Archives for March 2019

Become Environmentally Friendly When You Paint!

The Buddha Board is a must-buy!

With Earth Day right around the corner – it’s time to demonstrate your support for protecting our environment. One easy way to stay environmentally friendly is paying attention to your daily activities so that you are re-using and recycling whatever you can, such as opting to reusable water bottles. But here is something you may not have known – you can conserve even when you paint or draw.

I love this product and the fact that you don’t need to use paper when you paint really impressed me when I tried out the Buddha Board! I may not be an artist but I enjoyed painting with this and it was relaxing to watch my paintings magically disappear. If youb paint lightly the painting will disappear more quickly!

The Buddha Board is a mess-free temporary painting board that is environmentally friendly, and requires no ink, no paint, and no chemicals. Simply add water to your brush and paint on the surface – and your creation will come to life in bold design. As the water slowly evaporates, your art magically disappears leaving you with a brand new canvas each time and endless creative options.
Doodling with Buddha Board will help reduce your stress. Journal of the American Art Therapy Association reports that people who doodle or perform any free-form art end up with much reduced Cortisol – or stress hormones. Now, how cool is that?! It’s also great for children! One thing I really like about the Buddha Board is that it is great for all ages!

Buddha Board comes in three different forms: The original Buddha Board, 5” Mini Buddha Board, and the Enso – the enhanced version of the Mini Board. All versions are extremely portable and come with a water tray and brush. Pictured above is the original Buddha Board.

It retails for $14.95-34.95 and is available with various sellers including Amazon.

Find out more here!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Top image was also provided. No other compensation was received to post.

Bubba, March 28th Pet of the Week!

Bubba is lubbable, huggable, and sometimes just plain silly and goofy! He likes to roll around on the grass and chase madly after a tennis ball. Bringing it back is quite another story—you’ll have to teach him that! It’s Pick a Pitty Week at the shelter, and you can pick your own adoption fee, but we think Bubba’s priceless! Meet him at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A559488.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase – Timeless and Entertaining

A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve a mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “Now, it’s no secret that Nancy Drew is timeless. The books were first written in 1930 and they have been inspiring women ever since. I believe Nancy Drew is timeless and we all need a little girl power!” See her full review below.

Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

This movie is very entertaining which is why we go to the movies. Even though I have no nostalgic attachment to the Nancy Drew books, I really enjoyed this film.

The story is about Nancy Drew who has just moved to a small town called River Heights. She meets an elder woman named Flora who claims her house is haunted. Nancy decides to investigate with the help of her friends, George and Bess, and Flora’s “mean girl” niece, Helen. My biggest issue with this movie is the mystery. I understand that this movie is aimed at younger kids, yet I feel the mystery is too easy to solve. However, that is my only major problem with this film. Plus, I didn’t mind this that much, since even though the mystery is obvious, I mostly let it slide as I enjoyed the characters so much.

One thing I really like about this film is the typical mean girl character, Helen. At first it seems like Helen is just a stereotypical popular girl. Instead, she’s only mean for a little bit of the movie. Halfway in she actually goes through a character arc. I really like this as I honestly feel mean girl characters are so overdone at this point. So it is nice to see this character done differently. However, my favorite character is hands down Flora. She is a very funny and so memorable. Everyone needs to have an Aunt Flora in their life. Flora had some of the best lines in the movie.

I really like the cast of this film. Sophia Lillis as Nancy Drew is fantastic. She is very engaging and I hope to see more of her in the future. Linda Lavin as Flora is amazing. She brings so much charisma and humor to every scene she is in. Zoe Renee as George and Mackenzie Graham as Bess are also pretty good supporting characters. I wish they were in the movie more.

Now, it’s no secret that Nancy Drew is timeless. The books were first written in 1930 by Carolyn Keene and they have been inspiring women ever since. I believe Nancy Drew is timeless and we all need a little girl power!

I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18. This film comes out on March 15, 2019 so look for it.

Photos ©Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Books of the Week

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. would like to introduce Mega Awesome Notebook by Kevin Minor.

This book is fun and I think tweens and teenagers will love this one!

