A few weeks ago my daughter and I had the opportunity to check out the Barbie is Moving tour in Times Square. She received the Barbie VIP treatment, complete with a fashion show, hand painting, and crafts. If she wasn’t a fan of Barbie before, she has definitely become one since spending the day learning about Barbie and playing with the various assortment of Barbie themed toys, such as MegaBloks, dress designing, and more.
After leaving the event, my daughter begged for the Barbie Dreamhouse. She didn’t know that the Barbie folks already had one in the mail with her name on it, and I didn’t tell her. With her birthday just around the corner, I thought it would have been the perfect surprise. Every time she remembered, she would mention how much she wanted a Barbie Dreamhouse and it wasn’t until FedEx showed up with the hot pink box that she realized she was getting it. I don’t think I have ever heard my daughter so excited, squealing with joy as the delivery man brought the giant play house inside.
She didn’t realize that Barbie’s Dreamhouse would need a contractor to put it together. It took some time to get coordinated enough to assemble the mansion, but I can’t say it was hard, just time consuming. Don’t let this discourage you from getting the Barbie Dream House – you will only need to assemble it once (can you tell this was my mantra the entire time putting it together?)
In less than an hour the entire house was ready to be played with – all it needed was a Barbie and some imagination. I love imagination-building toys. I’ve noticed there is a stigma associated with Barbie, but at the end of the day Barbie also teaches free-thinking and creative play. The mansion is so big, it also encourages cooperative play, because my daughter can play with all of her friends and they can each pick a section to play in. Yes, it’s THAT big!
I never had a Barbie Dreamhouse as a child, but I remember drooling over my friend’s extensive Barbie collection. I guess you can say this was a bit nostalgic for me! Not only does the updated Dreamhouse have an elevator, but it has TWO working elevators! You might be wondering why Barbie needed a new home. Let me tell you how it all started… Barbie visited various locations throughout the United States to see where she would want to relocate. I guess she was getting bored being in Malibu all her life and needed a change of scenery. I was hoping she would find solace in NYC, because who wouldn’t, but after all her travels, Barbie decided to stay in Malibu because that is where her heart is. Instead of moving, she decided to renovate her Dreamhouse, which is available at Walmart and retail stores nationwide for $184.99.
The 2013 Barbie Dreamhouse boasts some fancy features such as three stories, 6 rooms, two elevators, pink stainless steel appliances, and a walk in closet. To stay in the loop on all things Barbie, you can connect with the brand on their social media outlets: