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“Coco” A Movie in Review

Disney Pixar’s new film Coco, which opened in theaters nationwide for Thanksgiving, is sure to capture your families’ heart this holiday season. The music transports you into a new world of colorful fantasy. We sent Liz, from our Mom Squad team, along with several of you who did our movie pass enter to win to see an advanced screening of the film before it was released in theaters. Check out what Liz has to say about the movie today on the blog. Take a look…

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CoCo: A Movie In Review

Colorful, vibrant, charming and feel good magic! My heart was completely filled with excitement after seeing this movie and I could not wait to share my thoughts on this movie with everyone!

About the Movie

The film starts with young Miguel who has aspirations to play the guitar like his music hero Ernesto de la Cruz.  Because of a family curse he is forbidden to have any part of music. Family traditions are an utmost importance in this film especially the Day of the Dead, where families gather in cemeteries to celebrate their deceased relatives. On this day, Miguel sneaks out of the house to compete in a local talent show but instead ends up in the Land of the Dead!

In the upcoming events Miguel is surrounded by his late ancestors as he sets out  to find his musical legend Ernesto in hopes he will bless his ambitions and send him back to the living. Miguel’s journey takes him around the vibrant Land of the Dead with his cute dog, breaking into energetic Spanish songs and teaming up with a new friend Hector as mysteries of his family are revealed.

If you are wondering how scary the skeletons are for younger kids I would honestly say not scary at all. The first time the skeletons appeared my daughter was a little taken back but the lively dressed skeletons are such a huge part of the movie you don’t even think twice. The Land of the Dead is a warm, energetic and enchanting.

Final Thoughts

This movie is full of fun and lighthearted humor.  With its focus on family and traditions it is the perfect way to start off the holiday season. I cannot wait to relive this film again!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 


6 Apps to Make Your Holiday Shopping Stress-Free

Tis the season for long lines and crowds of people… But holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stress-full!  Check out these 6 Apps from our tech expert, Burton, that are sure help make your holiday shopping stress-free!

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6 Apps to Make Your Holiday Shopping Stress-Free

I’ve never done the whole Black Friday shopping in KC. I’ve always spent the day after Thanksgiving helping people with their technology. So, I’ve never had the pleasure of standing in line after midnight to fight large crowds trying to get the best bargain on the hottest holiday gifts. Thanks to technology, days of standing in line and fighting crowds may be a thing of the past.  There are some handy apps that can help you find the best deals on the gifts you plan on purchasing this Holiday season.  Here are my recommendations for the best apps to make your holiday shopping in Kansas City easier.

#1 The Coupons App 

This app gives you coupons and online promo codes from over 100,000 retailers. You can search for deals from stores and get notifications when they become available.  You will also get reminders when your saved coupons are about to expire.

#2 Shopular 

Shopular is an app that provides news on deals and coupons based on your location. Downloading the app also puts you in contact with the Shopular community which allows you to swap savings tips.

#3 ShopSavvy

Shop Savvy will keep you up to date with the best deals at a wide range of popular stores.  The app allows you to use your smartphone as a barcode reader to check the prices on products.  Once you you’ve scanned this items in, you can save them to a wish list which will monitor when the price drops.

#4 Flipp 

This app allows you to skip scanning the newspaper advertisements and allows you to get them directly on your smartphone or tablet. You can have access to the circulars from over 800 stores.

#5 Santa’s Bag

Santa’s Bag is a great app that allows you to set and manage budgets for the gifts you are purchasing.  You can also create an archive of gifts so you can keep track of what gifts you’ve purchased for members of your family.

#6 Store Apps 

Once you decide where you’re shopping on Black Friday, download that store’s app. These generally include features such as coupons and customer reviews of products. Some retailers have added maps to their app so shoppers know exactly where Black Friday deals will be located within the store.

How will you shop this year? Will you brave the crowds in the store or will you use technology to do your shopping?

