Featured SoCal Events and Services

OC Parks Presents “OC Parks Spooky Series”

A frightfully fun week of virtual Halloween offerings commencing October 26. OC Parks presents "OC Parks Spooky Series,” a frightfully fun week of virtual Halloween offerings happening on social media October 26-31. Tune in to OC Parks’ Facebook and Instagram for a daily series including Halloween-themed highlights from county parks and the OC Zoo, along with a … [Read More...]

4th Annual Haunted Little Tokyo Presented by Go Little Tokyo

Spooktacular nights to enjoy in Little Tokyo and virtually at home beginning Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 31 Go Little Tokyo presents the 4th Annual Haunted Little Tokyo featuring spooktacular nights for ghouls and goblins of all ages to enjoy in Little Tokyo and virtually at home beginning Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 31. Haunted Little Tokyo will feature … [Read More...]

Discover creepy creatures at Aquarium’s Halloween celebration

Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific Everyone is invited to explore outdoor exhibits in search of the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its Scarium-themed weekend October 23 to 25, 2020. Guests can enjoy spooky décor and creepy creatures on these special days. You can see lorikeet birds eating pumpkins, and look for pumpkins in the animal exhibits, such … [Read More...]

Aquarium to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with virtual festival 9/25 and 9/26

Photo credit required: Aquarium of the PacificPictured from a previous Baja Splash festival: Danza Azteca Cultural Ketzaliztli The Aquarium of the Pacific invites you to celebrate the beauty and diversity of cultures and wildlife from Central and South America and beyond in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month through its annual Baja Splash festival. For the first time in its nineteen-year … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

How to be safe when walking home at night – simple tips that could save your life

Autumn is here, which means the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Everything is much darker too, which can make staying safe outdoors difficult. Even if you’re walking from home school, from work or you’re taking the dog out for a stroll, being out at night can be pretty daunting.  Keeping safe when you’re walking at night is essential. You could be hit by a car, … [Read More...]

Keep your kids safe when playing with these straightforward tips

No one wants their child to get hurt, especially when they're playing with friends or enjoying themselves on the playground or at the park. However, as a parent, you're probably already aware that accidents happen and getting a grazed knee every now and again is part of childhood. Still, that doesn't make the tears and pained expressions any easier. It's easy to think that we should let our … [Read More...]

How to make educating your child more exciting

Giving your children a solid education provides them with the foundations to succeed in life. It can spark passion and enjoyment, help them to realize what they want in the future, as well as providing a clear pathway into the world of work. Education comes in many forms, whether it be through academic, practical or creative means. Here, we are going to explore some ways you can make educating … [Read More...]

Best cities to raise your kids in America

So you are in the market for the perfect city to raise your family? You’ve come to the right place. Best schools, great weather, countless amenities for both adults and children; these are all things that you should be on the lookout for when searching for a city to settle down with your family. The truth is that there are plenty of great U.S states to settle down with lots to offer families. … [Read More...]

5 Creativity Boosting Activities For Toddlers

Children are naturally inquisitive explorers who learn best through play and modeling. Parents and teachers can help young children boost their natural creativity by providing time, opportunity, and materials, along with lots of support and encouragement. Here are 5 activities you can do with a toddler to help foster a creative mind that will help develop confidence and a strong mind.  #1. … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Halloween Treat favorites!

Halloween is almost here and these sweet treats may not be candy but they are sure to be a hit! You’ll think Savor Patisserie’s macarons are too beautiful to eat—until you’ve experienced their melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness! Made by hand, these yummy Instagram-worthy treats taste like they’re straight from Paris but are made in the heart of Texas by a woman-owned bakery. Just in time for … [Read More...]

Fun Creative must-buys this Fall!

Halloween is almost here and it's always fun to give out candy to the kids but here are a couple of fun creative gift ideas that they are sure to love! Get in the spooky spirit with OwlCrate Jr.’s “Shivers Down Your Spine” themed subscription book box. Kids 8-12 will receive the scariest book OwlCrate Jr. has released to date, “The Girl and The Ghost” by Hanna Alkaf. This edition will have … [Read More...]

