American Girl store opens in Miami’s The Falls Mall, Miami to much anticipation
Just in time for the holidays, read below for a full DOLL GIVEAWAY!
Maybe you think ‘tweens’ and then ‘American Girl’ and wonder if they’re too old for the dolls? Our visit to the grand opening proves otherwise. More importantly, what we love (I use this term very carefully) about the brand is its focus on providing opportunities for girls to be informed, intelligent, engaged in their ideas and literature that helps them explore the many challenges that accompany a growing girl.
My girls had never been to an actual American Girl location. When the first store in Florida was opening in Miami this October, we certainly took the opportunity to visit and explore the new venue (16,000 square feet!) with our daughters. It was a wonderful experience- the dolls and the girls- are the centers of attention. If a girl visits without her doll- no worries- they have ‘loaner dolls’ available and they’re complete with special chairs so they can sit right at the table in the adorable Bistro.
I was particularly surprised with the Doll Hair Salon where well- trained staff can help ‘makeover’ a doll’s hairstyle and give her a brand new look- so cute! My favorite area actually is the book section. For tweens in particular, the book selections help them navigate their body changes, bullying scenarios, managing their friends, difficult relationships and more. The books are written in a simple format that allows them to easily interpret the material.
At times the cost of the items can be on the high side. Helping your daughter create financial goals and ‘save up’ for her dolls, accessories, clothes and more can be a great way to reward them. Katherine and I have both helped our girls ‘work and earn’ money for their dolls and clothes, which helps ease the financial investment for us. The quality certainly does back up the cost as the dolls stand up to ‘mucho amor’ from the girls! The key fact is that we’re still helping girls enjoy innocent fun while helping them achieve financial goals.
American Girl Hair Style Tutorial in English and in Spanish by the fabulous Hair Stylists at The Falls, Miami Location
So in the spirit of holiday giving we have an American Doll Giveaway to share with you! Yes, a doll complete with her own storybook. We asked our own daughters what doll THEY would want another girl to win. We proudly announce we’re raffling Kaya- a Native Amerian girl from the historical characters collection. To enter, simply leave a blog post sharing the ways in which you encourage imaginative play with your children. We want to know how you get them to turn off the electronics and pick up a toy, play a game outdoors, etc. And you can receive bonus points for liking us on Facebook.
About Kaya: Introduced in 1986, the historical characters give girls an engaging glimpse into important times in America’s past. Kaya®, is an adventurous Nez Perce girl growing up in 1764, before America became a country. The Kaya doll is 18″ tall, with deep brown eyes that open and close. She has long, shiny black hair that can be brushed and braided, and she arrives in a special Nez Perce outfit from 1764. Kaya is soft and huggable, and she’s poseable for hundreds of playtime moments to come.
Cristy is the founder and publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, as well as the co-CEO & partner of DiMe Media, based in Miami. Born to Cuban parents, she’s a ‘Jersey Girl’ who is the proud mom of twin teens and wife to her college sweetheart, a “gringo” with a Latino soul! Cristy is also a teen cancer survivor, lover of travel, tech, good food, all-things beauty related, family cooking and social sharing.