New & Fun December 2019

Published as Play Room in the December 2019 magazine Kid to Know: The AI Master versus Cancer Watch out, pancreatic cancer. 14-year-old Rishab Jain is coming for you. The ninth grader at Westview High School in Portland recently took home a technology award at the Broadcom MASTERS 2019, a program of the Society for Science …

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Eight Methods to Help Kids Eat More Veggies

Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor who admittedly spends way too much time online. A Portland resident since 2006, she also enjoys reading, cooking and exploring the city with her husband and young son.
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Our writer tries eight methods for encouraging her picky eater to consume more vegetables. What worked — and what failed miserably. Do your kids eat their vegetables? Do you pack their BPA-free bento lunchbox compartments with organic broccoli and bell pepper strips, and they come home from school or day care eaten? If so, this …

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New & Fun November 2019

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Published as Play Room in PDX Parent magazine Top 5: Cafés for Cocoa Foam Art Cocoa season is in full swing! Keep this cold-weather kid-pick fresh by visiting one of our city’s top stops for hot chocolate foam art. From tulips and unicorns to personalized monograms, these baristas take pride in their liquid artistry — …

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Recipe File: Homemade Taco Bowls

Judith Klein Rich has been blogging about food since 2007. Born in Slovakia, her enthusiasm for food experimentation and creation stems from her deeply seated Eastern European roots. Currently writing under the alias of Eaty Pie (eatypie.com), her blog explores dining experiences, meal creation and travel adventures from a kid and a grown-up perspective.
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Add a twist to your Taco Tuesday with crispy tortilla bowls and a choice of toppings. Every parent knows that mealtime with kids is all about control. Kids love to have control over what they eat, when they eat it, and how they eat it — which is why I love a good ol’ DIY …

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Neighborhood We ❤️: Congenial Cully

Beloved Cully eatery Beeswing might be long gone, but this Northeast Portland neighborhood remains a hive of culinary and cultural activity. Cully packs a surprising number of community-investment initiatives into its 2.75 square miles, including a thriving neighborhood association — the Cully Association of Neighbors — and Living Cully, a decade-old sustainable growth effort between Habitat …

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Paper-mache for Halloween & Día de los Muertos

Julz Nally is an artist/illustrator and children’s art teacher in Portland. She loves creating, rainbows and finding simple beauty in everyday. Her work can be found on Burgerville’s kids meal seed packets or at julznally.com. You can follow along with her day-to- day life on Instagram @julznally.
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Get creative with paper-mache for Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Paper-mache is a fun and inexpensive way for kids and adults to create sculptures using recycled materials and papers. You can use anything — newspaper, toilet paper rolls, bubble wrap, gift wrap, grocery bags or cardboard — to sculpt any particular shape you dream …

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Fall Arts Preview

Alexis Rehrmann is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Portland Monthly magazine. She studied theater at NYU. where she majored in directing and being a theater nerd.
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From scientists to superheroes, girls are front and center on our city’s stages, and they’re ready to share valuable lessons with all the budding feminists in your family.       ME… JANE October 19 to November 17Oregon Children’s TheatreBest for ages 5 and older “I was craving a great female character to headline a play,” explains Marcella Crowson, …

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Recipe File: PB Dreams

Judith Klein Rich has been blogging about food since 2007. Born in Slovakia, her enthusiasm for food experimentation and creation stems from her deeply seated Eastern European roots. Currently writing under the alias of Eaty Pie (eatypie.com), her blog explores dining experiences, meal creation and travel adventures from a kid and a grown-up perspective.
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Satisfy a sweet tooth with this homemade chocolate-peanut-butter candy. Who doesn’t love a good ol’ classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup? It’s what chocolate peanut butter dreams are made of — and kids wholeheartedly agree. I recently tried my hand at making the homemade version with just three simple ingredients, one of which makes the treat …

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Family Supper: Grixsen Brewing Company

Brews, families and ’90s nostalgia mix at Division Street’s Grixsen Brewing Company.  What on earth is a Grixsen? It’s a made-up word, according to the Grixsen Brewing Company’s website, hybridizing the family names of three friends who founded this Division Street tap room in 2016, and it describes someone who is honest, righteous and celebrates …

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Field Trip: Two Sisters Play Cafe

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We test-drive the pancakes, ball pit and art projects on offer at Milwaukie’s Two Sisters Play Café.      it was a sad day when Pied Piper Play Café closed in Southeast Portland. The idea was genius in its simplicity: a place for young kids to play while grown-ups had a chance to caffeinate and meet …

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Neighborhood We ❤️: Hospitable Highland