Late for school, a young cartoonist accidentally microwaves his notebook while trying to heat his breakfast. This releases a radioactive cloud of awesomeness that makes the drawings in his notebook come to life. Now he has to make it through a typical teenage day of schoolwork, bullies, and general awkwardness while trying to hold on to his sanity. Dud, a character he has drawn, becomes the boy’s nemesis as they spar on the page through algebra, English, and art classes. Can Dud help the boy face his real-life struggles—girl trouble, social awkwardness, and divorced parents who work a lot—rather than hide behind his notebook?

Find it here.

This one is a must-buy!

The Book of No Worries
ISBN: 9781912413997 | $12.95

An essential guide that covers a multitude of worries and anxieties that a young person may face while growing up – from peer pressure to puberty and all the worries in between.

This friendly and funny book aims to reassure tweens that their worries and fears are normal and offers practical tips for managing anxiety and stress. From problems at school to relationship woes, body image issues to troubles at home, all worries are recognized and case studies and questions from real-life anonymous readers offer positive tips and advice to help young people survive angst and stress that can bring them down. 

I really think that this one is a must-buy and it will be very insightful and helpful for children especially those ages 8+.

This one is a fun one to read! I love how interesting it is!

How to Think Like an Absolute Genius
ISBN: 9780711239852 | $15.95

Be curious! Be imaginative! Be determined! Develop your talents by drawing inspiration from the greatest of geniuses. In a world that changes quickly, the future belongs to those who have an open, flexible mind: like John Lennon, they will imagine the impossible; like Walt Disney, they will work as a team; and like Copernicus, they will be able to think backwards! If you’re worried you might not be up to the job, have no fear! This fascinating book will show you the way. Meet 27 geniuses from different eras and disciplines –  artists, scientists, thinkers or writers – and learn from their “creative methods”. Packed with facts, games and activity ideas to boost your intelligence, creative, inventive, and critical thinking skills, this book will show you that you can become absolutely awesome at whatever you put your mind to!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

OC Parks Free Adventure Day Returns To Caspers Wilderness Park, 4/6

Celebrate a world of outdoor activities and discoveries at the return of Adventure Day at Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano.

The event on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. invites guests to enjoy a day of adventure with wildlife-inspired games of skill, a scavenger hunt, wildlife exhibits, and more!

“We’re thrilled to welcome Adventure Day at Caspers Wilderness Park again this year,” said Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “People of all ages can interact and learn about their local parks while enjoying a free, fun-filled day of activities, exhibits, and food.”

Spend a fun-filled day under the sycamores at Caspers with a full schedule of guided hikes, games, storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting, and puppet shows. Families and friends of all ages can partake in numerous activities and learn about bugs, raptors, conservation, and Caspers Wilderness Park’s natural and cultural history.

Participants include Reserve of Mission Viejo, Sea and Sage Audubon Society, Search and Rescue, Caspers Park Foundation, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Inside the Outdoors and many more! Food will be available for purchase from food vendors, including Front Porch Pops.

Caspers Adventure Day admission is free, and adults and children of all ages are encouraged to attend and participate in the fun. Caspers Wilderness Park will be extending complimentary parking to all attendees for this special day. Let the adventures begin!

Caspers Adventure Day 2019

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Address: 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Public Contact: (949) 923-2210

Credit: OC Parks.


The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its tenth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31, 2019. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals, from seabirds, harbor seals, and dolphins to migrating whales. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and celebrate our urban ocean. The festival will include an art exhibition, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and Contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, and educational activities. The Urban Ocean Poetry Cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost.

WHEN:          Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST:            The festival is free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public. General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. Additional cost for cruises. Poetry Cruise and Urban Ocean Cruises can be purchased in combination with Aquarium admission or à la carte.

INFO:                         (562) 590-3100 or

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One reader will win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to either Saturday or Sunday! Leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about the Aquarium! One winner will randomly be selected. Deadline to enter is March 28th, 2019 at noon PST.


AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new Tentacles and Ink and FROGS:  Dazzling & Disappearing exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational      programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Field           trips for schoolchildren are offered at a heavily discounted rate from $7 to $8.50 per student. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP           Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Pet Community Gathers at World’s Largest Pet Expo in Orange County, April 26-28, 2019! Update: Bring Your Dog!

A weekend full of animal education, innovation, pet entertainment, competitions and adoptions

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019.  The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. Animal entertainment, education, adoption, innovative products and nutrition all at the OC Fair & Event Center.

