Skip, Sept. 10th Pet of the Week!

As you can see by his expressive face, it doesn’t get any cuter than Skip! He’s a six-year-old terrier mix who’s super-happy and easygoing and absolutely loves people, as you can see. You’ll skip all the other choices when you meet our Skip! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email to meet Puff. Ask for ID#A647402.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Cleo, Sept. 3rd Pet of the Week!

Cleo is 9 months old. She came to the shelter as a stray, likely looking for a real home that would appreciate her beautiful patchwork fur and her purr. Shelter staff describe that delicious rumble as “music to a cat lover’s ears.” Cleo is incredibly friendly and affectionate. As soon as you meet her, you’ll know how much love she has to give. Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through email, so contact to meet Cleo. Ask for ID#A647913.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Looking for fun enrichment opportunities for the kids this Summer?

With summer finally upon us, and homeschooling coming to a close, many parents are looking to find exciting summer enrichment opportunities for their children.

Storymakery, the first self-publishing experience designed uniquely for children, offers just that! Located in Laguna Hills, Storymakery is a one stop shop where kids can create a character, write a story, design illustrations and print their book – a total hands on, captivating, educational experience! 

Beginning June 13th, Storymakery will be reopening their doors for individual in-person experiences and summer camp opportunities – both in-person and virtual formats are available! These workshops provide kids the ultimate creative outlet allowing them to expand their writing, self-expression and cognitive thinking skills by developing and publishing their very own storybook!

Rest assured that Storymakery will be taking the following precautions for our in-store guests by using masks, temperature screening, frequent cleaning and camp groups of less than 8 students total. You can see their full COVID-19 Response and Measures listed on their website.

Here are a few of the options they are offering this Summer:

ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS BEGIN JUNE 15TH!  Ages 5-6, 7-9 & 10-12 Our popular Young Author Fiction Writing is now ONLINE, with fully guided writing lessons, studio time, art, and engaging self-express activities. Students across the country can join! Our half-day Summer Camps delve deeper into writing mechanics and topics for fiction writing while creating loads of enriching, imagination fun!

Each online camp is 5 days, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. US Pacific.  Up to 3 softcover books included. 
Choose a week from June 15th through August 17, 2020. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Our Online Writing Classes  are shorter and ‘lighter’ than our camps! Classes are Monday through Friday (45 minutes) and include fully-guided instruction over Zoom, 1-2 Soft Cover books, engaging activities, remote access to character studio, and free shipping.  Class listings below! 
There’s a big bad villain who is scarier than a goblin and that needs to go. The citizens in need are dear friends. Create your own plot to make this all end.
Weeks of June 8th & July 6th (Mon – Fri)
1:00-1:45 PM (US Pacific)
Enroll Today

A fully-guided virtual class where students will choose their own genre. 
 Includes up to 2 softcover stories, writing time, art activity, remote studio access for character & illustration design & book shipping.
Weeks of June 15th, July 20th, & August 3rd (Mon – Fri)
9:00-9:45 AM US (US Pacific)
Enroll Today
Online Writing Classes are five-day classes Monday through Friday (1.5 hours) and include fully-guided instruction, 1-2 Soft Cover books, engaging activities, remote access to character studio, and free shipping. 
Enrollment Fee: $200 
ONLINE WRITING ADVENTURE: AGES 7-9 A fully-guided virtual class where students will choose their own genre.  Includes up to 2 softcover stories, writing time, art activity, remote studio access for character & illustration design & book shipping. Weeks of June 15th, July 13th, July 27th or August 10th
10 AM – 11:30 AM (US Pacific)
Enroll Today
SHORT STORY WRITING: AGES 10-12 A fully-guided virtual class where students will learn basic mechanics of creating a short story. Also includes 1 softcover (longer book), fun activities, and art
Weeks of June 15th, June 29th, July 27th or August 10th
1:00 PM -3:30 PM (US Pacific) Enroll Today
Credit: Storeymakery.

Don’t feel like cooking but want a home-cooked meal? Black Bear Diner has you covered!

Don’t feel like cooking tonight? I had the opportunity to receive a Family Meal from the Black Bear Diner in Torrance and my family was quite impressed! Black Bear Diner has locations throughout California and is currently offering curbside and delivery service of the new Family Meals to make family life easier.

They have quite a variety of meal choices for either breakfast. lunch or dinner. I chose to try the Chicken Fried Steak Family Meal and it was delicious! It’s perfect for a family of 3 or 4 people and included 4 Bear Paw Chicken Fried Steaks with country gravy, 4 housemade cornbread muffins, and a choice of 2 sides. I chose the Mashed Potatoes and the Seasonal Veggies!

This was absolutely delicious!

Black Bear Diner’s specially priced Family Meals are hearty, home-style food for the whole family – including breakfast (helping remote working parents during busy mornings.) Family Meals include Bacon, Eggs & Pancakes and Roasted Turkey Dinner and serve 3-4. You can find the options on their website here:

I’m looking forward to trying one of their breakfast Family Meals soon! But, I really recommend their Chicken Fried Steak Family Meal which is $34.99. And, their chocolate cake is absolutely divine!

