6 Tips to Make Back-to-School Shopping Fun for the Whole Family

Eek, can you believe that it’s almost time for school to start again?! I’m sure you have been slowly getting things ready like we have. We’ve got our first day of school printable ready and of course we have started our back-to-school shopping!

Let’s face it though, back-to-school clothes shopping can be boring for the kids. They don’t like it and then it makes us get stressed out.  But guess what? It doesn’t have to be stressful, really! In fact, there are ways to make Back-to-School Shopping Fun for the Whole Family.

Recently the hubby and I took the kids to Queensborough Landing to do some of our back-to-school shopping. It was pretty smooth sailing and we ended up with some great school gear.

Most importantly, we kept the kids happy while shopping, without any electronic devices and we even got them to help us with the shopping. So of course, I have to share my tips with you.

6 Tips to make back-to-school shopping fun for the whole family

1. Make a game plan
Chat with the kids ahead of time and make a game plan. Decide how long you will go shopping for so everyone knows. Then make a list of the stores you want to go to so that there is no time wasted.

For us, we visited the Queensborough Landing website  ahead of time and decided to do the kid’s back-to-school shopping at Gap Factory, Carters OshKosh, The Children’s Place, Walmart and Payless. (With maybe one or two more stops for mom & dad 🙂  )


2. Figure out the kids sizes

In each store, just make the kids try on one shirt and a pair of pants to check for sizes. When you know what size works for them, then you can just pick outfits based on that. It keeps fitting room drama to the minimum.

3. Mix and match game
Get the kids to play a game in the store by mixing and matching clothing. Get them to look through their section, each kid finding three tops and three bottoms that will mix and match with each other. It was actually really fun for our kids when they did it. They came to us with some nice stuff and it also  lets them make some decisions as to what they like for their own style.

The kids consulting each other on their clothing picks. It was so cute!

4. Re-energize
At the halfway point, reenergize. Sit down, eat a snack or a meal. It gives the whole family a little break before getting back to the rest of your back-to-school shopping.

Queensborough landing has some great places to eat like Nando’s (my favorite,) Pho Express, Boston Pizza and more. We decided to try out Naan Bites and had some delicious butter chicken while we took a break from shopping.

5. Promise a fun activity at the end
If the kids start getting restless or a bit antsy, promise them a fun activity at the end of back-to-school shopping. (Sometimes a little bribery can go a long way!)
There is a Marble Slab Creamery at Queensborough landing which is always a favorite for my kids.

Another fun idea is to head over to the Bulk Barn with a reusable container like a mason jar. Let the kids fill it up with goodies from the bins. They kids will be so excited to fill up the jars with their favorite stuff and it’s all part of Bulk Barn’s reusable container program.

6. Get a little treat for mom and dad
After all that back-to-school shopping for the kids, mom and dad deserve a little treat too, don’t you think? There are a lot of great stores like Aldo, Guess, Calvin Klein and Roots at Queensborough landing.

I got to a few new accessories and the hubby came home with some much needed dress shoes!

Now that you have some tips and ideas to make back-to-school shopping more fun for the whole family, put them to good use.  If you have any tried and true tips for shopping with kids, please tell me in the comments.

Good luck and happy shopping!

*This post was sponsored by Queensborough Landing. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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