Featured SoCal Events and Services

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey presents OUT OF THIS WORLD! Don't miss this show!


We had a giveaway for a family 4-pack and this is what our winner had to say about the performance: Karla Earley said "We had a great time. It was fun that they added a story line. I think it made their time go but a little quicker. It was also neat that it was performed on Ice". Don't miss this fun show! There are still upcoming performances!     Tickets … [Read More...]

Nintendo-Inspired Flavors and Beloved Characters Spread Delicious Fun Across U.S. at Local Yogurtland Locations!


After delighting fans for years with colorful visuals, memorable music themes and the familiar feel of iconic controllers, Nintendo is tackling a new sense: taste! Nintendo is partnering with popular frozen yogurt chain Yogurtland this summer to take families on a flavor-filled adventure that is sure to surprise and delight more than just their taste buds. When stepping into select Yogurtland … [Read More...]

Go Little Tokyo For a Weekend of Culinary Experiences July 29-31

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Go Little Tokyo for a weekend of delicious food and drinks harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo! Delicious Little Tokyo invites all foodies to experience the diverse cuisines from the restaurants of Downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. The event will kick off on Friday, July 29 with the Little Tokyo Service Center’s 10th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event, Starry Night in Little Tokyo, … [Read More...]



Surf Rodeo, Ventura’s annual and classic summer experience, is the only event to bring quirky cowboys and fun-loving surfers together at one place for an unforgettable weekend. Surf Rodeo, a surf contest-meets-music festival, will take place on July 16 and 17 at Ventura’s Pierpont Beach. In the spirit of genuine fun and excitement, Surf Rodeo is featuring over 25 energizing bands, dozens of … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

Beginning July 26 – ‘Sessions at the Circle’ Live Jazz at The Shops at Columbus Circle This Summer Free Concert Series Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center Takes Center Stage Beginning July 26

Jazz at Lincoln Center is curating free “Sessions at the Circle” this summer at The Shops at Columbus Circle on Tuesday evenings from6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 26 through August 30. In addition, various retailers from The Shops will style the musicians and also provide special offers for shoppers. WHO: July 26, 2016 – Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio (Styled by J. … [Read More...]

7-Eleven Big Gulp Promotion

This July, Redbox has teamed up with 7-11!

Throughout the month of July and August, Redbox has teamed up with 7-11. With the purchase of a Big Gulp, you will score a free movie rental!  Simple as that- quench your thirst and watch a flick for free. And in August, you can reserve rentals to automatically be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card…every day of the month! Someone will win each day! Now, how cool is that? Go … [Read More...]


Global Genes Announces RARE Champion of Hope Award Recipients to be Honored at the 5th Annual Tribute to Champions of Hope, Presented by PRA Health Sciences Philip Reilly To Receive Henri Termeer Lifetime Achievement Award September 22-24 in Huntington Beach, CA

Global Genes is pleased to announce the 2016 award recipients who will be honored at the 5th Annual Tribute to Champions of Hope (Tribute) presented by PRA Health Sciences and during a special ceremony following the RARE Patient Advocacy Summit (Summit). These highly anticipated events will take place September 22-24, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, … [Read More...]


Esri honors Aquarium of the Pacific with award for GIS map telling story of endangered steelhead fish

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific was recently honored with an award at the 2016 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, California, for its steelhead story map. The award Esri presented to the Aquarium was in the category of best use in science, technology, and education in a story map and was part of the 2016 Esri Storytelling with Maps contest. “The Aquarium’s winning story map was … [Read More...]


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Holds #RipleysGo Contest for Pokémon GO Players Whoever catches the rarest Pokémon character at any U.S., Canada, UK, or Australia Ripley's location wins $5000!

Yes, I am posting this! I have to admit since my son has been a fan of Pokemon for many years now, I have played this app in the last few days! Heads up players: catch a rare Pokémon character at a Ripley's attraction and you could win $5000! Today Ripley's launched its #RipleysGo contest to see who can find the rarest Pokémon lurking at its Odditoriums, Aquariums, and other attractions in the … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Back to School with a2 Milk®!

