Back to School Bash fun

Posted by on Aug 3, 2013 in Activities, Ava, eating/food, kid stuff, Margarita Mama, Recipes, school, shopping, The Promenade at Chenal, twins | 1 comment

We LOVE shopping — especially for school!

We spent most of the day at the Promenade at Chenal’s Back to School Bash today and had a really great time! There were a ton of things going on and lots of sales on top of Arkansas’ sales-tax free weekend benefit.

We were lucky to be among the first 100 people in line to get these coupons for free movie passes, free kids lunch and free ice cream — an AMAZING deal!

We were lucky to be among the first 100 people in line to get these coupons for free movie passes, free kids lunch and free ice cream — an AMAZING deal!

There was also a Goodwill booth to drop off gently-used clothing your children have outgrown. If you missed it, here’s a list of donation centers in Little Rock. I always keep a running donation pile, and when a few bags pile up, we head to the Markham Park Drive location. Donating there is SUPER easy — you drive up and pop the trunk, they help you unload and hand you a tax receipt, then you’re on your way. It’s never taken me even 5 whole minutes.

These wonderful ladies sat outside today, collecting donations and entertaining children with games and giveaways.

These wonderful ladies sat outside today, collecting donations and entertaining children with games and giveaways.

The shopping was pretty great, too. First we hit up Justice, which has everything your tween (or kindergartener who thinks she’s a tween) could want.

Polka dots rock!

Polka dots rock!

Nail polish, complete with nail art accessories

Justice headbands

Justice headbands

Lots of adorable dresses, perfect for school

Lots of adorable dresses, perfect for school

Every kind of accessory you could think of, even pencil toppers

Every kind of accessory you could think of, even pencil toppers

Next up was Bravo!, where we used our free kids lunch coupon. I’ve never realized it was such a great place to take children before. They have both big kid and little kid selections, which was fabulous for our group. They even brought the girls out some dough to shape while we waited for our food, then baked it up later.

Kendall, drawing fiercely while we wait for lunch to arrive

Kendall, drawing fiercely while we wait for lunch to arrive

The Children’s Place was our next venture. I always forget just how good their prices are. We brought home quite a haul from there, including cheetah-print dress shoes that made Daddy cringe just a little bit. (They’re in!)

A headband Ava couldn't live without

A headband Ava couldn’t live without

THE shoes, at bottom right

THE shoes, at bottom right

Not a bad price for long-sleeved shirts

Not a bad price for long-sleeved shirts

Gotta get a backpack, for sure

Gotta get a backpack, for sure

Crazy 8s is one of our go-to stores, so that was a mandatory stop. Always a good deal to be had there!

Sales are the best!

Sales are the best!

Jeans are a MUST for most everyone

Jeans are a MUST for most everyone

Not on our list, but lots of great boy clothes, too!

Not on our list, but lots of great boy clothes, too!

Buy one, get one half off is hard to pass up

Buy one, get one half off is hard to pass up

Watching Smurfs 2 was next on the agenda, thanks to our free kids movie tickets for the Chenal 9 Theatres. Surprisingly, no one was scared — even of Gargamel and his magic powers. I have a feeling that popcorn helped, along with all the catchy music in the movie. And so did the promise of free ice cream afterward. We LOVE Maggie Moo’s!

The fountains outside the Chenal 9 are really nice

The fountains outside the Chenal 9 are really nice

Ava and Kayla, chowing down

Ava and Kayla, chowing down

Kendall, enjoying a scoop of peanut butter ice cream

Kendall, enjoying a scoop of peanut butter ice cream

One last visit couldn’t be helped — the Nike store. I even picked up a pair of cushy sandals for me, tax-free!

Ahh, I love it

Ahh, I love it

The tax-free weekend continues Sunday, so head out and take advantage! Here’s the list of items included.

Note: This is a compensated post, but all opinions are my own!

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  1. Yavonda

    Looks like you guys had a great day! I’m planning on making use of the Tax-Free holiday on my day off tomorrow!