2022 Back to School Guide | Newtown Moms

Summer’s winding down, your kids’ teacher assignments are out, so now it’s time to prepare for the first day of school! From clothing to services to fall activities, I’ve compiled a list of businesses & brands ready to help you plan for back-to-school.

Stock up and save on all your back to school essentials at Once Upon a Child!

The team at Once Upon a Child has been preparing for the upcoming school year with tons of gently used clothing essentials for boys & girls size baby – Youth 20. You’ll find a variety of clothing, outerwear, athletic wear, dance wear and even shoes & backpacks. Checking off your shopping list in no time. Be sure not to miss CT Tax Free Week Aug 21-Aug 27th!

Have you been cleaning out your kids’ closets this summer? Consider selling your items. Once Upon a Child operates on a traditional resale model offering you the ability to sell items to them directly. Here’s a quick summary of the process:

1. Identify what you would like to SELL (Clean! Clean! Clean!)
2. Bring in your gently used clothes, toys,books, shoes, and baby gear during buying hours
3. The staff at Once Upon a Child will evaluate your items and make you a $$$$ offer based on style, safety, and condition
4. You will receive cash/check that day for the items selected
5. We are currently buying by appointment on Monday – Saturday 10AM – 4PM. Schedule your appointment here.
Our MOST WANTED items are:

Once Upon a Child is located at 67 Newtown Road, Danbury. Store Hours are Sunday – Wednesday 10AM – 6PM and Thursday – Saturday 10AM – 8PM. Follow Once Upon A Child Danbury Instagram for daily arrivals & more.

Plato’s Closet is your back-to-school destination for teen clothes, shoes, and more!

Shop your favorite brands like Adidas, American Eagle, Free People, Lucky, Lululemon, Nike, Vineyard Vines, and more. Stock up on essentials during CT’s Tax Free week with Daily Deals from Sunday 8/21 through Saturday 8/27.

 Plato’s Closet is located at 67 Newtown Road, Danbury.  Store Hours are Monday – Saturday 10AM – 9PM and Sunday 11:30AM – 6PM.

Follow Plato’s Closet on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates.


Stop by Traveling Chic Boutique for a glimpse of Fall’s hottest trends in the area’s coolest store!



Everyone loves Back to School shopping! And this year we want to treat mom too!  Bring any receipt showing that you have supported another local small business and we will give you 20% any outfit of your choice!   Tell us you saw our ad in Newtown Moms Back to School Guide and we will take an additional 10% off our current summer sale discounts!   Are you a teacher or school employee show your id for 25% your first day of school outfit!!!  


Traveling Chic Boutique is located at 800 Federal Road, Unit A-4 in Brookfield and 308 Center Rock Green, Oxford and 36C Bank St New Milford 

Open 7 days a week check online for each store locations hours 

Follow Traveling Chic Boutique on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates.

This classic, sustainable, family-owned brand has committed to a more mature look for their kids line, with prints that will satisfy even the most discerning pre-teen girl (think: subtle embroidery and whimsical ruffles) and boys up to 8 years old (like solid shorts and sweatshirts with cool fossil graphics that are more cool than cute). As always, Hatley pieces are made to last (think: hand-me-down quality!). Ready to order for Back to School? Go to Hatley.com and use code LOCALMOMS15 for 15% off and free shipping (US only, expires 9/30/22)!

Bleuet is a line of size inclusive, age-appropriate bras comfortable for girls with clothing sensitivities. Visit Bleuetgirl.com in time to order for back-to-school.

Dr. Baum is one of the premier Invisalign doctors in Connecticut.
Baum Braces is the orthodontic specialist with offices in Newtown, Monroe CT. Dr. Baum appreciates what a significant difference in health and self-esteem a beautiful smile can make, which is why we are dedicated to giving each of our patients the beautiful smile and healthy bite they deserve!
Traditional metal braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic appliances can be used to assist in aligning and straightening your teeth in order to improve your appearance as well as to improve your bite. Straightening your teeth isn’t just about improving your smile; it is also about improving your overall dental health. 
We have a cheerful, friendly, and highly qualified staff. Our energetic office environment and positive patient motivation system set us apart from other traditional orthodontists. Visit us at: www.baumbraces.com

Dr. Baum

Dr. Blanck

Head back-to-school in style with a haircut from Ricci’s Salon or Hero Barbershop

Don’t forget to schedule a trim for your kids this August before school starts. Open seven days a week, Ricci’s & Hero offer children’s haircuts that will leave your kids’ hair revitalized and refreshed. And once your kids are taken care of, remember to book an appointment for yourself!

