August 2017

August 2017 Cover

August 2017 CoverSay it ain’t so – it’s back to school time already! Have you had enough summer fun? Worry not; there’s still a month to go, and if I know anything about Portland families, it’s that you won’t let that month go to waste. There’s still plenty of sunny days and warm weather adventuring left, and our trusty event calendars, both print (on p. 28) and online (, are here to help.

September is inevitable, though, so we also bring you tips and tricks on maximizing back to school shopping without maxing out your budget – consignment and resale shops are the way to go, and our town is bursting with options. Your kiddos will definitely need new-to-them duds and gear for all the running, jumping, dancing and moving around they’ll be doing, both at school and after. We rounded up the coolest athletics and movement focused afterschool programs around, to get all that pent-up energy out before dinnertime!

You’ve probably heard about the global event happening this month that is passing right over our heads: that’s right, I’m talking about the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 on August 21. Got your eclipse glasses and prime viewing spot? Hope so, because it’s going to be massive. Brush up on viewing tips on p. 30, be safe and be amazed!


About Karel Chan

Karel landed in Portland from the NJ/NYC area in 2008 and fell in love instantly. Since joining the NW Kids team in 2010 she has worn many hats, including client services and ad design, before becoming editor. She digs the small-town big-city Portland community, its many local businesses and the endless possibilities for adventure just outside your door! In addition to seeking out fun and play for kidlets, she runs a therapy private practice helping people through heartbreak, dating and relationships.