Best Playhouses for Kids Review

Parents, kindergarten assistants, organizers of children’s studios and entertainment centers more often think of purchasing a playhouse. And it is not surprising. The playhouse is an excellent game space where children like to play for hours. A personal playhouse is every child dream. It is the place where he/she can be alone, take his/her time.  Children’s playhouses are made of different materials; differ in structural frame, size and weight. You can find a lot of designer offers online. Absolutely all playhouses have their own features that you should take into account when choosing and purchasing a playhouse that is right for your child.  The majority of playhouses are durable and can be used indoor and outdoor (although you should take plastic playhouses indoor during the winter anyway).  In our top best playhouses for kids, you can find all the necessary information about each model and also its pros and cons. We gave an overview of the most popular and high-quality models of playhouses and ready to help you make the right choice. You should certainly look through our review before purchasing a playhouse for your child!

It is very important for our children to spend more time outdoor playing active games and not to stay at home playing computer games and watching cartoons. According to 2018 statistics, a child spends at least 6 hours a day in front of the screen that can ‘t but impact a child’s health! Children’s playhouse located on the playground near their house will make them go outside more often. No doubt the purchase of playhouse will have a positive impact on your child’s health!

It is also important to note that professional psychologists recommend playhouses as a toy for children. It teaches children to be independent and responsible. While playing with friends in the playhouse your child can acquire such valuable skills as interaction with other people, problem-solving and making balanced decisions. That’s why we decided to make a relevant top of the best playhouses for children that will help you to choose the best playhouse for your child.

In this article, I would like to review the most popular models of kid’s playhouses that are available to purchase. Believe me, there are a lot of offers of playhouses with their pros and cons nowadays.  Let the selection of outdoor playhouses below help you make the right choice.

Best Playhouses for Kids

In our article, we review the most popular models of playhouses for kids: from cheap outdoor playhouses to expensive ones. Anyway, in our top, there are the best playhouses available to purchase today.

Timberlake All Cedar Wood Playhouse by Backyard Discovery

Timberlake All Cedar Wood Playhouse by Backyard Discovery Review

In my opinion, it is one of the best playhouses on the market. It seems this way due to the really high-quality materials it is made of. A playhouse is built from wood (cedar, to be precise). Assembled the construction seems really sturdy and safe.

It’s worth noting this model has a semi-open design: it has a real door that a kid can go in and out without any problem. There are windows and flower pot shelves on each side of the door.

The other sides of the playhouse are not solid walls, they have openings of about up to children’s waistline height. Such a design allows you to check if everything is all right without even going near the playhouse and disturbing the kid: the majority of kids don’t like it when adults violate their personal space.

This playhouse can surely be recommended to purchase as it is the best value for the money. No doubt your children will be delighted.

Pros:

  1. High-quality materials (wood).
  2. Very solid construction.
  3. Open architecture.
  4. Cheap outdoor playhouse.

Cons:

  1. You need to set up the playhouse (though it is easy to assemble as a detailed instructions come in a kit).

Princess Cape Cottage Playhouse by Little Tikes

Princess Cape Cottage Playhouse by Little Tikes Review

The playhouse is excellent for girls as it is completed in two colors – pink (walls) and purple (roof). It is a closed-design playhouse that resembles a real house! There are big windows, closed walls (that is quite rare) and a dutch door in the playhouse.

This model is made of plastic (however, it is high-quality plastic). It is a solid structure so hardly anything can happen to it even during very active games. It is thanks to its reliable structure that we included this model in our top best playhouses for kids. The solid structure really stands out from the competitors’ models.

Your girl will really like not only the combination of pink and purple colors but and also the little details such as stylish house number, postal mailbox, and flag stand.

This is a wonderful plastic outdoor playhouse in which your little princess will spend long and happy hours. The only serious disadvantage is that this playhouse is not very convenient to wash due to the fact that it is made in the form of a closed structure. Otherwise, I can recommend it for purchase.

Pros:

  1. Interesting design.
  2. Closed construction.
  3. Easy assembly (easier set up than in a lot of another playhouse).
  4. Resemble a real house.
  5. Lightweight (easy to move and if necessary).
  6. Best princess outdoor playhouse I’ve ever seen.

Cons:

  1. Made of plastic. Although the material is high-quality, it is still plastic.
  2. It is hard to clean because of a closed design.

Endless Adventures Tikes Town Playhouse by Little Tikes

Endless Adventures Tikes Town Playhouse by Little Tikes Review

It is a really cool playhouse for children of all ages. It is made of good quality plastic and at first sight, the structure is solid.

The “Endless Adventure” playhouse has four different walls full of play features: there are firehouse, school and gas station (with gas pumper that resembles a real one!). The fourth wall is for sports games: there are a basketball hoop, a soccer goal and special targets to hit with a ball. Such a playhouse can carry away any child for a long time!

In my opinion, this is really one of the best playhouses for toddlers. It is made of strong, high-quality and non-toxic plastic, children can play it in a large number of very different games, and also this playhouse is quite simple to assemble. Definitely, this model is worth the money.

