Featured SoCal Events and Services

Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s “Wildflower Takeover” and Fire Watch Symposium

Image of California Goldfields on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks To commemorate National Wildflower Week, Irvine Ranch Conservancy will host a special “Wildflower Takeover” on Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks’ social media pages from May 5-11, 2024! Followers will get a unique look at a variety of floral species that call the Landmarks home.  Wildflowers to be … [Read More...]

Celebrate Día de los Niños / Children’s Day at the L.A. Zoo on May 4 and 5, 2024

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham/GLAZA The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce its first-ever Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) celebration on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm. This vibrant celebration of children will include bilingual programming in English and Spanish, including storytelling, dance performances, education stations, animal feedings, craft stations, and … [Read More...]

The Queen Mary in Long Beach Debuts First-Ever Summer Event Series, Starting May 3rd

I'm sooo excited to share this news!  The Nation’s most historic maritime icon, The RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, is proud to announce its inaugural Summer Event Series, set to kick-off May 3rd through June 2024. Packed with an exciting array of entertainment from captivating monthly Movie Nights to the Night Market, refreshing Margaritas on the Mary, and more, The … [Read More...]

Inaugural Tamale Festival at Catalina Museum

Inaugural Tamale Festival on Saturday, April 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. The festival will showcase an array of homemade tamales from various vendors. Attendees can enjoy live music, dancers, games, facepainting and a tamale tasting competition to crown the Best Tamale. Additional local vendors will be selling corn, desserts and merchandise. Margarita flights and other refreshments will be … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

New Moms at the Museum at Laguna Art Museum

 New Moms at the Museum at Laguna Art Museum on Thursday, May 16 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Connect with other parents, explore the museum before it opens, and learn tips on postnatal recovery and baby care from experts. Small bites and drinks will be provided. Bring a yoga mat for your baby and a blanket for extra warmth. Pregnant moms and those who are postpartum are … [Read More...]

Practical Tips for Financial Recovery After a Personal Injury

Suffering a personal injury can be a traumatic experience, impacting not only physical health but also financial stability. The aftermath of such an event often involves significant medical expenses, loss of income, and unforeseen costs, which can leave you grappling with financial hardship. Thankfully, you may be entitled to monetary compensation as a personal injury victim. The funds are … [Read More...]

FAQs From Parents About Navigating A Child’s Autism Diagnosis

When you have a child who has just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, it can be an overwhelming time. You will likely have many questions that you want to have answered about how to help your child now, how you can manage as parents, and what the future may hold.  You aren’t alone, there! If you have any questions about your child having an autism diagnosis, then read … [Read More...]

Whale Watching with Kids: Tips for Making the Experience Educational and Fun

Whale watching offers a captivating glimpse into the mesmerizing world of marine life, providing kids with a front-row seat to the majestic beauty of these gentle giants. Beyond the sheer awe of witnessing whales in their natural habitat, this experience presents invaluable educational opportunities for children. By immersing themselves in the wonders of the ocean, kids can deepen their … [Read More...]

For its 1st time, Aquarium of the Pacific pairs releasable rescued otter pup with surrogate otter mom

Pictured: Millie, surrogate sea otter mom, at the Aquarium of the Pacific paired with her first rescued sea otter pup that is candidate for release to the wild.Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific  The Aquarium of the Pacific is welcoming a female orphaned sea otter pup, which was rescued off the coast of Santa Cruz County. This baby sea otter is the first surrogate-raised otter at the … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Easter Gift Ideas for New Moms and Babies

awwww KeaBabies Toddler Pillows in Bunnies Ergonomically designed, durable and shaped for toddlers ages 2-5 years old, the KeaBabies Toddler Pillow is sized at 13"x 18" which makes it perfect for travel, pre-school naps, bedtime and lovey. Made with soft, natural cotton, in a variety of cute prints and patterns, such as Bunnies and Mist Pink. Machine washable and dryer … [Read More...]

Last Minute Gift Basket Ideas!

Moon Fruit Snacks Naturally sweet and deliciously crunchy, Moon Fruit Snacks are out of this world! With 1/3 cup of whole fruit per serving, the snacks are bursting with flavor and offer an easy, healthy snack choice for families on-the-go. Three delightful flavors include Straw-Bana, Blended Berry Blast, and Apple Cinnamon. Moon Fruit contains no added sugar, no artificial preservatives, no … [Read More...]

It’s Time For The Easter Toys Gift Guide!

love this! PEEPS® EggMazing Egg Decorator (Hey Buddy Hey Pal): PEEPS® joins the EggMazing family with the new PEEPS® EggMazing Egg Decorator! Just like the other decorators, this bunny-shaped one holds and spins hard-boiled eggs while you use the included PEEPS® markers to decorate! Available in the iconic PEEPS® Bunny Pink and PEEPS Bunny Yellow! Available at Amazon (MSRP: $27.99; Ages … [Read More...]

How to enjoy luxury (leather) accessories without harming animals and the environment?

I love this belt bag! Yes, you really can enjoy leather accessories without harming animals! I am a true animal lover so I am all for that! DOSHI has you covered if you are looking for a really cute belt bag. They are committed to creating high-quality, durable and sustainable vegan leather accessories. They offer exactly what the conscious customer is looking for: vegan, sustainable and … [Read More...]

