Danielle Weiler of Northeast Ohio Family Fun

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As a 20-something with no kids, I was getting requests for kid-friendly ideas quite frequently and I wanted to make sure I was providing Bucket List level suggestions. A quick google search led me to Northeast Ohio Family Fun, and I was hooked. One look at Northeast Ohio Family Fun and it’s easy to see that Danielle Weiler and I are on the same page, which is why I think we connected so quickly. I chatted with Danielle about Northeast Ohio Family Fun and her favorites for this week’s Small Business Sunday feature!

What led you to start Northeast Ohio Family Fun?

When my kids were little, I’d spend hours trying to find family friendly events and activities for my family. I thought, if I’m having challenges with this, other moms probably are too. This led me to create Northeast Ohio Family Fun.

My goal is to help local parents easily plan fun family outings, find activities for their kids and experience the exciting and often FREE events that take place right here in our community.

What is the biggest challenge with running Northeast Ohio Family Fun?

Finding a good work life balance. I love the fact that I get to work from home. On one hand, it’s a blessing because I arrange my work schedule around the needs of my family. On the other hand, it’s a challenge to get everything done, especially when the kids are on break from school.

Over the years, I’ve developed habits and systems that help with work life balance, but it’s never easy and it’s something I have to be intentional about.

Where/how do you see Northeast Ohio Family Fun growing in the future?

We love working with local family friendly businesses and giving our readers an inside peek at the things they can do and see in the area. There are so many great local businesses we’d love to partner with.

In addition, we are in the process of creating scavenger hunts at local parks that families can do together. And we are considering hosting events that would bring multiple families together for a day of fun.

What has been the best lesson you've learned running Northeast Ohio Family Fun?

That while your business is an important part of your life, it is not your entire life.

As an entrepreneur it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a big idea or new project. This can quickly lead to working too many hours and becoming so focused on your business that you neglect other areas of your life. This isn’t healthy and is not sustainable.

It all goes back to establishing a healthy work life balance and ensuring that where you spend your time aligns with your priorities.

Is there anything specific you want readers to know about Northeast Ohio Family Fun?

I created Northeast Ohio Family Fun to help parents make the most of the time they have with their kids by allowing them to spend less time searching for fun activities and enjoy more time doing them.

Each week we send out a FREE email newsletter that includes details on the best kid friendly outings, events, and our top recommendations. It’s the best way to stay up to date and I invite you to sign up here.

What is your number one bucket list activity for kids in Cleveland?

There are so many options that it’s hard to choose just one.

If you have preschoolers or toddlers, the Cleveland Children’s Museum is a great option.

For families that like the great outdoors, a trip to the Holden Arboretum is a must. Lakewood Park has a huge playground and stunning views of Lake Erie.

A museum tour would be fun too. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Money Museum, Cleveland Art Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center are all kid friendly.

That’s the great thing about Cleveland and Northeast Ohio in general, there is no shortage of fun things to do!

What’s your favorite guide you’ve written?

Hands down, the article on the Best Christmas Lights in Northeast Ohio. There are so many amazing Christmas Lights in our area. Everything from large community displays to neighborhood houses with thousands of choreographed Christmas lights set to music.

What is your favorite thing to do in Cleveland?

I love being outdoors, so I’m always up for a day of hiking at one of the Cleveland Metroparks – bonus if the hike goes by a river, waterfall or the lake. Brecksville, North Chagrin, Rocky River or the Bedford Reservation - they are all beautiful!

What's your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?

One of our favorite restaurants is Melt Bar and Grilled. The unique grilled cheese sandwich combinations are delicious and the quirky, kid friendly atmosphere is fun.

We also love all the homemade ice cream shops in Cleveland - Mason’s Creamery, Mitchell’s, Sweet Moses, Honey Hut, Tremont Scoops. My favorite is always the one I’m currently eating!

TCBL Haley