The older you get, the faster it passes, it seems.
Summer, that is.
Some schools in the Garden Grove area have already rang that first bell, signaling the first day back to school.
Huh? Yep, it’s true.
Others are planning to do the same.
Football players can be seen sweating and smash-mouthing on our local fields in preparation for those special, never-to-be-forgotten games under the Friday night lights.
And the nearest mall in our coverage area is also gearing up. I’m talking about the Westminster Mall. Yes, it’s in Westminster, obviously, but it’s the mall of choice for many Garden Grove and Stanton residents because of its proximity and because, well, it’s an underappreciated but pretty good mall.
With that said, and I’m lifting the following from a story that will appear in this week’s paper, Simon Property Group, Inc., a leading global retail real estate company, is holding a special celebration to help young students and parents across the country “make the grade” even before the school year begins.
Families are invited to score an “A+” in preparedness and entertainment with Simon Kidgits Club’s annual back-to-school event at Westminster Mall on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon in Macy’s Court.
Simon Kidgits Club’s back-to-school event will feature a variety of interactive activities for children and valuable offers for adults, all designed to make transitioning into academic routines a little easier.
•Infusing some fun: To incorporate excitement into getting back to the classroom, kids will have the opportunity to participate in seasonal-inspired craft-making activities and games, including personalized notebook decorating and other back-to-school creations.
•Introducing what’s hot: Before hitting the books, families can explore the latest clothing, accessory and toy trends from retailers at Westminster Mall.
•Sharing savvy ways to save: Event attendees will have the chance to win prizes and giveaways, and tackle their back to school shopping lists with exclusive retailer coupons and promotions. For example, GAP has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for a “Back to School Drive” benefitting disadvantaged students. Shoppers who donate school supplies in-store for students aged 6-17 will receive 25 percent off one regular priced item (please see a GAP sales associate for official rules and details). In addition, Kidgits Club members will receive a special insulated lunch bag during Westminster Mall’s event, while supplies last.
“At Simon malls, we know the back-to-school experience means more to families than simply purchasing must-have supplies,” said Nate Weirbach, director of marketing and business development at Westminster Mall.
The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused for a decade with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.
For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and back-to-school events, visit www.simon.com/kidgits or visit Westminster Mall on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WestminsterMall on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ShopWestminster or on Instagram at http://instagram.com/shopwestminster.