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Want to keep up with the latest tech tips and cyber security alerts? Subscribe to my YouTube channel ‘Burton Kelso’ There are hundreds of videos designed to help you get the most out of the technology you use in your home or business.

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com


How to Know if Your Child is at Risk.

We all know that our kids grow up fast, and it seems like childhood flashes by in the blink of an eye. It’s important that we make the most of the time we have with them when they are little and follow their development as they grow. That’s why well check-ups at the doctor and dental appointments are a great resource for making sure our kids are on track and healthy. Despite these appointments, sometimes kids with challenges or exceptionalities get lost in the shuffle because it is hard to catch everything in a short visit. As parents, it’s easy to forget to mention a concern to the doctor or we just aren’t sure what the risk factors are. That’s okay! We are doing the best we can to protect and care for our children.

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How to Know if Your Child is at Risk

So how do you know if your child is at risk? Maybe you have some concerns, but you aren’t sure if they are valid. Or maybe you just want to make sure that your child is developing normally. Either way, there are some different options, not in any particular order.

  1. Centers for Disease Control

The CDC has a developmental check list that you can look at by your child’s age online and in a printable form. They also have an app and a quick survey to see if your child may be at risk. The survey “Learn the signs. Act early.” materials are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools. It is not a true evaluation of your child but it can get you started.

  1. Your Child’s Pediatrician

Make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. Put together all of your concerns and discuss them with your child’s doctor. They can refer you to a local early childhood screening program if they agree with your concerns.

  1. You Child’s School

You can refer your child to your local public school special education department or infant and toddler services.

Early childhood special education programs: What can they do?

Each state and county has a screening process through the public-school district as part of a nationwide program called Child Find. Each district/county/state may set it up a little differently or even use a different title but the program is there to identify kids at risk. These screenings are geared for early childhood age children birth through age 5. The screening is free in our area and it helps to identify whether your child is on track or not. Following that screening, your child may be eligible for a developmental evaluation in one or more areas: social-emotional development, speech and language, fine and gross motor, self-help skills or pre-academics.

Alternatively, if your child passes then they may be eligible to be a peer model in a preschool classroom-depending on your district’s policy. For details about this process in your specific area, contact your local public school district’s special education department for kids ages 3-5 or your local Infant and Toddler Services program for age’s birth to three.

If my child qualifies for special education, does that label them for life?

The simple answer is yes, no and maybe. If your child receives special education services, that does not always mean they will require them for life or for the duration of their education. It really depends on your child and their specific needs. Getting your child help at an early age increases the chances that they won’t need services later on. It’s best not to be shy about asking for help, and act early for the benefit of your child! For any further questions contact your local school district or state department of education. You can also find some information online by state or by district.

From iFamily to Yours,


All About Loose Park – Your Guide to Kansas City Outdoor FUN!

Are you on the hunt for a great, fun park in Kansas City? Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team is sharing some details about a large park off of Wornall Road today on the blog. Take a look…

All About Loose Park – Your Guide to Kansas City Outdoor FUN!

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

Welcome to Loose Park!

Just because it’s Fall, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the great outdoors- And one place you should definitely enjoy this Autumn is Jacob L. Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri. Located off of Wornall Road, you’ve probably driven by this gorgeous park dozens of times in Kansas City (I know I see it all the time). While you can only admire certain attributes from afar, you may not know what lies behind the trees and entrance of this grand park. So, before you head out for a family outing or a leisurely walk, here is a little more information about Loose Park that you may have not known!

Loose Park Guide

A bit about Loose Park

First a little history on Loose Park, it is “ a major site for the Battle of Westport where Confederate forces were routed by Union forces in the area in which the park is now located. It is estimated that 29,000 people were involved in the battle. The property at that time was owned by William Bent, a man who led wagon trains and traded with the Indians.” -KCPARKS.ORG

At just about 75 acres, Loose Park is one of the largest and, in my opinion, one of the best parks in Kansas City for all types of ages and lifestyles. If your family is active, you can enjoy a spacious playground, a volleyball court, tennis court and (in the summer months) a spray ground!