Pros:

  1. A lot of game options for a kid.
  2. It is large enough.
  3. The material is solid, it can handle any games (including hitting it with a soccer ball)
  4. I also like that this model is very detailed, all of the features are well thought through.
  5. Easy to clean as it is made of plastic.

Cons:

  1. More complicated to set up compared to the previous one (but still quite simple).

Victorian DIY Playhouse by Little Cottage Company

Victorian DIY Playhouse by Little Cottage Company Review

The models produced by this manufacturer are notable for their authenticity (a complete copy of a real house), and at the same time, they are the very high price (for a playhouse for kids). This house is designed in Victorian style and will be perfect for absolutely any child.

There are a lot of different sizes (the price is going up respectively to the size). In any case, even the smallest size house will be high-quality and elaborated. A solid approach of the manufacturer is seen in many features: fence, tile roof, chimney, safe glass panels on windows and many more (there is even an own small size terrace!).

When purchasing this playhouse you can be sure that your child will receive almost a real mini-cottage where he/she can play.

Pros:

  1. Very high-quality material.
  2. Elaborated design and functionality.
  3. The durability of wood construction and safe glass windows.
  4. There are a few sizes to choose from.
  5. It comes with detailed instructions and all necessary consumables.

Cons:

  1. High price.
  2. Hard assembly (it is really hard to set up).

All Around Playtime Patio with Canopy Playhouse by Step2

All Around Playtime Patio with Canopy Playhouse by Step2 Review

It is an excellent inexpensive outdoor playhouse that is opened-design. It is a pavilion where it is all necessary to play kitchen or café. This model comes with a patio grill set, a sink (there is even a swivel faucet!), a table and a toy kitchen utensils set. No doubt your children will be happy to play in such a playhouse.

This model is made of high-quality plastic that won’t break even if children play very active games. It also has everything that is necessary to play with sand and water – this playhouse is excellent for children of a young age!

A good and inexpensive playhouse for Toddlers. It is very easy to assemble, it is not expensive at all and offers a lot of options for the game. This playhouse is ideal for your child, do not even hesitate. The only serious minus is the small weight of this playhouse. I would not recommend allowing children to play in it during a strong wind.

Pros:

  1. A lot of toys in a set.
  2. High-quality materials.
  3. Low price.
  4. Easy cleaning due to material and open pavilion-style design.

Cons:

  1. Lightweight (but it is a pro at the same time as it is easy to move if necessary).
  2. Easy assembly but an adult should set it up.

Sweetheart Playhouse, Pink and White by Step2

Sweetheart Playhouse, Pink and White by Step2 Review

It is one more closed-design playhouse for girls. It is pink and white color (looks so stylish). There is a doorbell (it really rings) and a toy phone in a kit. There are a full-size door, door, functioning blinds, a decorative roof, and a flowerpot. There is also a convertible table top flips over to become a pretend outside barbecue grill.

This playhouse made of high-quality plastic that allows it to be solid and stable enough for any active toddlers’ games. It’s worth noting its easy assembly (if compared to models of other manufacturers).

Pros:

  1. A nice design (the combination of pink and white colors excellent for girls)  
  2. Full-size door (which is uncommon)
  3. It is excellent for children of a young age.
  4. High-quality plastic.
  5. A solid construction.

Cons:

  1. This outdoor playhouse harder to clean (compared to open-style design playhouses).

Picnic on the Patio Playhouse by Little Tikes

Picnic on the Patio Playhouse by Little Tikes Review

It is a picnic-style playhouse. It has all necessary for interesting game time. There are two chairs complementing a table attached to one of the walls, pretend burners, oven, and fireplace in a kit. Your kids will definitely like this outdoor playhouse!

It looks nice from the outside as well: the walls are made of plastic in the form of wooden planks and the roof is red color resembling real roof tiles. This playhouse looks like a real one!

Pros:

  1. Easy to clean plastic.
  2. Semi-open style structure.
  3. Nice design.
  4. A lot of additional toys in a kit.

Cons:

  1. The price is a little high.

Naturally Playful Front Porch Playhouse by Step2

Naturally Playful Front Porch Playhouse by Step2 Review

It is simply a high-quality plastic playhouse that rightly takes its place in our top best playhouses for children. There is a front porch with a bench that kids can sit on. It is a very good summer outdoor playhouse – children will be happy to play there in hot days feeling like in a real house.

This model has four windows and a dutch door (it is a common feature in such playhouses). Like other products by this manufacturer, this playhouse is made of high-quality plastic that is excellent for active games. It is good for children of a young age.

The main feature of this playhouse is the front porch with a bench that kids can sit on. There are also a pretend kitchen stove and a sink in a kit. It’s worth noting that there’s a skylight on the roof for additional light. If you look for an inexpensive outdoor playhouse this model is good for you. Although it is low priced playhouse looks amazing there be no doubt in your mind.

