Head to BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland to see where it all began.
BabyLand is the place where Cabbage Patch Kids are "born." It's in the hometown of the Kids' creator, Xavier Roberts, who first opened BabyLand hospital in an old medical clinic. The new BabyLand facility is larger occupying 70,000 square foot building on 650 acres of land. It is the Cabbage Patch Kids hospital. You'll find staffers walking the floors dressed as doctors, nurses and orderlies.
There's a nursery filled with "Preemies" in incubators and "Lullaby Babies" in cribs, with piped-in sounds of cooing infants. Blue and pink rooms separate babies by gender. A glass-fronted Recovery Room allows prospective parents to see newborns measured and weighed (under the watchful gaze of a giant stork, for parents preferring less anatomical revelation).
The Kids born at BabyLand hospital are individually made, stitched from cloth by hand right in town, before they pop out of BabyLand's cabbage patch. Some of the earliest kids are displayed at Babyland - "Webster George" is valued at $6,000; "Dexter" at $15,000; "Wade" at $37,000. Collectors understand that only Cabbage Patch Kids from this particular Cabbage Patch have investment growth potential.
No matter if you are a Cabbage Patch Kids' collector or just an interested passerby, stop in and see what is going on. Visiting hours are Monday - Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. You'll leave with a smile!