Unleash Culinary Joy with eat2explore’s Kid-Friendly Cooking Boxes

such a fun way for children to learn! eat2explore’s subscription box service brings the food of different countries (23 countries/regions like Italy, Japan, Greece, etc.) straight to your kitchen table. It provides tools for families to cook together, learn and dine on different cuisines and cultures. Once kids are done exploring the country, they’ll love they can track their “travels” with a … [Read More...]

Swoon-Worthy Treats & Eats for Valentine’s Day!

Treats for your Valentine! Wiley Wallaby Classic Red Licorice  Tasty and delicious… the perfect choice for handing out on Valentine’s Day! Wiley Wallaby offers soft and chewy licorice that satisfies cravings for a sweet treat! Wiley Wallaby Licorice is fat free, vegan, and does not contain artificial colors and flavors. The Classic Red Licorice is thick, chunky and super-soft, … [Read More...]

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Media Reviews

Books of the Month! April 2024

a fun book! From the King of Comedy, aka Jory John, comes a very aptly named picture book You're Going to Love this Book! (on sale 3/12/2024) which features all of a kids favorite things like the dentist! And raisins! And homework! .... wait a second.. Sure to bring a smile to the faces of even the grumpiest readers, this laugh-out-loud picture book from the #1 New York … [Read More...]

Books of the Week

 WALKIN’ THE DOG, the newest middle grade novel by National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch In a family of strong personalities with very strong points of view, Louis is what his mother lovingly calls “the inactivist,” someone who’d rather kick back than stand out. He only hopes he can stay under the radar when he starts high school in the fall, his first experience with public school … [Read More...]

The Greatest Hits * An Emotional Comedy, Drama, And Fantasy Film That Highlights The Impact Of Music

Harriet (Lucy Boynton) finds art imitating life when she discovers certain songs can transport her back in time -- literally. While she relives the past through romantic memories of her former boyfriend (David Corenswet), her time traveling collides with a burgeoning new love interest in the present (Justin H. Min). As she takes her journey through the hypnotic connection between music and memory, … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

Regenerative Glow: Glen Ivy Hot Springs New Radiant Results Facial Featuring Luminant Skincare Line

Images courtesy of Glen Ivy Hot Springs.  Experience the ultimate skincare innovation with Regenerative Glow by Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Combine the new Radiant Results facial and Luminant skin care products by [comfort zone] for a comprehensive approach to radiant, healthy skin. After just one Radiant Results facial and consistent use of the Luminant skincare routine for … [Read More...]

Luv Ur Skin Products are a Must-Try!

Luv Ur Skin (LUS) Luv Ur Skin (LUS) is an Australian-based brand that offers the best natural skincare for this age group and their sensitive skin. Izzi Dymalovski launched Luv Ur Skin when she was 13-years-old. While dealing with her skincare issues and searching for the right products, she put her trust in nature and a powerful native Australian plant extract, Plantolin, to give … [Read More...]

Healthy skincare routine for Tweens!

Must for tweens! Be-Tween was founded by Namhee, a parent of tween children. She grew up in Korea and her own mother taught her the importance of skin care. Namhee knew that her kids weren’t ready for harsh anti-acne treatments and masks, so she created the brand with them in mind. Be-Tween Skincare Products Aloe Cleansing Ball Face Cleanser. Our gentle face cleanser freshens … [Read More...]

 Burke Williams Day Spa Offers Memberships to Prioritize Wellness in the New Year

Photo courtesy of Burke Williams.  Burke Williams, California’s leading luxury day spa, is the ultimate destination to prioritize health and wellness in the New Year with membership options for every lifestyle. To start the New Year right, guests may also apply a pre-existing gift card balance toward a new membership, immediately receiving member pricing upon enrollment.  Regular spa … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

Ruby Tuesday, May 3rd Pet of the Week

such an adorable cat! The only good way to sing “Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday” is by watching some loving human cart her in a carrier to a new, loving, forever home. Ruby came to the shelter as a stray, and you wouldn’t believe that this beautiful, 5-year-old silver tabby once struggled with shelter life! She adores lounging in the sun, sniffing the air, pricking up her ears at sounds, and exploring … [Read More...]

Gumbo, April 26 Pet of the Week

awwwwwwwww! Gumbo loves to play fetch and will happily perform commands like “Sit!” if there’s a treat in the offing. Toys are a big favorite with Gumbo—he loves them to the point of destruction. Gumbo has a wonderful disposition. He loves it when the shelter volunteers dress him up like a gorilla or a teddy bear and parade him around on holidays. His happy disposition is miraculous, … [Read More...]

New Bites for Dogs and Cats Make Oral Care Easy and Delicious! – Swedencare

Swedencare's PlaqueOff Holistic Soft Bites for cats and dogs help reduce the buildup of plaque and tartar which contribute to bad breath and reduce the chance of future dental disease. They are available for cats/kittens and dogs/puppies in a variety of formulations to address pet's specific needs.  The new bites for dogs come in four different flavors and formulas including Vegan Sweet Potato … [Read More...]

Sherman, April 19 Pet of the Week

awwwww so cute! Sherman is “the sweetest cat ever,” to quote adoring volunteer Susan. Sherman is 9 years old, and even though he’s considered a senior, he’s got plenty of years ahead of him. He’s a perfect lap cat, without an aggressive or mean bone in his little, orange body. He loves to be petted and would probably get along with other cats since he came from a multi-cat home. Sherman’s … [Read More...]