Featured SoCal Events and Services

Visit Santa, see him SCUBA dive, and enjoy a snow play area and a variety of festivities during the holiday season at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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   Get into the holiday spirit December 3 through 23, 2016, at the Aquarium Holidays celebration. Aquarium Holidays features a daily Penguin Walk at 10:00 a.m., a display of gingerbread houses, and free daily showings of Sleigh Ride 4D. Snow will fall in the Great Hall, the Aquarium will be decked with festive décor, and the Aquarium’s costumed characters will appear in their holiday … [Read More...]

Visit New ‘SANTA HQ’ at Lakewood Center this Holiday Season!

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Santa is all about the experience and this year Lakewood Center has partnered with HGTV to present “Santa HQ.” Families are invited to experience the wonder of Santa’s workshop in the digital age. Exciting interactive technology transforms and customizes the experience. This engaging new version of a visit with Santa uses digital tools to offer an augmented reality environment and a thoroughly … [Read More...]

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes UNDER THE SEA 42ND Annual Boat Parade of Lights With Festive Holiday Activities Dec. 2 – 17

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The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to deck the halls “Under the Sea” at the 42nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy festive family activities and celebrations by the water’s edge on select dates December 2 – 17. The festivities kick off with Holiday at the Harbor on Dec. 2 followed by Boat Rides with Santa Dec. 3 – 4. The 42nd Annual Boat Parade kicks off on Dec. … [Read More...]

Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light NOVEMBER 25 THROUGH JANUARY 8

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Photo Credit: Jake Fabricius.   Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through 10 distinct lighting displays in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Tickets are timed and must be purchased in advance. You don't want to miss this one! Sounds like a lot of fun this Holiday season! Find out … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

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Union Station Unveils New Cocoa Concert Series for the Holidays Iconic Downtown Venue to host Three Free, Family-Friendly Holiday Concerts Under the Stars on the Station’s South Patio Free Hot Chocolate Flowing Each Evening from the Classic “Cocoa Bar”

California Feetwarmers Perform Dec. 16. This Christmas season, Union Station’s majestic south patio will be transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment with three distinctive and diverse “Coco Concerts” from beloved L.A. performers held beneath the glow of the station towering Christmas tree and the iconic clock tower.   From 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Fridays December 9th, 16th … [Read More...]

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Kids can discover a world of wonder with their parents with the Aquarium’s Aquatot and Saturday Family Fun programs

  The Aquarium of the Pacific invites parents and their young ones to discover the ocean with the Aquatot program. Children ages two to three accompanied by an adult can interact in a fun and dynamic learning environment at the Aquarium. Make crafts, take a guided tour, and explore the animals in the classroom touch pool in an Aquatots class. These classes are designed for parents and their … [Read More...]

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Megabus for the Holiday Season!

With the holidays being the most traveled months of the year, too often we find ourselves waiting in airports due to flight delays, or finding it difficult to purchase affordable tickets for last minute travel plans. megabus.com is the perfect option when deciding how to travel in upcoming months to avoid all the typical setbacks of holiday travel. If you decide on bus travel for the holidays, … [Read More...]

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Long Beach Student Honored with National Award for Volunteerism

At the young age of four, Jonas Corona was inspired and driven to help people. After visiting Skid Row with his mother to feed the homeless, he decided that he wanted to do more. With the help from his mother, Renee Corona, Jonas founded the nonprofit organization Love in the Mirror, which provides disadvantaged youth and their families with basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning … [Read More...]

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Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube Nov. 25 and continues through Jan. 1.

DISCOVERY CUBE HOSTS 11th ANNUAL SCIENCE OF GINGERBREAD COMPETITION TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON  Science of Gingerbread to Feature Hands-On Activities and Gingerbread House Competition for Educational and Entertaining Family Bonding Starting November 25, 2016, nonprofit Discovery Cube is hosting their annual Science of Gingerbread Exhibit and Competition, through January 1, 2017, at both … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Create personalized Gifts with Shutterfly this Holiday Season! Special Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

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Looking for Christmas Gifts? I love giving gifts that are more personalized! They just seem more special! Personalized photo gifts are my favorite gift to give and Shutterfly is always at the top of my list!  I was able to personalize the following great gift suggestions: A Christmas stocking, Pet Bowl, Mug, Magnet, Calendar, Pillow, Blanket, Vase, Travel Mug and Mouse pad. I love all the … [Read More...]

