The Kidsguide Blog

Explore the world of Kidsguide with neat ideas, cool tips and awesome inspiration!

Kidsguide: 1995-96

Kidsguide expanded its distribution to include north Orange County. New chapters were added: Parties, Cooking and Transportation (there used to be businesses devoted to carting your kids around!). Eddie Young, the illustrator, from the previous year, created the covers for this two set. He was the only illustrator to create four covers. Factoid: The cover […]

Kidsguide: 1994-95

This was the year of change: Kidsguide became a tabloid; changed its paper to newsprint; changed its distribution to free-stacked at parent-frequented destinations; and changed its frequency to twice a year with spring/summer and fall/winter editions. Artwork for this two-issue set was done by Long Beach resident, Eddie Young. Eddie did work for the likes […]


Kidsguide: 1992-93

This issue was also a perfect-bound magazine, 84 pages, and was distributed to all families with children attending Long Beach and Los Alamitos district elementary and middle schools. It was the second book to include sections translated into Spanish and Cambodian. The artwork was done by Gregory McMicken, a local artist known for his imaginative […]


Kidsguide: 1990-91

This issue changed from a book format to a perfect-bound magazine. Instead of printing 10,000, we printed 60,000; one copy was given to every family with children attending elementary and middle school. It was the first issue to feature sections translated in Spanish and Cambodian. It was the first issue to have a commissioned illustration […]


Kidsguide: 1988-90

Again, Kidsguide was a soft-bound book, 208 pages; sold for $3 through PTAs with all proceeds benefiting student assistance. Like the first book, it served six cities in the greater Long Beach area: Long Beach, Lakewood, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach and Signal Hill. Kidsguide was published every two years. Truth be told: it was […]


Kidsguide: 1986-87

Kidsguide was started on August 19, 1986. Below is the cover of the first issue that came out in January of 1987. The cover was simply the logo, which was the hand print of my daughter Lauren, 7 years old at the time. The frame around the hand was set up to look like the […]


Winter Break Fun

Not only are winter camps lifesavers for the busy parent, they are also a productive way for kids to spend their two-week school vacation. Most camps often fashion their activities – sometimes even menus! – around fun themes to maximize the experience for participants.


Spread the Creativity

Christmas is coming, and it’s time to get “crafty” when it comes to finding low-cost ways of getting your kids into the holiday spirit. Read on to learn about easy do-it-yourself projects, from making your own tree ornaments and dreidel cards to setting a colorful Kwanzaa table.


Run, Run As Fast You Can…

…to Discovery Science Center’s “The Science of Gingerbread” exhibit and its annual Gingerbread Competition! Learn delicious tidbits about ginger and gingerbread, and the roles they have played through the ages as medicinal remedy and coveted spice, and as tokens of royal favor.


Brave Across the Miles

What do you call a nameless dog that would cross 70 miles of desert war zone in the thick of bitter winter to be with the human who showed him kindness? Marine Corps Major Brian Dennis christened the wild dog “Nubs,” after the little stubs of what used to be ears before someone had cut them off to make the animal “a dog of war.”


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