TV Review: Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries – Town Hall Deluxe Playset and DVD

There are certain preschool and early reader books that just give me a warm, happy feeling. Richard Scarry’s Busytown books are among them, and I love that my 4yo son enjoys them now, too, along with the animated show Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries.

Busytown Mysteries

If you’re not familiar with Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries, it’s part of the Cookie Jar TV block of shows on CBS’ Saturday morning line-up. The series features classic Busytown characters like Huckle Cat, his sister Sally Cat, friend Lowly the Worm, and more, solving mysteries by examining evidence, using everyday reasoning skills, and – oh yeah – driving some really fun vehicles (Pickle Car, anyone?).

Now exclusively at Toys ‘R Us, Richard Scarry’s Busytown is brought to life through a number of fun playsets for kids. You can learn more about Busytown and buy products directly online when you “Like” Richard Scarry’s Busytown on Facebook.

We were excited to be sent the Busytown Town Hall Deluxe Playset for review.

Busytown Town Hall Deluxe Playset from Toys 'R UsWhat I noticed immediately about this playset is that my 4yo son did not need my help putting it together. The pieces are durable and fit well, are perfect for little hands, and the set’s size itself is just right – not too expansive or daunting. The tracks can also be put together in a variety of ways, which my son explored over and over. Here he is with a slightly unconventional arrangement of the tracks, but he loved it!:

eli busytown town hall playset

(*a note about the tracks: they are compatible with most wooden train track systems. score!)

The Busytown Town Hall Deluxe Playset comes with some additional pieces, including a Sergeant Murphy figure and Hilda Hippo in her pencil car. My son got the greatest kick out of that pencil car! It has already seen many adventures on AND off the playset’s track. The Townhall building itself also has several doors or hatches that open, and my son has enjoyed hiding things in those spots and playing a little tricksy peek-a-boo. As an added bonus, the playset comes with a 2-episode DVD of Busytown Mysteries, which is awesome!

*Disclosure: Our family received a playset in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

*original post included giveaway of playset and DVD

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