The Falls to celebrate tax-free weekend with events, incentives

Youngsters enjoy 2011Back to School Splash at The Falls.

With the 2012 Florida Tax-Free Holiday providing a bit of relief for parents during the back-to-school season, The Falls is ringing in the new school year in style with the eighth annual Back to School Splash.

As the mall prepares for this busy time of year, several retailers are getting ready for an eventful weekend with the latest fall fashions, accessories, school supplies and electronics to start the school year off right.

The three-day sales tax break begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 5. During this period, retailers will not be required to collect state and local sales use tax on most footwear, clothing, backpacks and school supplies priced less than $100.

The Falls has once again aligned with South Florida Parenting to host the Back to School Splash, celebrating the start of the school year and taking place on Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, from noon to 5 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event will feature a trackless train that can transport families between Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, bounce houses, sand castle art, lunch bag decoration and other crafts and a pirate treasure hunt. Additionally, Holtz Children’s Hospital will present a Teddy Bear clinic and South Miami Hospital will showcase crown and pirate hat-making crafts. Young visitors will be able to enjoy a magic show presentation from James Changefield and dance performances as well as classes courtesy of Hip Hop Kidz. Back to School-themed vendors will be on-hand to present a variety of products and services to attendees.

“The Falls is thrilled to partner once again with South Florida Parenting to provide a fun and convenient way for families to take advantage of the tax-free holiday,” said Dailen Rodriguez, director of marketing and business development at The Falls. “Our retailers are providing incredible deals this year on top of the tax-free discount which is sure to please parents, while our event elements provide activities for children of all ages to enjoy.”

Shoppers will also find tax-free deals at Dadeland Mall, Shops at Sunset Place and Miami International Malll.

Before hitting the mall, shoppers can check out even more savings by visiting the Simon Retailer Showcase where coupons and other retailer deals await at <>. Not sure what clothes are school uniform approved? Stop by Guest Services for a list of school requirements, which stores to find the appropriate attire and which stores have the best deals.

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