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8 Places to Throw an Awesome Kids’ Tea Party

Bring your sweetie to one of these afternoon tea spots that cater to little ones. We’ve picked the hotels, stores, and restaurants that stand out across the country.

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Then’s nothing more fun than playing dress-up, drinking tea, and eating pastries when you’re little, and these hotels, restaurants, and stores take the entire experience to the next level with their cast of characters, dolls, signature dishes, and sweet surprises.

Alice’s Tea Cup

New York City

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This whimsical restaurant-meets-tea-house is exactly where you want to spend a few hours playing tea party with your little ones. Nods to the original characters in the Alice in Wonderland book are everywhere, and the menu is very kid-friendly thanks to a wide variety of homemade scones with clotted cream, French toast, a “create your own crepe” option, and endless choices for both tea and tea sandwiches. Choose between three locations in New York City (which offer breakfast, brunch, and all-day menus) for à la carte ordering, or book a special event in one of the various private or semi-private rooms. ($29 per child ages 12 and younger; $48 per adult)

American Girl Place Cafe

Multiple locations

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Hop into the American Girl store for a special WellieWishers Friendship Tea Party on certain dates through October 2017. These parties for girls ages 5 and older include a special menu, crafts, fun WellieWishers-inspired conversation cards, and a “mud pie” flowerpot with a special friendship sugar cookie for dessert. Oh, and there’s tea, so everything you need for the ultimate mommy-and-me playdate. There’s also afternoon tea at 4:00 p.m. on all other days in the cafe, where you can snack on crowd-pleasers such as “Kit’s Homemade Pig-in-a-Blanket,” “Maryellen’s Stardust Diner Ham Sandwich on Pretzel Bread,” or “Julie’s Fruit Sushi.” ($21 per person, gratiuity not included; reservations required)

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Eloise Tea at The Plaza Hotel

New York City

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Every Friday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. you can visit the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City for “Rawther Fancy” afternoon tea, Eloise-style. There’s hot tea, pink lemonade, tea sandwiches, and delicious pastries to nibble on, before writing a letter to the hotel’s most famous resident and enjoying a story all about her many adventures. Each child will also go home with a favor bag and a $10 gift card to the Eloise store. ($50 per person)

Ladurée at The Grove

Los Angeles, California

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Everyone’s favorite French macaroon place is also getting in on the children’s tea party action, and the Los Angeles location is definitely worth visiting for this very reason. Daily from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Ladurée offers a tea time menu featuring a selection of everything mini: mini croissants, mini macaroons, two finger sandwiches, and one pastry along with your choice of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. And while you’re technically not supposed to take photos of the famed counter of macaroons available in every possible hue, there’s always plenty of cute photo opps at your tea party table with your tots. (Call for pricing.)

Langham Huntington Hotel’s Imagine Tea

Pasadena, California

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Imagine Tea is unlike most tea parties because at this one there’s actual magic taking place. As part of the experience, members of the Junior Program of the Academy of Magical Arts will entertain young tea guests by performing close-up magic while children dine on a yummy menu of magically-decorated cookies and whimsical desserts, all accompanied by pink lemonade, milk, and a selection of fruit-infused, caffeine-free teas. Sounds delish to us! ($48 for adults; $36 for children 12 and younger)

Children’s Tea at The Radnor Hotel

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Treat your kiddo to a Saturday afternoon tea party in the elegant terrace room at the Radnor, located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Main Line. She can sip tea and munch on PB&Js or turkey and white American cheese sammies, while partaking in crafts, storytelling, a piano sing-a-long, and character appearances (the Easter Bunny and toy soliders have been known to pop in). There’s also a storybook gift to take home. Ideal for children ages 3-8. ($60 for one child and one adult)

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Children’s Tea at Wenham Tea House

Wenham, Massachusetts

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If you happen to live in (or be visiting) the Massachusetts area, then you should stop by the Wenham Tea House for its children’s tea series, which features stars like Mermaid Princess, Snow Queen, Princess Bella, and Cinderella. Tea begins promptly at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. and service includes: an afternoon tea party for kids and adults with story time, a menu of cream-cheese-and-jam tea sandwiches, fresh-cut strawberries, a fruit salad cup, and a character cookie. The only hard part is trying to get them to leave once it’s over. (All teas are $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity.)

Brooklyn High Tea at the Williamsburg Hotel

Brooklyn, New York

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Looking for an alternative, kid-friendly brunch scene? Plan an afternoon tea soiree with your friends and their kids at the recently opened Williamsburg Hotel in Brookyn, New York. Served 12:00-5:00 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday, you can sip tea varieties from Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and India, and indulge in sweet and savory tiered tea treats from The Brooklyn Bread Lab while listening to live music and bonding with your mini me. After you’re finished, you can venture over to McCarren Park to play. (Call for pricing.)