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.

Pay for Parking

Now that Washington Park (including the zoo) charges a fee for parking, the Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation has simplified the process with Passport Parking. Just download the app onto your device ahead of time and you won't have to wait in line to pay for your parking spot.

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