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From in-store crafts and cooking classes to tours that get her out and about, every special event is designed with girls in mind!

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Summer Reading Bookmark Craft

Celebrate summer reading with American Girl! At this craft event, your girl will decorate her own bookmark and summer reading log to keep track of all the great books she’ll read over break. Includes a doll-sized poster to take home. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Isabelle’s Scavenger Hunt

Learn about Isabelle, our newest Girl of the Year! Your girl will go on a seek-and-find scavenger hunt throughout the store, collecting fun facts about Isabelle along the way. Plus, she’ll get a free American Girl poster at the end! Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Scenic Chicago Lakefront Cruise and Dinner

Enjoy an enchanting evening with your girl in Chicago! Your special time together starts with a private Chicago’s First Lady® River Cruise along the Chicago lakefront to see the city’s incredible skyline! A Skyline Commentator will guide you through the design of some of the world’s most famous buildings along the river and lakefront and provide captivating stories about important and historical events. Then you’ll head back to American Girl Place for a delicious dinner at the Cafe. Round-trip transportation between our store and the cruise dock provided by Chicago Gray Line. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Summer Flower Anklet Craft

Your girl can put her best—and most fashionable—foot forward. This free event will let her create a tropical anklet for herself using colorful paper flowers. She can also craft an anklet just for her doll! Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Summer Fun Celebration

Get set for sun and fun! During this event, your girl will enjoy a delicious meal, join in colorful activities, and make tropical crafts—including a mini beach tote for her doll. Plus, she’ll take home a special American Girl book and a set of Crayola® Fabric Markers! Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Summer Author Tour: Meet Kathleen Ernst

Help your girl dive into summer reading with a visit to American Girl for a special appearance by Kathleen Ernst, who created the Caroline Abbott series about a brave girl growing up during the War of 1812. Kathleen will be greeting her fans and signing her books. We stock those books and lots of other books girls love, from heartwarming fiction to just-for-fun activities. Don’t miss it! Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Doll ’Dos & How-Tos: Jewel Highlights

Your girl can learn tips and tricks for giving her doll a one-of-a-kind look! Our Doll Hair Salon stylists will show lots of ways to style her doll’s hair using our new Jewel Highlights Set, three gem-toned, clip-in hair colors made just for My American Girl® dolls. Your girl will get hands-on tips from our experts—and she’ll get to take the highlights home! Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Trips and Travels Together

A simple trip can inspire many playful adventures! This event will offer your girl a chance to capture her own special travel moments with her My American Girl® doll during her spring and summer breaks. Includes a delicious meal, fun journaling activities, and a special American Girl book for her to take home! Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Dinner and Scenic Chicago River Cruise

Enjoy an enchanting evening with your girl in Chicago! Your special time together starts at American Girl Place, where you’ll enjoy a delicious meal at the Cafe. Then you’ll embark on a private Chicago’s First Lady® River Cruise along the Chicago River to see the city’s incredible skyline! A docent from the Chicago Architecture Foundation will guide you through the design of some of the world’s most famous buildings along the riverfront, and provide captivating stories about important events the American Girl historical characters might have experienced. Round-trip bus transportation between American Girl Place and the cruise dock provided by Chicago Gray Line. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Bitty Baby and Me Story Time

Discover the wonderful world of Bitty Baby with your little girl! Sit close and listen to a reading of Bitty Baby and Me, a hopeful story about a magical mermaid adventure and making a wish come true. Enjoy a fun activity together, too. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 3 and up.

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Celebrate Pets!

A girl’s pet is her “fur-ever” friend. And just like her doll, each pet’s personality is “paws-itively” unique! During this event, your girl will enjoy a delicious meal and fun activities that celebrate pets—including a color-in bandanna craft that shows off her American Girl pet’s one-of-a-kind style! Plus, she’ll take home a special book and a set of Crayola® Fabric Markers. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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American Girl Dinner and Dance Lesson at Ballet Chicago

A fantastic introduction to dance for your girl and a day you both will cherish. Ballet Chicago is an internationally recognized professional-track school of ballet. The afternoon class will focus on creativity, group interaction, motor skill development and the joy of self-expression. Then it’s back to American Girl for a delicious dinner in the Cafe. Transportation to and from the dance lesson is included. Reservations required. For girls ages 6 and up.

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BeForever Debut

Celebrate the debut of the inspiring BeForever characters! At this special event, your girl can be among the first to learn about this exciting world and find a character she loves. Join us for hands-on crafts, a scavenger hunt, free giveaways, and more. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up.

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BeForever Postcard Craft

The world of BeForever is waiting for your girl! At this craft event, she’ll create two postcards featuring the BeForever characters—one to keep, and one she can mail to a friend. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up.

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  • Atlanta: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Boston: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Chicago: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Columbus: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Dallas: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Denver: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Houston: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Kansas City: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Los Angeles: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Miami: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Minneapolis: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • New York: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Seattle: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • San Francisco Bay Area: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • St. Louis: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Washington D.C.: September 4, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Grandparents’ Day Card Craft

Make their big day memorable! Your girl can decorate her own handmade card and envelope, then add a special message on the inside. Free and open to the public. For all ages.

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Special Day with Grandparents

Share a delightful day with your granddaughter! You’ll enjoy a special meal, make a paper bouquet, and even sign a promise to keep caring and sharing. Includes a keepsake photo and frame, plus an American Girl book to take home. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Bitty Baby and Me

Your little girl can shine bright with Bitty Baby! At this special event inspired by our picture-book collection, she’ll enjoy a fun "mommy-daughter" activity, coloring page, and delicious snack. Reservations required. For girls ages 3 and up.

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Princess Bitty Baby Story Time

Share a story side by side! Listen with your little girl to a reading of Princess Bitty Baby, an enchanting fairytale complete with a princess, a dragon, and a frog. Enjoy a fun activity together, too. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 3 and up.

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BeForever: Create Your Silhouette Frame

Immerse yourself in the world of BeForever—and share page-turning adventures with girls from the past. At this special event, your girl will create and customize a multilayered frame—and get her own silhouette to display inside. Plus, she can go on a fun scavenger hunt featuring the BeForever characters. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Doll ’Dos & How-Tos: Bright Highlights

Your girl can learn tips and tricks for giving her doll a bright new ’do! Our Doll Hair Salon stylists will show lots of ways to style her doll’s hair using our Bright Highlights Set, vibrant clip-in hair colors made just for My American Girl® dolls. Your girl will get hands-on tips from our experts—and she’ll get to take the highlights home! Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.

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Autumn Card Craft

Celebrate the start of a new season! Your girl can make and decorate a fall-themed card and matching envelope. She’ll use stickers and pretty paper to create her own handmade card, then add a fun message on the inside. Free and open to the public. For girls ages 8 and up.

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