Halloween Treats To Buy In Bulk on Amazon!

It's almost Halloween and even though it is a different time right now with the pandemic, Halloween treats are a still a must! I won't be passing out candy or treats this year but I will be making goodie bags for friends and neighbors. Welch's Fruit Snacks are a must buy and can be purchased in bulk on Amazon.com. The 110-Count Box combines two popular mouthwatering flavors – Mixed Fruit and … [Read More...]

It’s time for the Fall Baby Round-up!

ergoPouch pajamas are a must this Fall! The jersey bag is sure to be a hit with baby and parents! Once the swaddling phase is over and baby is reading for arms-out sleeping, the ergoPouch jersey bag is the ideal first sleeping bag.  Its slim fit design and stretch jersey cotton mimics that of a a swaddle.  TOG rated for warmth so no need for blankets.  Features two way zip … [Read More...]

Family Fun Time during this pandemic!

Looking for some fun toys for the kids this Fall during the pandemic? Here are a few of my favorites! This one is great for outdoors and especially if you have open space. The classic Hog Wild ATOMIC POWER POPPER is back and better than ever – thanks to a flashy new design and cool new features! PLUS, it now comes complete with three super Sticky Targets you can use just about … [Read More...]

Mama Luma has cute Face Masks for your little ones!

They also have cute dresses too! If you are looking for really cute dresses for your little girl, you have to check out Mama Luma. They also have some adorable patterned face masks for kids. I received a few samples of the masks and I highly recommend them! Mama Luma has the perfect clothing options to capture memories from family photos to back-to-school or just an outing with your loved … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

Baby Beluga giveaway

Exciting news! Raffi is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Baby Beluga this year. Can you believe that it has been 40 years? This song and album are among the best-selling children's music releases of all time! Check out Raffi's really cool video too! https://youtu.be/mIBY-LQYkVA Now, we have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win Raffi's original "Baby … [Read More...]

A bundle of new kid tunes for the dog days of summer 2020! Giveaway Opportunity!

Enter to win this three-pack of smart and educational children's music CDs from some of the top award-winning artists.  These are songs the whole family can enjoy together -- and they'll inspire kids as they head back to school. The Famadillo giveaway includes Backyard Bop by Portland family folk artist Red Yarn, Songs Across the Pond by Grammy nominee Brady Rymer and UK folk artist David Gibb, … [Read More...]

Now it’s time for Camp Warner Bros. Week # 7!

If you’ve ever been to a drive-in movie, you know how much fun it can be; from piling in the car with your cozy blankets to enjoying your favorite snacks in the Summer air! And if you have ever given a kid an empty cardboard box – you know how much fun they can have, as they use their creativity and let their imagination runs wild for hours! It's Week 7 at Camp Warner Bros. and we are bringing … [Read More...]

It’s Camp Warner Bros.Week #6! Alex & Me Goal Chart and Family Workout

Shoot for your dreams this week at Camp Warner Bros., as soccer superstar, Alex Morgan, stars in the full-length feature film – Alex & Me! The film follows the uplifting story of a young female athlete who learns how you need passion, determination and self-worth to make all your dreams come true. Summer is a great time for campers to think of their goals -  be it short term, or long … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

The Witches * Captivating, Intriguing, Perfectly Scary, and Pure Cinematic Joy!

Based on Roald Dahl's 1983 classic book 'The Witches', the story tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven year old boy who has a run in with some real life witches! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Zoe C. comments, “The Witches is probably my favorite film of the year. Is not just beautiful; it is captivating, intriguing, perfectly scary, pure cinematic joy! The Witches is a fantastic tale … [Read More...]

