The time has come again to put away the pool toys and begin thinking about early mornings, packing school lunches, and the moans and groans that come along with homework. While not everyone looks forward to going back to school, preparation doesn’t have to be hectic. In fact, you can make it fun! With summer coming to an end, make the most of your precious time with a weekend back-to-school shopping trip to Kansas City, KS!

Legends Outlets Kansas City

Legends Outlets Kansas City is a can’t-miss destination when shopping in Kansas City. With more than 100 retail stores and restaurants, Legends Outlets takes the phrase, “there’s something for everyone” to another level. With stores like Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Converse and Finish Line, the entire family will be able to step back into school in style. First day of school digs for anywhere from grade school through high school can be found at Justice, Old Navy and Aeropostale, while Oshkosh B’Gosh and Gymboree Outlet are perfect to dress the teeny tiny scholars. All that shopping can wear you out, so don’t forget to check out KC Soda Co. and Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt.

Insider Tip: Before you shop, stop by the Legends Outlets Kansas City office located near the west end of the mall for an insight on sales and a VIP Savings booklet.

Downtown Bonner Springs

If you’re searching for something more off the beaten path, downtown Bonner Springs is the place to start! Co-owned by Kansas City natives and friends, Danni Boatwright (CBS Survivor Guatemala Winner, 2005) and Julie Zitlow, Sideline Chic is a must-stop shop for any sports-loving lady headed to a university in the Midwest. The store is filled with the cutest Kansas City team themed apparel, as well as collegiate wear including: University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and North Dakota State University. Make sure to check out Sideline Chic’s websites for even more styles for Kansas City lovin’ women, men and kids too.

Of course a new school year means your little (or not so little) ones are another year older, another year cooler. FLIP Kansas City is an ever-changing boutique that carries one of a kind items created and refurbished by local vendors. Here you’ll find anything from antique furniture, creative throw pillows, intricate wall décor and more – all perfect for dorms, apartments or even room redecorating. Flip Kansas City is open every 2nd and 4th weekend of the month from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Insider Tip: Plan to take the entire day to hunt for treasures in downtown Bonner Springs. Ask the locals what their favorite spots are too! The town is filled with antique and thrift shops, and delicious, local restaurants to revive you after a full day of exploring.

Headed to Kansas City for your back-to-school shopping? We want to help you out! Enter to win a $20 Legends Outlets Kansas City gift card HERE. This contest will end Friday, August 19th.