Hannah Harris, the founder of Tiny Town, a Lancaster, PA business, was recently recognized in the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) publication, Fun World. The IAAPA is focused on the preservation and prosperity of the amusement industry worldwide and represents over 5,000 members from over 99 countries. The Fun World article, which was part of a monthly feature focused on women in the industry and their businesses, talked about the unique - and relatively uncommon - practice of allowing her staff to bring their children to work with them.
Tiny Town is Lancaster’s newest indoor play place, nestled in a refurbished warehouse in the old stockyards. Open just shy of a year, Tiny Town has provided employment to over 30 local families. As a mother, Harris understands the struggle to balance work and family life. By creating this unique opportunity, she not only reinforces the values and family-first mindset that her business was built on she is also able to support her employees in a way that many companies do not. “From the get-go, I wanted employees to be able to bring their children to work with them, save on daycare costs, be with their children, and even find community,” Harris says. While she recognizes that not every company can offer this arrangement, she also recognized that her business could.
The article outlines some of the ways that she works to ensure everyone is comfortable as well as some of the benefits of this practice. By including children in her interviews, Harris is able to see how the families interact. Of course, the primary concern for Harris is that all families, whether they are visiting or are part of the Tiny Town family, are safe and happy.
You can read the article online at http://www.iaapa.org/news/funworld/funworld- magazine/women-in-the-industry---june-2018
You can find out more about Tiny Town on their website or by visiting them at 533 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601 anytime from Monday - Saturday 9am - 4 pm.