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

My kids love the playground! Especially because of the sand pit and mini rock wall. Not to mention, I enjoy the swings as well. We haven’t had the opportunity to play in the spray ground (pictured above) yet, but it looks perfect for smaller kids! My family is pretty active, especially my son, so the open spaces and hills are perfect for him to burn off his arsenal of energy!

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

If you and your family like to enjoy spending time watching birds, taking in the scenery, or enjoying a leisurely stroll there are plenty of ways to do that, too. You can explore the Kansas City Municipal Rose Garden, walk along park wide trails or sit and look over the lake. There are plenty of benches spread throughout the park. During the Fall, the fountains may not always be on, but it still is a sight to see! Just ask the dog that jumped in to get a fish last week!

Loose Park Guide - Kanas City, Missouri

During these Fall months, Loose Park is ideal for family photos and relaxing picnics as well. I am definitely one of those moms that thinks she is a pro photographer lol. I love taking my camera to the park and snapping photos of my kids. Loose Park is the perfect backdrop for that, especially during the Fall when the trees are at their loveliest.

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

So whether you are looking to get out and play or enjoy the scenery, consider heading to Jacob L. Loose Park! The park is open everyday from 5am to midnight, so you can definitely make a day out of it! Happy trails!

Tips for Your Trip from other Parents

  • Loose Park is a fun place for a picnic in Kansas City!
  • Recycling is NOW available at Loose Park – Be sure to protect the environment during your visit.
  • Shelter rentals at the park are available May through October each year. Book early so you don’t miss out!
  • The park opens at 5am, so if you’re on the hunt for an early morning outdoor jog – Check it out!

Loose Park is located at: 5200 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64112

Do you have tips or questions about the park?!

Drop us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

From iFamily to Yours,


4 Fun Family Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

In celebration of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, take a look at these 4 yummy recipes from Bridgette!

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4 Fun Family Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Now, if there is one celebration I can get behind… it’s the celebration of peanut butter! I personally am a peanut butter lover (as are most Americans), and if there is a way that I can sneak some good old p.b. in a recipe, I’m game!

Peanut butter may be loved by many but, sadly, not all can enjoy it due to allergies. So, keep in mind all of these recipes can be substituted for other nut butters. According to peanutbutterlovers.com, Americans will consume more the 65 million pounds of peanut butter this month. That is A LOT of peanut butter! So, in honor of National Peanut Butter month, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite (and easy) peanut butter recipes!

 

#1 Peanut Butter Sushi 

Peanut Butter SUSHI?! It’s not what you think! My kids love this and it is such a fun snack or lunch idea! All you need is whole wheat bread, peanut butter, bananas and honey (optional).

  • Cut crust off two slices of bread. Lay edge of one slice on top of the other. Using a rolling pin, flatten the two pieces of bread.
  • Spread peanut butter evenly across the bread
  • Place one peeled banana at top and roll tightly.
  • Slice banana into “sushi rolls”

 

#2 Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies can really be enjoyed ANY time of day. These are one of our go to snacks especially when we need to use up some bananas! All you need is oatmeal, bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips.

  • 2 cups of oatmeal
  • 4 really ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp. of peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips

Mash bananas until there are minimal lumps. Then add in oatmeal in parts to while mixing to make sure all the oats are covered. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips into the mixture. Spoon “cookie mix” onto baking sheet and press to even out. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. I recommend making as many as you can because these will go… FAST!

 

#3 Peanut Butter Smoothie 

One smoothie that is every peanut butter lover’s dream!

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder
  • Ice

In a mixer, add 1 serving of protein powder (usually 1 scoop), 1 cup of almond milk, peanut butter and ice. Blend until smooth. If you want to change the consistency, you can add ½ banana (for thicker) or more almond milk (thinner)to your smoothie.

 

#4 Peanut Butter Treats 

We all know and love the classic Rice Krispy Treats! They are a staple treat for every childhood, picnic and sweet tooth. But for all my peanut butter lovers out there, this is a peanut buttery twist on a classic!

