The Kidsguide Blog

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

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 […]


Kidsguide: 2007-08

These illustrations were done by Kidsguide’s first international artist, Shane McGowen. Shane lives in Australia, but his artwork has been seen in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, plus lots of children’s books. Fall/winter was devoted to healthy living with editorial written by Sé Reed; the tips throughout the issue featured […]


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.


Go Ahead – Have A Ball!

For a snack that’s been around for thousands of years, popcorn never really got old – we munch on it at the movies, string fluffy kernels together to to decorate our Christmas trees, and continue to invent recipes to satisfy our cravings for something familiar yet new. Celebrate the granddaddy of snacks and the ghoulish season with this poppin’ recipe.


Kidsguide: 2009-10

Kidsguide gets small! The theme for fall/winter was “Big Things in a New Small Issue,” and that is just what we did. The book was trimmed down to an 8 x 11 size––making it more convenient to put in your purse or glove box. Fall/winter’s cover was done by Lee White, illustrator for books such […]


Free Concerts in the Park in Lakewood

August 2: Bring the entire family to enjoy the sounds of summer. Today, Stone Soul (R&B).


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