You can spend a toy-filled night inside FAO Schwarz

December 9, 2020

All photos credit: Airbnb

It’s like Night at the Museum meets Big–one lucky New York City family of four will get the chance to spend the night inside FAO Schwarz, arguably the world’s most famous toy store. The experience comes courtesy of Airbnb, who arranged the stay especially for the holidays. For just $25, you’ll be able to freely roam the store, as well as receive a special tour from a real FAO Schwarz toy soldier. Other perks include a shopping spree, a fantastic feast, and a music lesson on the store’s iconic Giant Dance On Piano.

FAO Schwarz opened its new Rockefeller Center flagship in 2018. The toy store’s iconic Fifth Avenue location closed in 2015 after 150 years, ending its run as the nation’s oldest toy store.

For their special night with Airbnb, the store is offering a slew of fun treats:

  • Dinner (plus dessert, of course) and breakfast in the FAO Schweetz dining area that is flanked by wall-to-wall candy
  • A cozy living room with an electric fireplace that has views of the tree at Rockefeller Center
  • A bedroom with an oversized sleigh bed for adults and bunk beds (with slide!) for children
  • A music lesson on the store’s iconic Giant Dance On Piano (a la Tom hanks)
  • An opportunity to build a plush toy and a remote-controlled car of your own design
  • An immersive science experiment guided by Professor Atlas
  • A special shopping credit

As outlined by Airbnb:

This one-time, one-night stay will take place on December 21, and is available to book for one New York City family of four from the same household starting December 15 at 12:00 PM EST for just $25 (plus taxes and fees)… you can request to book this overnight experience beginning December 15 at 12 p.m. EST at

And if you’d prefer to enjoy FAO Schwarz from your couch, Airbnb has also coordinated with the toy store on three Online Experiences that are currently open for booking:

  • FAO Schwarz’ Professor Abracadabra will host a magic lesson, in which those with a penchant for illusion will walk away with a few new tricks up their sleeves.
  • FAO Schwarz’ Professor Atlas will host a crash-course in chemistry, teaching science lovers how to make gooey, glow-in-in-the-dark slime.
  • FAO Schwarz’ toy soldier will host a festive holiday book reading to get guests in the spirit of the season.


All photos credit Airbnb

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