  • 1 Bag of marshmallows
  • 1 box of FROSTED Rice Krispies
  • 4 tbs of butter
  • ½ cup of peanut butter

Heat butter and marshmallows in pan until melted. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth. Add in 4 cups of Rice Krispies and stir until covered. Lightly spray cake pan with cooking spray and add the mixture. Smooth out mixture until even. Allow treats to cool before cutting and serving.

Well there you have it! My absolute favorite peanut butter recipes! What are your family’s favorite peanut butter recipes? Let us know so we can try them! Looking for more fun on the go?! Connect with iFamilyKC for family fun, recipes and ideas, and more!

From iFamily to Yours,


10 Family Fun Activities to try this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time to take advantage of having the family come together for some quality time.  Try these 10 family fun activities from Ruth and make the most out of your Thanksgiving family time!

 

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10 Family Fun Activities to try this Thanksgiving

Once a year we have an opportunity for structured thankfulness, Thanksgiving. We gather together, work hard to clean and prepare a meal and then fight sleep from turkey induced comas. While many are thankful for their families, lives, jobs and so on… We tend to focus solely on that day and then for many the ominous and potentially daunting Black Friday adventure. As a mom and a teacher, I think it’s important to explore Thanksgiving a little deeper and have some family fun while you’re at it. Thus I have created a bucket list of ideas so you can do the same.

#1 Read the Story

Read up on the history of The First Thanksgiving. You can check out a book at the library (check with Mid-Continent Public Library to see if they have it) that is family friendly and talk about what happened during that time. One that I found, The Very First Thanksgiving Day By Rhonda Growler Green is a kid friendly non-fiction book geared for kids pre-k to grade 5.

#2 Take in a Classic 

Watch or rent A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Bill Melendez and Phil Roman. It is not fully historically accurate but it does make the story a little more palatable for little ones and of course an Emmy Award winning family classic!

#3 Support a Solider 

Support a soldier and/or their family this holiday season as a way of thanking them for their service. Here is a link to get your started.

#4 Learn a Prayer 

Learn a new Thanksgiving Prayer to share at the dinner table. Each year I have my kids recite a prayer to share at the holiday meal. Here are some ideas:

#5 Take Time to be Thankful 

Start a family thankfulness jar. Each day until Thanksgiving or you can add into it for the next year to read on Thanksgiving in 2018!

#6 Try a New Recipe 

Learn new Thanksgiving recipes to share at the family meal. Check out some retro recipes for fun too!

#7 Learn About History 

Visit the Mahaffi Stagecoach Farm and learn about living in the 1860’s. This experience can give you a sense of appreciation for all of the fancy amenities we have these days. The day after Thanksgiving they are opening their doors to families for exploration from 12pm -4pm.

#8 Do some Thanksgiving Yoga with Yoga Stories 

Thanksgiving yoga is a great way to burn off some post-dinner calories with your family!

#9 Spend Time Outside 

Play in some leaves! Get outside and make a leaf pile and have a little fun. You can be thankful for all the fun memories!

#10 Play a Thanksgiving Game 

After dinner, you can play a Thanksgiving game! This is another great way to bond with your family and friends, make memories and just have a little fun!

No matter how you slice it, Thanksgiving is more than just a big meal. It is a time for family and friends. Take some time and share the love and thankfulness this year.

From iFamily to Yours,


Five Fall Flavors Better than Pumpkin Spice

When the leaves start turning what’s better than a nice warm pumpkin spice drink from your local coffee shop?  Gabrielle shares a few of her non-pumpkin spice faves for fall.  Give them a try!

