Summer time is here, and that means lots of outdoor activities and fun. A unique outdoor playhouse is a wonderful way to encourage children to use their imaginations while engaging in active, creative play. There are plenty of outdoor playhouse options on the market, but not all are created equal. There are a few things to consider when choosing a playhouse.
First, consider the size of the space where you will be using the playhouse. If you have a small yard, a smaller playhouse is probably more appropriate. The age of child will help determine the type of playhouse and some of the most important features. Consider the aesthetics of the playhouse. There are some really cute playhouses that look like authentic little cabins and others that resemble castles and modern homes. Many outdoor playhouses have lots of fun, playable features like working doors, sinks, and more. Some playhouse have slides and climbers for active kids. Finally, consider whether portability an indoor/outdoor use is important for your family. Enjoy your summer!
Outdoor Playhouse Options
Step2 Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse
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ECR4Kids Climb and Slide Playset
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Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse
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Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse
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1. Step2 Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse
The Step2 Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse is a favorite among reviewers for several reasons. It’s sturdy and durable, so it’s great for outdoor play and will last a long time, even in the weather. This playhouse is perfectly sized and won’t take up a huge space in the yard and is even an appropriate size to use indoors when the weather calls for it. It’s extremely easy to assemble, so your toddler doesn’t have to wait long to enjoy playing on it. It features a ladder, slide, shingled roof and working periscope that rotates 180 degrees. A great outdoor playhouse for active little ones!
2. Backyard Discovery Summer Cottage All Cedar Wood Playhouse
A fancy, attractive playhouse with lots of cool features, the Backyard Discovery Summer Cottage All Cedar Wood Playhouse will look fantastic in your yard and the kids ones will love it. It features cedar panel walls, a wood roof with gables and adorable scalloped trim accents, flower boxes, and even a cupola. Kids will enjoy playing with the sink and stove, using the magnetic latching front door and serving windows, and enjoying drinks and snacks while sitting at the outdoor bench.
3. FocuSun Pop up Kids Play Tent with Tunnel and Ball Pit
Kids will enjoy tons of active play in the FocuSun Pop up Kids Play Tent with Tunnel and Ball Pit. Convenient pop up design makes this playhouse simple to set up and take down. It’s great for outdoor play but can easily be moved inside for a rainy day. It’s portable, lightweight, and sized for easy storage and includes its own storage bag. Kids can enjoy the play teepee, crawl through the tunnel, and play in the open ball pit. All three pieces fit together but can be used separately. Made of eco-friendly, durable, and and washable material that is safe for kids. It doesn’t include balls for the ball pit but these are some great plastic, phthalate free, colored balls with their own storage bag.
4. ECR4Kids Climb and Slide Playset
The ECR4Kids Climb and Slide Playset encourages toddlers and preschoolers to climb, hide, crawl and slide. The slide reverses to become climbing stairs and kids have extra stability while standing on the platform by holding on to the overhead bar. While it’s made of child safe, durable, and ec0-freindly material that are perfect for outdoor use, it can be used inside, too. Set-up and break down takes only a few minutes and requires no tools.
5. Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse
From a trusted manufacturer of children’s products, the Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse is a super fun and unique outdoor playhouse that encourages recycling and and responsible environmental practices. Kids are never to young to start caring about out planet! Cool features include a modern design, recycling bin, living roof, dutch door, doorbell, mailbox, and a planting box. Learn about conserving water with the rain barrel that feeds the planting box and experience renewable energy with the working solar powered lights. Comes with a shovel, rake, and watering can.
6. Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse
Little ones can expand their imaginations and enjoy the fun of outdoor summer living with the Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse. Grille out on the outdoor patio and have a meal while sitting on the bench. Use the dutch door and working doorbell to come inside the kitchen that has a sink. Comes with a five piece accessory set. Reviewers love the sturdy design, easy assembly, and that this outdoor playhouse doesn’t fade much in the sun and looks like new for several seasons of use.
7. Step2 2-Story Playhouse & Slide
A super fun outdoor playhouse that encourages active play, the Step2 2-Story Playhouse & Slide has a slide on the roof! Use the working doorbell to gain entrance through the dutch door, engage in imaginative play in the indoor kitchen, and then climb the ladder to the second story and slide down the extra long slide.
8. Cedar Wood Castle Playhouse
Several children at once, with a wide range of ages (ages 3-10) can play in and on the extra-large Cedar Wood Castle Playhouse. Constructed of cedar wood which contains natural preservatives that help resist damage and deterioration, this playhouse will look fantastic in your yard for years to come. Cedar wood has other benefits as well – the natural aromas are appealing to people but unappealing to insects and are bacterial and fungal resistant. But most importantly, this playhouse looks really cool and has lots of fun features like a ladder, tower, ground level playhouse, and a working drawbridge.
9. KidKraft My Woodland Playhouse
An adorable playhouse with beautiful views, the KidKraft My Woodland Playhouse features cedar siding and a durable, UV resistant plastic roof. It has a working doorbell on the the full, kid-sized door, a back window that opens and closes, and attractive, decorative flower pots. The indoor sink has a faucet and knobs, and there is an outdoor counter. This attractive little house is features easy bolt hardware for easy assembly.
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