‘New year, new me’ doesn’t just apply to us grown-ups. However old your child is or whatever grade they’re going into, a new school year is a chance to start fresh and become who they want to be. Plus, let’s be real, their backpack from last year is falling apart a little bit, isn’t it?

Despite certain restrictions that school uniforms often include, there are plenty of ways for kids to express themselves with accessories— including practical ones like backpacks and pencil cases. And last but certainly not least, the trusty stationery list rears its head again to let you know what pens and books your child will need this year as they continue their education. Whether your back-to-school shopping is necessities only or with a flair, you can find everything you need here in Moonee Ponds.

This article shows you where to find the best items in Moonee Ponds to get your kids ready for school. See something you like or know they need? Head in to pick it up today!

  1. Kidstuff

Where better to find stuff for kids than at Kidstuff? Located in Moonee Ponds Central Shopping Centre, Kidstuff stocks fun and excitement sure to get their imaginations up and running. Educational toys, outdoor toys, and STEM learning all make education fun so that your kids are learning without even realising it! For the younger ones just starting school, Kidstuff stocks Little Genius’ activity and learning boxes that teach them the foundations of what they’ll be learning so they’ll feel less overwhelmed on the big day. These come highly recommended, and for good reason!

  1. Kmart

As a parent, or pretty much anybody living in Australia, you know the value and excitement of a trip to Kmart. It truly has something for everybody, whether you knew you were looking for it or not! You could easily spend a day browsing the aisles finding everything you need and a lot of stuff you didn’t know you needed until you spotted it. While usually this applies to homewares and clothing, the beginning of a new year always brings out the back-to-school items which is a whole new form of excitement.

Kmart knows how to make everything fun and cute, and back-to-school ware is no exception. Between clothing, accessories, and stationery, they have it all— and in seemingly every colour possible. What are you waiting for? Yes, you were just in Kmart recently, but it’s time for another trip!

  1. Academic And High School Bookshop

Once the fun and excitement of new clothes and shoes is out of the way, it’s time to buckle down and think about textbooks. This affordable and sustainable bookshop sits at 700 Mount Alexander Road and stocks second-hand books across all genres and subjects including English, history, science, maths, and more. They always offer the same experience as a brand-new book but at a fraction of the price, so make sure you visit them first for your academic book needs.

  1. Moonee Ponds Toyland

‘A land of toys? Sign me up!’— every kid ever. After perusing the aisles upon aisles of toys that will spark their creativity, make sure you check out the shoe section for back-to-school shoes that are as trendy and cool as they are practical. Plus, pencils! You can never have too many pencils when it comes to starting a new school year. You can find them and their range of games, activities, toys, collectibles, and more at 18 Pratt Street.

  1. Puckle St Newsagency

For those of us who love stationery year-round, Puckle St Newsagency is a go-to. Between magazines and newspapers, you’ll also find pens, pencils, notebooks, and everything else your kids may need to head back to school. Unsure what you need? No problem! The friendly staff are always happy to help. Give them a visit at 45 Puckle St today.

  1. The Reject Shop

The Reject Shop has just been getting bigger and better every year, with over 450 stores in Australia. The Moonee Ponds store at 108-110 Puckle St has all the old favourites you always need such as stationery and giftware, and it simply comes alive at back-to-school time! Grab awesome school gear to start the year like binders, pencil cases, and notebooks, as well as a new lunch box and water bottle to stand out on the playground.

  1. Australia Post

Australia Post, at 109 Puckle St, is an easy and convenient way to post and receive mail. But did you know it’s also a great place to shop? You can grab stationery and tech items here too! Stock up on paper clips, pens, and notebooks as you make your way to the counter, and don’t forget to check out their range of laptops and mobile phones as well.

  1. Sims Sport

Sims Sports has your kids covered for whatever sport they play, wherever they play it. This store at 61 Puckle St is a family-owned and operated business and has been in the running shoes and sportswear game since 1935. If that’s not trustworthy, what is?! The team here is dedicated to ensuring your child is wearing shoes that fit correctly for them and will stand (and run) the test of time.

  1. Sportsgirl

Sportsgirl is an iconic Australian brand that opened in 1948 and has been going strong ever since. Their Moonee Ponds store at 32 Puckle St stocks clothing, shoes, and accessories including super-cute loafers for that back-to-school look. And since the early 2000s are back in style, we can’t resist the flower hair clip pack— and it seems nobody else can either, as they’re selling fast, so get in quick!

  1. Smiggle

Smiggle, in Moonee Ponds Central Shopping Centre, is your one-stop-shop for fun stationery including pencil cases, pens and markers, notebooks, erasers, and more. And not only is it all adorable and fun, but these statement pieces are practical as can be. I mean, a pencil case that includes a calculator? A ruler that’s also a pencil sharpener? I know they’re for kids, but we could all use those things! Whatever takes their (or your) eye, pop in to grab it today.

Shop Back To School In Moonee Ponds

Back-to-school time is upon us again, and the first day back is only getting closer and closer. Reduce stress by getting your back-to-school shopping started, done, and dusted in Moonee Ponds today!