Featured SoCal Events and Services

Pride on the Promenade Returns, Hosted by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

Pride celebration unites the community and LGBTQ+ supporters of all ages, with OUTLOUD Stage Featuring Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars Finalist Jessica Wild. Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.). Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.) announced the return of Pride on the Promenade, part of the city-wide SaMo Pride celebration, on Saturday, June 22 from 2 to 8 p.m. This … [Read More...]

Discover Your Museum: Join Laguna Art Museum for Free Neighborhood Nights!

Experience local culture like never before with a special series of events at the Laguna Art Museum – Neighborhood Nights! Enjoy a night at your museum with a raffle, guided tours, local food & drinks, and activities for the entire family. Neighborhood Nights Schedule: North Laguna: June 20The Village: July 18South Laguna: August 15Top of the World: September 12 Time: 5-7 … [Read More...]


OC Parks Summer Concert Series performers include artists such as Sweet and Tender Hooligans, A Thousand Horses, No Duh and Ozomatli. The County of Orange and OC Parks are excited to announce the 2024 lineup for the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment under the stars at regional parks with free live music and movie … [Read More...]

Spectacular Firework Show and Full Day of Entertainment at The Queen Mary in Long Beach for an All-American 4th of July Celebration  

Photo Credit: The Queen Mary Let freedom ring and celebrate an all-American 4th of July aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, games, dancing, a WWII aircraft flyover and more on Thursday, July 4 from 3 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

Explore Southern California This Summer with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner: Tips & Tricks for Travelers

Photo courtesy of Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner®. This summer, discover the beauty and excitement of Southern California aboard the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner®, one of the most scenic train routes in the country. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, rolling hills and rugged mountains, Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® offers a unique and relaxing way to explore everything the region has to … [Read More...]

Free Helmet Giveaway- The Shops at Mission Viejo- Providence Mission Hospital

The Shops at Mission Viejo announces the 3rd Annual Free Helmet Giveaway in conjunction with Providence Mission Hospital. What: In an effort to encourage safe biking and skating, Providence Mission Hospital’s trauma team will be giving away 500 multi-sport style black helmets to children between the ages of two and seventeen years old, while supplies last. Both Mission Viejo … [Read More...]

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles Summer Concert Series 2024

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (Levitt LA) is celebrating its 17th annual concert series by presenting 10 world-class performances that are all free and open to everyone. The concerts will be held outdoors, under the stars, with the stunning backdrop of LA's skyline at MacArthur Park. For 17 years, Levitt LA has been creating a sense of community through music. This summer, they will once again … [Read More...]

Cayton Children’s Museum Releases June Programming Events

The Cayton Children’s Museum releases its June programming lineup, which will be filled with interactive play for kids and their grownups. The Cayton kicks off its June festivities with Chalk It Up, which will take place every Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. June through August. Chalk drawings are one of the earliest types of art, and each month the Cayton will welcome a … [Read More...]

Strawberries Picking, Taco Thursdays, and Pizza Nights at The Ecology Center!

Celebrate the early days of summer at The Ecology Center’s annual Strawberry U-Pick interactive farm experience. Open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through June 23rd or while strawberries last, this event is SoCal’s only regenerative organic strawberry picking experience. With the purchase of a ticket, guests will embark on a self-guided exploration of the … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Affordable Father’s Day Gift Ideas that Dad Will Love!

Sweet Chaos Popcorn  From spicy to sweet, Sweet Chaos has a gluten-free choice that Dad will love! Try the NEW Dill Pickle variety or stick to more traditional favorites like Movie Theater Butter, White Cheddar or Sea Salt. Sweet Chaos hand pops their NON-GMO kernels in coconut oil for a creamy richness while skipping the nasty, artificial stuff.  In addition to Movie … [Read More...]

Evo Hemp Bars are a Beach Bag and Poolside Essential for Families!

My favorite flavor! Your beach or pool bag needs healthy snacks, so make sure to include Evo Hemp Bars, which are made from a delicious combination of cashews, protein crisps, and the world's most nutritionally complete superfood, hemp seeds. With 12 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per bar, Evo Hemp Bars pack a nutritious punch to fuel your day at the pool or beach! Gluten-free and vegan, … [Read More...]

School’s out for Summer! Road Trip & Travel Essentials for Families!

