Alright, so I know you all remember the saga of the birthday present my mom wanted to get for the kids, right? Well, she would not be swayed, and was dead-set on this being their present. So she finally ordered it online, shipping charges be damned, and it arrived about a week or so ago. Yesterday, good friends of ours came over with their kids to help us set it up.
It’s quite a multi-purposed structure. On the inside is what appears to be a store, complete with cash register, safe, and security camera. I guess they’re worried someone is going to try to rob the plastic playhouse?
The outside is totally schizophrenic. The front facade is red brick, with a bell on top, and you have the choice of decals to decide if it’s a school house or a fire house (M, without hesitation, said it was a fire house). (I only realized after the fact that there was another set of decals in French – missed opportunity!) Also, um, the two men involved just started putting it together before reading the instructions. Hence, M inside the tiny house with a screwdriver, after the fact.
One side of the exterior is a gas station, which includes (oddly) a phone. A phone that just hangs on the side of the structure, but isn’t actually connected. A cordless fake phone. On the outside of an outdoor play structure. We pretty much lost it within an hour. (In the picture, it should be to the right of Daniel… but it’s probably in the bushes somewhere. Maybe the security camera caught it?)
The opposite side is a market, complete with an ATM. And an arrow, directing cars… is it a drive-thru and I somehow missed that? And the back… Opposite the “fire house” facade? A basketball hoop. And possibly a soccer net. And numbers, presumably for a game that I’m not actually familiar with.
It’s odd, it’s as though someone thought of every imaginary play space and just threw it all into one structure. But hey, who am I to complain? It’s cute, and hopefully the kids will enjoy it for any number of years. Thanks, Mom! There’s still some debate as to where exactly in the yard it will live, but we’ll figure it out. Just in time for winter, probably…
Oh, and in true toddler form, the box it came in was equally well-loved as a toy by our fellow twins and playmates. Thanks to Rebecca and family for coming over to assemble and play!