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About the Adventure Treehouse and Outback Koala Family
A little disclosure before I start: Teylor LOVES Calico Critters. She owns a few pieces she has saved up to buy for herself (no easy feat when you're five) but most of them have been gifted to her by friends& family. When I was offered the opportunity to review this Calico Critter set I practically jumped with joy- she's seen this set in stores before and begged me to buy it, but since she already has the Calico Critter Country Cottage, I thought that was sufficient.
Having now seen both of these Calico Critter abodes in use, I can say that the Adventure Treehouse is way more fun than the Country Cottage. However, her Calico Critters go to the Adventure Treehouse during the day to play, and then she tucks them into bed at night (no, don't laugh- I am totally serious here) in their sweet little Cottage.
The Adventure Treehouse has a ton of adorable features. It is plastic (but very sturdy!) and integrates tree tops, a little treehouse at the top, a hollowed out portion in the side of the tree, a giant slide, a tiny Calico Critter sized swing, and a bucket they can use to hoist up whatever they presumably need in their treehouse. There are also lots of ladders for Calico Critters to climb up of course. The Koala Family is an ADORABLE babywearing, eco-conscious family with a mama koala, a papa koala, two little koalas, their clothes, and a baby sling for the tiny one to go on his parents in.
I can't tell you how many times Teylor has asked for an 'ergo' for her Calico Critters- and now she has one. This tiny little detail has absolutely blown her mind! The description of the Koala family from their website is also sweet. It reads: "Mother, Sheila owns her own eco-friendly shop. Father, Bruce is the leader of the Cloverleaf Corners Environmental Awareness Society. Sister, Adelaide wants to start her own eco-fashion company when she grows up. Baby Brother, Joey is very attached to his Mother and loves playing outside."
Details We Love
The Calico Critter treehouse comes with a slide, tree-branches that attach, a swing, a treehouse that
sits on the top, a few pieces of railing (so the critters don't fall off!) a bucket for hoisting items to the top of their treehouse, a little nest in the tree canopy, a teeny-tiny birdhouse, and two ladders. The Koala family comes with two 'parent' Koalas, two baby Koalas, all their clothes, and a baby sling. Every detail of each piece is super sweet& it really adorable. I know adults who collect Calico Critters just for the cuteness factor- and I am sure this will be something we keep after Teylor has outgrown it to pass along to her kids someday too.
You can purchase your own Adventure Treehouse and Koala Family playset on the Calico Critters website for $92 plus shipping. I recommend buying an extra set of critters to go with the set just because it's always more fun with friends! They also have a full range of Calico Critters houses- the treehouse is our favorite but you might love the Baby Discover Forest set or the more traditional Cloverleaf Manor.
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