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 the Restroom

Meridian allows you to see the floor plan inside a building, kind of like a GPS for the indoors, so you can quickly locate the restroom, snack area or exit. Popular places include Powell's City of Books, PDX airport, Providence Park, the Portland Art Museum and Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Available for iPhone, iPad and iTouch 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