RECOMMENDED: Kids' back-to-school guide
Never fear—we've got the best after-school programs, recommendations for school supply stores and more to get your city kids ready for the first day of school. Here, we've rounded up the coolest backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, notebooks and other school supplies we could find (both in local shops and big online retailers). Now they'll just one of the best school backpacks to put it all in! If you're trying to save some dough, track down spots in NYC giving out free school supplies.
School supplies for kids
Ages 3–5: Juice in the Box
Leakproof, dishwasher-safe and made from 80 percent recycled material, this reusable juice box will save your kid’s homework from spills time and time again. $12, toysrus.com
Ages 12–14: Bike bell
Watch out, world! Kiddos can zoom to school safely at 80—er—10mph with this bike bell. $18, at Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, 232 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn (718-522-9848, blueribbongeneralstore.com)