Make a Date and Keep It

Get Organized for Back to School

erin condren calendar!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make sure all health forms are returned, permission slips signed, and drop-offs/pickups coordinated.

You may select any calendar, reminder system, or notepad to complete this task. However, we strongly recommend the following.

Erin Condren Jumbo Calendar
Backed with a sturdy piece of acrylic, the calendar ($40) hangs on the wall or sits on a counter propped up by a plate stand. Personalize it with your name and family pics; use colorful reminder stickers (date night, no school, hair appointment) to keep things on track.

susy jack notes mouse pad!Susy Jack Notes Mouse Pad
You’re online ordering winter pj’s when you remember you need milk — a natural mom-brain connection. Thankfully, a notepad is always at your fingertips, courtesy of a mouse pad ($9) that doubles as a to-do list. It’s a multifunctional solution for a multitasking mom.

russell + hazel mom binder!Russell + Hazel Signature Binder and Files
Think of them as Trapper Keepers for the carpool set. The three-ring accessories ($14-$60) can be organized to house class lists, emergency contact info, extracurricular schedules, and school calendars, as well as homework, projects, and report cards.

If you do not get organized, your home will self-destruct in one month. Welcome back to school.

kids’ backpacks for back to school!Need more help getting it together? We found the best kids’ backpacks for the new school year.

this week in philadelphia!

Nest Opens
What: With its indoor playground, classes, and portrait studio, the new space has it all.
Why: A children’s hair salon. Head there for his back-to-school snip.
When: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enrollment for classes starts Tues.
Where: 1301 Locust St. (215-545-6378).

Festival of India

What: Learn about the colorful country through free dance and music performances.
Why: Spicy snacks broaden her horizon.
When: Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, S. Columbus Blvd., b/t Market & Walnut Sts. (215-922-2386).

Kids in Center City Playdate
What: Join the free interactive music and movement class by Music Monkey Jungle at noon.
Why: Sugar high be damned — let him decorate a cupcake ($2) from Termini Bros. Bakery.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: The Market & Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. To R.S.V.P. (recommended), call 610-668-0164 or email events@glosspr.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Erin Condren; Courtesy of Blue Sky; Courtesy of Russell + Hazel

1301 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Market & Shops at Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Penn's Landing Great Plaza
S Columbus Blvd
bt Market & Walnut Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19106