I love kids outdoor playhouse! Some people call me immature; I prefer the term ‘young at heart’. When I pass by a park, I’m pretty likely to jump on the jungle gym. I can’t resist a swing set and I certainly can’t resist a kid-powered merry-go-round. Each time I see a playhouse, regardless of its disrepair, a temptation to play creeps upon me. All of these things bring up feelings of nostalgia and dredge fond memories of simpler time. When I was younger, we had a little butter-colored playhouse.
By the time I grew into it, the plastic siding had faded to the color of skin and sky-blue shutters desaturated to a shade of periwinkle. The sink was broken. The floor sat on crooked ground. Regardless of its disrepair, that little thing became so many things to me: a police station, a schoolhouse, a space ship, a gas station, and a bank in the midst of a robbery. I like to think that those earliest days of imaginative playtime sparked my love of writing. Even after I outgrew it, that Little Tikes building never went far. If I look out my back door now, peering past curling willow tendrils, I can see it folded behind the garage. Made-to-order nostalgia.
In short, a playhouse can play a big part in a child’s formative years. It can be their shelter from the storm, their creative outlet, and the source of imagination. I want you to be able to pick the best playhouse for your family and to give them that spark that drives the happy moments of their life. We have to answer a few questions before we get there. What makes the best treehouse? What do some of the most popular outdoor playhouses for kids have in common?
Kids Playhouse Criteria
While this is certainly no master’s thesis, requiring thousands of hours in research and many sleepless nights, we put some thought into our playhouse selections. All six meet fulfill four separate criteria on material, age range, consumer rating, and price.
All of these playhouses happen to be made out of plastic; wooden items tend to be marketed towards children older than our targeted range and have been purposely excluded from this list. We only selected items suitable for those between the ages of one and nine years of age; this represents the range of children most likely to be interested in these items. In order to ensure some modicum of satisfaction, l of our selected items have more than a four-star rating and more than 20 customer reviews. Lastly, as we know that young kids can strain the wallet, we only featured playhouses with prices under 650 dollars. If you want a different set of criteria, or need some ideas on narrowing your ideas, you can scroll down to the last section of this article.