House of Hope helps restore relationships between troubled teens and their families, as well as their communities, through parent-involved treatment, education, and counseling. Runners, walkers, and competitive tiptoers can race to aid the nonprofit's mission by entering the Hope Challenge, which includes slightly more than 3 miles of scenic, high-energy fun. The race route takes entrants from Frank A. Theis Park through Country Club Plaza and past the Kauffman Gardens in their full summer bloom. Afterward, celebrate a personal best by rejoining friends and fans for postrace refreshments and family activities such as a Tot Fun Run. All entrants receive a T-shirt to broadcast their achievement to the world and avoid the sticky residue that comes from taping a racing bib to bare skin.
The nationwide chain of Improv Comedy Clubs hosts comedians en route to the big time, with an impressive roster of past performers including David Spade, Adam Sandler, and Jerry Seinfeld. At the Kansas City club, burgeoning funsters step up to the mic while company-wide head chef JR Grady sizzles award-winning American fare and barkeeps pour signature cocktails. The schedule hosts upcoming performers include The Daily Show regular Paul Mecurio, whose off-color quips and research in particle physics have won him an Emmy and a Peabody Award. Matt Braunger courts chuckles with material showcased on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman. Before the performance starts, plates of southern fried dills ($5.49) or cinnamon roll bread pudding ($5.99) from a brimming menu prep bellies for laughter. Diners begin digging in as soon as doors open, with wait staff dropping by throughout the show to refresh cocktails or give away the answer to a knock-knock joke.
This hootin’ and occasionally hollerin’ rock 'n' roll bar honors traditional cattle wranglers and two-wheeled easy riders alike with a hearty menu of American classics, including thick burgers and big, down-home meals. Everything is made fresh from scratch, putting it miles of open trail away from typical frozen bar food. Saddle up for a satisfying lunch such as a “twin shaft basket bonanza” of Angus butter burger smothered in steak butter ($4.49), KC cheesesteak or chicken ($6.49), fat boy buffalo chicken strips ($5.99), or several other finger-seasoning delights—all paired with a nest of golden fries.
The Polished Edge Salon's team of experienced stylists sculpts hairdos with artistic precision and enhances treatments with products from top industry brands such as Bed Head, Schwarzkopf, and Paul Mitchell within a softly lit space accented by floor-to-ceiling windows. Following a thorough consultation, mane masters snip and style head threads to match a client's detailed description or a manifestation of their favorite Sunday comic. Delving deep into follicles with reckless abandon, deep-conditioning treatments saturate weary strands with vitality enriching formulas, which allow full highlights to vibrantly accentuate facial features. Appointments may take between one and three hours depending on the package purchased, although complimentary WiFi and recordings of President Roosevelt's fireside chats ensure that clients remain entertained.
Eight outdoor tennis courts, five indoor tennis courts, and an eight-lane competition-size outdoor pool are some of the figures that contribute to the expansive facility of Clayview Country Club, the staff of which oversees programs and classes for all members of the family. Within the fitness center, Nautilus machines line up with free weights, treadmills, and ellipticals—all within eyesight of flat-screen televisions—that members use to crush calories on their own or under the guise of a personal trainer. At the outdoor pool, swimmers jump from 1- and 3-meter boards into the diving well or groove to DJ-spun tunes at one of three holiday swim parties. Before departing, they take advantage of locker rooms with showers and stop by the pro shop to re-string racquets or polish their dorsal fins.
The journey to the more than 50-acre pumpkin patch begins with a spirited tractor-pulled hayride. Amateur squash hunters can romp through the field in search of filling for jack-o'-lantern pie or select a pre-picked pumpkin. An additional 20 acres of the farm are strictly designated for family fun. There are play areas for kids, including a melon-scratching Little Munchkin corn maze and a hands-on petting farm. Place your corn bets on Uncle Lester's Pig Races, with curly-tailed contestants including Pork Chop, Lean Cuisine, and Even-Toed Ungulate. Sprouts and sprout-tenders can hop aboard Little Bud's Railroad for a half-mile journey around the farm's many landmarks ($3 per person per ride). After digging up wholesome veggies, kinds can uncover precious minerals and candied dinosaur bones at Uncle Earl's Mining Camp ($5 per person).
A woman in a gown runs through a fountain. A little girl wearing Mickey Mouse ears watches an airplane as it rolls up to the gate. The footprints of newlyweds mark a red carpet. The images that photographer Jason Domingues captures aren't always expected. In fact, Domingues seeks out unpredictable angles and hones in on surprising details while snapping shots for weddings, family portraits, engagement sessions, and senior pictures. The memory preservation specialist has been featured in the New York Times for his innovative approach to photography and was named a Fear Less Photographer––1 of about 900 photographers nationwide who create artful, sometimes avant-garde wedding portraits.
Unlike many professional artists, Domingues loves to share his secrets, hosting classes for shutterbugs of all skill levels to learn how to effectively use cameras to generate awe-inspiring photos of landscapes and politicians checking their mail. His in-class lectures acquaint beginners to basic concepts, he also takes more advanced students to the city streets and provides ongoing critique and tips while watching them frame shots.