Trading beach bags for lunchboxes and video games for calculators can sometimes be a tough transition for parents and kids alike, but the St. Louis area offers numerous back-to-school bashes to help families prepare for a new school year. From stocking up on basic school supplies to celebrating the fun of learning, these events earn an A+.
Getting Ready for School Story Hour at Whole Foods Town & Country | July 27-28 Hit the books a bit early with a special school-themed story time at Whole Foods Town & Country from 10-10:45 a.m. July 27 and 28. Kids can listen to a reading of Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s “Charlie Goes to School,” then enjoy healthy snacks and decorate their own lunch bags. Get the details.
KidSmart Push for Pencils | Aug. 1-31 Take advantage of the tax-free weekend to help other local children in need. Throw a few extra school supplies in the cart to donate to the KidSmart Push for Pencils, an initiative designed to help St. Louis children in need have the tools necessary to learn and succeed. Several drop-off points are offered throughout the St. Louis area. Monetary donations can be made online as well. Get the details.
Back 2 School Blast at St. Louis Dream Center | Aug. 1 Students in St. Louis Public Schools can get equipped for the first day at the Back 2 School Blast at the St. Louis Dream Center. Pick up a free backup and fill it with school supplies, then enjoy fun activities like rides, games and inflatables. Safety resources will also be available. Get the details.
Back to School Fun Fair at Purina Farms | Aug. 1-2 Celebrate the excitement of a new school year with games, pony rides, stories, inflatables and more at the free Back to School Fun Fair at Purina Farms from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2. Get the details.
Back to School Bash at the Center of Clayton | Aug. 2 Get those brains fired up just in time for school at the Back to School Bash from 1:30-5 p.m. at the Center of Clayton Aug. 2. The event will feature shows and activities presented by Mad Science, Abra-Kid-Abra and Bricks 4 Kidz. Registration is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit KidSmart. Get the details. Back to School Bash at St. Louis Public Library | Aug. 6 New school year, new look. This Back to School Bash at the Julia Davis Branch of the St. Louis Public Library from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 6 helps students in grades K-5 start the year in style, with free haircuts, nail art and jewelry making. Get the details.
Tax-Free Weekend | Aug. 7-9 Take some of the sting out of school supply shopping by skipping the state sales tax during Missouri’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Get the details.
Back 2 School Bash at The Meadows | Aug. 7-9 Make back-to-school shopping fun at the Back 2 School Bash at The Meadows. Activity and craft tables in stores will keep kids entertained while parents stock up on fall essentials. Families can also visit the Clock Tower Plaza for magicians, face painting and meet-and-greets with their favorite characters. Get the details.
Wentzville School District Back to School Fair | Aug. 8 Families in the Wentzville School District can save money on school supplies when they stock up at the Wentzville School District’s Back to School Fair 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 8 at Holt High School in Wentzville. The event also includes games, activities and free child ID kits. Get the details.
'It’s Back to School Time' at St. Louis County Library | Aug. 8 Pick up a few new books for the new school year and enjoy stories, games and crafts geared to kids ages 4-8 from 10-11 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Sachs Branch of St. Louis County Library. Get the details.