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 @Mzwande on Instagram? Wande is a local #girlmom of two adorable little ladies. She is also an entrepreneur and the vlogger behind @thebankolebunch where she shares parenting, lifestyle, and travel ideas for families. 


Meet Wande

My name is Wande, and I am a wife to an amazing, hardworking man and a girl mom of two! Zarina 6 years old and Zayna 2 years old. Motherhood has been a rewarding journey. I love my family, fashion, and staying fit. I was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Kalamazoo, MI. After college, I took a job in the metro Detroit area and have since grown to love this city! I currently work in the aviation industry, but also venture into my Entrepreneurship (vlogging, real estate investing, trading, and vending machine ownership). 


Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:

  • Bike rides
  • Playing board games
  • Family Movie Night


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Best Park/Playground: Heritage Park (Taylor) 

They have a great playground, scenic trail, petting zoo, and a splash pad we enjoy all summer long!


Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Kalamazoo 

They have a really awesome Air Zoo we love to explore while there.


Best Television/Movie: SING!

My husband, kids, and I have watched that animation movie more times than we can count. Our favorite quote from the movie that we instill in our girls is “Don’t let fear stop you from doing the thing you love.


Best Winter Destination or Event: Detroit Tree Lighting

We love exploring how beautiful the decor and lights are in downtown Detroit. 


“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Teaching Our Girls Values and Life Lessons

My girls are My Reasons! They make life better in every single way possible. They have no idea how much they push and motivate me to be better and keep striving. My goal is for my girls to look at me and say, “Mom went after everything she wanted and manifested it all. If she can…so can I.

#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.





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.