Featured SoCal Events and Services

Universal Studios Hollywood Casts a Dazzling Spell on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with an All-New Summertime Enhancement, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” Inviting Guests to Experience the Immersive Land in a Whole New Light, Beginning June 23rd!

"The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" at "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood.

I have to admit that I was in awe of this amazing light show! As night falls on the Hogsmeade village, "The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" will shine brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin (Which one is your favorite? I have to admit that Gryffindor is mine!) that culminates with awesome beams of … [Read More...]

Celebrate the 4th at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to announce a 4th of July holiday day filled with fun activities fit for the whole family. Celebrate Independence Day on the Back Bay with live music, local food trucks and a dynamic fireworks display from one of the best viewing locations in SoCal. Back Bay Bistro will also host a special 4th of July Buffet dinner with two seatings and a variety of live … [Read More...]

Lee Brice Headlines 3rd Annual ShipKicker Country Music Festival at the Queen Mary July 1 Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide, Honey Country, and Jake Parr Added to Artist Lineup Tickets On-Sale Now at QueenMary.com


The Queen Mary will once again go country with ShipKicker, the 3rd annual country music festival at the Waterfront Events Park on Saturday, July 1. Country music favorites, Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide, Honey Country and Jake Parr, have joined the list of top country artists set to perform. Lee Brice will headline the day into night festival joined by The Swon Brothers, Jerrod Niemann, and the … [Read More...]

theBlu An Underwater VR Experience @ The Natural History Museum Open until June 18, 2017


What would it be like to swim alongside manta rays, angler fish, and a blue whale? Well, you can – in virtual reality! All you need to do is wear a VR headset and you will discover what it is like to swim up close to a jellyfish (my favorite!) or a Whale.   In this high-tech, immersive experience, you'll explore the ocean and it's really like you are there! I had the opportunity and … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

3 Tips to getting compensated for serious injury accidents

Being involved in a serious accident can cause life-threatening and long-term injury. This can change one’s lifestyle and cause a great deal of mental, emotional, physical, and financial stress on a person as well as their family. If you or a loved one has experienced serious injury due to an accident, there are ways in which you can get compensated for your pain and strife. This article will … [Read More...]

Harry Potter in Concert Returns to the Hollywood Bowl

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS™ - IN CONCERT Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 8:00 PM HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN™ - IN CONCERT Friday and Saturday, July 7 & 8, 2017, at 8:00 PM Harry Potter returns to the Hollywood Bowl with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ - in Concert, the second film in the Harry Potter series, on Thursday, July 7, at 8:00 PM, and Harry … [Read More...]

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Baby Penguin hatches at Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the arrival of a Magellanic Penguin chick. The penguin hatched at the Aquarium in late May. Parents Roxy and Floyd, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat, cared for the baby penguin until it was ready to go to its behind-the-scenes nursery to learn to take whole fish from keepers for feedings and to swim in shallow pools. The approximately … [Read More...]

#DaddysDay - Chelsea

Celebrate #DaddysDay with MAM and win a $500 prepaid card or tickets to a MLB game of your choice! We have also teamed up for a Giveaway!

MAM is celebrating Father’s Day with a great contest!   This Father’s Day, MAM will be selecting one lucky person to win a $500 prepaid card or tickets to a Major League Baseball game of your choice! Share a story that shows what makes the dad in your family a great father with the #DaddysDay hashtag and MAM will select their favorite story to win! Enter here: … [Read More...]

Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day Returns to The OC ZOO June 17 First 100 Children in Costume Receive Gift and Free Train Ride

May the Force be with you! Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gather family and friends for a day of animals and activities at the OC Zoo.   Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo invites Stars Wars fans of all ages to enjoy a fun filled day of activities including visits from Star Wars characters, kids’ crafts, games, … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Last Minute Grad Gifts


Graduation is here or almost here for those who aren't quite out of school yet for the Summer! Here are a couple great gift suggestions! The new book, Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age [June 6, 2017; Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins] offers a set of twelve easy-to-follow rules for artists to live by that translate artistic success to business … [Read More...]

The SoCal City Kids Father’s Day Gift Guide Updated!


