Featured SoCal Events and Services

The Los Angeles Zoo Comes Alive Evenings in August!

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham, GLAZA Discover the magic of the Los Angeles Zoo in a whole new light with an electrifying lineup of adults-only and family-friendly summer evening events that are sure to delight animal lovers and partygoers alike. From the highly anticipated Brew at the L.A. Zoo: A Sip & Stroll Event to family-friendly Zoo Friday Nights, the Zoo promises an evening of fun in … [Read More...]

 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and Pageant of the Masters Prepare to Impress, Opening July 3 and 6

Photo 1: Pageant of the Masters Costume Director Reagan Foy with cast member backstage working on the Pageant re-creation of a costume sketch of Grace Kelly for the 2024 production of “À La Mode: The Art of Fashion.” Photo credit: Ron AzevedoPhoto 2: Patrons looking at art at the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Photo credit: Christopher Bliss Get ready for a summer filled with art, music, … [Read More...]

 Enjoy Free Concerts and Movies with OC Parks this July

Concertgoers enjoy No Duh: The Ultimate Tribute to No Doubt at Mason Regional Park in 2023. The County of Orange and OC Parks are excited to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts on Thursdays and movie screenings on Fridays in a family-friendly atmosphere. July concerts … [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...]

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SoCal City Kids News

Christmas in July: The History and Evolution of This Fun Summer Holiday

Christmas in July is another fun occasion that is almost synonymous with the Christmas holiday and is usually held during summer. Given the fact that people arranged a winter holiday in the midst of summer you may note that this tradition has its ground in history and popular culture. It has consequently developed as a special moment characterized by different celebrations, gifting, sending photo … [Read More...]

Festival of Arts Calendar of Events and Workshops July 8th – July 14th, 2024

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2024 Time: 12:00 - 3:00pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission. Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long. Information: www.foapom.com/event/family-art-day Family Art Day Join the Festival of Arts for a wild good time as Family Art Day returns on Sunday, July 14 with a fun new animal-twist! The Festival’s Art Center, sponsored by … [Read More...]

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Experience Coming to Los Angeles

 In a ghoulish collaboration, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment and Fever are bringing the strange and unusual world of Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” to life. Fans will soon have the chance to step into BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE: The Afterlife Experience, opening Friday, August 23 at Los Angeles’s Ovation Hollywood (6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood). The … [Read More...]

Aquarium announces new film about their seals and sea lions and the staff who care for them

Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to dive below the surface and get to know its seals and sea lions and the staff who care for them through its new film Love & Life Beyond the Glass. This is the first time in three years that the Aquarium debuts a new daily film for its visitors in its Honda Pacific Visions Theater, which … [Read More...]

Addressing the Shortage: The Urgent Need for More Foster Carers

There is currently a severe shortage of foster carers in the UK, which is putting enormous strain on the foster care system and negatively impacting many vulnerable children. With the number of children entering care rising year on year, it is imperative that more people consider becoming foster carers to provide these children with the safe, nurturing environments they desperately need. The … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Summer Must-Have: Natural & Kid-Safe Mosquito Bracelets

Grandpa Gus offers a range of natural and effective pest control solutions across mosquito, rodent, and insect categories, including pouches, powders, and sprays. I had the opportunity to try out the Natural & Kid-Safe Mosquito Bracelets and was happy to find that they work really well! They just released a glow in the dark version! Great for those long summer nights! These were my … [Read More...]

Looking for a Custom Portrait?

Goose & Pebble If you are looking for a personalized custom portrait such as a Pet Portrait, Goose and Pebble has you covered! I recently received a portrait of me and my pup and I love it! Melissa Lee is the owner of this wonderful small business. Her portraits will make a great gift!  Melissa also offers digital downloads for purchase, and every purchase of a physical print gets a … [Read More...]

These products are Summer Must-Haves!

 Beurer’s Insect Sting and Bite Relief I don't know about you but during the summer is when I get the most bug bites and so do my family members! This first product really is a must-buy! It really works! Insect bites and stings are a part of nature, particularly in the summer months. Mosquitoes, ants, and flies are often uninvited guests while at barbeques, bonfires, or … [Read More...]

Have Fun This Summer with These Must-Have Toys!

Summer is almost officially here! The kids will have fun with these toys! sooo much fun! Vango #UpsideDownChallenge Backyard Edition MSRP $29.99 | Ages 8+ | Available on Amazon This summer, game night is about to be flipped upside down! Players attempt to complete seemingly easy activities such as tossing a ball into a cup, stacking cups into a pyramid or even just walking through an … [Read More...]

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...]

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Media Reviews

Books of the Week of July 22nd, 2024

City of Leafcutter Ants by Amy Hevron (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, for ages 4-8, available now) An informative and fun introduction to the bustling metropolis of the leafcutter ants, each with a different job to do. Whether already fascinated by bugs or just discovering them, young readers will be captivated by Amy Hevron’s colorful, inviting illustrations. The Girl Who Loves … [Read More...]

Twisters * Perfect Summer Movie Combining Anxiety-Producing Suspense, Heartbreak And Thrills

Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Kate Cooper, a former storm chaser haunted by a devastating encounter with a tornado during her college years who now studies storm patterns on screens safely in New York City. She is lured back to the open plains by her friend, Javi to test a groundbreaking new tracking system. There, she crosses paths with Tyler Owens, the charming and reckless social-media superstar … [Read More...]

Dance Rivals * Exhilarating, Inspiring, Incredible Performances And Breathtaking Choreography

When a talented young dancer moves to Los Angeles with her family, she is nervous about fitting in. As she teaches her younger sister's dance team, she is quickly noticed and recruited by the top dance squad in the city. But tensions rise between her and the reigning dance queen, so they each assemble their own crews and settle their differences on the dance floor. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic … [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

Gumbo, July 19 Pet of the Week

Gumbo would make a wonderful addition to your family! Gumbo is about to mark an entire year at Long Beach Animal Care Services. Why he hasn’t gone home is a mystery. He came in as a stray with severe skin issues, but that’s been long cleared up. In fact, he’s so comfy that he allows the volunteers to dress him as a leprechaun or Santa Claus or whatever the occasion calls for. He's also the … [Read More...]

Maguire, July 5 Pet of the Week

awwwwww On June 23, Long Beach Animal Care Services began its yearly project of emptying the dog kennels for Foster the Fourth. Fireworks are illegal for private use in Long Beach, but nonetheless, people set them off, and dogs can get frightened and run in terror. Our shelter takes in a goodly number every July 4 season, and they need to make room for them. Maguire is one of them. … [Read More...]

Tuxedo Joe, June 28 Pet of the Week

Loves to play! He needs a forever home! On June 23, Long Beach Animal Care Services began its yearly project of emptying the dog kennels for Foster the Fourth. Fireworks are illegal for private use in Long Beach, but nonetheless, people set them off, and dogs can get frightened and run in terror. Our shelter takes in a goodly number every July 4 season, and they need to make room for … [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...]