Celebrate Barbie's Arrival in Pittsburgh

A Family Fun Guide for the New Movie Release

By Emily Papa, Macaroni KID South Hills Publisher July 19, 2023

The iconic Barbie doll has captured the hearts of children and collectors alike for generations. With the release of the exciting new Barbie movie this weekend, the excitement among Pittsburgh fans, both young and old, is real. While the movie may be rated PG-13 and you may need to leave the littles at home, there are still plenty of opportunities for family fun to celebrate Barbie's arrival. Macaroni KID South Hills will help you explore local Pittsburgh vendors and activities that will engage everyone in the family and make this Barbie movie release a memorable experience.

Local Vendors with Barbie-Themed Offerings:

Barbie Nails 

Start the celebrations with a visit to a local salon or nail artist who offers Barbie-inspired nail art. Let your little ones feel like mini fashionistas with Barbie-themed manicures and pedicures. The Beauty Edit in Bridgeville is a full service salon that specializes in nail art to help all your Barbie fantasies come true!

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Barbie Cookies, Cakes and Chocolates

Sweet treats are always a hit! Seek out local South Hills bakeries or pastry shops that offer Barbie-themed cookies and cakes. Enjoy delicious treats adorned with Barbie's iconic silhouette or recreate her glamorous fashion on edible delights. Indulge in delicious sparkly cookies from Bethel Bakery or the cutest sugar cookie cut-outs from Pastries A-La-Carte in Pleasant Hills. 

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Barbie Apparel

Take the excitement to the next level by dressing up in Barbie-inspired outfits. Look for local clothing stores or boutiques that carry Barbie-themed apparel, such as t-shirts, dresses, or accessories. We've seen things at The Frog N Princess, BoxLunch in South Hills Village, Old Navy, Gap, and Walmart and even shoes at Crocs and Aldo. Let your family embrace their inner fashionistas and rock Barbie's signature style. 

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Barbie Backdrops

Capture the magic of Barbie's world with a family photo session against Barbie-themed backdrops. Look for local photography studios or event spaces that provide Barbie-inspired settings. Strike a pose and create lasting memories with Barbie as the backdrop.

Barbie Shake

Quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth with a delightful LTO Barbie Shake from Blue Line Grille in South Park or seek out local cafes or dessert shops that offer pink-hued, Barbie-inspired milkshakes. These tasty treats often come adorned with whipped cream, sprinkles, and even mini Barbie doll decorations. Enjoy the refreshing flavors while immersing yourself in the Barbie experience.

Family-Friendly Barbie Activities that you can do at Home

Barbie Fashion Show

Organize a mini fashion show at home, inviting friends and family to participate. Encourage everyone to dress up in their favorite Barbie-inspired outfits and walk the "runway." This activity will not only ignite creativity but also promote confidence and self-expression.

Barbie Movie Marathon

While the new Barbie movie may be rated PG-13, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy previous Barbie movies suitable for all ages. Organize a Barbie movie marathon at home, complete with cozy blankets, popcorn, and themed snacks. It's an excellent opportunity to revisit classic Barbie tales and share the love of these timeless stories with the whole family.

Barbie DIY Crafts

Engage in some crafty fun by creating DIY Barbie-themed crafts at home. Explore Pinterest or YouTube for tutorials on making Barbie accessories, dollhouses, or even designing custom Barbie clothes. You can even surprise your loved ones with the Margot Robbie Movie Barbie Doll to guest star with their new Barbie designs. Unleash your family's creativity and enjoy quality time together while crafting a world of imagination.

The release of the new Barbie movie brings a wave of excitement for children and parents alike. While the movie may be intended for a slightly older audience, there are still numerous ways to celebrate Barbie's arrival as a family. From exploring local vendors offering Barbie nails, cookies, cakes, and apparel to engaging in family-friendly activities like fashion shows and movie marathons, you can make this weekend a special and memorable occasion for everyone.

Remember, Barbie is not just a doll; she represents imagination, empowerment, and the limitless potential of dreams. So gather your family, embrace the spirit of Barbie, and let the magic unfold as you celebrate the release of this eagerly anticipated movie together.

Do you know of a local South Hills business providing Barbie themed family fun? We'd love to hear about it!