FINDitKC http://finditkc.com Videos on things to do, shopping, restaurants and businesses in Kansas City Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:41:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 KC Holiday Traditions To Start Now – 2014http://finditkc.com/kc-holiday-traditions-start-now-2014/ http://finditkc.com/kc-holiday-traditions-start-now-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:36:24 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26482   by FINDit Staff So, your holidays normally go a little something like this; you get stuck listening to Uncle Eddie’s stories of ‘Nam, you feel the pressure to impress your out-of-state cousins, and your Aunt has already promised to make her mystery fruit salad. Take the reigns this year (or at least throw a few […]

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So, your holidays normally go a little something like this; you get stuck listening to Uncle Eddie’s stories of ‘Nam, you feel the pressure to impress your out-of-state cousins, and your Aunt has already promised to make her mystery fruit salad. Take the reigns this year (or at least throw a few of these ideas out there) and start some new holiday traditions! Help your family get out of the same holiday rut, enjoy KC and make some darn good memories!

Your cousins just flew in for Christmas break and they’re dying to check out KC! Head to Tower Tavern for the 10th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. It’ll remind them of their college days and they’ll get to show off their ugly sweaters for a great cause!

Here’s something that’s sure to entertain your niece, without boring your cousins. The Paul Mesner Puppet Show has become a KC institution. Based in  historic Hyde Park, they boast sold out shows every year. The puppets are elaborate and the shows incorporate something for everyone. We’re sure Jason Segel would approve!

You love Grandma’s cooking, but every meal has become a feast. Why not suggest brunch at The Classic Cookie?! This quaint little spot is perfect for a family holiday brunch. They even greet the table with a basket of mini homemade cookies and muffins! With crowd pleasing classics and specials like Eggnog French Toast, it’s sure to satisfy every appetite. Your whole family will be raving about this little family-run jewel!

Have children that are as crazy about trains as ours are? Visit Union Station December 18-21 for Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train that will brings Santa and elves to Kansas City! Reservations encouraged.

How about The Coterie’s production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? The Coterie is a Kansas City original children’s theatre. Highly interactive and engaging. Show your kids that there’s more to performing arts than movies and television!

Looking for something more formal? You can’t go wrong with the Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, an absolute must-see for ballet newbies and veterans alike.

So you’re not into the glitz and glam of the holidays and want to celebrate a prosperous harvest season in your own way? Don your wind-proof balaclava and head out to some of Kansas City’s best running trails! Get a jump on your winter season trail-runs with the Trail Nerds. Oh, it’s cold out? Harden up and get your butt off the couch.

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#GivingTuesday – A Day to Give Back to Our Communityhttp://finditkc.com/givingtuesday-day-give-back-community/ http://finditkc.com/givingtuesday-day-give-back-community/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 08:41:40 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26380 by Kelsey Zirkle December 1, 2014 #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Each year we set aside a day to give thanks, and a few days to get deals (or more if we count all the extended Black Friday offers), but all too often, we forget about what’s really important this time […]

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December 1, 2014

GivingTuesday2014Blog#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Each year we set aside a day to give thanks, and a few days to get deals (or more if we count all the extended Black Friday offers), but all too often, we forget about what’s really important this time of year…Giving back to our community and those in need. Every year on #GivingTuesday, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s simple, really…to participate in #GivingTuesday, just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together and give something more. And here’s the best part…If #GivingTuesday doesn’t work for you, there are 364 other days every year that you can give back and make a difference!

