Metro Parent. June-July 2015


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….



Play Room
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.

Family Favorites
The people have spoken! The results of our annual readers’ survey.

Summer of Fun
Our mammoth events calendar, with family-friendly choices for every day of the summer season. Check out our Events Calendar for more events and happenings.

Balance Sheet
Tackling an age-old parenting dilemma: What to do about allowances? By Darcy Cronin and Miel Hendrickson.


Field Trip
A watery guide to exploring Portland by canoe or kayak, kids in tow. By Michael Barton.

Daddy Issues
Pearls of wisdom gleaned from a newly minted 5-year-old. By Ryan White.

Hands On
A fun felting project that makes use of your kid’s rock collection. By Suki Allen.

Family Supper
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.

Last Look
Portland in pictures.


Summer of Fun

Summer Camps Guide

This Month’s Cover

MP_JuneJuly15_coverPlay 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.

Read our June-July issue online here.

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