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Superhero-themed supplies to get kids excited about school year

Heroes & Villains Hot & Cold Containers (Pottery Barn Kids)
Heroes & Villains Hot & Cold Containers (Pottery Barn Kids) Pottery Barn Kids

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a school supply trend!

The coolest backpacks, lunchboxes, folders and pencils this year bear the images of kids’ favorite superheroes. Blame Hollywood — or thank it, if the characters get your kids excited about going back to school.

Whether they’re superfans of Captain America, Batgirl or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there’s a binder, backpack and lunchbox to the rescue.

Going back to school has never felt so super.

Back to attack homework

Your student will feel extra powerful sporting one of J.C. Penney’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpacks. Toting books is a lot more fun when your favorite shelled superheroes are on your side. $19.99, online only at jcpenney.com.

Organizing help

There’s no better way to organize homework than with these Avengers-themed pocket folders. Captain America and the Hulk are sure to inspire A-plus work. $1 each, Target and www.target.com.

Locked and loaded

Your kids can keep their lunch money, cellphone and calculator extra safe with this pink Vaultz locking binder pouch. A simple combo lock keeps valuables safe in a locker or backpack. Branded with Batman’s iconic emblem, the pouch is elevated to a whole new level of cool. $11.99-$14.99, Wal-Mart and Office Depot.

Wonder ware

Pottery Barn Kids has an entire Heroes & Villains Collection. Lunch tastes better when it comes from a personalized superhero kit. This Justice League lunch bag has a food-safe, environmentally friendly interior with an outside zipper pocket, an inside mesh pocket and a side compartment for a water bottle or thermos; $24.50.

The BPA-free Thermos-brand hot and cold containers are double-walled and vacuum-sealed, to keep your soup hot or your drink cold for hours. And they come in a variety of heroes, from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man. $19.50, Pottery Barn Kids and www.potterybarnkids.com.

Take note

Writing assignments in social studies will be a lot more fun in this Avengers notebook. All of the iconic members of the crime-fighting team are represented, from Thor to Iron Man and Hawkeye. $1.98, Wal-Mart and www.walmart.com.

Hydration hero

Staying hydrated will be a breeze with this Spider-Man 25-ounce water bottle. The Zak Designs product is BPA-free with a leak-proof lid and a durable design. $20, J.C. Penney and www.jcpenney.com.

The write stuff

Pencils and highlighters will be secure in this Batman-inspired Vaultz locking pencil box. It’s durable and the perfect size for tossing in a backpack to keep writing utensils from falling to the bottom and getting lost. $12.99-$14.99, Wal-Mart and Office Depot.

Texas Sales Tax Holiday

▪ Friday-Sunday

▪ As in past years, during the “tax-free weekend,” most clothing, shoes, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 are exempt from sales and use taxes. Items sold in stores, online, by phone or by mail are included, and layaway plans can be used.

▪ For more information, visit http://comptroller.texas.gov.

Extended hours

Some local shopping malls will have extended hours and other deals over the weekend. They include:

Hulen Mall: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (www.hulenmall.com)

North East Mall: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (www.simon.com/mall/north-east-mall)

NorthPark Center, Dallas: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (www.northparkcenter.com)

The Parks at Arlington: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (www.theparksatarlington.com)

Ridgmar Mall: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday (www.ridgmar.com)

Note that stores inside the mall may have different hours. Check websites for more information.

Where to shop

J.C. Penney: Multiple area locations, www.jcpenny.com

Office Depot: Multiple area locations, www.officedepot.com

Pottery Barn Kids: 3220 Knox St., Dallas, 214-522-4845, www.potterybarnkids.com

Target: Multiple area locations, www.target.com

Wal-Mart: Multiple area locations, www.walmart.com

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