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Do you need ideas for activities to do with kids? Tried and true suggestions that real moms actually do? Here they are! We’re asking families to share their favorites, to help you find yours.
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Hi, I’m Kristin and the mom to 3-year-old twins, Cameron and Quinn, and the blogger behind The Montessori Millennial. Thanks for learning more about me, my family, and some of our favorite things!
Favorite Ways To Spend Family Time:
- Trail Walks
- Time Together Up North on the Lake
- Reading Books Together
Favorite Places To Go:
- Belle Isle Aquarium (Detroit)
- SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium (Auburn Hills)
- Cooks Farm Dairy (Ortonville)
Favorite Bedtime Stories:
- The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
- Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin
- Bulldozer Dreams by Sharon Chriscoe
Favorite Dinner Recipes:
We love this park and trail because it’s well maintained, the trail is wide enough for a double stroller (key with twins!) and the views are gorgeous. We can talk about the different plants and wildlife while getting out energy and enjoying the outdoors. Our favorite playground is Clintwood Park because they have handicap accessible swings and structures, a splash pad, soccer fields, and picnic tables! It’s an all-in-one stop to really wear the kids out in the summer!
Your Mom Must Have: Happy Baby Carriers
Having twins was difficult to go places alone and I couldn’t stay at home by myself all day so my Happy Baby carrier was amazing! I’d put one baby on my back and the other in a stroller, cart, etc. and off we went!
Best Family-Friendly Annual Event: Visit a U-Pick Farm
Best Fall Destination: Upland Hills Farm (Oxford)
Upland Hills Farm has a family fun harvest festival with storybook trails, hayrides, magic shows, horse riding, pumpkin patch, cider, and donuts! What more can you ask for?!
“Pat Yourself on the Back” Accomplishment: Running a Full Marathon
When I was 21 I decided that was the year I was going to train and run a full marathon…and I did! It was difficult as I was in college and had to really motivate myself but it was the first time I set a goal and accomplished it. Since then I’ve run 13 half marathons, 1 triathlon with many more on the horizon!
Photo credit: Instagram @the.montessori.millenial
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.