Outdoor Playhouses for Kids and Guests

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Outdoor Playhouses for Kids

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An Outdoor playhouse for kids is so cool! They can have their own place to play and dream and you can have them outside while you rest and dream. Win-win! 

But I’ll tell you that playhouses now are way cooler than I remember them when I was a little girl. And they’re even cooler than the ones I had for my own children, although there is one on this page that reminds me of their favorite one.

We had a wood playhouse that my grandfather built but now they come in plastic which sounds fragile but it actually is very durable and strong. Since wood is quite expensive compared to the plastic, you might want to consider it especially if you have a mild climate. I’m shopping for one myself, so my granddaughter will have her own playhouse when she visits. I really was amazed at all the cute ones available now!

And there are more reasons I love them so much. They are just so quaint and cute to have in a back yard. Little girls love to pretend they actually live in their play house. But long after the kids have grown up they still provide such charm and can be used as storage too.

They also really add to the value of a house. But the most important one for me is the memories I have of building one with my husband for my kids. You can’t replace things like that. It’s a very cool project to do for your family. Ours used theirs for sleepovers too, so more memories.

But I cannot build one now, and need to buy one, so I decided to show you all the best ones I found to suit every budget and style. Enjoy!

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Image: Gingerbread Playhouse from Amazon, available below.

Grand Portico Mansion Playhouse
10 x 16 Grand Portico Mansion Panelized Kit
An Amazon Favorite Outdoor Playhouse

This is the ultimate backyard outdoor playhouse! To me it looks nicer than many real houses, and is a dream house for sure. Any little girl would be thrilled with this outdoor playhouse. 

It’s a panelized kit, meaning the walls come assembled and you just snap them together. Easy assembly. (some people brag you can do this in an hour.) Made in the U.S.A. by the Amish, and shipping is free! 

Often on sale for 20% less than the regular price. Click on it to see the current price. Just the fact that it’s made by the Amish should tell you that this is a quality playhouse that will last forever. 

They make amazing stuff! I went to Pennsylvania and visited Amish country while I was there and was blown away by their building methods that often don’t use nails. I even bought a tall cabinet from Amish country because I was so impressed with their workmanship. 

My tall cabinet was enough to make me a true believer in Amish furniture. I’m sure this house is really well made too. It’s also guaranteed so that tells you something.

 Grand Portico Mansion Playhouse

Victorian Playhouses with Front Porch and Railing

I love every one of these little Victorian houses don’t you? In fact I think I want one for a getaway meditation art studio or as a guest house. Any one of them would thrill a little girl. 

The Victorian style would be fine to use for many backyards too. If you have a Cape Cod or an old colonial or a Queen Anne or a Victorian home yourself, these playhouses will blend with your home’s style. To some people that really matters. 

If it doesn’t and you just love Victorian, here’s your chance to own a little Victoriana without paying a fortune for a whole Victorian house.

 Little Cottage Company Victorian DIY Playhouse Kit, 6′ x 8′

Victorian Playhouse with Front Porch and Railing

What a beautiful Kids Outdoor Playhouse!

This is a kit and you put it together and then paint it in your favorite colors or to go with your main home. It’s my favorite playhouse on this page. Might have to get it for my granddaughter and then get her to help me put it together. 

It’s a wood one and uses all pressure treated wood to last a long time and resist termites and dry rot. So you don’t really have to paint it, but it looks darling painted. Lilyana loves pink and purple so I’m pretty sure that’s what she will want. Sigh.

 Victorian 8′ x 10′ Wood Playhouse Kit With Floor

Victorian Backyard Playhouses

The two Victorian houses here show the different styles you can have just by changing the color of the paint. (They are also different sizes.) Of course most people will paint their playhouse the same as their house. But it’s good to see what you can do. 

The kits come with the walls in panels so it’s very easy to put them together using basic tools.They snap together and are also screwed and bolted together to be strong. The ones here are exquisitely landscaped too!

