Metro Parent is a publication for parents living in Portland, with a monthly print issue and additional material online. Print issues can be found on local newsstands and typically at businesses focused on family activity or child care.
The Metro Parent website has a resource guide for parents, including links to book reviews, parent-themed blogs and message boards, and articles focused on parenting. They also host an interactive tool that allows visitors to the site to read the current issue on the screen. An archive of Metro Parent issues is included in the same section, as are interactive issues of their special issues. Using the website is free, as is browsing online issues.
An events calendar on the Metro Parent highlights upcoming events that the whole family will enjoy, as well as entertainment offerings parents will delight in during evenings when a babysitter is available. The publication hosts an annual Education and Enrichment Fair that puts parents in touch with one another from across Portland’s school system, and information about the fair is available in the calendar section.
Subscription is available for parents who wish to have Metro Parent delivered to their door. It costs $25 annually, and subscribers receive each monthly issue and four special issues throughout the year. These special issues on a specific theme (baby nurturing, education, birthday parties and summer camps) and the website includes each guide for online browsing.
Metro Parent is a very helpful tool for parents living in Portland who want to keep their children busy and themselves informed. They also cover material for Southern Washingtonians and the suburban areas of Oregon (even parents like to escape the city sometimes!), so be sure to give this parenting resource a look.