Don’t forget to order a slice of the Chocolate Cake! It’s big enough for 2!

You can find Black Bear Diner locations here.

Self Disclosure: I received a comped meal to facilitate this post but no other compensation was received and I highly recommend! Images by SoCal City Kids.

The Park Comes To Life in Los Angeles & Orange County All-New Unparalleled and Thrilling Live Arena Experience Jurassic World Live Tour Roars into SoCal This Summer from July 9–19

Brace yourself for a new species of live entertainment 65 million years in the making!

Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans, will be debuting in SoCal this summer playing Honda Center in Anaheim from July 9–12 followed by STAPLES Center in Downtown LA from July 17–19.

  Sign up today to become a Jurassic World Live Tour Preferred Guest at to get exclusive access to advance pre-sale code to purchase tickets early starting today Tuesday, January 28 to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on February 4.

With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life with dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus Rex more than 40 feet in length, taking center stage off the big screen onto the arena floor.  The production features more than 20 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality.  With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat excitement that brings the Jurassic World park right to your hometown.

Jurassic World’s unmistakable musical score combined with projection and practical scenery transforms the arena into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley…but then your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus Rex escapes and causes chaos in the park!  The adventure continues as you join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur named Jeanie from a terrible fate. 

With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline that takes place between the Jurassic World and Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom movies, this all-new live adventure is guaranteed to to take fans on a larger-than-life immersive journey and make family memories that will last another 65 million years.

“Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live, arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment. “We have maximized the power of everything we do at Feld Entertainment, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to ensure audiences have an authentic, awe-inspiring experience. Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.”

USA Today praised the show saying “my heart still races when the velociraptor’s nose is pointed my way. It’s a testament to how well the ‘Jurassic’ movies have instilled an illogical fear of extinct creatures, how true the Jurassic World Live team stayed to the animals from the movie, and how high-tech animatronic puppets have gotten in order to tell stories about prehistoric creatures.”  The New York Times describes the Feld Entertainment production as “the most technically complex the company has ever produced.”


WHEN:                July 9 – 12, 2020

Thursday, July 9     7:00 PM

Friday, July 10 7:00 PM

Saturday, July 11        11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 12            11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

WHERE:          Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS:      Ticket affordably priced for the whole family starting at just $20*

Tickets available for purchase online at or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

L O S   A N G E L E S

WHEN:                 July 17 – 19, 2020

Friday, July 17       7:30 PM

Saturday, July 18        11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 19                 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

WHERE:               STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS:              Ticket affordably priced for the whole family starting at just $20*

Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

Credit: Feld Entertainment.

Get Ready for Kickoff as The Aquarium Hosts its Sixth Annual Otter Bowl

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific

Watch the Aquarium’s sea otters compete for frozen treats and the title of Otter MVP

The Aquarium of the Pacific is proud to present its sixth annual Otter Bowl on February 2, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Watch as the Aquarium’s sea otters vie for the championship at Otter Bowl VI. The fast-paced action will include collecting footballs made out of frozen clams and retrieving enrichment toys. There will be lots of eating and playing going on during this big game as the sea otters compete.

The game starts during the 4:00 p.m. sea otter show in the Northern Pacific Gallery, and an Aquarium educator will be calling the play-by-play. At 3:30 p.m., the otters will be off exhibit in their “locker room” as the Aquarium’s animal experts prepare the “field” for Otter Bowl VI.

Visitors can receive discounted admission on February 2 after 3:00 p.m. Admission will be $19.95 per person from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHEN:           Otter Bowl VI, February 2, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

                       Special discounted admission offer valid from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

COST:             Free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public.

                       General admission: $34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), and $24.95 child (3-11).

                       Admission is just $19.95 per person after 3:00 p.m. on Otter Bowl.

                       The Aquarium is open until 6:00 p.m.

INFO:             (562) 590-3100 or

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture During National Black History Month

Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s eighteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers.The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to meet, learn about, and even touch animals from Africa with special guests Conservation Ambassadors. Guests can explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium. The Heritage Award will be presented on Saturday, February 22, at 12:20 p.m. to H. Maxie-Viltz in recognition of her dedicated service to the African-American community.

WHEN:           Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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

COST:    Free to children under age three and Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public / General admission: $34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), and $24.95 child (3-11)

INFO:    (562) 590-3100 or

Mobile-print coupon: adults receive $10 OFF admission. Regular $34.95, just $24.95 with coupon.

More information can be found here.

We have teamed up with the Aquarium of the Pacific for a Family 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway! It’s really simple to enter! Just leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about the Aquarium! The deadline to enter is February 15th, 2020 at noon (PST). One winner will randomly be selected.

Self Disclosure: Event information and images were provided by The Aquarium of the Pacific. Giveaway winner will be selected by SoCal City Kids.

Gazpacho, Jan. 16th Pet of the Week!

Gazpacho is as cool as the cucumbers in the Spanish-style soup of the same name! He’s an American guinea pig who’s full of pep and a little bit sneaky—he loves to play hide-and-seek! He’s the perfect pet for anyone who wants a little cuddly companion who’d rather spend his entire day looking adorable in someone’s home than at the shelter. Meet Gazpacho on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A637591.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.