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Five Fall Flavors Better than Pumpkin Spice

Everybody waits for that first bit of chill in the air, so they can run to their favorite coffee shop and order that first pumpkin spice latte of the year.  I had my first one last week, and it was delicious, as always.  People go nuts over pumpkin spice.  You can get it in pie form, or donuts, and of course, in coffee.  Starbucks has a whole marketing campaign advertising the arrival of this seasonal favorite.  But, there are other fall flavors I enjoy more than pumpkin.  Here are my top 5:

Honeycrisp Apples

Autumn is pique apple-picking season.  Apples of almost every variety are available in your local grocery store. Take your pick. My favorite variety has always been the honeycrisp apple.  They are the perfect combination of sweet and tart. They are delicious as a stand-alone snack, but they also are great dipped in peanut butter or caramel.  If raw apples are not your thing, bake them up in a pie, or if you are like me, you can saute’ them up in butter, and use them to top a sundae.

Chai

If you love pumpkin spice, I implore you to try a chai latte.  The cinnamon and cardamom of chai are as comforting as your favorite winter blanket.  You can usually order a cup of chai at your local barista, or you can buy a box of tea at the grocery store as well.  You will not be disappointed.

Eggnog

I know what you are thinking.  Eggnog is a winter flavor.  But grocery stores start stocking the shelves with this delicious holiday staple just before Halloween.  Eggnog by itself is delicious, but there are recipes out there for eggnog french toast, or you can use it as a creamer in your coffee.

Spice cake

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for those Little Debbie’s spice cakes to come out.  They are rare now, but if I find them, I always buy (and hide) a couple boxes for myself.  This delicious dessert takes all the warmest, most comforting spices, and bakes them into cake form.  What is there not to love?  And to kick it up a notch, some people throw in rum and make it a spiced rum cake.  Never had it?  Think carrot cake without the carrots.

Chili dogs

Nothing signifies the start of fall to me more than a big bowl of steaming hot chili.  Sure, you can top chili with whatever you like.  I like cheese and guacamole.  The kids like theirs covered in corn chips and served with a cinnamon roll.  But there is no better way to enjoy the flavors of chili, than atop a hotdog, covered with cheese and mustard.  (The chili replaces the ketchup.  No need to double up on the tomato flavor…unless of course, that’s your thing.)

So, there you have it.  The best flavors of fall, and the most magnificent thing about this list is that almost all of them can be paired with a slice of pumpkin pie, if you just have to have your pumpkin spice fix.

Happy eating!

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle


“The Justice League”: Movie Review

The weekend is finally here and we’re excited to share an exciting movie review for “The Justice League” which hits theaters nationwide today. We sent Brigette from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team to catch one of the advanced movie screeings in Kansas City this past week. She’s sharing her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…


Justice League Movie Review

“The Justice League”: Movie Review

The other day I had the opportunity to screen a movie that I have been waiting a really long time to see! “The Justice League”!  I mean honestly, Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and other iconic heroes in one film has greatness written all over it. I have this unwritten rule that I follow when it comes to movies… if there are too many stars in one movie, I avoid it like the plague! The only exception I make is for super heroe movies. The Justice League stars Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Jason Mamoa ( Game of Thrones), Ray Miller (Cyborg) and Ezra Miller ( The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

About the Movie

Ok, so let’s talk about this movie – I am really on the fence with it. When the movie first starts it kind of had this “old school” Batman feel. Really cheeky banter and kind of forced dialogue. I felt at one point the director kept bouncing around too quickly between the characters. I understand when telling a story that there needs to be character development or some sort of back story, I just feel it was all jumbled and told at once.

However, once the characters were known and united, I did enjoy the movie a lot! I thought the graphics were phenomenal and of course Wonder Woman was kicking butt and taking names. Another thing I really enjoyed was Flashs’ ( Ezra Miller) scenes. The director really did a good job with the slow motion effect and really made his character come to life. A few jokes here and there were great but mostly it was the world on it’s death bed. Again. I really did love all the action packed scenes between the league and Steppenwolf.

Final Thoughts

I was overall a little disappointed with the ending. The entire time the league is trying to figure out what they can do to defeat Steppenwolf, and when all hope is lost *****spoiler alert**** they bring back Superman. Once he returns, the ending takes a crash landing. It simply just didn’t live up to what one would expect. It really was just a Superman saves the world and the Justice League all together.

