American Girl Doll Store
We visited the American Girl Doll Store in Dallas for the first time last weekend. We went to celebrate the safe end of another school year. We had a great time! Here are some pictures from our trip.
Bridgette has been watching a bunch of the American Girl movies including the ones about Samantha, Felicity, Molly and Kit. Soon, she’ll be reading the American Girl books.
She’s been especially captivated by the story of Kit Kittredge and her best friend Ruthie. The story unfolds in Cincinnati during the Great Depression. It stars Julia Ormond, Chris O’Donnell, Abigail Breslin and Joan Cusack. It’s a great film and has been a wonderful learning experience for my kids. It’s given me a chance to teach them the concept of generations. We’ve talked about the 15 generations that created the American Dream. I’ve told them about Generation X and their generation, Generation Z.
Bridgy had a hard time deciding which doll to get, but in the end, she picked Ruthie, Kit’s best friend.
My son Sullivan had a good time running up and down the escalators. He was a great sport about going to the store. The next day we took him to the Dallas Aquarium.
Here is Sullivan entertaining himself in Kaya’s Teepee. He’d be hard-pressed to admit it, but he likes the American Girl movies, too.
Kaya, Nez Perce, 1764
This is Kaya in a jingle dress. This is very similar to the Native dress of the Chickasaw Indians in Oklahoma.
The actual name of the store is the American Girl Boutique and Bistro. You can order lunch in the cafe or desserts at the ice cream counter. They have booster chairs for all the dolls.
The hair salon was quite amusing.
Julie Albright, 1970s
Julie Albright is the Generation X doll. Her story takes place in 1974. All the American Girl stories involve conflict and challenges. In the true spirit of Gen X, Julie’s primary challenge is her parents’ divorce.
The Generation X American Girl is dressed like a hippie. This is how little kids dressed in the 70s — just like the grown ups.
As a kid growing up in the 70s, I loved bead curtains hung doorways. I love the attention to detail in American Girl dolls and accessories. All these small touches tell the stories of American generations.
I had a flower basket just like this. My dad had about 10,000 of these tape recorders.
American Girl Books
My oldest daughter, Juliette, grew up with American Girls. She loved their books.
Bridgy is in gymnastics so she liked this doll, too.
Addy’s story takes place in 1861. In the Summer of 1864, her family decides to try and escape slavery.
While we were in Dallas we stayed at the Anatole, which has an indoor pool. The American Girl Store is adjacent to the Galleria.
When we got home to Oklahoma City, Bridgy stayed in her room and played with her Ruthie doll for hours. It was very sweet. I’m so grateful I was able to take her. I know there are a lot of girls who don’t get to go. And, there are girls all around the world who don’t live in even half as good as the dolls in the American Girl Store. By the way, to date, American Girl has donated nearly $100 million to date to charities nationwide.
I really love watching the American Girl movies with my kids. They’re wholesome and educational. I savor every moment we spend learning about the history of American girls. Bridgette was very moved by the story of Kit and the Great Depression. She’s been thinking a lot more about the value of a job and a dollar.
Our trip to the American Girl store was magical. I encourage you to go if you get a chance. Childhood doesn’t wait.
You can find store locations and merchandise at the American Girl Doll Store online.
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