To help you get involved in giving back, we wanted to highlight a few local organizations in Kansas City that are near and dear to our hearts:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City has served more than 20,000 at-risk youth in the Kansas City metropolitan area since 1964. BBBSKC provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring and professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSKC matches school-aged youth (Littles) from one-parent or other non-traditional homes, with caring, adult volunteers (Bigs). To learn how you can “Be a Big” or other ways you can give to BBBSKC, visit bbbskc.org

***On #GivingTuesday, the BBBSKC Street Team will be at 12th and Walnut from 7:30-8:30 AM, handing out free coffee and information about how you can give your time or money to BBBSKC.***

The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Health – The Foundation relies on support from thousands of donors including individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, associates and physicians. Each gift makes a difference in improving lives. Opportunities to give include cash gifts, pledges, in-kind goods and services, stocks and bonds and gift planning through an estate or will. To find out how you can give, go to shawneemission.org

Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center – The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center (Britain IDC) is an important outreach program of Shawnee Mission Health, touching the lives of more than 4,000 children with special needs since 1972. Dedicated to serving children with special needs from birth to six years of age, IDC provides a unique program that involves family and friends in the process of therapeutic treatment and education. To volunteer, make a donation, or to learn about other ways you can get involved, click here.

New Horizon Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center – New Horizon Ranch is a therapeutic horseback riding center located in Rantoul, Kansas offering Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and Summer Day Camp programs to individuals of all ages with physical, cognitive, social, emotional and learning disabilities. By giving to NHR, you’re making a difference in the life of a child and ensuring that NHR can continue to change lives! Give today!

Project Walk – Project Walk-Kansas City is dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries improve and enrich their lives through the use of state-of-the-art recovery methods, motivation, and education in a supportive environment. To make a donation or to learn more about Project Walk’s Vehicle Donation Program, visit projectwalk-kansascity.org

KC Ability Expo – The Kansas City Ability Expo brings together persons with disabilities and the organizations, the products, resources and programs to assist with leading full and productive lives. This even provides an opportunity for persons with disabilities, their caregivers/families and/or professionals who serve persons with disabilities to gain information about valuable resources and products. For more information on how to become a Sponsor or Exhibitor for the event, or for other ways to get involved, please contact KC Ability Expo on their website: kcabilityexpo.org

***SAVE THE DATE: The 6th Annual KC Ability Expo is August 29, 2015 at the Overland Park Convention Center!***

RiKC – The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RiKC) helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence at home, school or work, and in the community. A comprehensive team of professionals provides the support, encouragement, knowledge, and skills needed to help individuals succeed in their rehabilitation process. To learn how you can help RiKC build brighter futures for children and adults with disabilities, go to rehabkc.org

Pathway To Hope – Pathway To Hope encourages, educates, and empowers individuals and families whose lives are affected by mental illness. “No one should navigate the uncharted waters of mental illness alone,” and you can help! Get involved and make a difference for individuals & families facing mental illness. For more information on how to become a volunteer or other ways you can donate, visit pathwaytohope.org

Harvesters – Harvesters-The Community Food Network is a regional food bank serving northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies, including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. They also offer educational programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition. There are many ways that families, organizations, groups and companies can make a difference. Find out how you can take action at harvesters.org

***Join Harvesters to pack BackSnacks for kids as part of the KC Star’s “Star Sundays” this month. Volunteer shifts are available for Sunday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 21. Great family activity! More info: http://bit.ly/1vZHKcO***

***Volunteers are needed to assist with holiday distribution to Harvesters’ agencies. Your time can help make the holidays brighter for those in need in our community. Call 816.929.3090 or email volunteer@harvesters.org to sign up.***

Toys for Tots – The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, while not a local KC organization, is making a difference in the lives of less fortunate children throughout the United States, helping them to experience the joy of Christmas! There are over 16 million American children living at or below the poverty level, who might not have a Christmas without the help of Toys for Tots. You can help provide them with a little bit of Christmas by donating at toysfortots.org or bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the Overland Park Convention Center, or one of the many KC Metro area drop-off locations.

No matter how you choose to give or when you’re able to be generous, we hope you will make the time to give back to the Kansas City community and help those less fortunate! And if you happen to be one of those less fortunate, please don’t be afraid to ask for help. Almost everyone needs a helping hand at some point. We hope you celebrate #GivingTuesday and encourage others to get involved…Perhaps you will be inspired to do more all year long! 

