Featured SoCal Events and Services

Big Bite Events Introduces Sugar Rush Dec. 5-6 The Sweetest Event You’ll Ever Taste Dec. 5-6 at OC Fair & Event Center


Still sizzling from the success of the recent Big Bite Bacon Fest in Long Beach, Big Bite Events is pleased to unveil their newest foodtainment concept, Sugar Rush. The sweetest event you will ever taste will debut Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.   Sugar Rush will be a one-of-a kind dessert showcase and sweet market … [Read More...]

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Celebrates 10th Annual Halloween Event, “SEA SCARE”

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The best family Halloween party around is back and only at CMA! Sea Scare, now celebrating its 10th year, is washing ashore with lots of thrills and chills on Saturday, October 24th from 7 to 10pm. See the Aquarium in a different light as it is transformed into an underwater world of chills, thrills and gills. Come in costume and join in the masquerade of ghouls and goblins, trick-ortreat … [Read More...]

Upcoming Event: Bliss 101 brings renown artist, Andres Amador, to San Diego for “Earthscape Spectacular,” a demonstration

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Bliss 101, is a farm-to-table, heart-to-home gallery and retail shop in Encinitas featuring art and and coastal rustic furnishings from local community artists, photographers and jewelry makers.   Bliss 101 invites the community to a rare live-art demonstration at Swami’s State Beach. Gifted sand artist Andres Amador creates inspirational earthscapes – beautiful mandalas – in the sand. … [Read More...]

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Unveils the New Anubis Paintball Adventure Over 200 Monsters, Mummies & Freaks Will Find Their Way On Board the Infamously Haunted Ship

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Fear lives here at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor as the torrid history of the haunted ship rises from the deep October 1 - November 1, 2015. In addition to Dark Harbor’s horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, the annual fright festival is thrilled to unveil the all-new Anubis Paintball Adventure.   Those who dare will venture into the … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News


Some fun gadgets for the whole family

  There’s no use denying it – we’re living in a technological age. We’re spending more of our time engaging with technology which is vastly improving our lives and those of our children. Whether you’re planning a long journey and hoping to find something that will keep the children entertained or something for them (and you) to do your homework on, these fun gadgets will be of use to all … [Read More...]

HalloweenComicFest 2015

Halloween ComicFest Launches Costume Contest- $10,000 in Prizes! “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever” Returns!

Halloween ComicFest is conducting “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever”, where participants take a picture in costume showcasing one of the 21 free Halloween ComicFest full-size or mini-comics and then upload their costume photos to be entered to win great prizes, including a Grand Prize of a $500 shopping spree at their local comic shop!   Starting October 1st through November … [Read More...]

“Music for Montebello” Returns for its Second Year The Shops at Montebello creates a performance space for local schools

As teachers and students return to classrooms across Southern California, many with a passion for the performing arts will be excited by the return of The Shops at Montebello’s “Music for Montebello.”   Music for Montebello is a performing arts program that invites local public and private K-12 schools to hold vocal, dance and theatrical recitals at The Shops at … [Read More...]

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Free and Low Cost In-Store Events in October at Michaels store locations

During the month of October, Michaels will offer a variety of free and low-cost in-store crafting events including paper-crafting classes to create a seasonal harvest banner, as well as workshops where you can create sliding knot bling bracelets, spooky Duck® Tape T-shirts and costumes. This month Michaels is also offering painting classes, drawing classes and more. Crafters of all skill levels … [Read More...]

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Universal Studios Hollywood Reveals New “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Signature Art in Anticipation of Spring 2016 Opening

Universal City, California, September 18, 2015 – Universal Studios Hollywood wields a bit of magic with the reveal of newly created signature art for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” scheduled to open in Spring 2016. The new image, which depicts a wand-wielding Harry Potter in the foreground with a bustling snowcapped Hogsmeade village and a spectacular … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Disney Hatch’n Heroes are so much fun! These will make a great holiday gift!

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  Disney-themed Hatch’N Heroes are exactly what they are cracked up to be – a surprising, unique way to play with your favorite Disney characters. Before you know it, it’s going to be holiday season and Bandai’s new creative Hatch‘n Heroes toy line is perfect for stocking stuffers, any night of Hannukah, a tooth fairy gift  or just because – they are fun toys keep little hands busy at a … [Read More...]

Celebrate National World Smile Day with EVOLVE

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To celebrate World Smile Day, Dr. Scheier is sharing a perfect toothbrush for kids and parents alike that will make maintaining excellent oral hygiene as easy as 1 2 3. Kids will finally love brushing their teeth! Kids are regularly exposed to sugary drinks and candy which often leaves behind sticky, hard to remove residue. Most kids will not properly clean the back of their teeth, which is a … [Read More...]

Beautiful Hand Painted Wine glasses by Valentina Paris are the perfect gift!


This set of wine glasses is really impressive! They are truly beautiful! I love the hand painting and am impressed with the beautiful design and the quality. I really can't get over how pretty and unique they are. I am also impressed with the size and they are bigger than I expected them to be. I highly recommend as a gift. They would make an awesome wedding or anniversary gift. You can … [Read More...]

Super fun after school snacks from FamilyFun


Looking for healthier snack options for the Kids?      FamilyFun magazine has delicious snacks that are perfect for those busy weekdays and will satisfy a hungry kid!   STACKABLE SNACK A familiar combo gets a lofty treatment in this filling after-school bite. To prep it, slice a small apple crosswise, core the pieces, and place a few tablespoons of peanut butter in a bowl. … [Read More...]

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Rudolph Pork Rinds are a Must-Buy! Giveaway Opportunity!


You may remember that last week, we featured Thank a Truck Driver and Rudolph Foods. Hope that you were able to participate! To find out who won, you can simply click here. I received some delicious samples of their tasty Pork Rinds and they are simply a tasty snack! We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win their own free sample! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your … [Read More...]

