have the opportunity to experience the magic of books. Enter online retailer zulily who’s teaming up with publisher Penguin Random House and nonprofit First Book, during this season of giving, to … [Read More...]

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Scarium of the Pacific: Spooktacular Halloween Fun for the Whole Family! Giveaway Opportunity!!

Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests and kooky crafts where there’s more fun than fright! Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright this Halloween season! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the nineteenth annual Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 … [Read More...]

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day with the Goliath Games Giveaway! Special SoCal City Kids Giveaway Opportunity too!

In honor of World Teachers’ Day, Goliath Games would like to recognize educators for their critical role in developing young minds. Goliath has launched a giveaway for five winners to receive a 14-game prize pack – 7 games for home and 7 games for their child’s classroom. Celebrate World Teachers’ Day by entering the Goliath Teachers’ giveaway. Open to US and Canada, participants have the … [Read More...]

Looking for Halloween Candy? R.M. Palmer has you covered!

    R.M. Palmer has some new tasty treats for Halloween 2018!  These confections offer great taste, vibrant packaging, and frighteningly excellent value. Included in this year’s Halloween line are these spooktacular products: I think my ultimate favorite may be the Yummie Mummies! Imagine white chocolate flavored candy with peanut butter! Yum! A white chocolate shell filled with creamy … [Read More...]

No Need to Choose Between Bacon, Ham or Sausage…Dunkin’s New All You Can Meat Breakfast Sandwich Has Them All Sweet news: Brand will serve free Donut Fries with each Iced Coffee purchase from 2 to 6 PM October 5 – 7!

Special October offers include two Bacon, Egg & Cheese breakfast sandwiches for $5 all day, and Iced Coffee for only $2 from 2 to 6 PM! Meat lovers have met their perfect match at Dunkin’. No longer must ordering a breakfast sandwich force a furious compromise over which one and only one classic meat to enjoy, as Dunkin’ is now bringing bacon, ham and sausage together into a single sandwich … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – A Wondrous, Visual Experience

All Clara wants is a key - a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who … [Read More...]

The Grinch (2018) : Funny, Cute, Reminds Us of the Real Spirit of Christmas

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas … [Read More...]

Floogals: Project Birthday Cake: What a Fun Way to Learn How Things Work on Earth!

Each day, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day's research "project" and triggering an exciting adventure! In Floogals: Project Birthday Cake, Boomer's built a little fizzerific food finder attachment for his Fizzer controls. It's supposed to be able to sniff out food - a subject close to Boomer's … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash is a Must-Try!

This breakthrough shower foam will change everything you think you know about foaming body wash. While other foams quickly dissolve into a watery solution that washes down the drain, Olay Foaming Whip lathers instantly into a thick and luxurious foam that literally defies gravity. Where other foams fall, Olay Foaming Whip flips. The difference A first-of-its-kind foam that envelops skin in a rich … [Read More...]

Fall Beauty Must-Haves from Rimmel London!

Fall is almost here even if it still seems like Summer! Here are some new beauty must-haves from Rimmel London! Wonder’fully Real Mascara is my new favorite to-go-to Mascara! It really makes my eyelashes look fuller! I like the brush on this one and I love that it is affordable! Retails for around $5.99 and easily found at Target and other retailers. It's available in Black, … [Read More...]

Mangiacotti’s Mini Lip Repair is a Beauty Must this time of year!

Are you looking for Lip Care with a very simple ingredient list? I finally found one! Introducing Mangiacotti’s Mini Lip Repair a trio of 1.5 inch travel sized, on-the-go, non GMO, ALL Organic, all-natural lip balms. These miracle lip treatments provide a subtle surface shine and crazy soft and supple feel while penetrating deep into the dermis to hydrate, nourish, moisturize and protect … [Read More...]

I love the Gracieux Beauty Super Fruits Antioxidant Masque! This one is a Beauty-Must-Buy!

  Looking for a great Facial Masque that has natural & organic ingredients and leaves your skin feeling clean and softer? I just love the Gracieux Beauty Super Fruits Antioxidant Masque! My skin actually feels smoother! They combine Blueberry, Cranberry, Oregon Grape, Bayberry, Cayenne and Seabuckthorn. I am truly impressed with the natural ingredients in this Masque. It's super … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Christian, Nov. 15th Pet of the Week

Christian is only one shade of grey—gray, actually—but, like his namesake, his tastes are indeed singular: a warm lap to purr on, wholesome food, some toys, your bed to sleep in (very much like his namesake), hands to massage his sturdy neck, and of course, a forever home. Christian is only a year old, so he’ll have many sequels to the first good year he spends with you. Meet him on the shelter … [Read More...]

New Cookbook For Dogs Proves The Healing Power of Whole Foods “Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs” -A Natural Approach to Pet Health-

Home cooking for your dog may sound extravagant, but the key to good health is proper nutrition and pets are no exception. Canned, processed pet food has been directly linked to poor pet health and the truth is processed foods are just as bad for pets as they are for humans. Luckily, making food for your dog doesn’t have to be complicated or costly! In her new book, Yin & Yang Nutrition for … [Read More...]

Spunky, Nov. 8th Pet of the Week!

He’s called Spunky, and oh, he is, he is! You’d think that a doggie who’d had rotten luck with his previous owner and home wouldn’t be full of smiles and have a loving disposition! But Spunky sure does—his mettle’s been tested, and it’s darn tough! Look at that photo—it says it all! Spunky is 3 years old, which gives lots of time in a home that will give this most deserving boy a second chance to … [Read More...]

Wells, Nov. 1st Pet of the Week!

Wells is a jolly good name for a proper English gentleman! It fits our lad here—he’s 2 years old, dignified and affectionate. If he were human, he’d wear a top hat and a cravat, and he’d also have sunglasses and carry a white cane. Why? Because our orange aristo-cat is completely blind—he came in as a stray, so we don’t know where the blindness originated. But Wells’s lack of eyesight doesn’t … [Read More...]