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Holiday Rundown – Things to Do in Kansas City During the Holiday Seasonhttp://finditkc.com/holiday-rundown-things-to-do-in-kansas-city-during-the-holiday-season/ http://finditkc.com/holiday-rundown-things-to-do-in-kansas-city-during-the-holiday-season/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:28:45 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26309 There are plenty of things to do in Kansas City during the Holiday Season, but at the top of your list needs to be taking in some of the amazing Christmas displays. The season officially kicks off with the Annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony, and with only a handful of weekends in the holiday season you […]

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There are plenty of things to do in Kansas City during the Holiday Season, but at the top of your list needs to be taking in some of the amazing Christmas displays. The season officially kicks off with the Annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony, and with only a handful of weekends in the holiday season you better get busy!

The first week of December, most lights “go live,” and start officially advertising their displays. The following are in order of when the lights turn on. We will be adding more events and displays as we find them. For more information on each event, just click on through. Happy Holidays and enjoy!

Visit throughout the Holiday Season:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (Nov 4 – Jan 4)

A Christmas Carol – Kansas City Repertory Theatre (Nov 21 – Dec 26)

Jingle ARRGH the Way! – Theatre for Young America (Nov 25 – Dec 27)

Union Station

The Village at Briarcliff

Zona Rosa

Farmstead Lane (an Overland Park Staple)

KCP&L Plaza Lights

Paulie’s Penguin Playground (Open through Christmas Day!)

December Events

1: Candy Cane Christmas in Bonner Springs

1: Christmas in the Park at Cornerstone Park in Gardner

4: Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting at Corinth Square in Prairie Village

5-6: Journey to Bethlehem at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village

5-6: Holiday Luminary Walk out at the Overland Park Arboretum

5-7: The Nativity at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

5: Winterfest/Tree Lighting at the Olathe Community Center

5: Holiday Light and Festive Sights in Mission

5: Lenexa’s Sar-Ko Aglow

6: Downtown Dazzle Fireworks Display at Crown Center

6: Breakfast with Santa at Ironwoods Park in Leawood

6: Breakfast with Santa in Bonner Springs

6: Holiday Traditions at Oxford Schoolhouse in Leawood

6: Christmas Open House at Mahaffie in Olathe

6: Country School Christmas at Lanesfield in Edgerton

6: Christmas Around Town at Shawnee Town

6: Sundown with Santa at the Marketplace in Merriam

6: Westport Santa Dash

6-24: Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker (a Kansas City Tradition!)

6-24: The Santaland Diaries – Kansas City Repertory Theatre

6-27: Holiday Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center in Kansas City, MO.

7: American Girl Breakfast with Santa at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park

7: Great Santa Run in Overland Park

7: Santa’s Workshop in Gardner

10-14: Paul Mesner Puppets – Old MacDonald’s Holiday Hoedown

12: Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit Whole Foods in Overland Park

12: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

13: Breakfast with Santa in Merriam

13: Santa Paws at Pawsitively Perfect in Overland Park

13: Second Saturday at The Village at Briarcliff

14: Santa’s Workshop in Gardner

14: Holiday Tea at Mahaffie in Olathe

18-21: Christmas Festival at Kauffman Center

18-21: Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train at Union Station

19-20: Christmas Open House at Kansas 4D Ultrasound + Peeps, Babies & Bears

19-21: Paul Mesner Puppets - Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins at White Theater at the Jewish Community Center

20: Winter Spectacular at Overland Park Convention Center

23: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Christmas Attic

23: Spire Chamber Ensemble Presents Handel’s Messiah

Places to Visit Santa 

Crown Center Welcomes Santa

Oak Park Mall

FREE photos with Santa Claus at Garza’s Goodies

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Social Media Holiday Checklist for Small Businesshttp://finditkc.com/social-media-holiday-checklist-small-business/ http://finditkc.com/social-media-holiday-checklist-small-business/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:18:47 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26281 by Kelsey Debrick November 20, 2014 The holidays are a very busy time for everyone! As a business owner, it’s easy to forget about social media when you’ve got so much going on, but the holiday season is the perfect time to use your social media presence to boost your business! Use this Social Media […]

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The holidays are a very busy time for everyone! As a business owner, it’s easy to forget about social media when you’ve got so much going on, but the holiday season is the perfect time to use your social media presence to boost your business! Use this Social Media Holiday Checklist to be sure your small business is making the most of this holiday season!

