So many apps out there seem to fall into one of two camps—incredibly useful or completely useless. To that end, we checked out some of the handiest apps for Portland parents and have located 11 we think are the best. Whether you’re hopping on TriMet or heading to one of the Multnomah County Libraries, saving money with the Chinook Book or looking for the restroom inside Powell’s, take a quick minute to download these essential apps that will make life as a parent a little less busy and a lot more fun.

Find a Food Cart

Ready to find the nearest cart pod near you? With the free Cart Compass PDX app, you can browse maps of more than 300 local food carts and pods, locate the carts nearest you at any given time or search by a specific type of cuisine or the name of your favorite cart. The app is also regularly updated with users' reviews and upload photos.

Available for iPhone and Android at for free.

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What are your favorite apps as a Portland parent? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway