Children can build castles, pirate ships, and gingerbread homes in their imagination. But there’s something about having a physical one in which you can walk around and play an interact with friends: it’s a fantasy realized. That’s why outdoor playhouses are so common — and fantastic. They provide kids a physical space that seems straight out of a storybook, one in which, according to child development experts, allows them to make decisions, solve problems, and learn valuable social skills.
Today’s top playhouses are safer and more realistic than ever, made from materials that can weather storms and survive until your child tires of playing make believe. And honestly? They’re pretty cool to look at. That said, they can be quite expensive, too — you can easily hit five figures depending how big and how customizable you want to get. We, however, prefer the classics. To that end, here are seven great outdoor playhouses, from castles and cedar wood homes to pirate ships and slide-equipped hideaways, ready to entertain and inspire.
Little Tikes Classic Castle
C’mon, what kid does not want a castle in his backyard? Especially when said castle has towers, ramparts, gates, hidden passages, and a slide. Designed by Little Tikes for kids aged 2-6 it will keep them busy for hours playing lords and ladies inside the walls. Plus, it breaks down easily for storage when the weather gets nasty.
Step2 Sweetheart Playhouse
Designed for kids between the ages of 2-6, this pink and white “gingerbread” playhouse from Step 2 has an indoor stove top that also doubles as an outdoor grill,…