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Getting ready to go Back To School in Stockton, California

It's hard to believe that summer break is almost over. Here's some tips on how to get the kids ready to go back to school and how to squeeze that last bit of fun before classes resume.

There's a lot to think about when it comes to getting the kids prepped to go back to school. We're here to help you find the best local places to stock up on supplies, clothing and lunch options. We've even thrown in some information on how to enjoy the last few days before that first bell rings.

1. Clothes

As any parent knows, one of the biggest priorities for their kids is getting that first back to school outfit just right. Stockton has some great local options so you can keep that local love going and ensure your kids don't have the same outfit everyone else got from one of the big chains.

Blackbird Boutique
Located in Stonecreek Village Shopping Center, Blackbird Boutique has great options for the tend-setting middle or high schooler. They also have some awesome options for mom, so go ahead and get yourself something while shopping for your daughter.

5681 Pacific Avenue Suite 115

Lilou of the Valley Vintage
Have a kid who's deep into the retro style? Lilou of the Valley Vintage is the perfect place to get her some perfect throwback outfits that are still peak style.

32 E. Acacia Street

Global Sports 209

Global Sports 209 in the Sherwood Mall is the perfect place to get some gear for the student athlete in your family who loves to show support for their favorite teams.

5038 Pacific Avenue near the Best Buy wing

Fresh & Fitted
Fresh & Fitted is a chain based here in central California. They have excellent options for the younger kids who still like to look as cool as their bigger counterparts.

5308 Pacific Avenue in the Best Buy wing

Caterpillar Children's Boutique
Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean that your kids can't get the coolest options. Caterpillar Children's Boutique in Yosemite Street Village is a second-hand shop specializing in gently-used clothing and accessories that are a huge value.

906 N. Yosemite Street

It's awesome that the younger generations have a real appreciation for how amazing the style was in the '90's. That's why N9NE is going strong, and the perfect place to take your kids who love some vintage t's and shoes.

2018 Pacific Avenue

2. Back to School Supplies

No back to school shopping trip is complete without a backpack full of supplies. Here are some locally-owned choices to get you stocked up.

Teacher's World
As one would image, Teacher's World has everything an educator needs to get their classroom ready. It also has what the kids need to head back to that room ready to learn.

10102 N. Lowe Sacramento Road

Mr. Otto's Bookstore
We all know the important of reading for a child's education. The best way to get them reading is to find books that excite them. Head over to Mr. Otto's Bookstore for a tremendous selection of kids' books. With this many choices, your kids are sure to find something that interests them.

2310 Pacific Avenue

Friends of the Stockton Library Bookstore
Friends of the Stockton Library Bookstore is another great option for books, magazines, audio books and even music. Proceeds from the sale of each gently used item goes back to the library, so your shopping supports two good causes.

1724 W. Hammer Lane

3. Lunches

The all important lunch. I mean, you could go with school lunch, but with so many great options for fresh food they can take with them, it is very tempting to send the kids with something from home.

Podesto's Market & Deli
Located in the Lincoln Center, Podesto's is a Stockton mainstay. You could go with their award-winning sandwiches made right there on site, or choose from their well-equipped deli counter to make your own sandwich creations that will have your kid the envy of the cafeteria.

104 Lincoln Center

El Dorado Meat Market
Tamales. 'Nuff said, right? El Dorado Meat Market has been operating since 1972 and are known for their pork, chicken and beef tamales. Who says lunch has to be a sandwich?

1240 El Dorado Street

Louie’s Market
Louie's has been serving Stockton in their downtown location for more than 60 years. Their meat and deli products are incredible, and make for amazing sandwich ingredients to help your student fuel up right during their school day.

734 E Main Street

4. Squeeze in that last bit of fun

We get it, the kids may be a little bummed that summer is almost over. So here are a few ideas to squeeze in that last bit of family fun, and also burn off that remaining bit of extra energy before they start class again.

H2O Excursions
Sure they may say kids go back to school in the fall, but let's face it, it's summer. So hit the water with H2O Excursions. You can rent a boat, kayak, paddleboard or even a hydrobike.

6649 Embarcadero Drive

Children's Museum of Stockton
This is a two-fer here, as the kids are having fun but you're also getting their little minds all primed for school with active learning. Definitely a win-win way to end the summer break.

402 W. Weber Avenue

Micke Grove Zoo
What kid doesn't love to see all sorts of animals? Micke Grove Zoo has focused on providing a unique experience by having various animals you don't see very often. It's another great way to have some fun while also getting in a little education.

11793 N. Micke Grove Road

Pixie Woods Amusement Park
Pixie Woods is the perfect way to put an exclamation point on the end of the kids' summer break. They can run around on the playgrounds and also take in the various rides. If you're looking to make some lasting memories before they grow up, this is a good option right here.

3121 Monte Diablo


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