How Families Spent Pandemic Stimulus Checks

PDX Parent's editor Denise Castañon loves sharing new ideas with other Portland parents. You can find her cooking, eating, crafting and writing in Southeast where she lives with her husband, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
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Researchers from the University of Oregon knew the pandemic would have a drastic effect on families with young children. So in April of 2020, they set up the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development — Early Childhood (RAPID-EC) survey. It was sent to households across the country that have at least one child under …

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How to Teach and Empower Kids about Juneteenth

By cameron whitten, CEO of racial justice nonprofit Brown Hope and Co-Founder of the Black Resilience Fund On June 19, we honor the fight for Black liberation by celebrating Juneteenth. Family and tradition are cornerstones of this holiday; elder generations teaching Black heritage to the youth is what keeps these traditions alive. From sharing meals …

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Mom to Know: The Family-business Builder

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Alexis Tanner, mom to 4-year-old Karsyn and 3-year-old Jaidyn, studied business administration and always knew she wanted to be a business owner, but never knew exactly what she would focus on. She recently started JK Girls, a clothing and accessories company inspired by her two daughters. She even collaborates with them on ideas. “I’ve always …

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Toys that Travel

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It’s family vacay season, and when you hit the road with kids, you’re gonna need backup. These travel toys are compact, cleanish and (probably?) entertaining enough to engage kids for 20 minutes at a stretch. Happy adventuring!  Sweeten the prospect of a long trip for your 2-year-old with Peaceable Kingdom’s Topper Takes a Trip. In …

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Ultimate Portland-area Playground Guide

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Michelle lives in SW Portland with her husband and daughter. When she's not working, Michelle is watching gymnastics class or basketball practice, and checking the Kids Calendar for a new activity to explore.
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We’ve rounded up many of our top playground recommendations here. Find your next playground to explore! Top 10 Portland-Area Destination PlaygroundsThis list includes some old standbys like Westmoreland Park and Pirate Park, plus some lesser-known gems like Frances Street Playground in Hillsboro and Dickinson Playground in SW Portland. Portland’s Inclusive PlaygroundsThese playgrounds are designed to …

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Kid-friendly Farmers Markets

After you’ve checked out the PSU Farmers Market, look into these other smaller neighborhood farmers markets that are also very family-friendly. Hillsdale Farmers Market Sundays, April to November: 9 am-1 pm. SW Capitol Hwy. and Sunset Blvd. Hollywood Farmers Market  Saturdays year-round. April to September: every week, 8 am-1pm. December to March: first and third …

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Funny Parents of Twitter

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Take a break this weekend with some funny parenting tweets!

Playlist: Live Reggae Rhythms

PDX Parent's editor Denise Castañon loves sharing new ideas with other Portland parents. You can find her cooking, eating, crafting and writing in Southeast where she lives with her husband, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
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Portland reggae artist Aaron Nigel Smith recently released a new live album: Aaron Nigel Smith & 1 World Chorus — Live in LA. The 1 World Chorus is a nonprofit organization started by Smith that serves youth in the United States, Kenya and Jamaica. On Smith’s new live album, 25 kids from the Los Angeles …

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Winner & Top 5: Kid-Friendly Bike Trail

Note: Be sure to check the websites below for updates due to COVID before you head out. Services — like restroom access — might be limited. Follow social distancing best practices, and prepare to be flexible and return another time if you find an area to be busy. Our 2020 readers’ poll winners for best …

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Winner & Top 5: Family-Friendly Hike

Note: Due to COVID-19 closures, please confirm that the area is open to the public before heading out. WINNER: Forest ParkTrails that criss-cross old growth woods and lead to postcard-perfect views of the city, old stone houses to poke into, and wildlife habitat to view, all within city limits? Count us all in for Forest …

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Winner & Top 5: Fertility & Surrogate Resource

WINNER: OHSU Fertility ConsultantsA national leader in fertility research, OHSU provides the widest range and most advanced medical treatments available. You can sign up for a free one-hour information session to learn about your options and talk to fertility specialists. TOP 5 All Families Surrogacy Northwest Fertility Center Oregon Fertility Institute ORM Fertility Surro Connections

Winner & Top 5: Kid-Friendly Yoga

Our 2019 reader poll winners for kid-friendly yoga classes and studios. WINNER: Imagination YogaIn a town bursting with yoga options, Imagination Yoga gets the nod from our readers for its focus on children. The benefits yoga offers kids are well documented — it helps with mindfulness and focus, and teaches kids to be OK, even …

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Great PDX Camps with Space Available

If you haven’t booked all your summer camps yet, don’t panic! Some fantastic camps all over Portland still have spaces available! Here are 10 camps with space available: The Playground Gym Action Camp Action Camps are non-stop, one-of-a-kind, high energy and super fun affairs. The Playground Gym has pulled activities from their popular class offerings …

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Bubble Tea with a Ball Pit: T’efinition Review

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Just last month, Beaverton gained a swanky new bubble tea shop. Located in the Washington Square area, T’efinition serves up a strong line up of tea options with a fun little addition in the back for younger kiddos: a Ball Pit. The Set-up The first thing you notice when stepping into T’efinition is the Instagram …

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Winner & Top 5: Kids Hair Salon

Our 2020 readers’ poll winners for kids hair salons in and around Portland. WINNER: Sit Still Kids Sit Still earns high marks for the kid-friendly environment with toys, videos, cool chairs and patient and friendly stylists serving up cool hairstyles. For the parents, there’s cold brew (or wine), good music, and free wi-fi. TOP 5Bishops …

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Winner & Top 5: Summer & Winter Camps

Our 2020 readers’ poll winners for the top summer and winter camps in the Portland area. WINNER: Trackers Earth PortlandA repeat winner in this category, Trackers is a go-to for parents around the metro area for good reason — their nature-and-skills-based camps are engaging, flexible and oh-so-much fun. TOP 5 Cedarwood Waldorf School Friends of …

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Winner & Top 5: Sports Class

Our 2020 readers’ poll winners for best kids sports class in Portland. WINNER: Portland Parks & RecreationFor sheer breadth of programming — and ease of access — it’s hard to beat the city’s parks department. They’ve got everything from intro-to-sportsball classes for the youngest set to competitive leagues in major sports for the bigger kids. …

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Winner & Top 5: Treats

Our 2020 readers’ poll winners for top places for sweet treats in PDX. WINNER: Ruby JewelOwner Lisa Herlinger sold the first Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwich out of a cooler at Portland farmer’s markets, and her delicious treats have expanded to six locations throughout the metro area. Portlanders love the great ice cream sandwich combos …

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PDX Parent Picks: Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapists

Our 2019 reader poll winners for best physical, occupational and speech therapists in the Portland metro area. WINNER: Sensory Kids LLCMany of the children who go see the caring and skilled therapists at Sensory KIDS don’t see their sessions as a chore. This is pure fun, facilitated by a team of therapists who patiently focus …

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Winner & Top 5: After-school Class

Our 2020 readers’ poll winners for best after-school classes in Portland. WINNER: Trackers Earth PortlandAfter a day of being cooped up at school, after-school programs at Trackers are just what the doctor ordered for wiggly kids. They’ll pick up your kid from schools all over Portland and get them out into nature for wildlife observation or fort …

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