Ricci’s Salon & Hero for Men are located at 99 South Main Street, Newtown. Visit Ricci’s and Hero on the web to schedule your appointment.

This mom-owned, made in the USA line of customizable labels will help you easily prep your kids for Back to School.
Use code LOCALMOMS15 for 15% off.

Alliance Tutoring

Alliance Tutoring and Coaching specializes in assisting teenagers and young adults who have strayed away from their academic path and are in need of additional guidance and support. We are a collection of experienced educators with elite academic backgrounds who help these young people to regain their path through a balance of customized personal connection and academic achievement to ease inner tensions and refocus their life.

Calling all knights and swashbucklers! Come and try the Olympic sport of Fencing! It’s a fun and challenging way to develop coordination, speed, and tactical problem solving. Candlewood Fencing Center is new to Newtown, but has been in business for over 30 years. Our staff includes current coaches of Yale, Vassar, and Sacred Heart along with Olympians and National Champions. Check out our Fall schedule here!

The Suzuki Music School of Newtown has offered a wide variety of Music Programs for all ages for over 40 years. From its earliest beginnings, the school has strived to develop the whole child through music education.  Fall session begins on Tuesday, September 6th.

 Programs offered include:

Mommy & Me Classes
Preschool Music Classes
Virtual and In Person Lessons for All Ages for Piano, Violin & Guitar

Visit www.newtownsuzuki.com or email [email protected] for more information and to schedule your free trial.

 The Suzuki Music School of Newtown is located at 111 Church Hill Road #4, Sandy Hook. Visit the school on Facebook and Instagram.

Start your journey towards becoming a musical family with Music Together.

  • Town: Newtown, Monroe, & Trumbull
  • Dates: 10 week session starts in September
  • Ages: Birth – 6 years
  • Description: Discover the joy of family music making with your child. Sing, dance, learn and play through music – complete with at home materials.  Come together to expose your child to a community of music making families and connect with your community, learn about how to nurture your child’s musical growth, and have a safe family place to explore music. 

    Parents/ Caregivers are the most important musical role model to guide baby towards playful, stimulating activities as well as create bonding moments. Learn about you infants musical development, how to initiate musical play as well as respond to musical sounds and movements your Baby is expressing. Meet other parents, share milestones, sing, dance and play – together! Music Together mixed age classes are perfect for babies and families with multiple siblings. Our developmentally appropriate activities create a fun, rich community music making experience for your child to explore music without the expectation to perform.  Our focus is on an adult/ child interaction and fosters an environment in which the whole family learns how to “play musically “ together. Large and small movement, instrument play with egg shakers, rhythm sticks, scarves, drums and so much more are all apart of our musical activities. At home music materials , free app and music development education for parents and caregivers are all included in tuition. Music making happens everyday and anywhere , not just once per week! Rhythm Kids is the next musical step for your child ages 4 -6 yrs old with parent and caregiver. It is an opportunity for children to experience their first musical instrument, to care for, and practice at home and bring to class. Music development unfolds as children explore the world of rhythm through movement, instrument play, musical games and patterns.  Our musical environment fosters opportunities for leadership, cooperation, creativity, improvisation, solo and ensemble music play – a musical adventure that lets your child thing and create like a musician!

    Come try a class – check us out on Facebook & Instagram for upcoming events
  • Contact: Julie Capuano, Director by phone at 203-521-3013 text or email [email protected].  You can also visit online at www.MusicTogetherCTclass.com.
  • Website: Click Here 
  • Location: Newtown, Monroe, & Trumbull – Both Indoor & Outdoor locations available for Fall 2022!

WorkspaceCT hosts a range of learning opportunities year-round. Fall programs cater to the many interests of families with classes that explore self-publishing, lego building, musical theater, robotics, and so much more! Programming is also available for students on select half-days and some full-days when school is closed.  

A full overview of programs and registration are available online at www.workspaceCT.org/events.

 About WorkspaceCT

WorkspaceCT is a collaborative space owned and operated by Cooperative Educational Services and EdAdvance. WorkspaceCT was formed to provide students and educators in western Connecticut with a unique setting to enhance learning and create educational opportunities.


WorkspaceCT has 32,000 square feet with a variety of rooms, labs, studios and more. There are rooms for math, coding and virtual-reality gaming; studios and theater space for creative movement, music, screening, and recording; a science research lab; full commercial kitchen; woodworking workshop; conference center; and a co-working space with individual learning stations.

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