American Girl Place Los Angeles

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    American Girl Place

    American Girl Place at the Grove
    American Girl Place at the Grove. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    American Girl Place
    The Grove
    189 The Grove Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Reservations: 1-877-247-5223
    www.americangirl.com

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    American Girl Place at The Grove in Los Angeles is every little girl's fantasy, with dolls representing various ages, ethnicities and myriad careers and hobbies, and, of course, accessories galore. There are also the hundreds of American girl books with wholesome stories of strong, independent girls. The piece de resistance is the American Girl Café, where girls, their dolls, and accompanying adults can enjoy the perfect tea party or a nutritious meal.

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    American Girl Place Doll Store

    American Girl Place Store
    American Girl Place Doll Store. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    If you're on a budget, investing in a $100+ doll and accoutrements may be a challenge, and will likely lead to an American Girl addiction. I've talked to families who spent between $500 to $1200 on a shopping spree to American Girl Place. But if you set expectations before you get to the store, you might get out with a $7 book.

    The doll store covers multiple themed rooms for contemporary dolls, historic dolls with period exhibits and the Bitty Baby doll store. You can also buy matching outfits for girls and their dolls.​

    I appreciate the store as sort of a cultural museum, even if I'm not shopping.

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    The American Girl Doll Beauty Salon

    American Girl Place Doll Salon
    American Girl Place Doll Salon. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Girls can bring in their dolls to have their hair styled by one of the American Girl Salon's doll stylists. You can stay and learn some doll hair style tips, or drop the doll off for a new do and pick her up later. For a little extra, you can get your doll a facial scrub or have her ears pierced.

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    The American Girl Bookstore

    American Girl Place Book Store
    American Girl Place Book Store. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    If you just look at the dolls and their prices, you could be forgiven for only seeing the commerciality of American Girl Place. The bookstore, on the other hand, is chock full of resources to teach girls to have strong values through stories of historic and contemporary girls living through a variety of life situations.

    There are also mysteries, puzzles, journals, fitness and advice books for pre-teen girls. There are reading nooks in the bookstore, so you can spend some quality reading time right in the store.

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    American Girl Cafe

    American Girl Place Cafe
    American Girl Cafe. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    For a special treat, a three-course meal at the American Girl Cafe is a bargain, including appetizer, entree, dessert and a beverage. The lunch and dinner menus are very similar with a few extra items added for dinner. There's also a special afternoon tea menu.

    If your little princess doesn't have an American Girl doll, she can borrow one to sit with her in a custom doll seat that attaches to the table. There are even boy dolls so brothers don't feel left out. 

    The American Girl Café is a popular spot to celebrate birthdays.

    For reservations, call 1-877-247-5223.
     

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    American Girl Place Photo Studio

    American Girl Place
    American Girl Place Photo Studio. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Your girl can pose for a souvenir cover of American Girl Magazine in the American Girl Photo Studio.

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