Overall I would rate this movie a solid 5. It’s not terrible and it’s not awesome. Would I watch it again? Probably to see Wonder Woman, Flash and really cool graphics.

Do you plan on seeing Justice League? Let us know what you think about it!

From iFamily to Yours,


Make The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner With These 5 Great Apps

Thanksgiving is nearly here!  Which means plenty of cooking, entertaining and spending time with loved ones.  Here are 5 Great Apps that will help you prepare a Thanksgiving Feast that will knock everyone’s socks off!  Take a look…

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Make The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner With These 5 Great Apps

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is almost here, which means Christmas and all of the other holiday seasons are just around the corner. I’m excited, aren’t you?  It also means it’s to get your pots, pans and ingredients together get ready to dig in and spend hours of cooking to create a Thanksgiving banquet that everyone will enjoy. I love to cook but the challenge with Thanksgiving meals is that it is so much work and it is always a challenge to come up with different meal ideas because frankly turkey and stuffing can just be boring.  This year, consider turning to cooking apps.  The Internet is full of them and many can help you plan your meal, create shopping lists and help you find new recipes to try.  Not sure where to start? Check out my five favorites:

#1 Yummly

Looking for Thanksgiving meal to fit your lifestyle eating habits, Yummly has your back. You have a ton of recipes to choose from, but Yummly allows you to customize your food searches so you can prepare a meal that fits your family’s dietary needs. Doesn’t matter if you have food allergies, are on a diet or want to plan a vegetarian meal, Yummly will make it happen. The added bonus is Yummly will learn what types of foods you like and make recommendations based on that.

#2 Butterball Cookbook Plus

I think most of us who is eating turkey for Thanksgiving will be eating a Butterball. In addition to that great turkey is a pretty awesome app that offers hundreds of recipes based around … you guessed it turkey.  The app great ideas of how to cook ole Tom Turkey in addition to tips how to create a feast fit for a king or queen. If you struggle with what to do with all of that leftover turkey, Cookbook Plus has a ton of recipes that will help you create meals that won’t have you burned out on Turkey after the holiday has passed.

#3 AnyList

Getting organized is important to make sure your Thanksgiving meal goes off without a hitch. That’s where AnyList comes in. This useful app allows you to easily make shopping lists and helps you organize your recipes. You can import recipes from popular food web sites and you can share your shopping lists and recipes with family and friends.

#4 Epicurious 

This app has been offering online recipes since 1995. Geared for those who love to cook at home, Epicurious makes it easy for you to find Thanksgiving themed recipes, cooking tips and videos that you can pull up on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

#5 BigOven

Offering 350,000 recipes, BigOven not only allows you to find recipes for Thanksgiving.  You can also use the app and web site to create grocery lists, map out your Thanksgiving meal with the meal planner, and find ways to turn those leftovers into great meals.

Is your Thanksgiving Feast planned?  What processes do you use to create a Thanksgiving meal experience your family and friends will love and remember? Drop me a line, I would love to know.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

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Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com

 


iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Kick It Foos!

Your kids will always remember the fun that they had spending time with family and friends while doing something active. From kids birthday parties to family fun outings, the owners of Kick It Foos in Shawnee, have come up with a unique concept to help your family create lasting memories while you explore good old fashioned fun. We’ve got the scoop for you today on the blog AND a special OFFER that you’re not going to want to miss. Take a look…

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At our recent iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Kick It Foos, attendees got to take part in some of their favorite classic family-fun games that have been transformed into life-sized versions that allow individuals to literally step into the game and test out their athletic skills.

Life-Sized Human Foosball, Connect 4, Kurplunk, Yahtzee, Foot Pool, and Tick-Tac-Toe!

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The kids just LOVED playing game after game of Human Foosball, a fun competitive activity that lets the kids use their own athletic ability to compete with and against friends.