Books of the Week

STELLA DIAZ NEVER GIVES UP by Angela Dominguez: From award-winning author Angela Dominguez, comes the novel Stella Diaz Never Gives Up, a story about a shy Mexican-American girl who becomes an environmental activist and makes a difference in her community. This is a wonderful book for children ages 8-12. It's a real inspiration! ALREADY A BUTTERFLY: A MEDITATION STORY by Julia Alvarez; … [Read More...]

Looking for a great gift for a child? Or even an adult? How about a personalized book?

Looking for a great gift for a young child? A personalized children’s book created by In The Book is a must-buy! They have such a wonderful variety from personalized Pet Books to Disney Books. I received a Disney PIXAR Cars Book and it was a hit with my young reviewer. He just loved that it had his name in the story and he always wants to read it at bedtime. They have an exclusive Disney license … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

Beauty Must-Buy! 7th Heaven — Charcoal Peel Off Mask

Staying at home more for Spa treatments during this pandemic? I know that I am and I absolutely love the 7th Heaven Face Masks! The latest one I've tried is the Charcoal Peel-Off Cleansing & Detoxifying Easy Peel Mask. You don’t have to book a fancy spa treatment to treat your skin to charcoal’s powers.  The newest all-natural, high performing home facial treatment from 7th Heaven -- Charcoal … [Read More...]

Summer Beauty Must-buys!

During this pandemic, many of us are doing our own manicures and pedicures! SOPHi allows health-conscious women to have a worry-free, yet long-lasting manicure! Non-toxic, virtually odorless nail polish that is better than 9 or 16 free, because it is free of ALL harsh chemicals! This water-based formula leaves nails healthy and doesn’t cause them to yellow or become brittle. Plus, SOPHi is … [Read More...]

Beauty Stocking stuffer!

Looking for a great beauty find that will be perfect in Mom's stocking this year?  Refining Sugar Cleanser from MyChelle Dermaceuticals is at the top of my list! Refining Sugar Cleanser is a natural sugar and intoxicating Vanilla-infused cleanser that gently exfoliates surface impurities as it transforms into a creamy, foaming lather—leaving skin radiant and refined. Boosted with anti-aging … [Read More...]

Burke Williams Offers Peace This Holiday Season with Luxurious Gift Card Packages

Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to spread joy this holiday season with four generous gift card packages. California’s ultimate self-care destination, Burke Williams, offers world-class amenities and a full menu of services for guests to relax, renew, and wash away the stress of the holiday season.Packages include a variety of signature Burke Williams treatments including massage therapy, … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Halloween Treats for the Pup!

Looking for Halloween treats for your pup? SodaPup.com has durable chewers for dogs even a Pumpkin and a RIP Headstone make a great seasonal gift for your dog to chew while you gobble up your Thanksgiving dinner! Specializing in innovative, American made dog toys for power chewers SodaPup and their targeted collection of products are manufactured in the USA to ensure the integrity of the … [Read More...]

Bat, Oct. 22nd Pet of the Week!

What’s Halloween without witches, ghosts, skeletons, black cats and bats? Our shelter at Long Beach Animal Care Services can help with the last two! Meet Bat, 9 months old! He was brought into the shelter because he was hanging around—not upside down, though—as a stray. They found out that he won’t use his fangs to bite even though he chitters and chatters like his namesake species. If you … [Read More...]

Mrs. Dash, Oct. 15th Pet of the Week!

Everyone loves Mrs. Dash, and Mrs. Dash loves everyone! The lady’s an adorable 3-year-old German shepherd mix who loves to be outside and—well, dash around and play. We have no idea where Mr. Dash went, but it doesn’t matter. We know that our pretty girl is going to make a much better match—could it be you? Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted … [Read More...]

Apple, Oct. 8th Pet of the Week!

It’s autumn, the best time to pick an Apple! This wonderful little puppylike pittie is just a year old, and he’s a keeper with his big floppy ears and heart as golden as his fall coat. He’s looking for a companion to join him in a run, some games and a jump into a big pile of raked leaves, if only such a thing existed in Long Beach. Come quickly to adopt this fellow—Apples like him don’t just … [Read More...]