Featured SoCal Events and Services

Rubio’s Adds Impossible Meat for 2021

Unique Mexican Spice Blend Creates New Experience for Rubio’s Customers The new year brings a new addition to the menu at Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Beginning January 6, the home of The Original Fish Taco® will offer Impossible™ seasoned meat, made from plants. Rubio’s guests seeking to eat less meat as part of their new year’s resolutions can enjoy it in a new Impossible™ Taco … [Read More...]

Aquarium of the Pacific: Virtual Events Calendar

Pictured: Dat Nguyen is a guitarist who will play live on Jan. 30, 2021, during the Festival of Human Abilities featuring creative artists with disabilities. Photo Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific. Although the Aquarium is closed to the public for the time being as of December 6, 2020, it continues to offer its Online Academy and has new virtual events for everyone. Below is a list of the … [Read More...]

North America’s largest dinosaur experience brings socially distanced, roar-some family fun to four SoCal Cities beginning January 1st!

Image Credit: JURASSIC QUEST  More than 70 photorealistic dinosaurs are ready and raring to return from extinction to invade Southern California in the New Year. The Jurassic Quest Drive Thru, the nation’s largest touring dinosaur exhibit, will migrate to four Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego-adjacent destinations after welcoming legions of guests to sold-out … [Read More...]


December, 2020. Monterey, CA. Ring in the New Year with a First Night first!  This special program for New Year’s Eve will bring you around the country and feature music, art, dance, and poetry from Florida to Illinois and onward to California. First Nights are coming together, virtually and free, to showcase our local performers. Built around the four pillars of First Night (Art, … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

4 Kid-Friendly Things to Do Near Orange County Post COVID

The restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus have made getting out and about with the kids next to impossible - and parents are beginning to feel the strain of having the younger members of the family cooped up at home. However, those restrictions will not be a reality forever. The promise of vaccines means that parents can now start planning for that long-awaited day out - and for those who call … [Read More...]

Brachypelma Hamorii Tarantula: All You Need to Know About Your Hairy Friend

Tarantulas are the largest spider species on earth. You will find them across all kinds of environments, from the deserts of Africa to the tropical rain forests of the Amazon.  They belong to the Theraphosidae family, which comprises over 860 different species. Often, you'll hear people talking about the old world and new world species. The new world (North and South America) includes … [Read More...]

Donate at more than 300 Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores November 23rd-December 24th!

RALPHS AND FOOD 4 LESS KICK OFF SEASON OF GIVING WITH THIRD ANNUAL ‘HELP 4 THE HUNGRY’ DRIVE ACROSS SOCAL  Ralphs and Food 4 Less announce the return of their partnership across Southern California with NBC and Telemundo’s award-winning Help 4 the Hungry food donation drive in Los Angeles and San Diego. Now in its third year, the month-long campaign raises awareness and funds to feed tens of … [Read More...]

3 Reasons Dinosaur Fossils Can Make Great Gifts For Kids

Image Credit: Fossilicous 1. They Have Educational Value One of the main things you want to identify when you are shopping for gifts for kids would be its educational impact. Finding an educational gift is always an added benefit. With so many fun and exciting gifts that are educational nowadays, this isn't difficult. If your kid is enthusiastic about dinosaurs, there is nothing better than … [Read More...]

Looking for a last-minute gift? How about one with a cause!

Baking Memories 4 Kids comes to life once a year for the holidays to create delicious chocolate chip cookies with 100% of profits going towards making memories for children with lifelong and/or terminal illnesses.   Proceeds are used to send families on a vacation to theme parks in Orlando, Florida  where they can be in a positive, uplifting environment instead of in a hospital. For some families … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Viteyes Launches Blue Light Defender Kids for Screen Time Protection of Their Developing Eyes

Did you know that exposure to blue light before bedtime can also disrupt sleep patterns because it affects when our bodies create melatonin? With screentime for kids having increased by 500% during the pandemic, an inside out approach with Viteyes® Blue Light Kids can be an effective method to help protect their eyes. Viteyes®came out with a product late last year called Blue Light Defender™ … [Read More...]

Have little ones at home this school year? Check out these items from School Zone!

School Zone has Activity Kits that are a must-buy this school year! Preschool, Kindergarten and Activity Kit – Launched on School Zone Octoberober 1st.   *Really great value for the amount of contents. $29.99 (valued at $52)  I had the opportunity to check out the Preschool Activity Kit and I highly recommend it! It includes a workbook with … [Read More...]

Save BIG at the Pediped® Semi-Annual Sale

Cost-conscious consumers who want top notch footwear for their children at a fraction of normal prices don’t have to wait any longer to shop! The can’t-miss deals start Monday, 1/11 at pediped.com as part of this year’s pediped® Semi-Annual Sale and run through January 25th. The sale includes shoes, boots, Maryjane’s, and even sandals for newborn to big kids! Prices will be close to … [Read More...]

Starting a Vegan diet this New Year? These products are a must-try!

It seems that more people are starting the New Year with becoming Vegan. This isn't a bad thing but it is sometimes difficult to find brands that are consistent and taste good. I have tried many baked good that are Vegan but felt that something was lacking in the taste. Lehi Mills is a premium baking mix company that recently launched their Certified Vegan Line. With over 100 years of milling … [Read More...]

