American Girl is your Summer Destination for exclusive events and summer-only opportunities that celebrate girls and help them make memories they’ll cherish. You’ll also find summer exclusives in the store, restaurant, and salon!
Top 4 Reasons to visit American Girl
- Parties & Special Packages: Thrill her with a gourmet meal, signature desserts, goody bags, doll tiaras, games, crafts, and so much more. Choose the perfect way to celebrate—whether it’s her birthday or any day! (My lucky girls both have summer birthdays, just 2 1/2 weeks apart!)
- Exclusive Events: She can take a cooking class. Have a book signed by a favorite author. Spend time learning about one of the characters she loves. These are just a few of the unique events and workshops.
One of the exclusive events this summer at the Boston (Natick, MA) store was American Girl at the Boston Duck Tour. Last Friday, we met outside the store, boarded a beautiful coach bus, which of course had Kit’s movie playing for our viewing pleasure, water and snacks were passed out to all of us guests, and we were in downtown Boston in no time at all. We got to enjoy the 80 minute Duck Boat Tour with Skipper the Skydiver. After a fun 80 minutes- during which some of the girls and boys decided they’d like to have a turn driving a Duck Boat, we headed back to shore, and back to the store.
The store was a BIG DEAL to our little group. None of us had been before. We hadn’t any idea what was in store for us (well, we sort of did, but it was really exciting when we went in!)
The Duck Boat Tours were a lot of fun, we saw so much of Boston and so many cool landmarks and learned a lot of the history of the city. Shopping after the tours was just the icing on an already awesome cake and we had a blast.
3. Dining: From scrumptious starters to delectable desserts, American Girl menus feature girls’ favorites—and dolls are welcome to join the fun, too! You can make reservations at a Cafe or drop by a Bistro, each offering service throughout the day, from brunch through dinner. (Please note: Denver and Kansas City do not offer Dining.)
We enjoyed a lovely lunch before we started our shopping (we needed to refuel!) The chefs made a special batch of cookies just for those of us who’d gone on the Duck Boat Tour (aren’t they adorable??)
Everything was delicious- and I have to note that one of our party is on a gluten free diet and the folks at American Girl couldn’t have been more accommodating. They had 3-4 options that were gluten free when something needed to be changed or substituted, not just one. Just that ‘extra’ quality we love about American Girl so much. The chef actually came out to speak with us personally when we arrived!
4. American Girl Doll Hair Salon: Treat your girl’s doll to a new ’do, ear piercing, and pampering, too! Visit the Doll Hair Salon, and watch the American Girl® specialists work their magic. (My soon to be 5 year old is getting her ears pierced for her birthday, and while she cannot pierce her Bitty Twins’ ears, she did find some earring stickers for dolls at the store- perfect for a 5 year old to use).
We were fortunate to head back up to the Boston store to enjoy a Bitty Baby Story Time- an ongoing story time in the Bitty section of the store. An employee set out special rugs for the kids to sit on and read from an oversized Bitty Baby book. My girls sat through the story four times, and thoroughly enjoyed coloring while listening. Absolutely worth a visit just for a free story!
The Summer Reading Bookmark Craft has been ongoing Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 2. Kids can fill in American Girl themed reading logs, and then make fun Isabelle bookmarks. I was actually really impressed by the bookmarks- not by the quality, but you can change them up with a simple fold change and have a very different bookmark from everyone else. There are, of course, stickers to decorate. My kids LOVE to read so they were happy to have fun new bookmarks. My little one is in LOVE with Isabelle so she really can’t stay away from anything related to her!
Have you visited your local American Girl store yet?
This post is sponsored by American Girl. Opinions are my own.