My mum got my little boy this Fisher-Price garage for Christmas, and she really did have trouble getting hold of it! She couldn't find it in stock anywhere, even Amazon emailed to say it was out of stock, which shows how popular this toy must have been at Christmas! Eventually I found it for her in a local Argos store, which still had one in stock so she reserved and collected it from there for £39.99. You can get this garage cheaper, at the moment on Amazon it is £33, which is a bargain for this toy.
This garage comes with two little people who fit in the car and tow truck it also comes with. My son loves putting the little people in the vehicles, and also some other little people he has got, fit into these as well. He loves driving the car and tow truck round on their own, but also loves playing with them on the ramp.
The garage has a circular ramp, which you put the cars at the top of, then gently push them and they go sliding down it. This is my sons favourite part, and he has got loads of little cars that he watches slide down the ramp, he is fascinated with it! He loves lining them all up first too on the top level, then pushing them down one by one. The elevator he doesn't really bother with yet, I have tried showing him how to move the lift up and down, but he doesn't seem interested yet! He is only 20 months old, so I am sure when he is a bit older and he understands more of what this toy is he may play with it a bit more!
It also has a few nice added extras such as a petrol pump, but my son doesn't understand all the little detailed things on the garage yet. It is really bright and colourful too which I love, it is a nice looking garage, and can be enjoyed by either a boy or a girl. The colours make it great for either. I do think this garage could have maybe come with some better cars, and a few more of them, if we didn't get some little cars off people for Christmas for my son I would have had to buy some for this I think. The ones it comes with my son does play with them, but they are small, great for little hands to grip, but my son does prefer his slightly bigger chunky cars to play with on this garage.
This was easy to put together, it comes in a lot of different bits though, and it is sturdy now made up. My son has climbed up and stood on top of this many a time when my back is turned and it holds his weight, he knows if he pushes this up to something, he can stand on it to reach something higher! It is plastic so really easy to clean, and I can see it lasting years. Its a great toy and I would highly recommend it!
My 12 month old son received the Fisher Price garage for Christmas, and has not stopped playing with it since. The design is fantastic - bright, attractive colours with two vehicles and two friendly looking people to interchange. There are two levels of 'parking', a lift with tilting floor, and a two storey ramp to send the cars down.
The construction was very easy, following clear and simple instructions with a minimum of screws and attachments. Most of it just clicked together. However, once assembled, this is not a toy to be disassembled for storage as this would be too time consuming. As a result, you are left with a bulky toy to find a space for. The toy is very sturdy, and I have found that my son uses it to practice standing and 'cruising'.
It is suitable for children above 12 months and cost around £25 from John Lewis. Compared to other garages for this age group, it is cheaper and seems to have the same amount of features.
The only negatives are that the lift is very difficult for a child to manoeuvre (even my 4 year old girl struggles), and one of the vehicles makes very annoying beeping noises at the slightest touch that can only be switched off by the removal of batteries. Doesn't bother me too much, but it drives the husband crazy!
We first boght this garage for my son's 1st birthday and although he took a bit of time getting into it, he is now almost 3 and still plays with it.
It is sturdy made and has a spiral ramp for the cars to go down and a car lift. It comes with 2 cars ( which have sounds ) and two figures. At first I felt there should be more but he was happy enough with them and he has other cars which he could use on the ramp. The cars and figures are also sturdy and easy for him to handle and throw about etc.
The only problem he had at first was that the car lift was quite stiff and we were worried he may jam his fingers but we helped him with it until he was able to do it himself. At the age he is now he has no problem at all.
It has been a great toy which he has taken a lot of time out of and still does.
Would definitely recommend it.
My son received this as a Christmas present from his doting grandparents last year, but at just a little over one, he wasn't too taken with it at the time - a little intrigued perhaps, but not fully on playing with it. Now at nearly two however, he is a much bigger fan.
The garage itself comes in a large box, and does require a little assembly, but it doesn't take too long in fairness. It also requires 2 AA batteries.
The garage is made of brightly coloured strong plastic - quite strong enough to withstand a fair few whacks when playing gets enthusiastic.
The garage comes with two little magnetic cars, so the breakdown truck can tow the vehicle that needs to be rescued. Also included are two little characters - very cute and chunky and the perfect size for little hands.
The main feature of the garage is the three storey ramp, which the little cars really do zoom around. There is also the lift, which although took my boy a while to work out, now he can work it happily and it certainly keeps him amused. He also loves the petrol pump and air hose - think he is pretending to be Daddy!
The garage makes great noises too - a bell in the lift, and the air hose which hisses and the petrol pump that glugs which makes my boy giggle away!
