LittleGuide Detroit is your #1 resource
for the best classes, events and activities for littles
in the city and beyond.
Mom. Wife. Serial Entrepreneur.
About 10 years ago, when I was younger, cooler and could stay out past 11pm, I started After 5 Detroit – a website all about where to eat, drink and play in Detroit.
I’ve since gotten married and had a little guy, and while still running After 5 Detroit, I quickly realized that there was a shortage of resources for those with kids throughout Metro Detroit. I struggled to find a concise listing of classes relevant to a 6 month old, or events that my husband and I could attend with the baby on the weekends, or a list of ideas to give my parents for their day outings with their grandson.
So together with your suggestions and experiences, we hope LittleGuide Detroit will help you navigate life with littles in Metro Detroit and create a community of parents and caregivers ready to make the most of every day!
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of After 5 Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. She and her husband Dan met while they were working at the library in high school and they have a young son, Lucas. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs. In addition to contributing to After 5 and LittleGuide, she writes on her blog, Carried Away.
Chrissy Hartig is a recent graduate of Wayne State University and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. Born in the Metro Detroit suburbs, she moved to Midtown to be closer to the excitement of the city. She loves spending her time outdoors and enjoying nature in places like Belle Isle and the Riverwalk.
Bekah Page-Gourley is an attorney and contributing writer for LittleGuide Detroit. She lives with her husband, Jason, and son Isaac, in Lafayette Park, Detroit. They love experiencing the city’s growth, hosting visitors and talking about Detroit’s virtues with anyone who will listen. Bekah and her family love going to Detroit City Football Club and Tigers games, Eastern Market, the Riverfront, and Downtown.
Alex Burnstein is a Marketing Director and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. She has worked in the tech world for over 10 years. She lives with her husband, Jeremy, and son Dylan in Huntington Woods. She loves exploring the city with her family and is always up for checking out events and activities in and around Detroit.
Sasha Croswell is an Elementary Teaching Coach and contributing writer to Little Guide Detroit. She also writes for her own mom-centered blog, Family Bean. Sasha lives in Bloomfield with her husband Matt and son Charlie. They love exploring the city of Detroit or they’re content spending their days outside walking around the city, running around a park or enjoying a cold cocktail on a patio.
Shantalea Johns is a Licensed Social Worker and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. Shantalea lives in Detroit with her husband Alan and two children, Aaron and Allison. Her family loves trying new restaurants, biking at metro parks, and attending performing arts events around Detroit.
Kaitlyn Buss Cobb is opinion editor at The Detroit News. After working for years in public relations in Washington, D.C., she and her husband moved back to Metro Detroit in 2014. Detroit natives, they’re excited to be part of the city’s revitalization. They live in Royal Oak with their two little boys and three rowdy cats. Kaitlyn enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and playing in her garden in between managing naptimes.
Courtney Rohlfs lives in Farmington Hills with her husband Nate and their young kids Lola and Logan. She likes to try new restaurants in and around Detroit, spend time outdoors hiking and biking the metro parks and drinking lots of lots of coffee because she spends her days at home with the kiddos and being a mom is hard work!
Shakthi Selvam is an engineer, currently pursuing her passion to write. She is lives in Farmington Hills with her husband and two kids. She is a stay-at-home mom and writes for LittleGuide Detroit. Shakthi and her family love visiting parks and playing outside. She enjoys writing about the towns in southeast Michigan on her blog Michigan Local Attracts.
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