If you are a child of 80s like me, one of the most coveted Christmas presents you ever received was your very first Cabbage Patch Kid. I’ll never forget how excited I was when I woke up Christmas morning to unwrap my new doll. At the time I didn’t live in Atlanta, but was surprised to learn that the factory where the Cabbage Patch Kids are born, Babyland General is located just an hour and half north of Atlanta in Cleveland, GA.
Here are 5 things you may not have known about the Cabbage patch Kids:
- In 1983, the Cabbage Patch Kids became the best selling doll of all time.
- One special Cabbage Patch Kid even flew on a space shuttle.
- Cabbage Patch Kids were the official mascot of the Olympics for 1992 and 1996.
- All Cabbage Patch Kids have the signature of creator Xavier Roberts on their tushy.
- They were one of 15 postage stamps that commemorate the 1980s.
When you make the drive up to Babyland General, enter through the large doors to the “waiting room” complete with reception area. You’ll even see nurses walking around. The waiting area is complete with displays of Cabbage Patch Kids.
Walking past the waiting room, a hallway of several nurseries is on the left and right, one for boy and one for girl Cabbage Patch Kids. Here you’ll also see several Andy Warhol prints of Cabbage Patch Kids. But the real fun begins when you get to the delivery area. Coincidentally this is also one huge ass store. But the most interesting part is the cabbage patch garden (see picture above). If you wait long enough (about 30 minutes) you’ll actually get to witness a Cabbage Patch Kids birth. The process takes about 10 minutes or less. It sounds strange, I know but all part of the kitsch.
Babyland General is open seven days a week and admission is free. Parking is free too! But whether you are a new visitor or someone with nostalgic ties to Cabbage Patch Kids (i.e. you are a child of the 80s), you won’t want to leave without adopting your very own baby.