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 @sugarshackbakingllc on Instagram? Rani is a local mom to two girls and the owner of Sugar Shack Baking. We are obsessed with her adorable and super-creative cake pops and handheld treats! And just in time for Easter, Rani has created Easter-themed cake pops that are perfect for stuffing your little one’s Easter basket.


Meet Rani

My name is Rani and I am the mom to two girls, Naveena (16) and Zara (8), and wife to an amazing hard-working husband, Jerry.  I was born and raised in metro Detroit. I am the owner of Sugar Shack Baking, a home-based baking business where I specialize in cake pops! I do other handheld treats but cake pops are the specialty.


Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:

  • Going for family walks
  • Hanging in the family pool
  • Playing some competitive Nintendo Switch games


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Best Park/Playground: Beverly Park (Beverly Hllls)

We love Beverly Park in Beverly hills. They have an amazing storybook trail and we love the giant hill for sledding in the winter.


Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: The Big, Bright Light Show (Rochester)

We love going to see the lights all lit up in Downtown Rochester. We love seeing bright it is whether just from the car or to walk around.


Your Mom Must-Have: Giant Family Calendar

My giant calendar that we have everything posted on. If I didn’t have this calendar, I certainly would be lost. It helps me and the rest of the family keep track of all the appointments, meetings, and going ons we have as a family.


Best Winter Destination or Event: Wayne County Lightfest (Westland)

We enjoy doing Rochester lights or doing Hines Dr. for the drive to see the light show!


“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Juggling my business and motherhood

My biggest accomplishment is starting my baking company, Sugar Shack Baking while maintaining a full-time day job and raising my family.


Photo credit: @samanthabronsingphotogrpahy



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.