Keep Going First Aid Kit The handy, compact Keep Going First Aid Kit includes essential first aid supplies from burn relief to bandages, so you will be ready for anything! TSA approved, the lightweight kit is packaged in an organized, stylish water & stain-resistant case for traveling, camping, road trips & more. Four kits are available, including the SuperKit (270 pieces), … [Read More...]

Weighted Teddy Bears Heal Broken Hearts

 There's a non-profit called The Comfort Cub and it is a weighted teddy bear that has been healing Broken Heart Syndrome for mothers, fathers, siblings, doctors, teachers and children for 25 years. The weight of the bear is scientifically proven to soothe Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, or better known as, Broken Heart Syndrome. People experience Broken Heart Syndrome when they go through severe loss, … [Read More...]

It’s Time for the Spring Baby Roundup!

sooo cute! Silicone Bibs from KeaBabies in Pastel Sky The functional Silicone Bibs from KeaBabies are perfect for little ones this Easter. Thoughtfully designed and tested, the BPA-free food grade silicone bibs comes with an adjustable neckline, stays straight on your child's chest even with lots of movement, and boasts the widest food catcher opening to prevent accidental … [Read More...]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2024

Heart Shaped Canvas Prints // Starting at $3.89 available on CanvasChamp.com Looking for Mother's Day gifts? How about personalized photo gifts? Check out CanvasChamp – an easy-to-use platform for personalized décor and gifting. They have a wide variety of different gift ideas from canvas prints to mugs with a heart- shaped handle! The mugs are my favorite! The mugs are quite affordable too! … [Read More...]

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Media Reviews

Books of the Week of June 17th

SNOOPY’S BEAGLE SCOUT TALES As most of you know, I am a BIG Peanuts fan! I love Snoopy and his pal Woodstock! So, I was quite excited when I found out about this new book! Enjoy nature with the Peanuts gang in Snoopy's Beagle Scout Tales by Charles M. Schulz! This graphic novel features classic Schulz comic strips, previously published stories, and an all-new original camping-themed … [Read More...]

Inside Out 2 * Makes You Think And Discover A Bit Of Yourself

The little voices inside Riley’s head know her inside and out—but everything changes when Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” introduces a new Emotion: Anxiety. Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who have long been … [Read More...]

Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series

Remember the Welcome Back, Kotter series? Were you a fan? You won't want to miss this! Credit:  Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment “Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back!” For the first time ever, all episodes from the classic TV series are brought together in one set with the release of Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series on DVD June 11th, available for purchase online … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

Eco-Friendly Teen Skincare Line is a Must-Try!

SKWAD SKWAD, founded by Elise Kandrac, was inspired by her concern for her teenagers' self-esteem and the gender-specific nature of skincare products for young teens. The Hawaiian values are reflected in the brand's mission. SKWAD is committed to environmental responsibility, choosing packaging and ingredients with the planet in mind. Their marine-safe formulations are custom-made, and they … [Read More...]

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...]

Pet Corner

Sir and Ma’am, June 14 Pets of the Week

Some of the backstories of our shelter’s pets just make you shake your head. Sir, a silver tabby, and his sister Ma’am, a brown tabby, were dumped on the street and thankfully brought to us. They both had horribly matted fur and couldn’t properly groom themselves, and they’re thoroughly confused about what’s happening. To make matters worse, they’re both obese—Sir weighs over 17 pounds, … [Read More...]

Caeser, June 7 Pet of the Week

awwwwwww Caeser (that’s how he spells his name) is only 2 years old and has spent nearly half his life in our shelter. He’s been here since September 2023. He’s affectionate toward people and particularly enjoys sitting on the shelter bench with his favorite volunteers, which include every one that he meets. Caeser takes treats gently—he’s a bit rougher on his stuffie toys—and walks well on a … [Read More...]

Panda Bear, May 31 Pet of the Week

awwwwww! Panda Bear and his brother were found in an apartment after their owner was evicted and left them behind. They were shy and overwhelmed at first by the drastic change in their living conditions, but they came around. Panda Bear’s brother got adopted, but this beautiful, sweet guy is still waiting for his forever pad. He’s only 3 years old and should spend his life in a secure home. … [Read More...]

Dylan, May 24 Pet of the Week

Awwwwwwwww! Dylan is a smart, goofy German shepherd/Shiba Inu mix. He’s only a year old, and already, his fate is blowin’ in the wind. Dylan has been at Long Beach Animal Care Services since February, when a Good Samaritan brought him to a shelter after taking him from someone in an alleyway. Dylan seemed to have had few caring humans around him—he avoided physical handling and disliked … [Read More...]