Back to school hacks with Liverpool ONE

Back to school hacks with Liverpool ONE

Tuesday 20 August 2019

With September on the horizon, it can only mean one thing - it’s time for your little ones to head back to school.

But don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to make the most of summer before you’re back to packing lunch boxes and P.E. kits.

Liverpool ONE is the perfect destination if you’re keen to fit in a day out with your kids, if you need to do any last-minute back to school shopping, or even if you haven’t started it yet – you’re not alone! And after the madness of back-to-school is over, it’s even the perfect place to escape to when your youngsters are back in the classroom and you need to indulge in a little post-summer holidays R&R.


Making the most of the end of summer

 To give you inspiration, here are some of our top things to do before going back to school.


Fuel up with a big breakfast at Bill’s

 Toast the end of summer with a big breakfast treat. What better way to start the day than with a brekkie at Bill’s? For smaller diners, the kids’ menu is jam-packed with delicious breakfast options. Whether your little one goes for a plate piled high with fluffy buttermilk pancakes soaked with syrup or a generous helping of juicy beans on buttered toast, there’s plenty to satisfy hungry tummies first thing in the morning.

To make sure you have enough energy to keep up with your kids, take your pick from tasty breakfast dishes, from a traditional fry-up to smashed avocado on toast *drools*.

kids colouring sheets amongst pancakes at bills


Challenge your little ones at the Summer of Champions event

 Before the summer ends, challenge your little ones at Liverpool ONE’s Summer of Champions event. Until Sunday 1 September, Chavasse Park is hosting a series of sports sessions for the whole family to get stuck into, from tennis to football and even the Bleep Test. Pick up tips and tricks from expert coaches and chat to inspirational sporting professionals.

Is there a sporting hero in your family? Share your favourite moments using the hashtag #SummerofChampions.

a little boy in a liverpool kit playing tennis


Unwind at the ODEON Cinema

Before your youngsters are thrown back into the whirlwind of homework, class projects and field trips, treat them to a showing of one of the latest flicks at the ODEON. They’re sure to appreciate taking a moment to get lost in a movie ahead of the new school year – especially if there’s popcorn involved.

ODEON at Liverpool ONE is currently showing the latest family-friendly feature lengths, including Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Horrible Histories: The Movie and Angry Birds 2. So, grab your tickets, some tasty snacks and relish in this picture-perfect end to what has no doubt been a busy six weeks with your gang.


Getting ready to go back to school

Preparing for the new school year can seem daunting, but these back to school hacks will help you get your little ones organised ahead of the new term.


Head to Debenhams for your school uniform essentials

So that your kids look and feel smart, confident and raring to go for the next academic year, head to Debenhams for those all-important school uniform essentials. Choose from high-quality clothing must-haves for boys and girls of all ages in all the fabrics and colours you’ll need.

Whether you’re looking for shirts, polos, jumpers and cardigans, or trousers, skirts, dresses and pinafores, you can find everything you need for your little ones’ back to school wardrobe right here. You’ll also be able to pick up a range of accessories, such as underwear, socks and tights, as well as those P.E. kit must-haves, from shorts and t-shirts, to joggers and hoodies, to swimwear.


Choose new footwear at Schuh Kids

Have your youngsters been doing some serious growing over the summer holidays? If so, make your way to Schuh Kids to ensure they have comfortable shoes to wear on their first day. Your kids will be able to take their pick from stylish footwear options from popular brands including Kickers, Timberland, Converse and Vans. They can even have their feet measured by a member of the team to make sure their new kicks are the perfect fit.

If you want to give a little back, make sure you check out Schuh’s latest Too Big For Your Boots campaign in collaboration with Newlife Foundation – a charity that helps change the lives of disabled and terminally ill children. Simply donate your kid’s old, unwanted shoes and you’ll receive £5 off their next pair.

flyer showing schuh's "too big for your boots" offer

Stock up on school supplies at Utility


Make sure your little ones have everything they need to stay organised and focused throughout the school year at Utility. The store offers a wide selection of cute and quirky Back to School supplies, such as notepads, pens, to-do lists and planners, that can help make even the most boring lessons seem fun and exciting. You can also pick up essentials such as the super cool waterproof mini backpack from innovative brand Rains.


New term, new you

 With the brood back at school, you might find you have some extra time on your hands, or you literally just NEED to regroup and unwind! Take an afternoon off, make your way into town and take advantage of the kids being in school with a bit of luxuriating. After all, you deserve it.


Indulge at Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols

For a moment of pure indulgence, Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols is the crème de la crème of luxury. Their Out of Office package offers the ultimate switch-off from everyday life, giving you the chance to relax and unwind with a full day of pampering – just what you need after the craziness of the summer holidays.

When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of Harvey Nichols champagne before you receive a series of treatments, including invigorating facials and massages. And the pampering doesn’t end there! You’ll then be taken to the Nails Inc. bar for a manicure, in addition to a full glam makeover. To top it all off, you get to tuck into a light lunch at the WOW Bar. Where do we sign up?

Peter's Lane Liverpool ONE - Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols


Satisfy your sweet tooth at Heavenly Desserts

Imagine tucking into your favourite sweet treat without having your kids fight you for a taste. Sound good? Well, you can do just that at Heavenly Desserts. Take your pick from delicious creations such as soft, gooey brownies or warm cookie dough, with the perfect people-watching view of the Strand and the Royal Albert Dock. For something even more indulgent, order an American style waffle drizzled with strawberry sauce and a dollop of ice cream or take on a giant slice of chocolate fudge cake – the choice is yours. All yours!

Pancakes at Heavenly Desserts


Pick up some pamper goodies from Molton Brown

Your much needed ‘me time’ doesn’t need to end once you get home. The team at Molton Brown are experts at advising how to turn your bathroom into a spa sensation, to continue your pamper session – even if you end up having to hide their indulgent bath oils in the medicine cabinet so the kids don’t use it all!

Choose from luxury soap bars, body scrubs and bath oils, as well as shampoos, conditioners, hand creams and moisturisers – everything you need to relax and unwind once your little nippers are finally tucked up in bed.

molton brown stand featuring gift boxes


Liverpool ONE is your destination for everything you need this September, whether you’re looking for a day out before the kids go back to school, you need some last-minute uniform shopping or you’re keen to fit in a little down time for yourself.

Tag us in photos of your shopping haul or your big brekkie on Instagram.

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