Today we’d like to introduce you to Kira Woodfield Leeper.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always loved adventure! When my son was born, we lived in Michigan where there were always places to explore and cultural venues to visit. A few days a week we’d assign to be adventure days and find something fun to do. We enjoyed kayaking on all of Michigan’s beautiful lakes, touring local museums and finding events at local libraries and cultural centers to enjoy. I kept a google calendar labeled “potential activities” that I’d keep track of local events that were happening and family-friendly hours at local cultural institutions. We’d pick from this list each week to find fun things to do together as a family. I’m a resource compiler and always have been. I realized as we started to get established in our new home here in Fort Worth that other families might enjoy some of the resources we utilized to explore the area and spend time together as a family.
Has it been a smooth road?
The trickiest part so far is how to best learn from our audience. We want to serve the needs of DFW families and are continually working on how to better reach them and learn what they need.
Please tell us about Raising Fort Worth.
Raising Fort Worth was created to serve as a resource hub. My hope is that our site makes it easy for families to find things to do, places to learn and explore in the DFW metroplex. On our site, users can find a local event calendar where they can search by date, venue or type to find things happening around town. We also have several directories for parks, playscapes and library storytime hours so families can easily find somewhere to play that fits their needs! Want a park that has a shaded playscape? You can search for our list to find amenities that fit your needs! Our library directory is sortable by day, location or type making it easy to know when your local library has kids based programming or to find a library offering programming on a morning you’re looking for something to do. Our museum directory has information on 62 local DFW museums. 18 of which are free! Families can see which museums have family-specific programming and plan their visits. Another thing that can keep families from engaging in the community is the unknown of how child-friendly venues and events are. On our blog, we’re reviewing local venues and attractions to help families have everything they need to know before visiting. We are continually adding resources and look forward to growing into a resource for DFW families.
The experience of being a parent is pretty unique to each family. There are differences in being a mom, dad, stepmom, stepdad, foster parent, aunt, grandpa, etc. There are many great resources in the area specifically for moms. We think those resources serve an important need in the community and support their efforts to bring like-minded parents together to support one another. What makes us a great supplemental resource to other parenting blogs in the area is that we wanted our resources to be family-based so anyone in any family situation could benefit. My husband and I both work outside of our home. I am an at-home caregiver two days a week and he is one day a week, We want the site to serve working families, stay at home parents, or anyone who spends time together as a family whatever that looks like. Our resource site aims to help all explore the area. In addition to the local resources we also on our blog provide parenting resources. We are excited about some resources we’ll be rolling out at the new year!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes! I think there are many hidden gems in the DFW Metroplex that not only support families but have amazing programming for families! We want everyone to know about all DFW has to offer.
- All of our resources are free!
- Website: www.raisingfortworth.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raisingfortworth/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raising.fortworthtx
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/raisingfortworth/
Ciara Woodfield Photography