When it comes to back to school shopping, I want to know all the things.
Tell me where the deals are. Tell me about the hottest fashions. Tell me how I can outfit my boys in clothes they love, at prices I can afford. Tell me how I can make back to school shopping fun for them and (relatively) painless for me.
Oh, you want to know too? You’re in luck – today, I’ll tell YOU how to make it happen.
For my readers in the Greater Toronto Area, when was the last time you checked out Dixie Outlet Mall? As one of Canada’s largest enclosed outlet shopping centres, it’s a virtual mecca of your favourite stores at heavily discounted prices. And, especially when it comes to back to school, who can resist a deal?
But it’s much more than that. Today, I’m sharing the Top 3 Deals and Delights at Dixie Mall!
1. DEAL: Back to School Made Easy. The thing I absolutely love about outlet malls is the knowledge that I’m almost guaranteed to save money. So, it’s the perfect place to tackle back to school shopping for my boys, especially since they’re beginning to form strong opinions about what they like – and what has to go. (Fun fact: Ryder refuses to wear cargo pants. He thinks they look “messy!”)
Your first stop: Carters OshKosh. With store-wide savings and door crasher deals ($6 tees, $10 sweaters and $12 sweatpants), you’ll love their sweet, whimsical clothing for kindergarten kids and rugged, sturdy apparel for elementary-aged children. The store was jam-packed when I visited!
Next, I know your children will love Urban Kids – and I know you’ll love their Mix and Match BOGO 50% sale. With an enviable selection of West 49 apparel and the coolest track suits I’ve seen (check out the glow-in-the-dark skeleton suit below!), it’s a must do for back to school.
But why should kids have all the fun? Parents can pop into Urban Planet on Friday, August 26th for a 40% store wide sale, plus 20% off boots, outerwear and sweaters!
Finally, be sure to head to SoftMoc Shoe Rack for back to school kicks. I found all the brand names I love – SKECHERS, Converse, GEOX and more – at discounted or highly reasonable prices. Plus, the selection can’t be beat!
As for me? Of course I found a few stylish outfits for my boys, at Winners! (Yep, there’s a huge, beautiful winners at Dixie Outlet Mall.) Stay tuned to see the fabulous finds!
2. DELIGHT: Wild for Virtual Reality (VR). One of the most potent struggles of back to school shopping – especially for moms of boys – is schlepping the kids to the mall with you. Dixie Outlet Mall knows this. And so, in the most timely fashion possible, they created the VR Adventure Lounge.
Absolutely FREE from August 12th to September 4th, the lounge features the latest in virtual reality technology (powered by Samsung) and interactive gaming, as well as complimentary WIFI, snacks and beverages. Plus, everyone who visits the VR Lounge has the opportunity to win a $500 shopping spree!
So here’s the scoop. Do some shopping, grab some deals. And just when the kids start to get a little antsy, visit the lounge – located beside Ardene on the north side of the mall. If your kids are 13 and over, they can partake in the VR experience, which includes several virtual reality simulations, from exploring the deep oceans to cruising through jungle safaris.
Want to upgrade to the VIP Zone? It’s easy! Simply post a photo of Dixie to your favourite social media network and include the hashtag #WildForVR. Then, show your phone to a lounge ambassador for an instant upgrade! VIPs can experience the virtual reality headsets in 360 degree swivel seating, plus reserve a spot in the lounge to return after some back to school shopping.
Younger kids can enjoy the Xbox gaming lounge, and delight in complimentary candy (it’s very effective for giving them a second wind while shopping) or cool off with bottled water. The staff is incredibly attentive and made my children feel very welcome!
Have a pre-teen or teen? Free WIFI for the win! The lounge is large and, when it’s not busy, is a great place for older to kids to hang while mom or dad finishes up their shopping. (Children under 13 must have a parent chaperone at all times.) Definitely a must-do at Dixie Outlet Mall!
3. DEAL: Get there with UBER. Want to take the stress out of driving and parking during the back to school rush? New UBER customers can use promo code DIXIEXUBER to receive $15 off their trip to Dixie Outlet Mall. So, if you live in the city and have been looking for an uber (pun intended) convenient way to visit the mall, be sure to take advantage of this promo!
Now that I’ve shown you the deals and delights Dixie Outlet Mall has to offer, of course I need to show off the amazing fashion finds I picked up from Winners! And, check out just some of the amazing promotions at Dixie Outlet Mall, and plan your visit – soon!
Sounds like a great place to shop!
Thanks for the tips sounds like a great place to shop !!
I love that Dixie Mall is really stepping up their game. They have awesome stores and deals there
What a great way for the kids to be there with you but able to do something on their own
I wish they had something like that in the malls where I live, especially at Christmas!!
Wow – that VR lounge looks awesome – I’m sure my husband would want to try it lol
I don’t think the malls in this area are big enough or busy enough to have something like this
the long weekend calls for shopping
I’d absolutely love to visit this mall!
I love Dixie Outlet Mall!! Always great deals to be found
Outlet malls are the best and this one looks especially amazing! I wish I wasn’t across the country!
If only we had something like that in the malls.
Debbie White Beattie
I remember going here when I was a kid because they always had really great prices and I live over an hour away
Cool features, and promos at this mall.. Neat .. VR!
The VR Adventure Lounge sounds like so much fun!