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“This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.” Yes, Summer is here but the school year will be here before we know it! There are so many Milk choices today! But, can you guess which one is my favorite? a2 Milk® is a hit with my family for this upcoming school year! There are so many … [Read More...]

Turn up the volume on summer adventures with the DreamWave Bubble Pod speaker


Looking for the perfect portable bluetooth speaker to serve as the soundtrack to your summer? The DreamWave Bubble Pod is the ultra-light, compact, portable Bluetooth speaker children dream about.    This 5W, best-in-class performance speaker features the following:   Can play up to 12 hours on a single charge Has child and outdoor IPX5 protection against water, dust, and sand Its … [Read More...]

Summer Must-Haves for the Kids!

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       Heading to the Beach or the Pool with the Kids this Summer? These products are a must-buy! *NEW* Australian Gold SPF 50 Kids Lotion, $8.99, National Drug Retailers. Specially formulated with sensitive skin in mind to neutralize pH while remaining Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free and Amine Free. The antioxidant enriched formula is designed to provide total sun protection while … [Read More...]

RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System

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This is a must-have for the medicine cabinet! RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System! GIVE YOURSELF A PUSH FOR YOUR “TUSH!” Introducing NEW! RectiCare Complete… A new mom can tell you that childbirth, although painful, results in a bundle of joy greater than ever imagined, and if she is lucky a “push present” from her special someone (cue that little blue box, mani/pedi combo or … [Read More...]

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DADS (And MOMS!) for More Changing Tables in Public Restrooms! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Last year, Ashton Kutcher championed a cause for changing tables to be made available in men’s public restrooms in Target, Costco and other retailer and restaurants.   See here for more info.   Thousands of people empathized with his cause and jumped on the bandwagon to support his effort. As with any news story, it came and went, but we think it is still an important cause … [Read More...]

Soak City is the place to go to beat the heat and stay cool! Giveaway Opportunity!


Summer is here and Soak City is one of our favorite places! My son and I love it there and can't wait to go next week. I am looking forward to Sunset River and I know my son really likes the  750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay! What I really like is that this ia great place for the whole family! Would you like to go? We have teamed up for a giveaway! We have a Family 4-Pack of tickets to give a way … [Read More...]

WIN! Autographed Copies of “The Deep” Graphic Novels by Best Selling Author Tom Taylor – for kids 6+


Are you looking for something new and fun to watch as a family?    Check out The Deep, now available to stream on Netflix, based on the Aurealis Award-winning graphic novels from #1 New York Times bestselling comic book author Tom Taylor! The Deep is a visually stunning underwater adventure series for kids ages 6 – 12 and their families! "The Deep" exists, first-and-foremost, because … [Read More...]

Love,Hallmark Father’s Day Giveaway! Win a Prize Package from the Ken Sheldon and Life is Good collections!


It takes someone special to be a Dad and Dads deserve something special on Father's Day! Hallmark has a variety of special gift ideas and I love the package I received to review which includes items from the Ken Sheldon and Life is Good collections. I love that there is something perfect for a New Dad and even something for a Pet Dad! I have to say that because I do know a Man who has a dog … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

“Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony” with Grammy-winning opera superstars Isabel Leonard & Nathan Gunn


Looking for something refreshing and different especially for ages 8 -13? I highly recommend this one! It's rather unique! Phineas McBoof fans rejoice!  Four years after the last Doctor Noize album comes the third installment in the award-winning Phineas McBoof series..  Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony, a full-length, two-act musical about the symphony, friendship, and purpose, for … [Read More...]



What I like best about this one is that it will make young children giggle and smile! Beloved by families nationwide, Eric Herman's warm and witty music videos have received over 50 millionviews on YouTube; his body of work also includes seven award-winning albums plus an award-winning DVD.  With the June 10 release of Bubble Wrap, a hard poppin' new family music album by Eric Herman and the … [Read More...]