Pros:

  1. Non-standard design (a porch is rarely introduced in playhouses).
  2. Solid composite materials.
  3. Easy assembly and cleanness.
  4. Quite a low price.

Cons:

  1. Not a very large kit (for example, there are no soft seats for the bench).

Neighborhood Fun Center by Step2

Neighborhood Fun Center by Step2 Review

It is the last playhouse in our top. It is a very interesting fun center for kids. It looks nice and unusual: your children will definitely like its brown and blue walls, a red slide, and a yellow dutch door.

It is made of solid plastic that won’t fall apart if kids will climb and jump around the house. The evident advantages are stable construction and easy to clean materials.

It is worth noting that the playhouse has a semi-open roof and a viewing deck – the majority of kids like it!

One of the walls is made for games:  it includes ball and ring toss and crawls through the rotating door! Don’t forget that there is a slide.

Pros:

  1. There is all necessary for games in a kit: a table, two chairs, balls and rings for tossing.
  2. High-quality materials.
  3. The playhouse includes all necessary for different activities.
  4. Nice design.

Cons:

  1. High price compared to the other playhouses from our top. However, it’s worth it.

Conclusion

Today we reviewed the top 10 best playhouses in 2019 that are available to purchase today. In this review, we tried to be as objective as possible describing both the pros and cons of each model.

If you read the review carefully enough you would understand that each playhouse has its own distinctive features and peculiarities that distinguish it from other models. You should discuss with your kid which of these playhouses he/she likes better and then make a decision.

We hope we can help you make really the right decision to purchase the best playhouse that will delight your child!

18 COMMENTS

  1. I bought a closed playhouse for my little son. My child was very happy to receive such a gift. The house is colorful, makes you smile. Safe, which is important in a child’s play. Durable, will last a very long time. I am satisfied with the purchase in full.

  2. You can’t find the best fun for little kids. We bought such a house a couple of months ago, and the children get up every morning and run to a new hobby. The house contributes to the development of little girls fantasy and a variety of games. I recommend!

  3. Everything looks very cool in the pictures. Maybe someone already ordered a house and can tell how compact it is in fact in the courtyard? Although in any case, the husband and his workshop will have to make room for the sake of this children’s playhouse.

  4. Samanta, I’m sure all the houses are very compact and do not require large areas. We are thinking about buying an “Endless Adventure” playhouse, I don’t think it will take up much space. Although I took a closer look, the Victorian DIY Playhouse is definitely a bit larger than the rest.

  5. Laura, I agree with you. I already basically determined what type of house to buy. Endless Adventures playhouse looks very nice, and in case of moving to another place of residence, we can easily disassemble it and put it in the trunk of the car.

  6. I like that the houses have many entrances and exits, various nooks and crannies. For my active kids, this is just right. Although there is a problem – not every house can resist the energy of my kids. Timberlake looks very solid and in my case, perhaps this is the most reliable option.

  7. Thanks for the review!
    I ordered the Sweetheart Playhouse by Step2 for my daughter! At first glance, this is a high-quality house (but we have not yet assembled it). I will share my impressions of this house a little later!

    • Hi Ann,
      It will be great! Your review may help other readers make a decision!
      In my opinion, your chosen playhouse is really good!

  8. I am now looking for something exciting and unique. A few of the displayed playhouses look perfect. I hope that they are strong enough – my kids go wild sometimes! If any one of you already owns something like these, let me know. I would love to hear your opinion as well.

    • Hello!
      From my own experience, I can say that all the playhouses reviewed in this article are quite strong and they are not so easy to break even if you want to 🙂
      Based on this, you can safely choose any of these houses. They are all excellent quality.

  9. I talked with parents who bought a similar house for their children. They are delighted with the convenience of assembling the house. No more than 10 minutes for everything. Children are completely delighted with the playhouse, from morning till night they will not climb out of it.

  10. All who purchased houses say that the greatest delight of children is caused by doorbells, telephones, etc. Not so little things, as it turned out. In my opinion, these play houses are ideal for everyone. For parents because of the convenience of assembly, for children because of the functions and the opportunities that the houses provide.

  11. Hello! I work as a teacher in a kindergarten and would really like such a playhouse in a group for children. But really worried about safety! Are these products suitable for such establishments?

    • Hi Sophia,
      Yes, all playhouses in this review passed all safety tests and are absolutely suitable even for kindergartens.
      In addition, I want to recommend you to take a look at Timberlake All Cedar Wood Playhouse by Backyard Discovery – I think it will be the most suitable option for kindergarten 🙂

  12. Victorian DIY Playhouse is exactly what I was looking for. I have already chosen a place in the yard where to place it. It remains only to purchase the playhouse itself. I hope that through the chimney there is no access to the roof, otherwise the children will spend time only on it.

  13. Recently purchased a house for our princess. Namely step2. Our daughter is very happy. Very easy to assemble. Little things like a doorbell, a lock and so on. Our daughter is delighted. Thank you very much.

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