We’re at a point in my family’s growth where some of the bigger milestones have passed: Eat solids. Learn to walk. Be potty trained. Sleep through the night… well, my 7-year-old ALMOST has that one down. But the big goal at home lately has been learning how to tie our shoes.

So imagine the excitement when we discovered that Nordstrom at the Fashion Mall hosts a monthly Kids Shoe-Tying Clinic! Bonus detail? It’s free. 

Nordstrom Kids Shoe Tying Clinic - theCityMoms

Nordstrom Kids Shoe Tying Clinic - theCityMoms

The clinic {which sounds well, clinical, but is actually quite casual!} takes place every third Saturday of the month before the store opens. And because we wanted to share the fun, we snagged a few spots for our fellow CityMoms families to enjoy along with us.

WHAT OTHER FUN SHOULD YOU GET IN TO? Cereal Cinema at Newfields is one of our favorites.

Upon arrival, the Nordstrom Kids Shoe Department employees measured each child’s feet and had moms jot down addresses on a postcard. “We mail these postcards to you in 3 months to remind you it may be time to size up,” Department Manager Adele informed me.

Nordstrom Kids Shoe Tying Clinic - theCityMoms

Nordstrom employees help demonstrate two methods during the Shoe Tying Clinic.

As the clinic kicked off, Adele and her staff gathered the kids on the floor around a huge pile of Converse shoes. These would become the practice shoes. The staff patiently explained a technique, demonstrated it to the group a few times and then took turns going from child-to-child for individual help. Practicing at home was encouraged many times, as we knew kids likely weren’t going to walk away from this having mastered shoe-tying in one morning. Thankfully the instruction was easy enough to follow for all our little learners.
Nordstrom Kids Shoe Tying Clinic - theCityMoms
At the conclusion of class, each child received an award, a balloon, a goodie bag with a coupon for a free cookie with the Nordstrom eBar.

I was a little surprised that Nordstrom doesn’t include a coupon of any sort in their goodie bags – after all moms with wallets are a powerful thing and an extra incentive to purchase is never a bad idea! – but it was a wonderful way to spend our Saturday morning and help push us toward our next milestone.

MORE INFORMATION: Kids Shoe-Tying Clinics are offered on the third Saturday of the month from 9-9:45am before the store opens. This activity is best for children ages 5 and up. RSVPs are required. Call 317-810-9809 ext. 1460 to reserve your spot for the next one and let them know theCityMoms sent you!



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Jeanine Bobenmoyer – like many moms – wears numerous hats including wife, mother of 2, trail runner, yoga-addict, Michigan native, die-hard Wolverines fan, Thai food enthusiast and avid reader. After years spent in the world of advertising agencies, she now curbs her Mad Men tendencies as a freelance communications and marketing consultant.