Best of Back to School ~ 2016

best of back to school

We’ve collected some of the Valley’s best resources for the best of Back to School! If you are ecstatic the kids are headed back to school {while dreading the homework, lunches & after school activities} — we have the best local businesses to start the new school year off with a bang. Also read all the way to the bottom of this page for a back to school present for the first few of you who respond!

Fry's Food Stores

FrysFS_Drop_cmykGet all of your back to school needs at Fry’s Food Stores. It’s a one stop shop to find deals and stock up on school supplies, lunches, snacks and so much more!

It's All About Etiquette

Etiquette Class for Ages 6-8
August 6 – 27 & October 29 – November 19

Etiquette Class for Ages 9-12
September 10 – October 1

The topics covered in these etiquette classes for children include: Self-introduction, handshaking, eye contact and smiling, saying “please, thank you,” apologizing, avoiding rude behavior, table skills, grooming and posture, and more.

Teen Etiquette Workshop for Ages 13-18 The topics covered for teens are: The importance of handshakes and eye contact, body language, the art of small talk, how to speak with the right tone with clarity, grooming and skin care, interviewing tips for college and job interviews, tipping guidelines, and more.

Children's Museum of Phoenix

There are tons of fun activities all month long at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix!

Risas Dental & Braces will kick off their sponsorship of Superhero Month by attending the Museum’s hugely popular and highly attended Target Free First Fridays. During First Fridays, the Museum is open free to the general public from 5pm to 9pm. In addition, Risas Dental & Braces will be onsite throughout the month to talk to visitors and do additional prize giveaways throughout the month.

The Museum’s Superhero Programs for the month include:
+ Fantastic Frisbee Shields: Turn an ordinary frisbee into a spectacular shield using duct tape, markers and other craft materials. Members $3/Non-Members $4.
+ Mighty Superhero Capes: Decorate your own superhero cape to help save the day! We’ll provide a durable cape, fabric markers and other decorative materials. Members $5/Non-Members $6.
+ Kapow! Cuffs: Make your own superhero cuffs by decorating some cardboard tubes using a variety of draft materials. Free with paid Museum admission.
+ Superhero Obstacle Course: Test your superhero strength by participating in our obstacle course!  Free with paid Museum admission.

215 N 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85034

Arizona Dance Artistry

Arizona Dance Artistry’s mission is to produce smart, adaptable and professional dancers in a dance education center unlike any other facility. Their 9th season of classes begins soon. Classes available for ages 2 years and up.

Multiple performances and competitive opportunities are available including an annual production of “The Nutcracker Suite.”

7th Ave & Deer Valley 625 W Deer Valley Rd Phoenix, AZ 85027


AZ Airtime

Fun for kids of all ages! If you have little ones, not yet in school, visit AZ Air Time to burn off that energy and stay cool. There is even a designated 6 and under area.

If your kiddos are older and headed back to school, visit AZ Air Time when school is finished to give them a nice break and keep them active after sitting at school all day!

13802 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Music Together

Come make beautiful music with your child! Join Music Together’s Fall “FLUTE” semester for 12 weeks of singing, dancing, drumming and instrument play with your child while supporting them on their path towards basic music competence. Each 45 minute class is jam packed with developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a relaxed, yet fun, non-performance oriented setting while supporting their journey towards basic music competence.

This fall, Music Together in Phoenix is proud to share two new class offerings:  Rhythm Kids, djembe drums/movement/singing for ages 4 & 5 or Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and GENERATIONS Music Together, an intergenerational/mixed ages music & movement class with the “grand friends” at an area senior center! Come experience the joy of family music!

3241 E Shea Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85028

FREE Back-to-School Party at Scottsdale Towne Square

The shops at Scottsdale Towne Square will host a fun-filled Back-to-School Party on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families are invited to stroll around the plaza to find all the back-to-school fun! Complimentary Papa John’s pizza will be served at AZ Air Time and Playtime Oasis; Natural Grocers will be handing out free ice cream & popsicles; Rocket Fizz candy shop will have a special “soda pop station” where kids will get to sample different flavors of soda pop; FREE face painting for the kids at Smart Gym; FREE balloon twisting also at Playtime Oasis; and much more! Several shops in the plaza will also be offering great back-to-school deals and discounts.

NW Corner of Thunderbird and Scottsdale Road

Call Playtime Oasis at (480) 948-4630

Desert Ridge Marketplace {so many great Back to School Deals}

Tons of great deals at Desert Ridge Market Place and Tempe Market Place this Back to School Season. There is definitely something for everyone. You can find the complete list here plus links to more information about each deal offered. Below are the highlights!

Old Navy has something for every member of the family and is giving customers $10 off a purchase of $50 or more.
California Pizza Kitchen is helping moms’ and dads’ pocketbooks by offering a free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entree.
Rubio’s has an eye on helping parents save by offering a free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entrée.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory gives a sweet tooth the perfect back-to-school treat: buy two caramel apples and get one free.
Sandbar Mexican Grill can make lunch extra special during back to school season with 20 percent off any lunch bill.
Sweet Tomatoes thinks fall is synonymous with fresh…that’s why they’re offering 15 percent off a diner’s entire check.
As You Wish invites aspiring artists to enjoy $10 off a purchase of $30 or more at Desert Ridge ($20 or more at Tempe Marketplace).

Transition Tips for Preschoolers

Back to school gives me so much anxiety. I often think I am more nervous than my daughter is. Now that the summer is winding down and we are approaching another first day of school I thought it would be a good idea to share some Back to Preschool Tips……{read full article here}

Shortcuts to Get Out The Door Faster

I crave routine and productivity. So “Back to School” is fabulous because it means the kids get up, have breakfast, and get out the door. Well, and make a mess of the kitchen floor, create an art project or two, wiggle through sunscreen application, and show me three outfit changes before hauling their backpacks to the car……{read full article here}

Mom Quotes for Back to School

A little inspiration can go a long way sometimes, especially, at the dawn of a new school year. Transitioning from the free-spirited days of summer to the routine of the school year can be exciting, but it can also be a stressful time for mom and child alike.……{read full article here}

Easy Breakfast Ideas

With school starting soon, I want to share with you all the great breakfast ideas I have been implementing to make mornings easier for all of us……{read full article here}

We have a Back To School gift for 6 of you! The first to respond will receive this SUB ZERO ICE Apple Ice Pack great in lunch boxes and coolers for keeping perishable items extra cold! Email us at [email protected] for your code to purchase for free.

SUB ZERO ICE provided free ice packs for all of our contributors to start the school year packing lunches with ease! Thank you to SUB ZERO!

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