Local parents and visiting tourist families looking for fun activities for kids can attend American Girl Place Chicago programs and special events during February 2012. Activities planned include scavenger hunts, free crafts, and a celebration for the new American Girl of the Year.
While visiting the American Girl Place Store this month, girls may want to check out the brand-new toys, books, and accessories for McKenna, the newly introduced Girl of the Year for 2012, which will only be sold during this coming year. Children may also want to shop for toys and books relating to Cécile and Marie-Grace, the two new historical characters introduced to the American Girl line this past fall.
Because space is limited at many of the events, interested families should call 1-877-AG-PLACE (1-877-247-5223) ahead of time to save a place at those events for which reservations are required.
McKenna “Take the Challenge” Scavenger Hunt
Girls ages 8 and up can participate in a free and educational scavenger hunt full of challenges that will lead them throughout the store to a prize of a free American Girl poster to keep at the end.
- Wednesday, February 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
McKenna “Go For It!” Crafts
At this free craft event, girls ages 8 and up can decorate a paper mirror with positive and motivational messages and make a paper bracelet for recording personal goals and words of encouragement.
- Saturday, February 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Monday, February 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
McKenna 2012 Celebration
Girls ages 8 and up can learn about and celebrate the newest Girl of the Year and how she reaches personal goals and overcomes challenges through her love of gymnastics. Attendees will learn about goal setting, be served a meal, and take home a doll-sized gymnastics bag, a Girl of the Year poster, and a copy of a fun puzzle-filled book called Take the Challenge. Tickets are $29 per person and reservations are required.
- Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- Monday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Bitty Bear’s Birthday Celebration
On Friday, February 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., girls ages 3 and up can visit the Bitty Baby boutique to help Bitty Bear celebrate a birthday. Kids can sign a giant birthday card and decorate a free kid-sized birthday tiara to take home.
Addy’s Birdcage Craft
On Sunday, February 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., girls ages 8 and up can visit this free craft event to make a paper birdcage with a canary inside that can help them remember Addy’s story and how she listened to a canary named Sunny sing.
Dazzling Doll ‘Dos with Photo Studio
Doll owners ages 8 and up can reserve a place to learn from doll hair stylists how to create hairstyles like a crown veil or a ponytail veil. Participants can take home a goody bag full of doll hair accessories and styling instructions. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are required.
- Saturday, February 11 at 8:15 a.m.
- Saturday, February 18 at 8:15 a.m.
Date with Dad
On Sunday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m., girls ages 6 and up can share a special evening with their fathers, including a meal, an American Girl book, a souvenir photo, and other special keepsakes. Tickets cost $40 per person (tip not included) and reservations are required.
Memories with Mom
Girls ages 6 and up can share a special evening with their mothers on Friday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m., including a meal, an American Girl book, a souvenir photo in a frame, and other special keepsakes. Tickets cost $40 per person (tip not included) and reservations are required.
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