Cape Cod Playhouse 6 x 8 With Floor Kit
8 x 12 Cape Cod Playhouse Kit

 Little Cottage Company Cape Cod DIY Playhouse Kit, 6′ x 8′ Little Cottage Company Cape Cod DIY Playhouse Kit, 8′ x 12′

Wood Playhouses for Kids

Wood is probably your choice for a playhouse if you are in a cold climate because it can endure the weather without cracking like plastic is likely to do. Just be sure to treat it or paint it so it will be able to last through the cold winters.

All of these basic wood outdoor playhouses will provide hours and hours of fun for your children and the neighborhood kids too. They will all want to hang out in your cool playhouse and you can be sure they’re okay. 

A great reason to have a playhouse by the way. If they’re home they won’t be able to get into as much trouble. I would have a very hard time choosing from all these backyard wood playhouses!

A Best Selling Outside Playhouse
7×9 Cozy Cabin Wooden Outdoor Playhouse

Dreaming of a mountain cabin in your own backyard? This playhouse is rugged and will last a lifetime. Easy assembly. Big enough to use as a backyard retreat when they’re older too. 

I actually stayed in one in the back of a friend’s house one time in Texas. It was so private and cozy I didn’t mind at all. This is one of the best selling ones on this page!

 Cozy Cabin with 4 Functional Windows

Luxury Wood Backyard Playhouses

These are luxurious outside playhouses for diehard fans. Real wood and with elaborate plans, they are true little architectural wonders. Everything is made from wood including the shingles. But each one is a kit and comes with complete easy instructions for assembly. 

Mothers on Amazon report being able to get these wooden playhouses together with ease. The one on the right is so nice it could easily be a guest house don’t you agree? It would be a killer pool house too or storage room. It says storage shed? I think it’s much better as a playhouse! 

 Cedar Shed Log Cabin Cedar Playhouse Outdoor Living Today PEN99 Penthouse 9 x 9 ft. Garden Shed

Little Squirt Playhouse with Sandbox Set
A Buyers Favorite Outdoor Playhouse

A Very Popular Kids Outside Playhouse! I love that the sandbox is underneath for sun protection and the house is upstairs with a slide to come down easily. This is the one that reminds me of the one I had for my children that they loved the most. 

Just a very cool outdoor playhouse for the backyard. Easy assembly. My husband said this one is perfect for his art studio too. I think he just wants to play in the sandbox with our granddaughter. He is a sculptor, after all.

 Little Squirt Playhouse with Sandbox

Plastic Outdoor Playhouses

These playhouses are made out of hard and durable plastic which lowers the cost and ups the fantasy factor in many cases. If you live in a really cold climate they may not be your best choice, but for all other climates they work beautifully. 

No dry rot, termites or paint needed. There are many great reviews on all these plastic backyard playhouses. Step2 and Little Tikes brands are both included here, and you can click on either house to see many more plastic playhouses.

 Little Tikes Princess Cape Cottage Playhouse, Pink Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town Playhouse

Outside Playhouse Videos

Check out some pictures of cool playhouses to get ideas on what you would like to do. This page is about ready made playhouses, but there are plans you can get to make them from pieces of wood which is the way my grandfather made ours. So enjoy a tour of different styles of playhouses. There are even free plans and blueprints offered for you.

Gallery of Playhouses


2 Kit Houses in Kansas

Below are public domain photos of different kit houses just to show you an idea of what can be done. Many of the old houes were from kits. As an aside, did you know that in the late 1800’s Sears and Roebuck sold house kits. My grandmother and her best friend Minnie lived next door to each other and the houses both still had a picture of the original catalog ad from a Sears catalog. The whole kit cost less than $2000. Once it came to the lot workmen set about digging the foundation and assembling the home. 

They are strictly built to code and have lasted over 120 years. One of my aunts still lives in Minnie’s old house right next door to my grandmother’s old house. The kitchen and bathroom and electrical wiring have all been upgraded, and central air and heat added, but those big old Queen Anne and Victorian beauties are still standing, actually going strong. And to think they were kit houses! Amazing. 

Victorian kit house
Victorian kit house

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