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A to Z – Jana Phoenix With Kids

A to Z interview series with Arizona bloggers

I'm pretty sure growing up my mother would have appreciated the heck out of Jana. Her blog Phoenix with Kids is an epic resource for finding fun and interesting things to do with kids. (On a side note, as a childless person, it might be a great list of places to avoid…just kidding!) Phoenix seems to be a wonderful place to raise kids, especially ones who love outdoor activities!

Let’s meet Jana!


A to Z - Jana Phoenix With Kids

[1] Favorite thing about where you live in AZ.
There is nothing better than Phoenix winters. It’s the season to hike, bike ride, play outside with the kids, and enjoy dinner on the patio. Plus, if the mood strikes, skiing in Flagstaff is just three hours away. It’s the best of both worlds.

[2] Least favorite thing about where you live in AZ.
Sometimes I find it difficult to see the beauty of the desert. It's all brown and dust, cactus spikes and, well, more brown! Summers are especially difficult. I’m slowly learning, and trying to show my children, that the desert has its own type of unique beauty. You sometimes just have to search a little further to find it!

[3] Favorite place to visit anywhere in the state.
I love Cresent Moon Picnic Site outside of Sedona! It’s an easy day trip from Phoenix and offers tree-lined hiking trails next to Oak Creek. Plus the view of Cathedral Rock can’t be beat!

[4] Favorite coffee spot.
Maverick Coffee in Scottsdale is a favorite coffee spot. They make the best mochas – and requesting their homemade almond milk makes it even better.

San Francisco for the holidays

[5] Favorite spot for drinks.
The Tavern Grille has a fabulous happy hour menu of drinks and appetizers. I’m partial to their margarita or sangria.

[6] Favorite local hangout.
I like the variety of Old Town Scottsdale. There’s plenty of shopping, restaurants, old western charm, and coffee shops, plus the beauty of the canal path for walking or bike riding.

[7] Favorite breakfast spot.
First Watch has a cozy atmosphere and yummy breakfast options. I love their Power Wrap or the Farm Stand Tacos.

[8] Favorite lunch spot.
The whole family loves Fired Pie! Any pizza or salad can be customized, making it the best option for kids and parents to leave happy.

[9] Favorite dinner spot.
I tend to gravitate towards Pita Jungle or ZK Grill. The gyro meat at ZK is so flavorful, some of the best I’ve tasted.

[10] One thing you always do/spot you always take friends from out of town to do/see.
I love taking guests to Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa! The experience of a theatre organ show always delights kids and adults. And if the weather is nice, Pinnacle Peak is a favorite hike to show off the beauty of Scottsdale.

[11] How do you like to beat the heat?
I like to alternate our days between swimming and an indoor activity. My top summer survival tip for families in Phoenix is to have a membership to indoor play place. Some of our favorites are Uptown Jungle, The Stomping Ground, and The Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

[12] Tell me about your blog!
Phoenix With Kids is a family run blog listing over 200 kid-friendly destinations in the Phoenix area. Our main feature is an epic list of activities by city, with subcategories like parks, museums, and indoor locations. We frequently write articles with more details about various places and share day to day adventures on social media. We love Phoenix! Whether sharing with a local or a visitor, we believe the area has so much to offer families year round!

He said, She Said: Chez Panisse

Thanks, Jana!

You can keep up with Jana on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her Arizona adventures!

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A to Z: Arizona Blogger Interview series with Jana Phoenix With Kids.

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  1. Always wanted to go, it sounds amazing!

  2. Shan Walker (the How-to Guru says:

    I love the q&a style to this post. So fun! It really helps us get to know you!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I love this very honest perspective of Phoenix! Living in Texas, I know it’s important to find some indoor activities for everyone in the hot summers. Can’t wait to make it out there and check out her beautiful city. I wrote some of these destinations down to explore for myself. 🙂

  4. Sarah Dudley says:

    Love this series! I love connecting with local bloggers in my area too.

  5. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome says:

    Phoenix sounds like a great city, despite the heat

  6. Brittany Limberakis says:

    Love these suggestions! A friend of mine recently moved to Phoenix and when I visit here I will have to remember these recommendations!

  7. Leigh Suznovich says:

    Loved learning more about Phoenix, it really sounds fantastic for kids!!

  8. That blog is so useful! Wish someone would start one like that where I live.

  9. I really love this kind of posts x

  10. Mandi Roach says:

    These are really great tips! We went to Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Sedona in 2017 and were wowed by the various topographies and climates. This list makes me want to go back!