School’s out for summer in just a few short weeks — so bring on the sunshine!
Our June/July issue is packed with ideas for how to have the best summer ever, including our biggest “Summer of Fun” calendar yet, with ideas for fun stuff to do every day of June, July and August. Big congrats go out to the winners of our Family Favorites readers’ poll — the results are in this issue, along with picks from our editors and writers on their personal favorite places to go, people to meet and stuff to do around the metro area. Plus, you’ll find the most comprehensive splash pads map out there, a great guide to canoeing with your kids on local rivers and a review of PDX’s latest food cart pod. Let the summer fun begin….
Hike It Baby’s hiker-in-chief takes five, plus the best in new kindie music and our top picks for u-pick berries.
Best of Portland
A curated list of people, places and stuff we love, from Metro Parent’s staffers and writers.
The people have spoken! The results of our annual readers’ survey.
Tackling an age-old parenting dilemma: What to do about allowances? By Darcy Cronin and Miel Hendrickson.
A watery guide to exploring Portland by canoe or kayak, kids in tow. By Michael Barton.
Pearls of wisdom gleaned from a newly minted 5-year-old. By Ryan White.
A fun felting project that makes use of your kid’s rock collection. By Suki Allen.
Our managing editor hits up PDX’s newest foodcart pod, plus a roundup of the most kid-friendly cart options around town. By Denise Castañon.
Portland in pictures.
This Month’s Cover
Play a game of PDX-themed I Spy with your kids and see if they can name any of the local locales in this month’s cover shots. Starting from the top left and moving counterclockwise, our cover models are Gabriel Macdonald of Portland, 3, (photo by his dad, Nick), 4-year-old Lillian Burnett of Portland, (photo by her mom, Monica), 1-year-old Georgia Meyers of Portland (shot by Sung Kokko), Yujin Mathern, 4, of Portland, (also by Kokko, her mother), 3-year-old Arabella Mkwananzi of Vancouver, (photo by her mom, Corinna), Henry and Charlotte Nuss, ages 9 and 6, of Portland (photo by their mom, Mackenzie) and Adela Parker, 2, of Portland (photo by her granddad, Craig W. Parker). And a big THANK YOU to all the awesome readers who submitted photos for consideration in this month’s cover collage.