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.

Go By Public Transit

TriMet Tickets and PDX Bus, MAX, Streetcar and WES make traveling with kids on public transportation way more fun and organized. Through TriMet Tickets, users can instantly purchase and use bus and rail tickets with a credit or debit card. And, if you purchase them ahead of time, you can securely store your tickets on your phone for future use. You can even pay multiple fares for a group of riders. And you’ll never miss your bus or train with the help of PDX Bus, MAX, Streetcar and WES, which provides arrival times for Portland public transport. This app allows GPS to locate nearby stops and stations, browse interactive maps and bookmark frequently used stops.

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