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 on a Treasure Hunt

Download the free introductory Geocaching app, and you’ll gain access to an outdoor treasure hunt enabled by the GPS on your phone. Once you register for a basic membership, the app allows you to search from a list of local geocaches, hidden in public places by other members of the community. You never know what you'll dig up. here.

Available for iPhone, Android or Windows Phone at itunes.com for free.

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

— Suzie Ridgway