Aquarium Of The Pacific’s Eleventh Annual Southeast Asia Day Giveaway Opportunity!


Live performances of traditional music and dance, as well as cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an exotic destination during its eleventh annual Southeast Asia Day. Ethnic cuisine will be available for purchase, and children will have the opportunity to partake in arts and crafts.   One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, … [Read More...]

It’s California’s Birthday Month! Giveaway Opportunity!


What better way to celebrate than by sharing your best California memories?   Gaslamp Popcorn is hosting a California Moment contest! Just upload photo of your California Moment at GaslampPopcorn.com and you have the chance to WIN $2,500 and a year of popcorn! Plus, one runner up will review a $500 cash prize. Find Gaslamp Popcorn near you at GaslampPopcorn.com/locate! I received … [Read More...]

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with Carole P. Roman Giveaway Opportunity!

Your child will just love Captain No Beard and his crew! Talk Like A Pirate Day is coming in just nine days! Carole P. Roman and her "character" Captain No Beard want to celebrate this day with an awesome giveaway. Arrg... This one is a bit different though as every day you have to go looking for clues that lead up to the day. If you are really lucky, you might even find a pop up … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

The Intern – Beats All Expectations! Absolutely Fab!


The Intern stars Robert De Niro as 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker who discovers that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Harmony M (age 16) comments, “Add The Intern to your list of "must-watch" movies because this … [Read More...]

The Time Garden by Korean artist Daria Song

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By now you have probably heard about how coloring can relief stress! It seems to be the latest craze and I can see why. Coloring has always had a calming effect on me. The Time Garden is an international bestseller with already 200,000 copies in print. It's a really beautiful book! I love how detailed the coloring pages are.  The next book in the series, The Time Chamber, continues the exciting … [Read More...]

The Martian – One Of The Best Movies Of This Decade


This 2015 space odyssey delivers an emotional survival story filled with humor and love Matt Damon’s performance really steals the show and the direction by Ridley Scott is perhaps his best in years. Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, we are drawn in by the humanness of the situation when Astronaut Mark Watney is left behind by his crew and finds himself stranded and alone on a hostile … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner


C.Booth Beauty Must-Haves for the Fall!

   Looking for some great beauty bath products that will keep your skin soft and moisturized? C.Booth has some great products! Here are some of my favorites for the Fall! Dry skin isn't a lost cause--it just needs a little coaxing back to a moisturized state. The hydrating Honey & Almond Body Butter gets right to work, sweeping deep into skin with its extra thick, and extra efficient … [Read More...]

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Avon Foundation for Women’s NEW fundraising products for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you should check out Avon Foundation for Women’s NEW fundraising products. Fergie’s newest fragrance, Outspoken Party!, ($34) is launching this October and was created to celebrate breast cancer survivors and research progress. Throughout the month of October, Avon will donate $5 from every purchase of Outspoken by Fergie full size EDP purchase to … [Read More...]


VO5’s New, Easier Than Ever, 3-Step Process Tames Frizz and keeps Hair Smooth and Healthy Giveaway!

For the third year running, legendary hair care brand Alberto VO5, trusted by consumers for 60 years, has declared August “National Anti-Frizz Month,” with a mission to help women fight frizz during the dog days with easy-to-follow frizz fighting advice, and savings on frizz-taming products accessible through the brand’s website and social media channels. Known for its Five Essential Vitamin … [Read More...]

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Bairly Sheer, the Ultimate Aerosol Foundation + Color Collection

I am quite excited to tell you about the Launch of Bairly Sheer! This one really is rather unique! Bairly Sheer, the first full line of spray-on airbrush cosmetics that goes onto the skin effortlessly for a blendable, beautiful finish. The antidote to heavy foundation, the Bairly Sheer collection includes the following lines for all your coverage needs: Ultra Mist Foundations (Available in … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Odd Couple, Oct. 1 Pet of the Week

Bowsa and Paco are the Pets of the Week! Such an adorable duo!

These two are known as the ACS Odd Couple! Bowsa, a quiet, loving 2-year-old Staffie/Cardigan Welsh corgi mix, and Paco, a playful, happy 3-year-old Chi/min-pin mix, came in together as owner surrenders. Paco, always the friendly nut, helped bring his sister out of her shell, and they’re now ready for a forever home. The shelter staff is hoping that someone will be glad to take them both. Meet … [Read More...]

Tom Tom, Sept. 24 Pet of the Week

Tom Tom is Pet of the Week!

Tom used to be a common name for male cats, so we’ve named this great 3-year-old orange guy Tom Tom. See, that way, if he doesn’t come when you call him the first time, he’ll come right afterward! But seriously—and Tom Tom seriously wants a loving forever home—you can get this love bug with the distinctive nose fleck at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS.Ask for … [Read More...]


Petsmile: A gentle way to keep your Pup’s teeth clean!

Looking for a gentle way to keep your pup's teeth clean? Petsmile is your answer! Invented by the makers of Supersmile, Petsmile Pet Toothpaste is the gentle safe way to clean your dog’s teeth, eliminating plaque and tartar for thorough oral care – all without the need to brush! Products are extremely affordable priced at $9 for a packet of 50 applicator swabs and $25 for a 4.5 ounce tube. … [Read More...]

Benny, Sept. 17 Pet of the Week

Benny is Pet of the Week!

A Benny saved is a Benny turned into a great companion! Benny’s a 3-year-old cairn terrier mix with golden fleece. He gets along fine with other dogs and enjoys his walkies. He’s neutered and ready to go home with you. Meet Benny on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS, and meet Beth. Ask for ID#A554425.   (The usual suspects … [Read More...]