This garage retails at around the £30 mark from Amazon, and although this is a great toy, I do think this is expensive (but maybe that is me not living in the real world!). My boy does love it though, and if your child has a birthday coming up, as a main present I am sure it would be a hit. Although it is advertised as being suitable for 12 months up, I think really to get the most out of the toy, the child needs to be around 18 months before they really start to enjoy it.
I always really struggle thinking of birthday and Christmas presents for my youngest daughter. As there is less than two years between her and her elder sister, she gets an awful lot of hand me down toys and they also share toys quite well. This Christmas I really wanted to get her something that she would really enjoy with and the answer came to me while taking her to a local toddler group.
I noticed that she tended to go and seek out the toy garage and cars and would happily play with them for most of the session. As her big sister is a very girly, pink girl, we had nothing like this at home so I decided to buy her a garage and some cars for Christmas.
I spend what seemed like ages looking for the right on on the internet and really struggle to find what that suited her age (2 years) and would last her for some time. There was an amazing one in the ELC but it was just that little bit too old for her and when set up it was massive and would take up far too much room in my already toy filled house. Next stop was the Fisher Price brand, I remembered my little brother had had a Fisher Price Garage when he was young and that her had played on it for hours and hours.
As soon as I found the Fisher Price Zoom Around Garage on the internet I was happy that I had found the one I was after. It seemed completely age appropriate for my little one and it had the fantastic circular ramp that all good toy garages should have. I also noticed it had a lift and bell and a petrol pump. The garage itself has three storeys and includes two vehicles and figures. I did read a few negative reviews regarding the lift being stiff and difficult for little ones to operate but overall most seemed to say that it was a fab toy which entertained for hours.
The garage costs around the £30 mark and I bought mine from Play in the run up to Christmas when they were actually quite difficult to get hold of. I would imagine that they are easily available during the rest of the year though.
I received the garage in the run up to Christmas and realised when I received the big box that the garage required assembly. We decided to do this before wrapping it for her so that she could play with it immediately and my husband managed it with no problems in about 10 minutes.
The big day arrived and she was absolutely thrilled to bits when she pulled off the wrapping paper. After opening her garage, she had absolutely no interest in any of her other presents and since then she has played with it constantly. She goes off in her own little world and is completely absorbed with her little games.
Now my only issue is the lift.... the reviewers were right, it is very stiff and would be very difficult for a small child to operate. My husband solved this problem by filing down some of the plastic giving the lift an easier run and now it works fine. This is quite a downside and not one you would expect from Fisher Price but for me this has proved to be a really excellant buy.
My parents got this toy for my son when he was around one years old, he is now approaching 4 and still plays with it and my son of 2 is very fond of it as well.
***What is it? ***
The world of Little People by Fisher Price is a collection of plastic people that are nice and chunky for small hands to grab easily. The world of little people is also a huge collection of items ranging from Zoos, to post offices to the Garage. We only have a few of the Little People items but if you got carried away you could end up spending a small fortune.
The Garage I feel is of excellent quality, it is sturdy and strong, a child could be very forceful and it will still remain in one piece. As all of Fisher Prices toys I have noticed they have thought about the design of this garage very well, the dimensions are just right for a small to large toddler. It is also brightly coloured and eye catching.
***How to build it***
Like most toys these days of a certain size you have to build them, this is quite straight forward by following the instructions, If I can do it anyone can, it doesn't take long although from what I can remember you need to screw a few things in place.
***How it works***
Once you have built it, now is time for the fun! YAY! The Garage has the zoomy slide bit which is the main attraction to children as they can place any car down, not just the fisher price cars, my kids use all types of vehicles and as long as they are of a certain size they are just as good if not better then the fisher price cars.
There is also a lift that you have to pull up at the side and a bell, I find this a bit stiff to pull up for a small toddler although a 3-4 year old should have no problem. Once the lift is at the top it can fall back down probably a little too easy which is frustrating for a child, although this does not really make the toy any less enjoyable.
There is also a little pump feature at the bottom where your child can pretend to fill the car with fuel, but my children have never used this, Maybe because they are so young they don't understand yet or maybe they find it boring but this part of the toy gets ignored even after demonstrating to them.
This is a really good size garage and 2 children the dimensions of the Garage are approx. 21" L x 18" W x 19" H.
The set includes:-Includes mechanic, driver, and car and tow truck. With the tow truck you push down and it makes various noises and your little people can sit in the vehicles too quite easily as they are made to slot in.
This is the best children's garage if you are going to buy one then get this or a wooden one, You want something sturdy that is going to last a number of years, it is appealing to both boys and girls and Fisher Price is a name you can trust.
These retail around £25 which is excellent value for money as once your child or children have finished using it, it should still be in fairly good condition to pass to another child or sell.
Suitable from 1 year up
When my son is not playing on his computer the one thing he loves doing is to play with his garage.
We bought this Fisher Price garage nearly 2 years ago for christmas, it came in a cardboard box and there were lots of pieces that needed to be put together which was quite easy to do.
The garage has so many different colours, it is made out of a strong sturdy plastic and is well made.
There are 2 parking levels, the top level has a nice big flat area where the cars can be parked or lined up ready to go down the ramp.
At the front of the garage is a petrol pump and hose, which does not do anything but my son has great fun pretending that he is filling the car up with petrol.
At the front of the garage is a big lift, there is a stop barrier which is bright orange. When the lift is down the bottom the barrier is raised so that the cars can go into the lift, then you use the handle at the side of the lift to move the lift up and the barrier comes down.
The problem is the handle is quite hard to use for an adult so my son gets very annoyed with it. There is also a bell so while you are pushing the lift up it makes a noise. When the lift gets to the 1st or top level the cars are supposed to come off nicely from the ramp but they always seem to land up in a heap!
The garage has a very cool ramp which spirals down to the ground floor, it is wide enough for 2 small cars to go down at the same time or you can use the car that came with the garage. My son and I usually line up our cars at the top of the ramp and then have lots of fun racing them down. The problem with the ramp is often the cars will get stuck halfwalf down the ramp so you have to push them so that they carry on going down it depends on what cars are being used.
**What do I think?**
Although this garage has a few flaws I think that it is a good garage for a young child as I don`t think they will notice the problems too much other than the lift which really is annoying.
The other thing that is wrong with this garage is although you can stop the lift at the first level and there is an area where the cars can go there is no way for the cars to go down the ramp which is a shame.
The garage also comes with 2 cars but I cannot write about these as I have no idea what my son has done with the cars!
We paid £24.99 for the garage which I think is very good value for money as my son has had so much fun with this garage.
Age 12 months+
Price - £24.99 Tesco`s or £27.99 Amazon
Fisher Price Zoom Around Garage
My son had this garage for his first Christmas, he was 9 months at time, the details of the zoom around garage does say for ages 12 months and over but as I was always with my son when he was playing with this garage I did not see it as a problem. I paid £29.90 for this garage and for his mainly present I thought this was a wonderful price.
The garage comes in a box and has to be made up clipped together with a few little screws this was easy, well I managed to do it with 3 children trying to help in about 5 minutes, so if u were doing it with no help would prob take you about 2 mins to do.
The garage is part of the fisher price lil people range, it is bright in colour with bright red, green, yellow and blue making up the different parts of the garage.
The garage comes with a car and a tow truck, the truck makes a revving sound when the person is but in to the driving seat. This is easy and a one year old can manage to do this.
The garage has a lift for the cars to go up and down in, tho I did find this a little stiff to move maybe just needs a little oil on it to make it run smoother. There is a slide for the cars to go down tho every thing in my house goes down it from dummies to apples. There is a petrol pump and drum that spins round not quite sure what if this if any one knows can u let me no just in case one of the kids ask.
I do think this garage was one of my best buys the garage is so strong my 4 yr old has stood on it and hit does even look bothered (if a toy can look bothered but u know what I mean). this toy grows with the child my 3 and 4 year old love to play with it as well as my one year old
The Fisherprice Zoom Around Garage is another toy in the Fisherprice Little People collection. It was bought for my son as a gift from his grandmother for Christmas last year.
The recommended retail price for this product is £29.99, although it is currently slightly reduced on Amazon at £27.99. The manufacturer's age guidance states that it is suitable for children of 12 months onwards.
This toy requires manual assembly and some parts are screwed together. The job was therefore quickly delegated to my husband and although it did look rather tricky, he managed to assemble it in a relatively short space of time.
The Zoom Around Garage basically entails a garage with two levels, a lift with bell and a spiral ramp. Included are also two cars and two Little People characters.
The garage itself is rather garish in its choice of colours being a mix of white, blue red and green. It has no uniformity though its bright colours are clearly aimed at young children.
Just as with all of my son's Fisherprice Little People toys, there are many features which appear rushed, unfinished and simply not thought out. For instance the garage has two levels, yet there is no access onto or off the spiral ramp to the second level. There is also a bridge with a walkway situated on the top level of the garage, however the Little People characters are too wide to fit on this bridge.
The lift to the right hand side of the garage is rather difficult to manoeuvre up and down and I have personally found that I need to hold the whole toy steady in order to move it. Because it is so stiff, my son has often tried to push it down via one of the openings at the front of the lift passage, this has caused it to suddenly shoot down and trap his little fingers.
As aforementioned there are two cars and two figures included in the set. The first is a chunky yellow recovery truck which has very little detail apart from the hook at the back. In the passenger seat however there is a small peg where the character is fitted in and when depressed it sounds a number of engine noises. My son has had lots of enjoyment simply from pressing the button when the character is not in place.