 

Take advantage of Small Business Saturday! American Express does a great job of providing small businesses with yearly graphic and marketing materials to promote your business. Make simple updates to your social platforms by adding the promotional graphics, post regularly prior to Nov. 29 and utilize the hashtag #SmallBizSaturday for a boost in reach and searchability.

Create holiday-themed content for weekly posting. Boost holiday spirit by incorporating positive content that inspires, encourages and relates to your customer. As business owners we have a powerful voice to influence and rally our communities for good! Here are some examples:

  • The #GratitudeProject from Safe Harbor Roofing – They shared what they were grateful for and asked customers to do the same, creating a great way for customers to engage and get in the holiday spirit.
  • Start a Pay it Forward campaign – Highlight different ways your business is paying it forward and encourage customers to spread the holiday spirit by doing the same.

Utilize social media to boost the buzz around your events. Do you host an annual Holiday Open House or other holiday events? Integrate your social media platforms with signage that communicates your handles (ie. Facebook.com/FINDitKC or Twitter/Instagram: @FINDitKC). During the event, encourage patrons to post pictures on social media, appropriately tagging your business. Offer incentives and prizes (preferably from your products or services) for those that post pictures.

Pinterest is a holiday must-have for you business! Think yours doesn’t apply? Think again. Whether you’re a small boutique, service or restaurant; everyone can leverage the reach and popularity of Pinterest. Create boards that are popular during the holiday season, but also relevant to your business. Are you a restaurant? Create a “Holiday Menu Ideas” board and include pins of your holiday specials, holiday catering optionals and other seasonal events you’re doing. Add pins from other websites that are helpful to the person looking at your content, but not competing with your business. For example, include pins about tablescapes and holiday centerpieces within your “Holiday Menu Ideas.” Be sure to promote these boards on other platforms as well!

Share the spirit of giving this holiday season! Are you giving back to the community in some way? Share with your community the great things you are doing and how they can get involved. Create a Facebook Event and encourage people to share with others to get more involved! Be sure to post about your events consistently and even schedule out posts for maximum exposure!

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4 Tips for Using Social Media for Your Businesshttp://finditkc.com/4-tips-for-using-social-media-for-your-business/ http://finditkc.com/4-tips-for-using-social-media-for-your-business/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:18:57 +0000 http://finditkc.com/?p=26222 by Kelsey Zirkle November 7, 2014 Like it or not, social media is essential to develop and protect your reputation, and to grow your business. When it comes to using social media for your business, the worst action is no action, and your biggest problem is being invisible. Social media allows you to be a […]

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November 7, 2014SocialMediaForYourBusinessBlog

Like it or not, social media is essential to develop and protect your reputation, and to grow your business. When it comes to using social media for your business, the worst action is no action, and your biggest problem is being invisible. Social media allows you to be a part of the conversation; you can hear what’s being said and respond to any negative perceptions about your business.

Create a plan.

It’s a good idea to start with a plan; goals (What do you want to get out of your social presence? Are you trying to generate direct sales? Are you wanting to offer customer service? Do you want to build relationships and boost customer loyalty?) and strategies to accomplish those goals. Next you need to evaluate your resources. Who is going to create content and manage your social media accounts? Make sure you have the necessary people in place to execute your plan before you start.

Integrate your marketing efforts.

Social media and your other marketing efforts should feed off each other. Cross-promote your website, FINDit video, print marketing, social media and make sure your social media and traditional marketing efforts work together seamlessly.

Evaluate your efforts correctly.

Focus on quality, not quantity. It can be easy to get caught up in the numbers of likes and followers your business gets on social media. But remember, it’s better to have 200 highly engaged, loyal followers than 2,000 followers who never engage with or acknowledge your business.

Keep up with change.

Change is good, and when it comes to social media, change is constant! Be sure to keep up with changes on social media, so you don’t miss out on new features that can help you reach and engage your customers more effectively.

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