Have Kids? Have Pets? Life can be messy but Kids ‘n’ Pets has you covered!

As a Mom, I know if you have young kids, and if you have pets, life can get messy! It isn't easy to find cleaners that are non-toxic and safe to use around children and pets so I was quite excited to learn about Kids 'n' Pets Instant All-Purpose Stain & Odor Remover. What I really like is that it is non-toxic and is made with all-natural ingredients. What makes it different and effective is … [Read More...]

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

PatPat’s Family Matching Fun! It’s a family affair! Get in a festive frame of mind and check out holiday matching outfits for the whole crew (and the dogs too) from PatPat! Choose from onesies to hooded antlers to the ALL NEW Care Bears Family matching and more!  Baby sizing: $14.99  Ages 2-11:  $15.99 Women: $23 Men:  $24.99 www.PatPat.com Looking for last … [Read More...]

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Rubio’s Peace, Joy & Burritos Gift Box Giveaway Opportunity!

Warm your spirits and bring a little burrito joy to you and your loved ones this holiday season with the Rubio’s Peace, Joy & Burritos Gift Box. For just $39.95 (plus tax and shipping), receive a burrito blanket, fuzzy socks, candle + matches, a puzzle, and 3 entrée cards ($30 retail value). Valued at $120, the contents of the Holiday Box will create those cozy, festive vibes we look forward … [Read More...]

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...]

Media Reviews

Secrets of Sulphur Springs * Dives Deep Into The Mysteries Of The Unknown With A Chilling Tale Of Mystery And Suspense

Set in the fictional titular town, Secrets of Sulphur Springs follows 12-year-old Griffin Campbell (Preston Oliver), whose world has been upended by his father's decision to move the family from Chicago to take over an abandoned hotel property, The Tremont. The Campbells, which includes Griffin's mother and his younger twin siblings, move into The Tremont in hopes of restoring it to the vacation … [Read More...]

Blizzard of Souls * A Cinematic Masterpiece and Oscar Submission from Latvia

Based on true events and the novel by Aleksandrs Grins, which was forbidden in the USSR, the film follows a coming-of-age story of a sixteen-year-old Arthur. After the loss of his mother, he enlists to fight in WWI with dreams of becoming a hero, but after surviving the brutalities of trench warfare and the loss of his family, he wonders if his efforts in battle were futile and if hope is only to … [Read More...]

The Marksman * A Slower-Paced Action Film Starring Liam Neeson

A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who've pursued him into the U.S. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Benjamin P. comments, “The Marksman is a slower-paced action film set on the road from Texas to Chicago.  The filmstars Liam Neeson as Jim, a retiree who’s seen better days. There is a strong action storyline but … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

Beauty Stocking Stuffers!

Here are my favorite Beauty items this season and they would all make terrific Stocking Stuffers! Hair ties, headbands, and scrunchies can be more than just an accessory! They can be fun! With Scenties, you can add a fun twist to your kids’ hair ties, headbands, and scrunchies. These accessories are fragranced with playful scents, which can be enabled by simply Stretching and … [Read More...]

MASAMI hair products are a beauty must-try!

Looking for hair products to try? MASAMI is the only clean haircare brand that harnesses the hydrating power of the Japanese seaweed, Mekabu.  After experiencing MASAMI just once you’ll be daydreaming of long walks down a sandy beach and leave with a spring in your step (and hair). Even if Winter is approaching, in sunny SoCal you can always walk at the beach. I really love the shampoo and … [Read More...]

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...]

Pet Corner

Ollie, Jan. 14th Pet of the Week!

Everyone needs a cat like Ollie in their life! “Curious,” “affectionate” and “happy” best describe this 2-year-old Creamsicle, and we can also add “eager.” He loves human companionship, and if he so much senses someone approaching, he’s up on his hind legs to rub against a hand, have some playtime, or gently accept a treat. Ready to take him home? Because the shelter is closed to … [Read More...]

Napoleon, Jan. 7th Pet of the Week!

The French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was a shrewd military personage who built an empire with his skills. Unlike Bonaparte, though, our Napoleon resembles the sweet, custardy dessert of the same name, and he’ll delight you just as much as that gooey goody does. No calories to worry about—this 1-year-old pitty mix is energetic and playful and will lead you through the routines, only to … [Read More...]

Xena, Dec. 30th Pet of the Week!

Xena is a 5-year-old sweetheart of a Rottweiler. She has special needs—she’s blind—but the emphasis is on “special.” Xena’s a lovebug with her bright smile and easygoing disposition—just what’s needed for the new year! Here she is with her seeing-eye human, shelter volunteer Gary. Want to be her eyes? She sure will be your heart! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption … [Read More...]

Domino, Dec. 22nd Pet of the Week!

It’s nearly Christmas, with New Year’s Eve following close behind, and here’s Domino, all dressed in his proper tuxedo and white silk cravat. He’s all dressed up with nowhere to go. You can fix that—this handsome guy’s holiday wish is to find his furever home. Domino’s only 2 years old, and he’s easygoing, gentle and loving—just what you need to warm up your holiday. Because the shelter is … [Read More...]