Our Hot Picks for Playhouses and Swingsets

A playhouse is great for encouraging imaginative play for toddlers and preschoolers.  Since many playhouses can be used indoors or out, they are not only fabulous for the summer but great for year round use!  Even though a preschooler can turn a cardboard box into a fabulous playhouse in their imagination, we have selected some really fun playhouses that not only look great but your child will love as well.  From cottages to castles to luxury playhouses – there is one for everyone!

Step2 Gather and Grille Playhouse

This is one of Step2’s newest playhouses that will get your little one’s barbecuing with dad (or mom!)  For a sizzlin’ good time, your kids can gather in this playhouse with an extended area for grilling & hanging out with friends! It features an outdoor patio area with built-in “grill”, bench for two, built-in kitchen with sink, electronic doorbell, Dutch door and large windows.

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Little Tikes Classic Castle

This castle is perfect for your little princes and princesses!  Not only is it adorable but will keep your little ones busy for hours.  The authentic castle design features realistic stone façade and lookout tower with platform.  It even has a secret crawl-through door behind a pretend fireplace to crawl in and out.  And if that isn’t enough, it features a built-in slide for quick exits.

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Step2 Naturally Playful Storybook Cottage

We couldn’t resist this adorable, gender-neutral cottage that is perfect for giving any playtime a happy ending.  The Storybook cottage features a decorative “thatched” roof, charming windows (one that even has working shutters), and a working doorbell.  Inside is a drop-leaf table, kitchenette, pretend clock with movable hands and electronic telephone.

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Winchester Playhouse

If you prefer the look of wood for your child’s playhouse, the Winchester Playhouse just might be the one for you.  This adorable, all cedar playhouse has a wood roof and front porch dormer. There are even large country shutters, a working door, planter boxes, a lemonade stand and outside bench seat  This playhouse will look great in anyone’s yard!

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Now we couldn’t resist listing the next playhouses!  If you have disposable cash or if you hang with Brad and Angelina, you may consider these LUXURY playhouses for your little ones.

Tim’s Turbo Treehouse

“This incredible Tree House comes with its own tree. Each tree house begins with a real 6′ tall log that has been reclaimed from local ranches. The tree is hollowed out with a chainsaw a little porch with a door is added, a window is cut in with an eave and a flower box and then a short ladder which ascends through the clubhouse trap door. On top of the log is a cartoon inspired, whimsical clubhouse with crooked windows and sagging roofline. In keeping with our whimsical design, the pickets are recycled wine barrel staves which have been sanded and rustically painted. Every clubhouse features sturdy construction using Douglas fir framing and cedar board siding. Recycled cedar shingles cap off the roof, weather-proven paint accents the exterior, and fun rust adorn the entire playhouse structure.”  Yep, this one is going to set you back $8,550.00!!

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Olde Firehouse Playhouse

Got a future firefighter on your hands?  This playhouse is perfect!  “The Olde Firehouse is the perfect playhome for little firefighters. The second floor loft area serves as the firefighters’ quarters with stairs and a fire pole to reach the first floor. Complete with fire hose, alarm bell and a skylight. Playhouse comes painted in a color trio of red, white, and gray/blue. Recommended for children 2-10 years old.”  Yes, a bit pricey at $6,299.00!

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Red Beard’s Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse

If your child is more into pirates than firefighters, this pirate ship would make their day!  Okay, at the price of a couple years of college tuition ($52,000), hopefully it makes their childhood!  “Children will love role playing in this handcrafted pirate vessel. Ship comes complete with captain’s quarters, upper and lower decks, and a handcrafted crow’s nest for spotting trouble on the high seas. Captain’s quarters has enough room for 3-4 seated adults and features leatherette-cushioned benches that double as sleeping bunks, a working door, waterproof recycled composite roof and ample storage space. Other features include 17 windows and peepholes, cannonball-riddled mast and rigging, carved wolf figurehead and ornate helm and rudder. Ship is constructed with the extensive use of mahogany and steam curved poplar planks and features a distressed paint finish.  

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If you are looking for a good backyard swingset, we have picked out a few that will get the job done.  From swings to climbing walls to rope ladders, there is something for every child!

Step2 Naturally Playful Adventure Lodge Play Center

This two story playhouse has a rustic lodge theme with ladder steps and a ¾ climbing wall.  It sports a hanging rope ladder that leads to the upper level with a fun steering wheel and a large 6’ slide.  The swing extension includes two strap swings and a backboard hoop for a pick up ball game.

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Step2 Naturally Playful Clubhouse Climber

This may not technically be a “swingset” but it is still just as fun!  Your children will climb, slide, and crawl for hours exploring the hide-out area, tunnel, table, and other fun features of this climber. There’s even an electronic phone so they can tell all their friends to come over and join the fun!  The climber features a skylight, drop-leaf table, 2 stools, chalkboard, clock with movable hands and electronic phone.  The climbing ladder has hand holes and sure grip hand rails to assist young climbers.

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Little Tikes Endless Adventures Playcenter Playground

Like the look of wood but don’t necessarily like the maintenance of wood?  This Little Tikes Playcenter may look like wood, but is made of durable Little Tikes materials that are virtually maintenance free. This set is designed with a big 4 foot high platform with its own enclosed fort.  It features two swings, a two-person glider, a challenging climbing net, and an extra long wavy slide.  If that isn’t enough, there is a built-in sandbox that has a lid to keep out weather and debris.

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