New & Fun March 2019

Published as Play Room in PDX Parent magazine Take Five: Aron Nels Steinke When it comes to the “my teacher is the coolest” contest, Aron Nels Steinke’s class of fourth and fifth graders at Woodstock Elementary School have some serious bragging rights. Their teacher is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Mr. Wolf’s Class. And the second …

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Spring Arts Preview: Portland-area Performances for Families

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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Productions that’ll inspire your kids to play fair, dance big, think differently and join the creative resistance. From world-premiere children’s shows to a rollicking master of modern tap, there’s a lot to see on Portland stages this spring. This season, we’re highlighting shows for everyone to enjoy — no matter your age. Take your kiddos …

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This Mom Life: Loose Tooth, Big Dream

Toni Hammer helps boss moms get over their fears and doubts so they can boldly share their stories on social media and attract their dream clients. You can find out more at
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A routine note to the Tooth Fairy leads our columnist to a big realization about her daughter. Around my house, we are currently in the stage of all the teeth falling out. Luckily the teeth are my children’s and not my own. My son, Levi, has his first wiggly tooth and is so excited I’m …

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Review: Jinx

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.
Denise Castañon

With pinball and New Orleans-style grub, Jinx on Killingsworth is a fam-friendly bar destination. Even though some of my family’s favorite dining out destinations are brewpubs, whenever we hit a restaurant that also markets itself as a bar, I think of that line from the Reese Witherspoon movie Sweet Home Alabama: “You have a baby … in …

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Wanted: Mom Friends

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.
Kat Merck

File under the things no one told you about being a mom: Finding new friends is hard. But many moms are building their village with the help of websites and apps. Among the litany of indignities in the transfer of parenting knowledge, little is said about what might be one of the most difficult parts …

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