Saying good-bye to the laissez-faire days of summer is never easy, but there are plenty of awesome things that come along with the start of a new school year. Your kids get to meet new friends, embark on a fresh start and indulge in the oh-so-awesome ritual of back-to-school shopping. This year, instead of fighting the crowds at major chain stores, earn extra marks by shopping local. We’ve rounded up six of our favorite San Diego shops to score everything your little one needs to head back-to-school in style.

Lakeshore Learning

If you want to go where the teachers go for their school supplies, you have to check out Lakeshore Learning. It's got all the latest tools to enhance education along with all the basics that are on your school supply list. If you happen to stop by on a Saturday between 11 a.m and 3 p.m. your kiddo can enjoy a themed-craft activity. We can't think of a better way to get ready for the school days ahead.

7510 Hazard Center Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92108

Photo: Leah Singer

Where do you love to get your back to school clothes and supplies? Are there any favorite store we missed? Leave us a comment below!

— Aimee Della Bitta