Breaking News

KC company’s app helps get kids in bed on Christmas Eve

Updated: 2013-12-23T23:06:06Z

By TIM ENGLE

The Kansas City Star

Having trouble getting wound-up kids in bed before Santa’s arrival? There’s a Christmas Eve app for that.

KC Designs LLC released its iPad app Santa’s Secret last week. What it does is send kids a signal that Mr. Claus is in their neighborhood — and they’d better hit the sheets fast if they want him to stop by with presents.

How it does it: Parents, using a “phone to Santa” button, program in when they want the kiddos in bed — in five minutes, 10 minutes, 20 or 40. That’s in a parents-only section.

After that, parents and children can read the story of Santa’s Secret while waiting for the alert, which includes flashing Christmas tree lights and even Santa’s booming “Ho, Ho, Ho!” The story’s about one Elf Earl, whose mission is to get kids tucked in their beds on Christmas Eve.

Does the alert tell tykes exactly where the jolly old elf is? Say, with GPS coordinates?

Nah, says KC Designs president Travis Scott: “Just that he’s very near.”

Scott says the story on the app is a condensed version of a Kindle book called “Santa’s Secret” that happens to have been written by his cousin Robert Scott.

The Santa’s Secret app, only for Apple’s iPad, costs 99 cents.

The e-book is usually 99 cents as well, but Scott says it will be free Dec. 24 at Amazon.com. It’s also available as a paperback coloring book.

KC Designs is an offshoot of another company, KC Gadgets LLC, which has developed such apps as Golf Coach, Exercise Coach, March Brackets (think March Madness) and trivia app Match It.

To reach Tim Engle, call 816-234-4779 or send email to tengle@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/tim_engle.

Deal Saver Subscribe today!

Comments

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here