The American Girl Place in Los Angeles is located in the Grove. It has all the favorite characters, a cafe, doll hair salon, and seasonal events.
I bought the A Day At American Girl package for my 5-year-old's birthday. There is no worthwhile savings (that I can calculate) by buying this package, but I'm glad we did it because if gave us an opportunity to do a photo shoot and other things I'd never pay for otherwise. The package also includes lunch at the Cafe, a hairdo for a doll at the Hair Salon, doll/child matching T-shirts, and a gift card.
Lunch was surprisingly good. I had low expectations but I think it's worth $23 per person for what you get and the general experience. It started with cinnamon rolls, then a small veggie/cheese platter, entree and dessert. They also serve wine (yay) and some champagne cocktails. If you don't have or forget your doll, they have plenty for kids to choose from. Dolls sit at the table in high chairs.
I ordered a turkey burger that was decent and my daughter had pasta and a breadstick. We upgraded to the birthday package and I'm telling you the cake was delicious. They said it was "famous" but I can't remember the name of the bakery. The birthday package was $35 for her (incl lunch) and $25 for me (incl lunch) so not too big of an upgrade. She also walked away with a goodie bag.
All in all, it was a great special occasion experience. We were even there over Easter break and it wasn't too crowded. I found the NYC location to be very difficult to navigate it was so crowded. The Grove is a really nice shopping area with grassy space and a tram so plan on spending a little time walking around there too.
We don't live in a state where there is an American Girl Doll Store. This year I decided to treat my daughter to a really special birthday gift-- a stay at The Orlando Hotel on W. 3rd, just 10 blocks from the American Girl Doll Store. There, they offer an "American Girl Doll Package".
From the moment we stepped into the store, my daughter’s eyes were as wide as saucers. I wasn’t sure we would even make it past the first section! She perused every nook and cranny of the store, carefully looking over everything she had circled in the catalog before we had arrived. After spending several hours in the store she settled on her purchases.
Then she made an appointment to have her American Girl Dolls hair done. There is the cutest hair salon on the first floor. $10 for short hair styles and $20 for long. We left the girls, grabbed a bite to eat across the street and then came back to watch them be styled.
I had also signed her up for a specialty class that was being held that afternoon in the upstairs cafe - Haunted Gingerbread Houses ($40/child). This was great. Parents are not invited, it is a drop off and dinner was included. They started by decorating their own chef hat donning aprons before entering the room. Girls could bring their own dolls or borrow one if they forgot theirs. After an 1 & 1/2 you could come back to pick up your child and their project.
We have been to the American Girl Doll store in NYC several times and I have to say that we enjoyed this one so much better. The pace, staff and store as a whole was a lot less frenetic making the entire shopping experience so much more enjoyable.
Seriously…if you have a little girl that loves dolls…this is the place for you…even if you don’t this place is amazing! They have a hair salon for the dolls for goodness sake! This is good wholesome fun for girls of all ages (even me…lol). Yes the dolls are expensive…but this is something I don’t mind spending money on.
We have done just about everything there. We had her Birthday party in the tea room…which was ok. Well actually we didn’t have the best time and when we went home it really started to bug me because it wasn’t cheap. So I called and let the manager of the store know what had happened at our visit (basically they didn’t give the favors we had paid for and kept the rest of our cake…and the person in the photo area was rude). The manager apologized and made it worth our while to come back. And really we’ve been many times and had great experiences. My point is that they really want the customers to have a good time when they visit. And they go out of their way to make that happen. I mean for goodness sake…they have personal shoppers…for the dolls…
It is so worth the visit…it is a doll paradise…
I cannot even begin to explain how thrilled going to the American Girl Place LA made my niece/goddaughter. She's been an American Girl fan since I don't even know how long, and this was like a dream come true for her. There was so much great stuff to do there, and we spent countless hours there. The fact that I made her so happy was satisfying for me.
Shopping at American Girl is an exciting day! You better have the energy of the Energizer Bunny to keep up with your daughter! This place has 2 levels of pure joy.
If you are specifically looking for modern, modest fashions the American Girl store is a great place to go (if you don't mind the logo on everything!). I think it's adorable that the girls can dress like their dolls.
Come with a budget because everything comes separately and it's easy for the cost to accumulate quickly.
We surprised the girls and took them to the American Girl Place to celebrate a birthday! Wow! They were in heaven with everything American Girl all around them. We had lunch in the cafe, which was surprisingly good and a ton of food! I wouldn't recommend the pizza- it didn't look good and my daughter who loves pizza barely touched it. But, the experience was fantastic and something they will never forget!