Our Book Favorites for July!


Summer is a great time for reading!  Here are our top choices for kids and adults! This first one is a fun one for kids! This one is super fun and would be great for anytime of the year! My son and I loved that there is such a variety of different animals! Make Your Own Zoo contains 35 projects for you and your child to do together and are suitable for children aged six years and older. … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner



     New from the self-tanning experts at Sally Hansen: AIRBRUSH SUN® Instant Tanning Mousse, a light, velvety mousse that dries in a minute to deliver an immediate natural sun kissed look.  Build to a tanned look in just one hour. The mousse, with fast-acting technology glides on smooth and quickly absorbs into skin providing an even, fast, and flawless color that develops in an hour into a … [Read More...]


Perfect your Brows with Rimmel London and NYC New York Color! Summer Beauty Must-Haves!

BROW THIS WAY COLLECTION FROM RIMMEL LONDON From natural arches to power brows, this season’s hottest looks are all about fierce eyebrows.- Groom your brows with the Brow Styling Gel, designed for easy application with a mascara-style wand, or go for a stand-out look with the four-piece Brow Sculpting Kit. Each long-lasting formula dries to a lightweight finish, offering comfortable, all-day … [Read More...]


Sally Hansen Launches “ROYAL SPLENDOR” Miracle Gel™ Collection Introducing 7 new monarch-magnificent shades to the Miracle Gel™ lineup

   Give your nails the royal treatment! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ will keep your manicure looking majestic with up to 14 days of color and shine. The revolutionary, #1 zero light gel manicure system boasts seven new splendid hues in its “Royal Splendor” collection. The Miracle Gel™ 2X Volume Top Coat must be used in tandem with the Miracle Gel shades to experience the long-lasting benefits of … [Read More...]


MERAKI Silky Mist Hand Cream Is a Beauty Must-Buy!

Looking for a really wonderful Hand Cream? My favorite for the Summer is  MERAKI Silky Mist Hand Cream. I like that this hand cream is nourishing with organic sunflower and chamomile. I love that it is gentle on my skin and that it is non-greasy. It more than moisturizes your hands, it also protects and I love the fragrance which is a light orange smell. This one is a real must -have this … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

TinyMew, July July 21 Pet of the Week

Tiny Mew is Pet of the Week!

A tiny mew is what she has, and Tiny Mew is what her name is. This soft, sweet little 3-year-old just loves to love! She’s social and quite dainty, to go with her mannerly meow. She’s spayed and ready to go home with you from the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A572504.   (The usual suspects contributed to this rescue.)   Credit: … [Read More...]

Thor, July 14 Pet of the Week

Thor is Pet of the Week!

Working dogs like German shepherds are bred, among other things, for their smarts. Four-year-old Thor is one of these dogs—he’s extremely intelligent and seems to be looking for a purpose. He’s aware of his surroundings and is used to people— he likes to follow the staff and volunteers, and touches them with his nose to ask for attention and petting. He is handsome, with an all-knowing look, and … [Read More...]

Trudy, July 7 PEt of th eWeek

Trudy is Pet of the Week!

Trudy is a 7-year-old German shepherd/Lab mix who’s gentle and calm and absolutely loves people! She has a collapsed ear that’s a result of an untreated infection, but this doesn’t take anything away from her beauty or charm. And it’s certainly a reason to give this good girl the loving, caring home she deserves. Meet Trudy at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal … [Read More...]

lUcy, June 30 Pet of the Week

Lucy is Pet of the Week!

“I love Lucy, and she loves me…”—the theme song for the beloved TV show could have been written for our sweet, loving girl. Lucy is a 7-year-old female boxer mix. She’s spayed, chipped and ready to go home and create many memories and sitcom moments with a loving person or family. Tune in to Lucy on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for … [Read More...]