Looking for inspiration + ideas for things to do with kids in Metro Detroit? Tried and true suggestions that real moms actually do? Here they are! We’re asking local Metro Detroit families to share their favorites, to help you find yours.


Are you following @estellas_cuisine on Instagram? Chantele is the owner of Estella’s Cuisine, a local vegan pop-up restaurant and bakery that offers catering along with fun cooking classes (currently virtual). Chantele is a native Detroiter and the proud mom to three littles along with a baby on the way and the author of two delicious cookbooks!


Meet Chantele

Hi, I’m Chantele Jones. I’m a wife and mom to three little ladies, Zharia (9), Rian (8), and Zariyah (6), and we have a baby on the way. I started my business after having Rian when I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. I was able to reverse my condition by changing my diet. I wanted to share what I learned and help other people find through food. Estella’s is a pop up vegan restaurant/bakery, we’re currently based out of the Brightmoor Artisans Collective in Detroit.


Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:

  • Game Night
  • Movie Night
  • Going out to dinner- enjoying when I don’t have to cook lol


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Best Park/Playground: George George Memorial Park (Clinton Township)

It’s a big, beautiful park. I usually walk the track while the kids play. 


Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Harvest Festival @ Ray Weigand’s Nursery (Macomb)

It’s a lot of fun, they have several different activities for kids as well as shopping for parents


Your Mom Must-Have: Me Time!

My go-to mom MUST have is ME TIME. I like to go out with friends or enjoy my own company. Having the time to myself to regroup honestly makes me a better parent. 


Best Winter Destination: Kalahari Resorts (Sandusky, OH)

We like to go to Kalahari for Christmas. This year we were going on our first family cruise but had to cancel due to COVID19. We try to create experiences over presents. 


“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Writing a Cookbook

One personal accomplishment of mine that makes me proud was writing my first cookbook, Our Vegan Family Favorites

#MomLife is the best life, if you’ve got more love to give, learn about becoming a foster parent at the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website, Raise Hope & Foster Dreams.





Photo credit: @monifahsymone



About Ashley Hubbbard-Porter

Ashley Porter is a Chicago native who now calls Birmingham home. Ashley and her husband Mike and son Jake love attending local festivals, exploring Detroit’s diverse food scene, and venturing outside of Metro Detroit to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. With a background in Early Childhood Education, Ashley loves connecting with and supporting families in her community, which is why she is so excited to be a part of LittleGuide Detroit.