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Camp gear

Kids need a lot of stuff for camp-even day camp-and they want it to be super-cute to boot. So head to the West Village and cross everything off the list below in one afternoon.

1 Pylones
Pick up creature-themed sunglasses ($8), purses ($19), insulated lunch boxes ($31), animal jump ropes (pictured, $27) and other wacky gear. 61 Grove St between Bleecker St and Seventh Ave South (212-727-2655)

2 Pumpkin
Forget paper lunch bags and too-big book bags. This unique store has way-cool lunch boxes ($19) and mini-backpacks (pictured, $25) that are patterned with different themes, such as athletes, musical instruments and flowers; many come stuffed with blankets, swimwear and towels. 334 Bleecker St between Christopher and W 10th Sts (212-352-0109)

3 Alphabets
Your tot will tire very quickly of singing on the bus. So fill his backpack with diversions—a colorful wallet (pictured, $30), pocket-sized games and a windup flashlight. 47 Greenwich Ave between Charles and Perry Sts (212-229-2966)

4 Kids Rx
From California Baby sunscreen ($18) and insect repellent ($15) to CleanWell hand sanitizer ($3), this shop's got what you need to keep your camper healthy. 523 Hudson St between Charles and W 10th Sts (212-741-7111)

5 Ralph Lauren
Stock up on oh-so-preppy bathing suits for girls and boys, and cover-ups and hats to protect them from the glaring sun. 380 Bleecker St between Charles and Perry Sts (212-462-1020)

6 The Shoe Garden
Your kids will love the ambience at this nature-inspired store, and you'll love the helpful staff as you pick out flip-flops, water shoes, sneakers and socks for children up to eight years old. 152 W 10th St at Waverly Pl (212-989-4320)

Camp shopping list


* Lunch box
* Sunscreen
* Insect repellent
* Sunglasses
* Towel
* Wallet
* Mini-backpack


* Sneakers
* Sun hat
* Swimsuit
* Flip-flops
* Cover-up


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