We had the good fortune of connecting with Jana Tingom and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jana, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Phoenix With Kids started as a simple list for visiting friends in 2012. They were asking for suggestions on where to take their children during their stay in Phoenix. We passed along a handful of ideas, and the family loved them! We kept the list handy for other friends, and added as we thought of favorite spots. Soon, we had over 50 ideas, and we decided to start a website with that list in 2013! The list grew to over 100 things to do, 200 things to do – and now, in April 2021, Phoenix With Kids lists over 450 things to do in Phoenix and Arizona, with almost 500 blog posts reviewing our favorite spots!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Phoenix With Kids is just everyday families sharing their adventures! We live in Phoenix, we explore in Phoenix, and we love what Phoenix offers year-round. That’s what sets our blog apart from other local writers. We are not part of a corporation. We may make some money from advertising or collaborations. But our blog and social media outlets connect with families because we share honest and real reviews of everything from indoor play places to splash pads to resorts to day trips. We are like the Yelp of Phoenix and Arizona – but aimed at kids and families!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We love questions like this! Our top places to recommend to families depends on the season. Obviously, you don’t want to hike when it’s 110 outside in July! So for the summer months, we like to suggest Organ Stop Pizza, playtime at Urban Air or Uptown Jungle, splash pads like The Cloud in Kiwanis Park in Tempe, or cooling off along the Salt River, and a weekend trip to Flagstaff. For the cooler months, our favorite hikes are Hole in the Rock at Papago Park, the Blue Wash Trail, or the Waterfall Trail in the White Tanks. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale is hands down our favorite spot to play, and we love the patio at Luci’s at the Orchard. Phoenix is also home to some really unique museums, like the historical Pueblo Grande near the airport, or the Musical Instrument Museum! There’s truly something for all ages in Phoenix!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Phoenix With Kids is the work of the Tingom Family, and also five other contributors. We would not be able to share as many awesome places for kids without the work of these writers! Thank you to Liz, Tamie, Kim, Lindsay, and Shanelle for joining us in this adventure of showcasing Phoenix and Arizona!