Park, Pump, Wash and Play
- What: Melissa & Doug Service Station Parking Garage
- When: 2 to 6 years
- Why: Wooden construction, compatible with other sets
- Where: Amazon
Have you ever tried to find a toy car wash? My son loves car washes, but other than a few Hot Wheels or Matchbox plastic options, I haven’t had much luck finding him a play set.
While we’ve built several out of gears, and Magna-Tiles, I wanted something more permanent. Then we found this service station play set. It comes with a drive thru car wash perfect for cars of various sizes (not just Hot Wheels!).
The moving conveyor belt can handle wider and taller cars, or smaller ones, too. It also features a gas station, an elevator to reach the parking garage on top, and two moving garage doors to allow access to the interior parking space below. It comes with two wooden cars, one blue and one red, complete with tiny holes to fill up at the gas station. Cars from other Melissa and Doug sets can also be used with this toy, and vice versa.
My son has discovered that it works great for cleaning and parking his Beanie Boo friends, too. Despite only having owned it a few days, we’ve gotten lots of use out of it already, and it has gone everywhere with my four year old son, from friends’ houses to bed overnight. The sign on top makes a perfect handle for carrying around the house or further afield. If it lasts as long as the other Melissa & Doug vehicles we own, it will hold up to all this joy and excitement for years to come.
Because it has no small pieces, it works great for younger kids, despite the three years and up recommendations from the manufacturer.