Wee Blessing is a New Kids Clothes Subscription Service that is a Must-Try!

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For busy parents on the go, Wee Blessing is a professional children's styling service tailored to your taste, budget, and lifestyle that saves time and money! But, what I found most impressive is the quality of the clothes! I was sent 4 outfits for my son to check out and I have to say that we were impressed!  Here are a few of our favorites:         I was impressed with the name brands … [Read More...]

Brightly–books for kids of all ages & tips for parents! They also have great gift suggestions this Holiday Season!

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      I recently learned about a great site for Parents and Kids called Brightly. As a homeschool Mom, I am really excited about this website. Brightly is a resource from Penguin Random House that features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips, author essays, and more. This is really cool! I really like the following resource: Brightly’s Back to School … [Read More...]

Looking for Reading Glasses? Readers.com is the place to look!

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Looking for Reading Glasses that are affordable and stylish? Readers.com is the place to shop! I received a pair called The Dahlia. These are available in 3 color varieties: Rainbow Floral, Black/Pink Floral and Red/Blue Splatter. I chose the Black/Pink Floral and are very happy with the choice. They are comfortable and fit well. These are quite affordable at $14.95. But, Readers.com has a wide … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

Shutterfly Cards are my Favorite for the Holidays! Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

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    It is December and that means that Christmas will soon be here! It is time to send out Holiday and Christmas Cards! Shutterfly is my favorite to-go-to website for cards because they have so many choices and they are also super quick with their shipping! I had the opportunity to receive Christmas cards from Shutterfly and am thrilled with how they came out! I am really thrilled that I do not … [Read More...]

R.M. Palmer Company Has Delicious Candy for the Holiday Season! Giveaway Opportunity!

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  R.M. Palmer has some delicious treats this Holiday Season! I simply can't decide which one is my favorite! The Belgian Milk Chocolate Bullion Bar Gift Box is creamy, delicious premium Belgian milk chocolate wrapped in an elegant gold foil and packed in a gold box. This one is delicious and would make a great gift! It would be a great stocking stuffer or a stand-alone type of gift. It … [Read More...]

Share your IndividualiTEA for a Chance to Win $500 and a Year’s Supply of Tea! Special Giveaway Opportunity!

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Tea Council of the USA Launches Photo Sharing Sweepstakes to Celebrate Hot Tea!  In honor of the second annual National Hot Tea Day – to be celebrated on January 12, 2017– the Tea Council of the USA is launching the IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes to give tea lovers across the nation an opportunity to win $500 and a year's supply of tea. Entering is easy…simply share a photo, video or … [Read More...]

New Amazon Original Special, The Snowy Day, Comes to Life on Prime Video! A delightful Book Giveaway Opportunity!

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https://youtu.be/-EpJP1ywQIw The Snowy Day, part of Amazon Studios’ original kids holiday programming, is an animated special based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. The book, well-known as one of the first picture books to feature an African-American protagonist, has won a host of awards, including the Caldecott medal – one of the highest honors in children’s literature – and was … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

The Loch Ness Monster Is Back In The News, Just In Time For The Release Of Family Movie “Nessie & Me,” Available On DVD & VOD Courtesy Of Vision Films!

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Looking for an inspirational family movie?  The Loch Ness Monster has been back in the news following a recent sighting and resurfaced pictures, just in time for the release of family movie “Nessie & Me,” which is now available on DVD & VOD, courtesy of Vision Films!   When 9-year-old Jamie moves to a beautiful lakeside village, he befriends a grumpy old sea captain who tells … [Read More...]

Jennifer Paskow Make A Circle A Celebration of Life, Love & Connection for Children & their Families

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Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Jennifer Paskow is hooked on volunteering to perform at hospitals, special ed schools, and benefits for causes she believes in because each experience reaffirms the ability of music to uplift, heal, and empower. Her CD was released in September of this year. Jennifer Paskow has inherited some of the heart and soul and indeed the passion of singer-songwriters … [Read More...]

Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys -“Wonderful YOU” WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ALASTAIR MOOCK, RANI ARBO, BARBARA BROUSAL & MISTER G

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  Sporting three Parents Choice® Awards in her hip pocket and adored by a legion of families nationwide, independent children's musician Vanessa Trien and her band The Jumping Monkeys showcase their special brand of acoustic folk-pop with a world flavor on Wonderful YOU, a new album for kids and families released on October 14. Musically vibrant and diverse, with guest spots by kindie … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

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Sally Hansen—Color Therapy! Fantastic Nail Shades for the Season!

Sally Hansen continues to lead in innovation by introducing its new Color Therapy products: a nail polish, top coat, and nail & cuticle oil, inspired by women’s desire to wear beautiful color while simultaneously caring for their nails. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil-enriched formula, resulting in intensive … [Read More...]

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Burke Williams Announces Holiday Gift Card Packages Give the Gift of Relaxation and Receive a Gift Just for You!

Packages Available Starting Black Friday! Burke Williams is pleased to introduce three special Gift Card Packages perfect for the holiday season. A luxurious selection of Burke Williams signature services are offered at an unprecedented value, and each gift purchased will include a coveted 3-Day Spa Pass as a special gift just for you. Spreading holiday cheer has never been more relaxing; … [Read More...]

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Fall Favorites from Sally Hansen and Rimmel London!

  Here are my Fall Favorites for Nails, Eyes and Skin! Sally Hansen Hard As Nails:  THINK: Protective armor for nails. WHAT IT IS: The original nail clinic in a bottle. Give your nails the ultimate fortifying treatment with Hard As Nails, a Sally Hansen essential developed to strengthen and support nails. Created to help prevent chipping, splitting and cracking, the multi-tasking … [Read More...]

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Pearl Love & Philanthropy From Jewelry Designer Wendy Mignot “The Hope Freshwater Necklace” is simply beautiful!

I recently received a most beautiful “The Hope Freshwater Necklace”  to review! This was formerly known as  the “Pink Ta Ta Necklace" from Jewelry Designer Wendy Mignot. It is simply beautiful and the photo does not do it justice! This necklace is available in the following lengths: 16”, 18” and 20”. I received the 18" and I just love the color of the pearls! It is also quite simple, yet … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

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Brooklyn is Pet of the Week! Looking for a New Family Member this Holiday?

What’s one of the hippest places in the country? Brooklyn! Who’s one of the hippest cats in our shelter? Brooklyn! Brooklyn has piercing green eyes and an expression of deep intellectuality. You could put a beret on her head and expect her to read a poem. Of course, what will actually happen is that Brooklyn will shake the beret off and knock it around the room--she's only a year old and full of … [Read More...]

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Glinda is Pet of the Week!

Glinda loves to dress up and preen! Here she is, a 6-year-old miniature gray poodle, all ready to take her place in the holiday festivities. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch her rip open her gifts that hopefully include a couple of puppy pinafores? Do you have a stocking for this sweetheart? If so, meet Glinda at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. … [Read More...]

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Samantha is Pet of the Week! Let's find this Dog a home for Thanksgiving!

You’re sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, probably with a feeling of gratitude for what you have to enjoy and what you have to share with others. Can you extend this feeling to a pet from our shelter? Samantha is a good example—she’s a 5-year-old pit bull terrier, and she’s been spayed and ready to go home with you. Best of all, this sweet girl has plenty of love and gratitude to share with a … [Read More...]

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Woof Yeah – Pup-Peroni is helping me share the deliciousness of tailgate season with my pooch!

The air is crisp, the pigskin is getting tossed around, and the grill’s getting fired up! For me, there’s no better feeling than grilling tender, juicy steaks for my buds during a football game. The succulent smell’s got my belly grumbling and my pooch’s tail wagging! Seeing as how he’s one of my best buds, I wanted to find a way to celebrate the deliciousness of meaty grilled filet mignon and … [Read More...]