About Us

Hi friends! We’re the Tingoms – Chris, Jana, Emily, Owen, and Claire. We’re really just an ordinary family that happens to love sharing things to do and places to go in Phoenix, and all over Arizona! We love what our city and state have to offer at any time of the year!

The Beginning

Phoenix With Kids started in September 2013. It was Chris who first made a list of kid-friendly activities in Phoenix for a friend. The list kept growing as we thought of new places, and other friends asked for ideas. Then Chris figured why not put the list on a website for others to enjoy – and Phoenix With Kids was born! The website has grown exponentially over the years, adding social media and local business connections. And today, it is one of the leading online resources for Phoenix locals and those visiting Phoenix.

Here’s what others are saying about Phoenix With Kids:

“Can I just say I love your page! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful information about everything that has to do with kids. Your page has been a lifesaver.”

“Thank you for posting these fun places. I’m a fairly new transplant and having a hard time with the move and your feed always inspires me !“

“We use your website whenever we are exploring some place new to make sure we don’t miss anything! Thank you for doing this!”

“Love your page and thank you for sharing great content for families in AZ.”

“You don’t need Google or Yelp – Phoenix With Kids post all the information for you! They review activities and events, great for families and kids of all ages.”

“If you live in AZ, or are thinking about visiting, you gotta check out Phoenix With Kids and follow their account. Always fun things to do with the kids/grandkids!”

“I only recently discovered you guys but i’m now a loyal follower and share your page with all my momma friends!!! Keep all the awesome ideas coming!!!”

“Just wanted to send a note on how much I love, love, love your blog and website. We are snowbirds (from Iowa w/ one little girl, now age 4) and I have been using your site for our winters in Scottsdale ever since she was one. 
I cannot even begin to describe how anxiety-ridden I was our first winter in AZ with her until someone recommended I check out your site. I did – and the anxiety went away! Haha. Anytime someone asks for an incredibly child-friendly resource, I always respond with “Three words: Phoenix with Kids!” 🙂 
Thank you for this incredible resource for families!

Meet Our Family

Chris: website guru, coffee lover, Phoenix native, bacon enthusiast, and an aspiring drone flyer/video maker

Jana: stay at home mom, blogger, also a coffee lover, travel enthusiast, and aspiring photographer/photojournalist

Emily: age 10, all about books and sketching and Legos

Owen: age 7, all about bugs and the Nintendo Switch and Legos

Claire: age 3, all about food and outside play and Elephant and Piggie books

Together, we all enjoy bike riding, hiking, watching America’s Funniest Home Videos, and swimming. We love day trips too! Chris and Jana have been married since September 2010, and homeschool the kids (and were homeschooled themselves!). You can read about some of our favorite places in Phoenix/Arizona right here!

What’s Next

We’re on social media, posting events, activities, destinations, and often giveaways! Give us a follow on Facebook or Instagram for daily inspiration.

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Meet Our Contributors

Tamie Cosman

Tamie Cosman

My most important job on this earth is being a mom to my four incredible kids and I absolutely love it. Documenting their lives and creating memories for all of us as a family is what feeds my soul.

Shanelle Kuntz

Shanelle Kuntz

We are a young family of 5, currently 3 kids 4 years and under. We love to explore and travel. We try and make the most fun out of even the most plain of circumstances.

Liz Haveman

Liz Haveman

I am a New Jersey native who is enjoying my life as a wife and mom here. I miss the fall, but not the snow! My hobbies are writing, digital photo editing, and planning family vacations.

Lindsay Lutes

Lindsay Lutes

I love Phoenix because there is so much to do! You can live every day like you are on vacation. There are great restaurants, things to do with kids, beautiful sights to see, and so much more. Even after living here 20 years, there are still places I have not been!

Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

I love long walks on the beach when I get the chance to! I am a huge baseball fan, even though I can’t play to save my life.


  • We live in Scottsdale, AZ and have three children, ages 8, 4 and 10 months. They are full of energy, and so we're always looking for new things to do. Come join our family adventures!