Featured SoCal Events and Services

OC Parks Announces 2021 Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema Film Series

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to announce the return of the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Spend summer evenings in a family-friendly environment with free live music and movie screenings at parks across Orange County.  OC Parks Summer Concert … [Read More...]

Join a penguin, comedian, musician, and others for the Aquarium’s largest fundraising event

Musician Kodi LeePhotos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific For the first time, the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific’s Blue Whale Gala is going virtual. Everyone is invited to join comedian Iliza Shlesinger as she gets up-close with Fern the zebra shark, Gatz the Magellanic penguin, and Groot the giant Pacific octopus. Then, you can experience surprise cameo appearances by animal … [Read More...]

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Will Require Reservations for Peak Travel Weekends This Summer

Photo provided courtesy of LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency. Reservations will be required on select weekends for Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® trains that travel between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. Additional train cars are being added when possible to increase the number of available seats on select trains. However, the number of … [Read More...]

Passport to the Arts Offers Unlimited Admission to Famed Laguna Art Festivals for Summer 2021

Access to 500 artists, live music, entertainment, and more at Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival Make Laguna Beach your summer destination all season long with a 2021 Passport to the Arts for only $29 per passport (a $66 USD value). This triple-value Passport to the Arts pass provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

In-person Scout Days are now back at Aquarium of the Pacific

Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific  For the first time since the pandemic, the Aquarium of the Pacific is now bringing back its in-person Scout Days. Scouts, with their family and friends, are invited to the Aquarium on June 19, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at a special price with limited availability. With many animals to discover and learn about, the Aquarium has self-led … [Read More...]

Best Ways to Find Affordable California Theme Park Packages

California is home to some of the fantastic theme parks in the country. If you plan on exploring these attractions, affordable California theme park packages could help you do so. You can have fun at the Disneyland Resort and visit the Universal Studios Hollywood or enjoy the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Theme parks could become an expensive affair for families. Let us look at different … [Read More...]

Recipes to Help Keep Memorial Day Weekend Fun and Easy

As we enter Memorial Day weekend with most of us now vaccinated, what better way to celebrate than with a few delicious recipes that will help keep the holiday fun and easy!  If you are looking for dishes that will taste as if you have been cooking all day, yet allow you to enjoy all of the summer fun, look no further. Here are a few of Food 4 Less and Ralph’s top trending "easy meal … [Read More...]

Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids At Home

Like everyone else, children have had to stay at home for the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The youngest had to get used to remote learning, with schools not being a viable option at this time. In such a situation, parents found their hands full with both their full-time jobs and full-time childcare.As a result of so many things being closed, parents had to keep their kids entertained to … [Read More...]

Ralphs and Food 4 Less Celebrate National Pizza Party Day

To celebrate National Pizza Party Day on May 21, Ralphs and Food 4 Less will give away pizzas to the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs, plus highlight great deals on frozen and take and bake pizzas.      “From quick and simple frozen and take and bake pizzas, to recipes for Brazilian fried pizza, deep dish cheese, or mini fruit pizza parfaits, our … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Last-Minute Gift Idea for Dad!

Game nights, movie nights, and snack attacks, Sweet Chaos has dad covered! From sweet to savory, Sweet Chaos has a gluten-free choice for everyone to snack on and enjoy. Sweet Chaos hand pops their NON-GMO kernels in coconut oil for a creamy richness while skipping the nasty, artificial stuff. This is one snack that will add a little sweet to the chaos! The exciting flavors include Honey Chipotle, … [Read More...]

Father’s Day Gift Suggestions!

Father's Day is quickly approaching! Here are a few of my favorites for this upcoming holiday! Coffees from Fire Department Coffee are sure to be a hit with Dad! The Spirit-Infused coffees are a definite must-try! These are non-alcoholic, of course, but they have a subtle flavor of the respective spirit. I had the opportunity to try the Vanilla Bean bourbon spirit-infused coffee and I … [Read More...]

Summer means it’s time to eat more fresh summer fruits and veggies on the grill and Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash is a must!