Human Foosball

  • No age restrictions; however, participants must have a minimum shoulder height of 40 inches
  • Each team consists of six players: 1 goalie, 3 defenders and 2 attackers
    • Players face the opposite team’s goal
    • Players must place and keep both hands on their pole
    • Players must only move side to side – no player is allowed to move forward or backward on the court
    • Contact between players is prohibited
  • Play will begin by dropping the ball at mid-court
  • Play continues until a penalty occurs, the ball is out of reach or out of bounds, or a goal is scored
  • A penalty will be called and a goal awarded to the non-offending team if any of the following occur…
    • A player touches the ball with their arms or hands while the ball is in play
    • The ball is played above the foosball poles at any time
    • Any player jumps, leans or climbs over the foosball poles
  • When the ball goes out of bounds, the ball will be returned to the place it left the court and rolled towards the non-offending team
  • The winning team will be the team that scores the most goals when time is called
    • Each goal is worth 1 point
    • When a goal is scored, the game is restarted by dropping the ball at mid-court towards the non-scoring team

Participants also enjoyed playing games of foot pool, where they used their feet in lieu of pool cues to play the game!

Foot Pool

  • Break – Starting the Game
    • the first player places the white ball wherever they like behind the starting line to break
    • a break is valid when the #1 ball is hit first
  • When the first ball is pocketed, the player who pocketed it chooses a group of balls
  • A player’s turn lasts as long as they keep legally pocketing balls, until they miss a shot, commit a foul, or win the game
  • The game is won when:
    • a player legally pockets all of the balls from their group and, in the next shot, pockets the 8 ball
  • The game is lost when:
    • the 8 ball is pocketed in the middle of the game
    • the 8 ball leaves the table
    • the white ball is pocketed or leaves the table in the same shot the 8 ball is pocketed
  • Fouls – when a player commits any of the following fouls, the opponent can place the white ball wherever they want, although they only get one shot
    • pocketing the white ball
    • hitting any ball off the table

More About Kick It Foos!

Is there an age requirement?

  • No. However, for safety reasons, there is a HEIGHT (40″ shoulder height) requirement to play Human Foosball. This allows the players to be able to reach the poles and still be able to see the field in order to play the game. This requirement is typically met by 8-9 years old. Smaller children are more than welcome to play the other life-size games if accompanied by an adult when the use is included in the purchased package.

Do people that are not playing have to pay?

  • Yes and No. For any event that does NOT include private facility rental (Amateur, Rookie, and Semi-Pro), all non-paying spectators will be asked to remain in the spectators waiting area at the front of the facility to minimize congestion and increase safety for all the participants. If it is an ALL youth party, then they will allow 1 adult for every 6 children in for free as chaperones.  However, if chaperones decide to play, they must pay.

  • Events that include a private facility rental include access to all games for the entire duration of the event. So, any guest of a private facility rental event who is old enough to walk must pay when they are a part of a group participating.

Do they have staff that watch the kids during parties?

  • Having fun is their #1 priority at Kick It Foos. With that being said, they must make sure they provide a safe environment for everyone to have fun in. We provide a game facilitator / referee during rentals. They are there to enforce rules. However, please keep in mind that they are NOT there to watch your children.

Is there anything to do besides Human Foosball?

  • ABSOULTEY! They currently have Foot Pool, life-size Connect 4, Kurplunk, Tick-Tac-Toe, and Yahtzee.

Can we bring outside food or drink?

  • Some of their rental packages allow you to bring outside food and non-alcoholic drinks. This is clearly labeled on the description of each package. If this is something you’d like to do, please be sure to select one of those packages when booking.

You can book your kids birthday party, neighborhood “block party”, scout or church group, or friend group at Kick It Foos and save 25% when you mention iFamilyKC (making a 2-hour party rental just $225!). For more information, Visit them online at KickItFoos.com and be sure to sign up for our FREE eNews list so you don’t miss out on fun iFamilyKC Kids Club events just like this one every month!
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