Playtime will never be the same with an imaginative playhouse!

If your own childhood memories are filled with whimsical pretend games that took place in the perfect playhouse, then you will want to give that same fantastical experience to your own children. Even if you don’t have a backyard, there are small indoor solutions as well as outdoor solutions on this list, so have a look and see how you can stimulate some healthy pretend play for your favorite littles.

Bang for buck

KidKraft Modern Wooden Playhouse

Staff Pick

The Kidkraft Modern Wooden Playhouse is a great all-around solution, even for small backyards or patios. It is only 6’x4′, including the picnic table, so it doesn’t take up a huge chunk of space. Even so, the set includes a pretend grill, several windows and doors that open and close, a mailbox, and an attached picnic table that works well for pretend play as well as snack time.

$310 at Amazon

Best Indoor Teepee

Lucky Limedrop Teepee Tent

No backyard? No problem! This delightful indoor teepee provides all the same pretend potential as a playhouse, along with a few extras. The set comes with an adorable fabric campfire for making pretend s’mores, and it includes a set of fairy lights that can be strung up inside to lend magical lighting to nighttime play.

$90 at Amazon

Bigger is better

Backyard Discovery Scenic Heights Playhouse

Now, if you do have plenty of outdoor space and the budget, then this may be the playhouse for you. The elevated height, along with stairs and a ladder, gives it a distinctly treehouse feel. Children will feel as if they’ve entered a world all their own in this full-sized wooden playhouse. Inside the house, you’ll find a built-in kitchen, a daybed, and multiple storage boxes for toys.

$797 at Amazon

Modern style

Backyard Discovery Breezy Point Playhouse

Lovers of modern design will adore this beautiful playhouse. The Breezy Point Playhouse has beautiful modern lines and a distinct look that parents will appreciate as much as the kids. A built-in kitchen, flower box, and chalkboard are also included to add to the charm and utility of the pretty little pretend home.

$400 at Amazon

Best bedtime playhouse

DONCO KIDS Tree House Bed

Now here’s a novel idea! Turn bedtime into a magical experience. This Tree House Bed from Donco Kids looks and feels like a treehouse, but it’s actually a twin bed with lots of storage/play space underneath. Climb up the ladder to sleep and use the enclosed space underneath for playtime!

$968 at Amazon

Fort style

Fantasy Fort Indoor Playhouse

Here’s another solution for an indoor playhouse. Bring back the fun of fort-building with this customizable fort set. Kids can use the lightweight faux wood panels to create any number of fort designs or just set up a permanent playhouse in your living room.

$56 at Amazon

Old fashioned

Backyard Discovery Victorian Inn Playhouse

Backyard Discovery brings us another adorable wooden playhouse design. This one is made to look like an old-fashioned Victorian Inn. The playhouse comes with the most complete built-in kitchen we’ve seen, including a telephone, plastic knife, cutting board, faucet, mounted sink, burner, as well as pretend fruit and vegetables.

$360 at Amazon

Best budget buy

Step2 Seaside Villa Playhouse

If you’re playing on a budget, check out this cute little house from Step2. Like many other playhouses, this one comes with a functioning door, mail slot, and a built-in kitchen, but at a very attractive price point. Although it’s a little smaller than some wooden playhouses, it’s the perfect size for toddlers.

$124 at Amazon

It’s Playtime!

Ready for some fun? Your imaginative little ones will be thrilled with any playhouse on this list, although your space and budget will definitely affect the choice you make. Our favorite is the KidKraft Modern Wooden Playhouse for its simple design, sturdy wood build, and the practical attached picnic table. This one is not as large as some of the others, so it might also serve well in a small backyard or patio.

If space and budget are not an issue, on the other hand, go for the big, beautiful Scenic Heights Playhouse with its treehouse feel and extra storage space for toys. Those without much extra space would probably prefer an indoor playhouse, like the Fantasy Fort. Regardless of your choice, the ways your children can interact with these playhouses will only be limited by their boundless imaginations.

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