What It Is
The Barbie Pet Care Center from Mattel is a fold out veterinarian-themed play set that opens to reveal a pet center with fun features, and cool accessories. Four pet patients - a puppy, a cat, a kitten and a hamster - are included. No dolls are included so kids will have to use their own Barbie dolls to play. The center features a reception desk with a chair and computer, an exam station with an interactive x-ray machine, a grooming center with a removable tub, a nursery with a spinning mobile, and a play area. Accessories include a scale, a hamster wheel, a pet bed, a leash, food bowls, a bottle, a bone, a toy, grooming supplies, a stethoscope, and more. Kids can role play with their Barbie dolls as vets to examine, groom, and play with the pets, creating all kinds of scenarios. They can give the pets a bath, even filling the tub with actual water, take x-rays, feed them, and more. When play time is over, the set folds up with everything stored inside, and features a pink dog-shaped handle for carrying.
Is It Fun?
This is a detailed set with a lot of fun features, and accessories that offer kids great story starters for imaginative play. Kids can check in at reception, have their pets weighed, have x-rays taken, give the pets a bath, feed them, and so many other vet-themed scenarios. No dolls are included but kids can use any Barbie doll they already have, or a similarly sized 12-inch fashion doll to play. This set can be played with at home or taken on the go, as it easily folds up. All the pieces fit inside, and there's a handle for carrying.
Who It’s For
This play set would be a lot of fun for Barbie fans, and animal lovers to use as part of imaginative and role play. It's recommended for kids ages 3 years old and up. It's best suited for kids who already have their own Barbie dolls to use with this play set because no dolls are included.
What To Be Aware Of
There are no Barbie dolls included in this set. Kids will have to purchase Barbie dolls separately. A Barbie Veterinarian Doll is available, and sold separately, though any Barbie doll can be used. The set does include four animals, and plenty of accessories for imaginative play. It folds up with everything stored inside, and features a pink dog-shaped handle for carrying.