Learning Curves

A day in the life of teachers at three very different Portland-area schools.

By Erin J. Bernard

Expecting the unexpected

Labor and delivery never goes quite as imagined. Three local moms tell it like it is.

Meet ’N Greet

Our guide to the best new-parent groups around the PDX metro area.

Rox in Sox Festival moves to King Park
This third annual festival celebrates music and reading on Saturday, August 1, 2015,
Join us for our 2015 Summer of Fun
Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar's Summer of Fun is in full swing... come play with us!

What’s new

Come play with us at Alberta Street Fair - August 8, 2015
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Featured Regatta Pic
Try kayaking or canoeing with your family on August 2nd at the Columbia Slough Regatta.
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Kids at Heart Toys proudly presents entertainment and great activities for this year's Street Fair!
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Where History Comes Alive!
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Calling all kids who love fun in the sun, food, nature, animals, adventure and friends.
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Keep your language fresh with these tips from our friends at GSPDX.
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African lion Zawadi Mungu and a lioness rest at the Oregon Zoo. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Shervin Hess

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In the magazine

Play room - pro tips

Great tips for snapping shots of your newborn, plus the best backpacks for back-to-school and clever math apps.

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A day in the life of teachers at three very different Portland-area schools.

By Erin J. Bernard

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How to find the banking system that’s right for your family.

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With easy access to both rural Sauvie Island and urban NW Portland, Linnton is on the rise.

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Navigating IKEA, toddler in tow. Lycka till!* (That’s Swedish for “Good Luck!”)

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Labor and delivery never goes quite as imagined. Three local moms tell it like it is.

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Let’s play


A blueprint for a family-friendly summer garden project, starring corn, beans and squash — yum.

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FieldTrip-LCEP outing 2 Willamette River (Ross Island) (1)
A watery guide to exploring Portland by canoe or kayak, kids in tow.
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A fun felting project that makes use of your kid's rock collection.
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Recipe_File featured

Recipe File: The Airplane Sandwich

Hitting the road this month? Pack up this sandwich for great portable eats.

Family Supper-featured

Family Supper: ¡Muy Delicioso!

Our managing editor hits up PDX's newest food cart pod, plus a roundup of the most kid-friendly cart options around town.


Events Calendar

PDX Kids Calendar is the Portland Metro area's most comprehensive listing of events and happenings for families.

Resource Guides

Summer Camps for Kids in Portland, Oregon - guide by Metro Parent magazine and PDX Kids Calendar
Metro Parent Portland's 2015 School Open House Guide
Welcome to MP's annual family resource guide. We hope you'll bookmark and use this guide throughout 2015. It's a hand-dandy resource for finding out about all things family in the Portland metro area. Need a pediatrician? We've got a listing for that. Looking for a preschool - or an elementary school, a middle school, or a high school? You're covered. Trying to figure out what to do with your kids on the weekend? Plenty of ideas here. Our easy-to-use guide has over 800 listings in 73 different categories among 10 groupings. To easily navigate, simply choose a major group below and explore away!