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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There’s much to celebrate in Beaverton’s Highland neighborhood. Residents enjoy ample parks and nature areas, as well as close proximity to restaurants, shops and the Nike campus. From the Beaverton Transit Center, the Red and Blue MAX lines offer a 30-minute trip to downtown Portland. And the City of Beaverton has taken on the goals …

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Family Supper: Drive-ins for Days

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Load your family in the car for a memory-making meal at these two drive-thru restaurants.  Sugarpine Drive In By Julia Silverman I grew up on the East Coast, where soft serve in the summertime is pretty much a religion. I always get the same order: vanilla, in a cup, with rainbow sprinkles and a maraschino …

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Field Trip: Rockhounding around PDX

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Your little rock lovers will marvel at the shiny quartz, agate and obsidian you can collect at two local parks. We get used to a lot of awesome things in Portland: plentiful parks, unique breweries, tasty food for every intolerance. But here’s one thing you just might take for granite (ba-dum-dum) — the amazing geological …

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Recipe File: Homemade Lemonade

Judith Klein Rich has been blogging about food since 2007. Born in Slovakia, her enthusiasm for food experimentation and creation stems from her deeply seated Eastern European roots. Currently writing under the alias of Eaty Pie (eatypie.com), her blog explores dining experiences, meal creation and travel adventures from a kid and a grown-up perspective.
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Beat the late-summer heat with this classic thirst quencher. I got the idea to make our own lemonade when my daughters decided to break their lemonade stand out of the garage. The recipe is really simple and only uses three ingredients. But you can also get fancy and add fresh herbs such as rosemary, basil …

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New + Fun August 2019

Top 5: Late-Summer Art Encounters ➊ Handmade clothing and art, live music and a kids-only play zone pop up in the Beaumont neighborhood during Fremont Fest, August 3.      ➋ Little pickers will go wild over 120-plus booths of flea market finds at Junk Refunk Street Market, also August 3, in downtown Canby.    …

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Busting Vaccine Myths

Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP is a mom to two young girls and a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest. Every day, she tries to balance taking care of work, her kids and herself, laughing at the craziness of the early years with young ones. She developed modernmommydoc.com to inspire, educate and encourage moms and dads so they can win at parenting without losing themselves.
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Oregon’s recent measles outbreak brought national attention to the Portland-metro area and a renewed focus on making sure our school-age children are well-protected against future preventable illness epidemics. Understanding what’s myth and what’s fact is important as you make choices around your child’s safety and health, particularly when it comes to vaccines. Myth #1: Vaccines …

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Field Trip: Stand-up Paddleboarding

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Getting schooled on stand-up paddleboarding with the kids. There are so many ways to get out on the water with your kids — canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, rowboats, jet boats, good old-fashioned inner tubes — and we’ve tried them all, at lakes and rivers and bays and inlets all around Oregon. But stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP), …

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How We Live: Say Hello to Bridgeton

A search for affordable rent and room to roam lands one Portland family in a lesser-known North Portland waterfront enclave.    Mount Hood views and Columbia River breezes — welcome to Bridgeton, the most charming Portland neighborhood you’ve never heard of. “It really is idyllic in so many ways,” says 33-year-old Rebekah Sapp, who rents …

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The It List

Everybody loves secrets, right? So every year, as summer kicks off, we like to let you in on ours — the people and places around Portland that we think deserve your attention and applause. And if our picks are already on your radar screen (because, let’s face it, you’ve probably heard of The Unipiper), then …

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Atlas Pizza: Family Supper Review

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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Local chain Atlas Pizza opens a new, kid-friendly spot on Southeast Foster Road. Story and photo by Denise Castañon Big changes are happening on Foster Road, a long-overlooked thoroughfare in Southeast Portland mostly known as home to one of the city’s most celebrated strip clubs — and as a way to avoid traffic on Powell …

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Field Trip: Gorge Hiking with Kids

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Your family’s favorite hikes in the Gorge may still be closed after the Eagle Creek fire. But there are new adventures in store.     Nearly two years after the devastating Eagle Creek fire swept through the Columbia River Gorge — Portland’s de facto shared backyard — the beautiful, fragile ecosystem there is still recovering. That …

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Is Cannabis Safe During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding?

Alice Callahan, Ph.D., is a writer, college instructor and mother of two children in Eugene, Oregon.
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Some new and expecting moms perceive cannabis and CBD as safe and natural remedies for pregnancy and postpartum ailments. But science doesn’t back that up. Since the 2014 legalization of recreational cannabis in Oregon, pot has become a commonplace part of Portland’s landscape (on sunny days, it can feel like its’ scent permeates the entire …

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