At home with the 'kids"
Do you know where Cabbage Patch Kids come from?
Guests can visit the home of these kids at the sprawling BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland. When patrons walk in the front doors of BabyLand General, they are greeted with the sight of Mother Cabbage and a plethora of dolls sprouting up from cabbage.
Mother Cabbage gives birth daily and patrons from all over gather around to watch the process, assist with the birth and help pick out a name for the baby. However, there is no set schedule for the birth, but it usually occurs several times a day, said Margaret McLean, director of corporate communications.
BabyLand sees approximately 250,000 patrons over the year, McLean Said. Special events are also held throughout the year at BabyLand General Hospital, including its annual Easter Eggstravaganza and an Appalachian Christmas Celebration. In honor of BabyLand’s 40th anniversary, the Easter Eggstravaganza had a 40,000-egg hunt, which featured about 5,000 more eggs than in previous years, McLean said.
The Easter event also features breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny, a variety of vendors, an Easter bonnet contest and more, drawing thousands to the site, McLean said.
People planning to visit this fall can check out the Appalachian Christmas Celebration, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 17.
“It’s usually the weekend before Thanksgiving, and we have different carolers and different things throughout the day,” McLean said. “We have breakfast with Santa, photos with Santa, and we have over 100 decorated trees. We also have singing, different performers and dancing.”
Besides those two big events, BabyLand also has a ballroom people can rent out for events. And there is a birthday party room where children can celebrate their birthday at BabyLand.
Xavier Roberts created the first handmade “Little People” in 1976, and in 1978 the first BabyLand General Hospital was opened in the renovated Neal Clinic in downtown Cleveland, according to a history of the Cabbage Patch Kids. The names were changed from “Little People” to “Cabbage Patch Kids” in the 1980s.
Their popularity grew over the years, and many special dolls are created. In 1988, the first Easter Eggstravaganza was held for 10,000 people at BabyLand General Hospital. By 1990, 65 million Cabbage Patch Kids have been adopted, and that number continues to grow.
For more information on events and the location, visit cabbagepatchkids.com or call 706-865-2171.