This year, the Pet Expo launches “The Lab” an interactive, hands-on “show within a show” where guests, exhibitors and pets can meet. “The Pet Expo is about connections, whether they be with fellow pet enthusiasts, or with the animals, says Courtney Harold, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development. “The Lab will be a central meet-up location for socializing, new product launches, demonstrations and pet education seminars.”  

The Pet Expo will also debut Kids’ Pet Care Course.Led by licensed dog trainers, Kid Camp isan immersive experience where kids age 6-12 can learn how to care for their pet and will Earn a responsible pet ownership certificate.  In 2018, there were more than 698 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs who found forever homes during the three-day event which drew approximately 50,000 attendees.

Coming this year to America’s Family Pet Expo is the Instagram sensation “Moshow the Cat Rapper” (@iAmMoshow), who boasts nearly 223K followers and more than 1M video views. Known for rapping about cat care and his passion for “cat ladies and cats,” he will be rapping on stage along with meet and greets at the TICA Cat Show twice daily, all weekend.

The “All-Star Stunt Dog Show” will be entertaining at the Pet Expo. Founded in 1999, the canine agility-show features high-flying, fearless and air-defying canines as they try to out-trick, flip and out jump one another.  Audiences will be mesmerized by their talent and boundless energy.

  The 2019 Expo will be the “Cat’s Meow” as the The Catit Playground and TICA, The International Cat Association, returns.  From rare breeds to household domestics, TICA will offer continuous opportunities for owners to showcase their prize-worthy felines for best in show categories. Alongside TICA, the Catit Playground will provide a
close-up view for guests to watch adorable adoptable cats and kittens and see how they interact with different toys and people. 

Returning favorites to the Pet Expo include Repticon, Reptile Show andSale, offering hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles in all shapes and sizes, such as lizards, snakes, and spiders.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping.

In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest sponsored byTetra/Marineland.  Continuing this year is the America’s Family Pet Expo Hobbyist Aquascaping contest sponsored by FLUVAL.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs sponsored by CANIDAE will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping

There will also be the Butterfly Walk-Through, Police and Protection Dog Demonstrations, an Aquatic Touch Tank, Tortoise Petting Exjbit and The Free Flight Bird Show as added features.   

Doggie makeovers and pet adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family.  There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “fur-ever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

 “Our promise is to always be the at the forefront of trends, nutrition, and animal education,” said Harold.  “Looking ahead to the future, the America’s Family Pet Expo will continue to be the place for animal lovers of all ages to come together to connect and experience the best of pet ownership for generations to come.”

Exciting news from the America’s Family Pet Expo. Dogs are welcome (all weekend long!) with the purchase of a $10 admission ticket! Click  for more details!

More Information –

Dates & Ticket Prices
Friday, April 26-Sunday, Saturday, April 28

Advance online through April 25th – $16
April 26-28; box office sales only – $18
Seniors $14; Kids 6-12 $11; Kids 5 and under & Active & Retired Military (with valid ID)Free

Show hours & Location
Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $9.00 parking.

Please leave all pets at home!

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit .  America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 69-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win a family 4 pack of tickets! To enter, simply leave a comment about why you would love to attend the event! It’s truly one of my favorite yearly events!  Deadline to enter is April 1st, 2019 at noon PST. 

One winner will randomly be selected. 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. SoCal City Kids received free tickets, images and information to facilitate this post.

From Wheels to Waves & Icy Wonderlands to Infinity and Beyond! DISNEY ON ICE presents WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT Coming to the Southland April 18–28, 2019

Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to the Southland! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen.  Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from April 18th – 28th in Long Beach and Ontario.

Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice.  Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom.  The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room.  Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within.

Plus, get warmed up for the show right in your seats with exclusive dance moves taught by the mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show Party, as the Disney On Ice skating athletes remind everyone that getting active can help you be your best!  Then you’ll be ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic to see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, with dazzling skating, special effects and timeless characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

L O N G   B E A C H

WHEN:           Thursday, April 18- Sunday, April 21

  • Thursday, April 18                      7:30 PM
    • Friday, April 19                              7:30 PM
    • Saturday, April 20                        11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, April 21                           11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:            Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $20 each!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.       

*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply


WHEN:           Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28

  • Thursday, April 25                       7:00 PM
    • Friday, April 26                              7:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 27                        11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, April 28                           1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE:            Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $20!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

                                Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000   or in-person at the venue Box Office.            

                                *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

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Credit: Feld Entertainment. No compensation was received to post.