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.

Discover Public Art

Public Art PDX is a free app that shows the location of more than 500 works of public art in the Portland area. Whether your family loves to marvel at sculptures, murals, photographs or fountains, the app allows users to search for art by title, artist, medium or location; to learn details about the artists and their works; and to explore hundreds of pieces of art.

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