Back To School Basics At Thrift Park

Mother and child holding hands on first day back at school


Now that summer holidays are in full swing, it’s that time of year when our attention turns from backyard cricket and beach trips to back to school preparations! The task at hand and shopping lists can seem overwhelming and before you know it, it’s the first day of term! It can be a frantic time ensuring your kids have all they need for a new school year. Thrift Park is a great place to get organized and start your back to school shopping. Follow our handy tips for a stress-free and smooth transition from the holidays to the start of a new school year


Prepare a list 

Before you head to the shops, it is wise to take a few moments to compile a list of all the items you need for each child. Find out what stationary they need, whether they need a new lunch box or water bottleif they need to supply their own workbooks and pencil cases. Check your cupboards for any of these items so you can reuse, otherwise add them to your list. Located at Thrift Park, Woolworths and Fantastic Home & Gifts have a great range of stationery supplies and are your go-to store for lunch boxes and water bottles. 


Prepare convenient and healthy snacks

School mornings can be a crazy time preparing school lunches and getting kids out of the door in time. Taking some time during the holidays to plan out some healthy and quick lunch box snacks will pay dividends when it comes to saving time in the mornings. You can even prepare snacks ahead and pop in the freezer for when they are needed! Woolworths have some great ideas for healthy lunch box snacks here. Baker's Delight also have some great recipes for inspiration at their website here


Fresh hair cuts

Have your kids looking their sharpest in preparation for school photos by getting their hair cut before the term begins. Smart Cuts and Color is the perfect place to get your child’s hair cut. No appointments are necessary, and you can rest assured you get great value for the best prices. 


Medical and dental check-ups 

Summer holidays are the perfect time to book in for any medical appointments your child might need before the busy-ness of school life begins. Children with allergies will also benefit from updated allergy action plans and prescriptions for emergency medications. Terry White Chemist have a great blog on back to school tips for children with food allergies here. With Mentone Medical Centre and Mentone Smiles dental clinic both conveniently located at Thrift Park, you can ensure your kids will be in the best health and well prepared for a new school year! 


So, avoid the last-minute shopping and chores by getting organized and visit Thrift Park for all your back to school basics!

Christmas Made Easy At Thrift Park



Christmas is upon us yet again and the retailers at Thrift Park are ready to help you get sortedWhether you’re hosting Christmas at your house this year and looking for fresh, quality produce, searching for some nifty gifts for family and friends or planning the ultimate Christmas getawayThrift Park has you covered!


Free Christmas Craft Activities 

Bring the kids along to Thrift Park and join us for some free Christmas craft activities between 11am and 2pm on the 6th, 7th and 8th of December. Kids can colour in their own Santa hat, Christmas stocking or Christmas bag to take home. 

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Keep Cool At Thrift Park Shopping Centre This Summer!


We've created 6 top tips to help you and your family beat the heat this summer with Thrift Park Shopping Centre!


  1. Visit Terry White Chemmart to pick up some sunscreen to protect you for the outdoor activities you’ll be doing throughout summer! If you’ve accidentally stayed in the sun for a little too long, you can pick yourself up some after-sun cooling gel to take the heat out of any burn and moisturiser to keep your skin feeling good.

  2. Purchase a variety of fresh summer fruits from Woolworths to make a fruit salad, or better yet – poke a stick through some and place in the freezer for 2+ hours to make some delicious fruit pops!

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