The second car again has very little detail and is small and blue in colour. It is not chunky like its counterpart and it very lightweight in comparison. It does not actually do anything and so is the simpler of the two. My concern regarding this car is Little People the character which fits inside. He is holding a wad of money in one hand and a mobile phone in the other. Having had a look at some of the marketing pictures for this product, I understand that in some pictures he is being towed away, however in others he is driving with a mobile phone! Tut tut!
My son's verdict on this one is rather less niggling than mine. He adores the Zoom Around Garage and has played with it time and time again. He was very proud of himself the day he learnt to roll the cars around the ramp and since then has discovered that many of his other cars can be used in conjunction with it too. His only issue with it is when he struggles to move the lift up and down and often traps his fingers in the process.
In summary therefore this is a relatively good toy. However I am not a huge fan of the Fisherprice Little People range in general, having seen so many faults and ill thought out aspects of various products in this range. I am yet to review the Little People boat shape sorter for instance whereby all of the shapes fit in all of the holes!
If this garage had not been bought for my son as a gift then I would have bought him one from the Early Learning Centre which would most likely be a far better quality and design. This product is rather basic and I would recommend first looking around at other brands for comparison before you commit to buy.
This garage is part of the Fisher Price Little People range. it is priced around £30 (currently £26.99 on amazon.com).
It is recommended for children aged 1-4 years old.
It needs to be assembled before use, with pieces that slot together and a few bits that are screwed together to secure them. (Took about 10minutes to assemble)
The garage is supplied with 2 vehicles a tow truck and a car each with a removable figure. The tow truck has a couple of sound effects when the base of the 'seat' is pressed. The figures are a good size for small hands and are easily placed into the vehicles.
The garage features a spinning hose cylinder, a petrol pump and hose and entrance to the lift with a stop sign that comes down as lift rises.
You can move the lift to either of the 2 parking levels and a bell on the side 'dings' as it reaches each level. On the 1st floor there is parking space for the cars. On the 2nd floor is a parking area and access to the circular ramp that will whizz the cars back down to the bottom.
My son got this for christmas and is a big favourite with him already. He loves whizzing the cars down the ramp and currently putting as many cars and toys in the lift as possible!!
It is great that a number of other cars/vehicles he already has are able to fit in the grage and will whizz down the ramp, so it's not restricted to only fisher price vehicles.
Currently the biggest disadvantage is that my son is unable to operate the lift as it is quite stiff, so this can lead to some frustration as he wants to do it himselft but can't.
I can imagine this garage will be well played with for the next couple of years, so will probably be a good investment!
This was one of the presents we bought my daughter for her birthday last September and is just one in an extensive range of Fisher Price Little People toys. All of these toys are perfectly designed with small children in mind; the people themselves are small enough to fit in the palm of an average adult hand with small holes in their base and all of the vehicles come with a little plastic protusion onto which the Little People can be placed so that they sit securely. With the garage you get two vehicles and two people to sit inside them. One of the vehicles, a tow-truck, makes a sound like an engine revving when a little person is fitted in the seat and a little beep-beep like the sound of a horn. The garage is priced at around the thirty quid mark but can be found cheaper from some stores and a good thing about this paticular range of toys is that they are almost always on some kind of deal somewhere if you look hard enough. This is entirely due to the fact that they are so popular with children and adults alike.
The garage comes in pieces with a series of instructions and takes no more than 5 minutes to fit together. Brightly coloured, some of the features of the garage include a slide for cars to travel down, a petrol pump and a drum that can be spun around and a lift for cars to travel to both of the two parking levels which arrives at it's destination with the little ring of a bell. The garage is of just the right size so that other non-descript cars can also use it not just the Little People vehicles and is one of the better toy garages available on the market in my opinion. I know this- my daughter loves this and, with all the other Little People toys she has got this christmas, has become one of her favourites to play with.
Overall, Fisher Price are really onto a winner with this clever set of toys and I would reccommend any of the Little People range for any parents looking for something cheerful and interactive their own little ones can play with....there are plenty of options out there and all the Little People can be interchanged between any of the other sets including this garage. You can even buy extra figures seperately to help bulk out your sets and these come in all manner of colours, shapes and ethnicities including babies in baskets, children in bunny outfits and Little People from all around the globe as well. One of our latest additions is an Ice cream van that plays a little tune.
Suitable for children over twelve months only, this garage is just one of a range of toys that will grow alongside your little treasure!! My only complaint- sometimes the lift is a little stiff for my daughter to use and occasionally gets stuck between levels and needs a little jiggle but that would be about it. Apart from that this garage is a winner!!
Garage that features a three storey circular ramp, three storey elevator with mechanical bell sounds as it moves, automatic moving stop sign, petrol pump and bat at air hose. Includes two figures, passenger car and tow truck with fun sounds.