It's June and Father's Day will be here soon! It's time to start thinking about what to get Dad this upcoming holiday! Natural Soaps with Caffeine for the  Active Lifestyle: DIRTYBIRD ENERGY! DirtyBird Energy is dedicated to creating products to help productivity for active, busy lifestyles.  Whether it is at the office, during a workout, or raising children, they want to help everyone … [Read More...]

Donuts Take Center Stage in the Big Apple! Entenmann's® Hosting a National Donut Day 2017 Party on June 2 in Heart of New York City and Consumers can "Win Free Donuts for a Year"

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National Donut Day is tomorrow!     Entenmann’s® Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, is making donuts the star of New York by bringing its 2017 National Donut Day celebration to Times Square, on June 2.  Fans will have the opportunity to sample delicious Entenmann’s Donuts, take part in fun activities and be wowed by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.   Thousands of … [Read More...]

Reveal Your Most Radiant White Smile with Colgate Optic White this Spring!

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Do you want a Whiter & Brighter Smile? Colgate Optic White is a must-try! I just love how this makes my smile look brighter!  It also doesn't leave a bad after taste in your mouth. I highly recommend! Radiant™ includes Pro-Oxide™ Complex, with hydrogen peroxide, the professionally recommended whitening ingredient to both whiten below the tooth surface and remove surface stains. This … [Read More...]

Are you having a BBQ this Memorial Day Weekend? Heinz BBQ Sauces are a Must!

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Are you ready for Memorial Day weekend? Time to fire up the grill! This BBQ season, Heinz has you covered with 7 delicious flavors from America’s most famous BBQ regions – Kansas City Sweet & Smoky, Memphis Sweet & Spicy, Texas Bold & Spicy, Carolina Tangy Vinegar and NEW this year, Kentucky Bourbon Rich & Savory, Hawaii Style Sweet & Smoky and Carolina Mustard … [Read More...]

Netflix for Organic Cotton Sheets, Towels & Duvets Premium organic linens that never end up in a landfill starting at $5/month


Did you know 10 million tons of textiles—e.g. clothes, bedding, towels, etc.—end up in landfills each year. That's a pile of sheets and towels 150% the size of the Great Pyramid in Egypt! I recently partnered with Coyuchi—a pioneer in organic sheets, towels, and sleepwear—to explore the importance of sustainable home linens and share the good news about their new linen subscription … [Read More...]

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Win a Chance to See Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes


We have teamed up for a Giveaway! Tell us your favorite Super Hero and why!   Winner will receive (2) vouchers (redeemable for two tickets) VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ON OPENING NIGHT(S) ONLY – No Weekends. Vouchers are valid for all three venues, ONE NIGHT ONLY at EACH VENUE. o   Friday, July 7 – STAPLES Center, Downtown LA o   Thursday, July 13 – Citizens Business Bank Arena, … [Read More...]

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Free Tote Bag Giveaway From Rubio’s! June 8 is World Oceans Day!

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Rubio’s Restaurants, the brand that has counted the ocean as a source of inspiration since its founding more than 30 years ago, is continuing its efforts to be a friend of the ocean with its 8th annual World Oceans Day reusable tote bag giveaway. On June 8 (World Oceans Day) Rubio's is inviting fans, friends and ocean enthusiasts to help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean by … [Read More...]

Pacific Islander Festival June 3-4, 2017 at The Aquarium of the Pacific Giveaway: PACIFIC ISLANDER TICKET GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack!

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Experience dance, music, cuisine, and cultural artifacts of the Pacific Islands on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, at the Aquarium of the Pacific.       Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of … [Read More...]

Brown Bear Prize Pack Giveaway #BrownBearEverywhere

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As part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, I am able to to host a giveaway for a very special Brown Bear Prize Pack, featuring official Brown Bear swag, as well as a copy of the book signed by Eric Carle himself. I have always loved this book and remember reading this to my son when he was a little one! If you would like to enter … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

Latin Grammy and Emmy Award-winners LUCKY DIAZ and the FAMILY JAM BAND Launch National Summer Family Concert Tour, Celebrating the Release of a New Album MADE IN LA

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Latin GRAMMY and EMMY Award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band embark on a busy summer of family performances around the nation.  The band, led by Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, present interactive, multi-cultural, mixed language and movement based musical performances for children and adults. Catch details of the tour, celebrating the release of their forthcoming album Made in LA, … [Read More...]

