Adorable Tiny Dolls at American Girl Place, Manhattan

 The word press word for the day is tiny. My immediate thought for some reason was the miniature dolls we saw at the American Girl Place. We checked out their amazing store when we were in Manhattan last year. We had been to the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Plaza earlier that day and saw this place while we were walking around. Not sure why my thoughts went there, expect maybe that my niece just had a baby and she looks like a tiny little doll. Then again, I am probably bias, lol. Either way, I thought about these little 18 inch dolls and decided to share our experience.

First a little history about the dolls. These tiny dolls were released in 1986 by Pleasant Company and portray eight- to eleven-year-old girls of a variety of ethnicities. This product line aims to teach aspects of American history through a six-book series from the perspective of a girl living in that time period. Apparently the books are written for girls who are at least eight years old, they endeavor to cover significant topics such as child labor, child abuse, poverty, racism, slavery, animal abuse and war in manners appropriate for the understanding and sensibilities of their young audience.

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Each doll has a different combination of face mold, skin tone, eye color, and hair color, length, texture, and/or style. American Girl states that this variety allows customers to choose dolls that “represent the individuality and diversity of today’s American girls. A wide variety of contemporary clothing, accessories, and furniture is also available, and there are regular releases and retirements to update this line.

The store is so adorable. They have a doll hair salon where you can watch their expert stylist give dolls a new look. Besides hairdos, they have ear piercing, pampering services, and more. So cute, however more impressive than that, is the American Girl Café.  It is a fun and fancy restaurant where memories are always on the menu! Enjoy gourmet dining (and plenty of giggles) together. They also have set up for birthday parties and celebrations, dolls included of course!

I had a great time wondering around and looking at all the cute doll items. My husband wasn’t quite as impressed, but he humored my friend and I as we walked around and checked it out.  We didn’t have any kids with us, and I didn’t have any little nieces at the time, so we just looked, but I would definitely add this to your to do list while running around mid-town. It is worth visiting, especially if you have a little girl in your party. Happy shopping.

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