Last week was our kids’ Spring Break. We decided to celebrate with an all-inclusive 14-day cruise through the Caribbean.
Like most good Michiganders, we headed to warm, tropical Chicago!
It’s a great town and my daughter and I decided to celebrate with dinner at American Girl Place Chicago.
That’s when things got a little out of hand.
Everything started just fine. My ten-year-old packed up her girls for the ten minute walk from our hotel down Michigan Avenue, aka The Magnificent Mile, to American Girl Place.
We were both excited that her dolls could join us at the table in the cafe.
For any newbies out there, we were dining with, from left to right, Mary Ellen Larkin, Lea Clark, and Melody Ellison.
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Things started to go downhill when I excused myself to the restroom and spotted the doll holder in my stall. It’s ingenious, really. No one wants to hold an American Girl doll while peeing.
But, it made me giggle.
Spring Break, Doll-style
When I returned to the table, giggling, I decided to have a little more fun.
Mary Ellen started to party a little too hard, if you know what I mean.
Pretty soon, she was drunk from her little china cup (which you get to take home, by the way) and fell out of her high chair.
It was about this time that I was
having a blast approached by my daughter.
“Mommy, stop! You’re embarrassing me,” she said, shaking her head.
Then I felt a tap on my shoulder.
“I LOVE how you’re playing with the dolls, Mom!” our server commented.
AHA! Someone appreciated my Spring Break humor!
Don’t worry. I behaved after that and my daughter was not embarrassed by my actions anymore. Especially since I told her I would buy her some stuff in the store.
And how was your spring break? Have you been to an American Girl doll store?
That is so cool. My girls would go crazy over something like that. I will have to remember this for our US trip planning in 3 years time!
If they like American Girl dolls, they’ll love the cafe! It’s not cheap, but they do it right and it is quite the memory. 🙂
Kelly L McKenzie says
Gasping here, Katy. You and I would get up to some serious trouble …
Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom says
Erma Bombeck Conference 2018?!?!
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kristin mccarthy says
I loved this post- esp considering I too am a Michigander Mom of all girls!
We have yet to hit the promised land- but own quite a few of these stupid ass dolls that cost a fortune.
Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging!
Your girls would love it! You and your pocketbook, probably not so much. But the cafe does serve alcohol if that helps. 🙂
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Lucy | Leaning In says
I’m in Australia and have never heard of this place before. I can imagine it being a real hit with your daughter tho – she looks so excited in the first pic! Thanks for joining us at #GlobalBlogging
It’s like Disneyland, but with dolls. 🙂 It’s a true symbol of American capitalism for sure!
Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson says
I LOVE it! We could TOTALLY hang out. I started the same kind of shenanigans in college, oh (mumble mumble) years ago when my college roommate and I would “walk in” on my stuffed dog and her teddy bear exploring their sexuality. Let’s never NEVER grow up, okay? 😉
Haha! How many times will be told we are an embarrassment to our children? Probably forever! I wish I could take my girls there someday. They would have so much fun!
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Christine Carter says
BAHAHAHAHA!!! Omg I wish we had been there together… I would have joined in with you and I’m absolutely sure we would have been politely escorted OUT. 🙂
We went there years ago with my girl and my sister and her girl. It’s QUITE the little place, eh?
Fact: (since I like sharing these with you!) The creator and founder of AGD was my step mom’s best friend from High School. 🙂 Isn’t that cool?
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That is cool about your step mom’s best friend! You are dialed in, my friend.
The whole AG experience is a bit like Disney World for dolls I’d say!
Terra Heck says
Love it! Sounds like something I would do. Even moms need to have a little fun every now and then.
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Yes, I was letting off a little steam! My mom was supposed to meet us there from Nevada and at the last minute a tree fell on her house and damaged her roof so she couldn’t come. I think that encouraged me to be a little goofy rather than be sad.
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Love reading this. We love Our AGDP Houston Store. The Bistro is wonderful. I am 50 and My Daughter is 7. I had my Birthday in the Bistro at 49 and 46. We are both so in love with every American Girl Brand Doll Company experience we can squeeze in. Thank you for sharing you fun experience
It is such a treat to share the AG experience with your daughter, isn’t it? 🙂