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The Best Lego Friends Sets

Take us back to Heartlake City.

Human beings are natural builders and problem-solvers, which is why LEGO sets are for everyone, young and old. But for kids, LEGO sets also help sharpen fine motor skills, boost analytic and creative thinking, hone cooperative play — and, best of all, keep them occupied for hours. Yes, hours.

See more: The Best Avengers Lego Sets 

In the world of LEGO, you can build by the book — or you can follow your block-snapping instincts wherever they take you, playing out inexhaustible scenarios and interpersonal dramas, whether they’re on the Millennium Falcon or at Hogwarts. Heartlake City is home to LEGO Friends and their Friendship House: BFFs and mini figures Stephanie, Mia, Andrea, Emma, and Olivia have adorable houses, do stuff like put on talent shows, hang out at the pool and rescue sea lions.

And while they’re marketed to girls, the LEGO Friends sets are equally great for boys. Because bottom line is, they’re fun for anyone to build. The sets are vibrant, colorful, engaging, and very, very popular. These are some of the standout sets.

The Best Lego Friends Sets

Your kid can build the world's coolest amusement park resort that features a beachside hotel, with a roof terrace, water park, slides, monorail, water scooter and windsurf board. Perfect summer fun. This Friends LEGO set, meant for kids 7 to 12, is the behemoth of all things entertainment. It's got 1,017 pieces, and includes four Friends mini figures, plus a dolphin. Kids build a resort and amusement park that has a moving monorail to explore the slides, rooftop terrace, and, of course, a juice bar.

Hit the great outdoors with Stephanie's buggy. This Friends set includes a Stephanie mini-doll figure, plus a dog and a frog figure. Bring on summer (and fall and spring) with this very sweet buggy and trailer set. It also includes a picnic area, toy bike, paddleboard, racket and pole tennis game and a toy campfire for 'smores. And stuff. The set is ideal for kids ages 6 and up, and is of course compatible with other Friends sets.

Yes, kids can now build Stephanie’s toy house from Heartlake City. It's a two-story structure that includes a kitchen, porch, lounge, spiral staircase, bathroom, bedroom and office. Oh, and a rabbit hutch. Because, obviously. This LEGO Friends set includes three mini figures, plus tons of dollhouse accessories and furniture. It's 622 pieces and ideal for kids ages 6 to 12.

While summer's almost here, families are still cooped together at home. This Heartlake City amusement pier lets kids have some vicarious seaside fun — beyond the ticket kiosk (with working turnstiles) are all kinds of rides and fair-day fun, from a whirling carousel to a ghost ship, populated with spooky sensations, scorpions and skeletons, offering hours of high theater and thrilling imaginative play.

The Lego Friends like to have fun, obviously, but they also do important work! Kids can gear up this super cool sea lion rescue center and lighthouse by constructing the lab, offices and observation deck (illuminated by a working lamp). There's an island (where kids can free sea lions with the push of a button), as well as medical instruments, sea creatures and coral, diving and fishing gear for two mini-figures, and all kinds of other tiny science-minded accessories. Great for budding marine biologists and young builders in general.

Yes, of course there's an animal hospital in Heartlake City. This animal clinic includes an Emma mini figure, a dog figure, examination bed, feeding bottle and plate, a dog bone and a lamp. This LEGO Friends set is a great starter option, for kids four and up. It's easy for preschoolers to build, and they get to help Emma treat a dog who needs veterinary care.

Kids six and up can build the two display-worthy friendship heart boxes. This Friends Lego set includes Olivia and Vicky, plus a frog and a poodle toy, as well as lots of dress-up toys including police toy accessories, firefighter toy accessories, witch toy accessories, astronaut toy accessories, pirate and a pretend doctor kit. This Friends Lego set encourages role play, as builders pretend to be firefighters, astronauts, and doctors, via their Lego alter-egos.

Kids can help build Mia’s stunning forest house and help her care for her pet horse and rabbit. Great for animal lovers ages six and up, this LEGO Friends set include three mini figures of Mia and her parents, plus her rabbit and horse. And there's a climbing wall, a grooming area for the horse, and Mia's bedroom.

What's summer without a pool? To that end, kids can build the Heartlake pool, which has a wavy slide, diving board, rubber ring, air mattress, aquarium, shower, and a swim-up bar. For the parents, of course. This LEGO Friends set includes Andrea and Martina mini figures, and is made up of 589 pieces. You create an entire, perfect summer pool, complete with a hot tub. It's ideal for kids 6 to 12.

It's The Voice, Lego-style. Kids build a stage and watch as Andrea sings with her toy microphone, plays the toy drums and does magic tricks. This 429-piece set is suitable for kids 7 and up, and includes two mini figures, plus three interchangeable stage sets, and two backstage areas.

It's never too early to teach the power of hard work. And this set does just that, as Andrea runs a cupcake shop complete with gadgets and delivers her tasty treats around Heartlake City on her scooter. Perfect for kids ages six and up, this Friends LEGO set features BFFs Emma and Andrea, plus a rotating cupcake server, cupcake-dispensing machine, mini play kitchen, and a removable table and chairs.

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