Summer is here and I love summer fruits and veggies like strawberries, squash, and grilled peaches! So, a fruit & vegetable wash is a real must-buy! A new favorite of mine is the Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash. It cleans 4x better than water alone and I love that it is free from harsh chemicals and leaves no taste or odor. I loved how clean my fruits and veggies are and that … [Read More...]

Spring Baby Roundup

Spring means warmer weather so ergoPouch Short Sleeve one piece Pajamas are a must for babies! Mix and match the ergopouch TOG-rated pajamas, designed to be worn underneath any ergoPouch swaddles, sleeping bags, sleepsuits or sleep onesies. The pajamas are made from a deliciously soft, stretchy organic jersey cotton for comfort and warmth during sleep. The slim-fit designs prevents bunching … [Read More...]

pediped semi annual sale

Sale Schedule: Dates:  June 7-June 16 Offers: June 7:  -24 hour $40 Flash sale June 8-11:    -Buy 2 pairs get 20% off  -Buy 3 pairs get one free June 12-14:  -$5 of Originals with code  -$6 off rubber sole Sandals with code  -$7 off rubber sole maryjanes with code June 15-16;  -20% off … [Read More...]

Christmas in July 101

Christmas is a fantastic holiday, and a favorite time of year for many. A lot of people, especially children, wish that it came around more than once a year. Christmas day will only ever be on December 25th, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience that holiday joy more often. If you celebrate Christmas in July, you and your kids can have winter fun in the summer sun. Here are a few ways to … [Read More...]

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Giveaways

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

Luca * This New Disney-Pixar Film Has The Potential Of Being One Of Your Favorites

Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water's … [Read More...]

Father’s Day Book Gift Guide for Dad!

Here are some great books for Dad this Father's Day! Independent publishers Rocky Nook and Ulysses Press have great new reads for all of dad’s interests and hobbies, including grilling and cooking, photography, LEGOs, dad jokes, trivia, history, and so much more. But, here are a few of my favorites! Does your Dad love to grill? This one is a must! The Infrared Grill … [Read More...]

This week’s favorite Kid’s books are perfect for Father’s Day!

YOU BE DADDY by Karla Clark; illustrated by Steph Lew: A tired daddy lets his son have a turn being the parent in the adorable companion book to Karla Clark’s popular picture book You Be Mommy! This is a really cute story and I love the characters and the colorful illustrations! I recommend this one for younger children ages 2-5. DRAGON HOOPS by Gene Luen Yang: In his latest graphic … [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

Smitty, June 17th Pet of the Week!

Smitty’s long, pink tongue is hanging out in anticipation of a cool bowl of water he can call his own and a face he can lick that belongs to a human he can call his own! Smitty’s a Lab/pit bull mix who’s 90 pounds light and just 2 years old. He’s young, big and energetic, and he’s ready to lap up a good life in a loving home! Our shelter’s adoptions are conducted through appointment only, so … [Read More...]

Ella, June 10th Pet of the Week!

Ella looks like the kid who sat next to you in third grade who said things like “Teacher! Teacher! Let me empty the pencil sharpener! I’ll do it! I’ll do it!” And yes, Ella is an eager girl who loves to walk on leash and be your buddy. She's 8 years old and weighs 50 pounds, which shelter staff said is mostly in her legs. She’s potty trained and crate trained as well and would work best as … [Read More...]

Wankershim, June 3rd Pet of the Week!

Wankershim was found abandoned in Wardlow Park, left to fend for himself. Luckily, he’s under the loving care of shelter staff and employees. Like his “Bravest Warriors” namesake, Wankershim needs the power of the emotions of some superbeing—you, possibly—to bring him to awareness of his special catness and expand with joy! He’s neutered and is only 4 years old, so there’s plenty of … [Read More...]

Diana Iris, May 27th Pet of the Week!

Diana Iris—such a lovely name for a springtime flower! This spunky little girl was found tied up outside a restaurant. It must have been miserable for her to not only smell the food but also be abandoned by her people. Diana Iris wants to go home with a fun family who’ll be there for all seasons, dine on restaurant patios with her, and of course, bring home doggie bags! Adoptions are … [Read More...]