Different families celebrate back to school in different ways. In France “la rentrée” if you are starting school is all about getting your very first “cartable” and your first leather cartable is definitely a coming of age moment. In Germany children get a schultüte which is a sort of back to school “goody bag” in the shape of a cone.
Many children get back to school hair cuts and or new clothes and shoes. Fall clothes are still my favorite and I remember relishing the cooler days and cozier nights of September. Being able to put on a sweater after too many days of summer sun is so refreshing.
Here’s a little guide to back to school based on a stroll in the South End. (oh, and BTW #BTS (Back to School) is not just for the kids.)
Back to School Haircut
Henry is not too fond of getting his hair cut, to put in mildly, but after reaching Scooby Doo Shaggy-esque hair, there was no way to avoid the back to school haircut. We popped into Roosters, which recently opened on Tremont Street, and had a great experience. The “old school” but totally new and clean vibe at Rooster’s made us both feel at home. I can’t wait to send my husband in for a cut. Beyond the old school barbershops Roosters washes hair, and has other amenities that women have enjoyed for decades but men have missed out on.
518 Tremont St. #1B
Boston, MA 02118
Treat of the First Week.. (and the next 179 days)
Flour is the perfect place to pick up some after-school treats. Goodies for the teachers for the completion of that first week of school will be welcome in any staff room.
You don’t have to be Vegan to enjoy the Vegan chocolate cake and the gluten-intolerant staff members will be on cloud nine with the huge meringues.
Flour Bakery Flour Bakery
131 Clarendon St. 1595 Washington St.
Boston, MA Boston, MA
(617) 437-7700 (617) 267-4300
Playrooms & Study Spaces
The spaces we play and learn in inspire us, and Gold Gallery has some amazing art for the playroom, den and study.
Be a champ with realist Barney Levitt.
Have your own #TBT moment with Big Wheel by painter Jason Chase.
Crash a paper airplane with Jeanne Vandeboncoeur or take a nap with Ryoko Tajiri.
655 Tremont St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Peanut, peanut butter & Jelly
Stop in at South End Formaggio and pick up my favourite peanut butter Brown Bear peanut butter from Rhode Island.
South End Formaggio
268 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
Not just for Kids
Whether you’re getting your fall work wardrobe together, you need an alternate outfit that is school-drop-off-worthy or it’s your weekend look that needs an update, Flock is here for you.
Regain your own sense of style whether you accessorize with a burp cloth or you have a tween rolling their eyes at whatever you put on.
274 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
Feed the Body/Feed the Mind
Siena Farms has a kids share. Give children ownership of some of their food and ingredients and shift the way they eat or spend their after school hours. Their interest in what is on the plate, when they had something to do with getting it there, will often shift. Plus the beauty of the sunflowers when you walk in together to pick it up, will brighten even the dullest school day.
It might not be so cool if you show up at recess to play with the kids. The summer days staying up a little later playing games, running through the sprinkler or swinging on the swings together are fading into the background, but you can still get out at play together after school or on the weekend.
Check out art exhibit Bounce at the Boston Center for the Arts. Keep your eyes on the ball and listen carefully.
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You always have the best suggestions! I’d love more haircut suggestions, especially for kids with more edgy styles ( you know who!)
Naz Kupelian in Lexington!
I need to spend more time in the city. My husband works in town, so he knows about all sorts of hidden gems, but I am so out of the loop!
My mother-in-law made my son a schultüte before he started kindergarten – she had seen other families do something similar when she was on a trip to Germany just before (and they live in a town in Penn. with a long German heritage). And we’re about to head out shortly for a much-needed back-to-school haircut 🙂 (And as someone from RI, I never heard of that peanut butter!!! Will have to look it up).
So many awesome shops! I love all the gluten free options you can find these days.
I’ve heard such good things about Flour. One day I hope to get there and take it all in. I can’t wait for them to go back to school! For real.
My son rather desperately needs a BTS haircut, but he’s 22 and likes it Shaggy-like. He has the little chin beard too.
There are so many cool places near you. I do not have that sort of variety of things but you have given me some good ideas for things to look for in my neighborhood. We did the haircut thing today.
Love all the back to school prep 🙂