Adventures with James & Mom
.... featuring New York area weekend trips with James and his
Mom as they search for fun, excitement and learning adventures!
American Girl Place
© American Girl Place
says: I am going to let my little sister tell you about this
adventure because it was really not "my cup of tea".
- James -
This weekend we went to the American Girl Place. It is huge, there
are four floors. We went shopping, had lunch, and saw a show,
all in the same building. Pretty cool, huh?
very good, I even ate my veggies. First they served warm cinnamon
buns, and then we had fruit kabobs, pineapple flowers with celery;
mini pretzel rolls, and cucumbers and carrots with ranch dip.
Then I had chicken fingers with yummy macaroni and cheese and
some melon. I had pink lemonade, in a fancy glass.
the best! For dessert I had a flower, sugar cookie, a little heart
shaped cake and chocolate-mousse that came in a flowerpot, it
even had a little, cloth flower in it. My napkin ring was a pink
daisy on a rubber band, so I can use it as a hair clip. The very
best part was that there was a little high chair seat for my doll
Emily. She even had her own plate and tea cup.
"It is like going to the museum of cool
doll stuff. We had a great day ..."
After lunch, we went shopping. I had no idea that there were so many American
Girl Dolls. They can have pets, too. There
were so many outfits and things that you could buy for your doll,
or for you and your doll. There are matching outfits, so you can
dress like your doll. Then you can get books
and movies about
your doll's adventures.
If you wanted
to you could have pictures taken at the photo
studio, or get your hair and your doll's hair done in the
If you like American Girl Dolls or even if you don't, this place
is really fun to go to and look around. It is like going to the
museum of cool doll stuff, and the food is really good too. We
had a great day.
Says: I could really see the delight in my daughter's eyes
as she entered into this magical world of dolls. It was like walking
into a dream world. The lights, the music, the colors and textures,
the displays, even the smells, drew you into this amazing toy
land. It was a real experience, and like Lilly said," it
is like a museum of cool doll stuff". I like the fact that
many of the doll's stories are drawn from history. The historical
characters each relate to a certain time periods in history.
The books and stories that accompany the dolls depict factual
events and tidbits of history that later on will emerge in your
daughter's social studies or history class. It is always good
when the learning experience is incorporated into the fun.
I could really see the delight in my
daughter's eyes as she entered into
this magical world of dolls ..."
to the Historical characters they have the Just
Like You series. With these dolls you get to pick and choose
hair, skin, and eye color. This makes it possible to match your
doll's looks to yours a bit more. Having one of these "popular
dolls" and having it look just like you is a great self esteem
booster. Every year, a new character is introduced that explores
one girl's story of what it means to be an American girl.
Girl of the Year doll celebrates real American girls as people
who can make a difference. Each of the American Girl Dolls has
their own line of accessories, outfits and animal friends. For
the younger set, or those who prefer baby dolls to girl dolls
they have the Bitty
Babies and the Bitty Twins. They are adorable, physically
smaller, dolls with happy, little, baby faces.
also has the full shebang of accessories available. From high
chairs to bibs and strollers and even pets, you name it, if you
are looking for it they probably have it.
The rest of
our day was really quite nice. Our experience dining at the American Girl Café
was pleasantly surprising. Honestly, I figured, "Well
they got us here, so the food will be marginal at best.".
That was not the case at all. Our food was very tasty and plentiful,
the service was friendly and the presentation was lovely, really
perfect for the experience. The little extras were what had the
We had lunch
but you also have the options of brunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
This was by no means an inexpensive outing, but you can go for
the day, visit the cool doll stuff and do lunch or afternoon tea,
without it draining the wallet too much. By the way, you can borrow
an American Girl Doll at the store to accompany you at the table
while you dine.
packages for birthdays and shopping outings as well as special
events, We went for the experience and the memory that it made.
My daughter made an album of the day and shows it off whenever
possible. Our mission was accomplished.
Girl Place New York, 609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street,
New York, NY 10017, 1-877-247-5223,Hours: open 7 days a week, Hours are: Sun: 9a.m. - 7p.m., Mon
- Thurs: 10a.m. - 7p.m., Fri: 10a.m. - 9p.m., Sat: 9a.m. - 9p.m.
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Girl Place Chicago | American
Girl Place Los Angeles
authors: James is the oldest of 4 kids. Lilly, his sister,
is our very own American Girl Place reporter. Mom is their Mother,
a children's writer, educator & photographer. They live in
New York with their Dad and pet dogs, cats, geckos, and turtles.
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