A Child of the 80’s

When we were on our way to our cabin in Helen, Ga. for our vacation, I noticed the sign for Babyland General Hospital as we passed Cleveland, Georgia, just a few miles from Helen. In case you’re not a child of the 80’s (or perhaps you’re male) then I’ll tell you that it’s the place where Cabbage Patch Kids are “born”. I can remember reading about it when I was a little girl and wanting to go there so bad! You can see where this is going, right? Luckily for me, everything old is new again and Cabbage Patch Kids are enjoying a certain revival, as are Little Ponies and Strawberry Shortcake.

I decided to take Ava to Babyland General Hospital one of the days we were in there. At first Ash and Binh were going to go fishing, but then we found out the forecast called for rain in the afternoon. Since they would be in the state park without transportation, they decided to just tag along with us to Cabbage Patch Kids mecca.

I have to tell you, it was cute and a little weird at the same time. There were “baby rooms” for both boys and girls, with piped in baby cooing or crying sounds. Then there was a playroom for the older “kids”. The last room was a huge CPK showroom that also contained the magical tree where CPK are born. They had a “birth” while we were there and the workers, who are dressed as doctors and nurses, came to help out. Ava got to name the new baby boy who was born. She went with Julien; apparently, he’s European.

Ava also got a doll while she was there. Oh yes, and never call them “dolls” at that place. They’re strictly known as “babies”. The place is free to get into because it’s all about trying to sell you stuff once you’re in. I mean, the staff isn’t pushy or anything, it’s just geared to sell you a doll.

Ok, here’s a little of what we did.

The outside of Babyland General. Pretty grandiose, huh? It has a huge parking lot, too. We went the morning of a weekday, so it’s wasn’t crowded at all. There were maybe six other people there. I bet this thing was packed in the CPK’s 80’s heyday. In fact, inside there was a hallway with autographed pictures of celebrities who had visited, and it wasn’t just a few pictures.

Here’s Ava and I outside the place. The sun was ungodly bright, so Ava wasn’t really having a blast.

Ash took this one of the kids on the big cabbage chair at the entrance. (I think I accidentally made this one “medium” so sorry it’s small. I’m not going back in to change it.)

Here’s the tree where new CPK are born. Ava made friend. She’s like her daddy that way..

This is the “new baby” that was born while we were there. Ava was proud to have her picture taken with Julien. (See that one “premature” baby still in its cabbage leaves over the in the incubator? Cute or creepy? You decide.)

And no outing to Babyland General would be complete without dropping some $$ on a baby. Here’s Baylie and Ava.

Though it’s not the kind of place you need to visit again and again, I’m glad I went and satisfied my childhood curiosity. Ava and Binh actually had a quite a good time with all the pretend play stuff they had in the giant room that housed the “magic tree” or whatever it’s called. We ended up having a fun family outing and Ava was excited to see all the dolls.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. asmalltowndad
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 17:39:22

    Wow Sis this brings back memories of you being my little Sis. Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch Dolls and Masters of the Universe Skull Mountain…. Masters of the Universe… why Masters of the Universe? Oh well I’m glad you relived some memories and created new ones.


  2. 1beautifulmess
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 15:54:13

    I didn’t realize that was so close to us! I think Iz and I have to make a trip there this summer!

    Adorable pictures!!


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