I’m sure you guys have heard about the Swedish brand BRIO before. They are a fantastic brand, having been active in the toy market for over 130 years. They are famous for their great quality wooden toys. For Brio, toys are not about entertaining or pacifying children. They consider a successful toy to be one which is able to stimulate a child’s imagination and be part of the child’s growth through play, even at different ages. That is why this brand is so successful and one of the favourites of our children.
When we were asked to review one of Brio’s toys I was super excited about it. The toy we received is the Brio Parking Garage. This toy is aimed at children age 3+ so although slightly below this age, this was more appropriate for Sienna to test. She just turned two years old but I thought that with supervision it would be okay for us to have a play together.
When we opened the box we found that there were some parts that needed assembly but the main structure of the garage was ready to go so we just needed to build a few small parts.
The box contained the following items:
- 1 garage
- 2 wooden cars
- 1 car transporter wagon
- 2 small pieces of track
- 1 track connector
When we laid out all the parts we found we only needed to put the lift in place, the slide and a couple of wooden pieces and that was is it, so everything was super simple to set up. It was now all ready for Sienna to play with. She took out the 3 cars that came from the set – a blue one, a red car and a yellow wagon. They were all very cool and Sienna really enjoyed playing with them. They move very fast which was super fun to watch.
This toy is solid, really well made and nice to look at. Its functionality is easy and simple too. The lift works well and it was something that Sienna enjoyed playing with (lifting the cars up and down). There is no need for batteries which is always great to know.
This garage doesn’t make any noises which is always a bonus for us parents, LOL! It is a little bit big but it is still okay to be able to put it away. I guess this depends on the amount of space you have in your house to store toys.
Any standard hotwheels cars will work fine in the lift and can go down the ramp beautifully. This was fun to discover and of course to actually try. Sienna enjoyed the idea of having a little car attached to the track. It slides very easily at the top. It was very cool to see how it clicks into the train track and the proper little cars that come with it drop down the hatch and land onto the train car-transporter carriage.
With this fantastic parking garage, your children can bring the world of road and rail together! There are multiple levels on which your children can have fun. They can take your car all the way to the top and then take a chute back down and even have a fuel stop on Level 1. They can place the car onto the chute on Level 2, push the button and watch the car fall into place on the awaiting transporter wagon below.
Something that I thought was great, is that this parking garage is fully compatible with all existing BRIO Railway and Roadway products for easy expansion. This means your children can build an even bigger imaginary world of trains and cars. This is definitely a toy that can have lasting appeal. What I mean is that even for Bella who is now six years old, this is a toy that appealed to her a lot too.
This garage is made from responsibly sourced wood and non-toxic paint, so now us parents can rest easy as our children operate car lifts and ready themselves for another adventure on the tracks. How fantastic is that?
The Parking Garage has an RPP of £47.99 and you can get it from lots of different retailers. You can buy it from Amazon for £40.07 which is great!
Have you bought toys from Brio before? What do you think of the Parking Garage? Do you own something like this? Please leave a comment below as I would love to read what you think.
*Disclosure: We received the Brio Parking Garage in exchange for a blog post. However all opinions and thoughts are my own.
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Angela at Daysinbed says
Oh my little brother had one of these when we were young. I love it. Great review and photos.