On top of being one the best toy stores in the entire world, the iconic New York City FAO Schwarz is giving children another reason to get excited for the holidays. This year, FAO Schwarz, located in Rockefeller Plaza, is giving one family the best Christmas present imaginable — a night inside the famous toy store. On December 21, FAO Schwarz will be on Airbnb for a one-night rental for a NYC-based family of four.
That family will have the 20,000-square-foot store all to themselves, and even get a private tour of the space with a real-life toy soldier. They will also be able to go on a shopping spree, eat dinner in the most Christmassy dining room imaginable, take a music lesson on the Giant Dance-On Piano Mat (popularized by the movie Big), take part in the Build-A-Bear workshop, build a remote-controlled car, and be part of an immersive science experiment with the help of an FAO Schwarz professor.
According to the Airbnb page, accommodations will include a “larger-than-life sleigh bed for adults and bunk beds for children — with a slide — set the stage for a family sleepover sure to inspire visions of sugar plums. After you play and explore to your heart’s desire, you can lay your head knowing that you’ll slide right on down to the toy-filled paradise come morning.”
To book, guests must prove New York City residency and adhere to the city’s strict COVID-19 guidelines. Contrary to what you might think, this ultimate Christmas gift won’t break the bank. Booking costs just $25 per family, so you’ll have plenty left to spend on toys. Booking opens on December 15 at 12:00 PM ET.