It’s a ‘Summer of Lemonade’ for Justin Roberts Grammy nominated artist performs all-ages shows throughout Chicagoland and in other cities, now through September

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       Two-time Grammy nominee Justin Roberts announces his 'Summer of Lemonade' tour, which includes all-ages library and festival performances at various venues around Chicagoland, plus shows in Minnesota, Ohio, and California. Roberts kicked off his summer tour with his Not Ready for Naptime Players at Chicago's Printer's Row Lit Fest on June 10, where he also read … [Read More...]

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab: It’s Always Sharkest – Stealth Learning at its Best!


Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison built a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a steampunk robot named Von Bolt. Years later, Angie, a twelve-year-old science prodigy, discovers the lab. While visiting one of Kent's relatives, the kids come up with a great idea for attracting more tourists to his restaurant - the only catch is that it also attracts a very big shark with … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner


YouCam Celebrates National Selfie Day!

With National Selfie Day just around the corner, YouCam, the #1 downloaded beauty augmented reality app,  will let you instantly perfect the art of the “Selfie”. YouCam is the number one interactive platform offering users the complete beauty journey, from selfie expression to makeup experimentation, and empowerment through social sharing.   YouCam launched  in 2014, and in only three  years’ … [Read More...]

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Kiehl’s Unifies Men’s Routine with 6-piece grooming regimen Perfect gift for Father's Day! You can find it at Kiehl’s in South Coast Plaza!

As male grooming trends have evolved in recent years, so has the need for efficacious products to groom and style beards and hair. Kiehl’s Since 1851 – a longtime leader in men’s skincare – is proud to offer men an essential toolkit to achieve their desired look, whether it’s perfectly polished or deliberately wild.   Grooming Solutions, a line of expertly crafted men’s grooming products, … [Read More...]

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Treat Dads, Grads, and Friends to a Day of Relaxation at Burke Williams

Burke Williams Day Spa invites you to spoil dads, grads, and loved ones with the relaxing gift of a spa treatment. For each generous and luxurious spa gift purchased, receive a gift for yourself in return. Guests that spend $150 - $249 on a gift card at Burke Williams Day Spa will receive a complimentary $25 gift card. Guests that spend $250 - $399 on a gift card for a loved one will receive a … [Read More...]


LUNE + ASTER will make your eyes stand out this Spring!

Launched in 2015, Lune + Aster is Bluemercury’s exclusive proprietary cosmetics brand. It was designed by Bluemercury Co-Founder and CEO, Marla Beck, with the busy, career-driven female in mind. Marla spent 16 years personally testing each product carried in Bluemercury stores to help her perfect the collection. Products are made with good-for-you ingredients that help women get out the door in … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Sally, June 22 Pet of the Week

Sally is Pet of the Week!

Sweet, shy little Sally is a lovely female (as most calicos are) 2-year-old. At first, Sally’s bashful, but when she gets to know you, she’s affectionate and full of fun. Want to dilly-dally with Sally? Meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A590031.   (This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.) Credit: Courtesy of the … [Read More...]

Amanda, June 15 Pet of the Week

Amanda is Pet of the Week!

Whether it’s the kiddie pool behind the house or Rosie’s Dog Beach in Belmont Shore, Amanda will be at her literal element. Amanda, a spayed female black Lab mix, loves water—not just to drink but also to splash around in. She’s 9 years old, which qualifies her for our shelter’s senior discount, and has lived with cats and kids. She’s an owner surrender and so deserves a loving home. Meet Amanda … [Read More...]

Ladybug, June 8 Pet of the Week

Ladybug is Pet of the Week!

When a ladybug lands on you, it means good luck. Our Ladybug would love to land on your lap, and that would make both of you lucky! All this sweet, petite 2-year-old needs is a loving home. If you want to help Ladybug fly away home, come meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A589682.   (This rescue encouraged by the usual … [Read More...]

Old Joe, JUne 1 Pet of the Week

Old Joe is Pet of the Week!

The shelter staff named him Old Joe, but even at 7 years old, this guy is far from old. What’s probably meant is “Good Old Joe!” He’s been called the coolest dog at the shelter and definitely deserves the best home! He’s classified as a senior and his adoption fee will only be $20, but he’s lively and easygoing, and he bonds instantly with those who show him love! Adopt Old Joe, and your smile … [Read More...]