We have visited and checked several online toy stores including Amazon, ToysRUs, TheBestToysOnline and others to prepare the list of the 10 Best Outdoor Playhouses of 2011 season for you. All the selected playhouses and clubhouses are the popular among the buyers and have positive feedbacks and reviews from the customers.
For your shopping convenience we have added the current price information with the direct links to the respective Amazon product pages for each outdoor playhouse. From our experience Amazon always has the best price deal for the toy products compared to other online toy stores.
Here is our top 10 Playhouses of the year:
1. KidKraft Outdoor Cottage Clubhouse
The dimensions are only 51.5″L x 46.25″W x 59″H for the KidKraft Outdoor Cottage Clubhouse, so it can go inside the house or in the yard. The cabin is a good size for two small children and it is made of weather resistant wood. Both the doors and windows open and close on the Cottage Clubhouse. Reviews are limited, but one commenter said it is a fine addition to the backyard and was fairly easy to assemble. Another said her 6-year old loved it but it eventually faded and fell apart. Being made of wood, even if weather resistant, if kept outside eventually over time the product will deteriorate. You can learn more by going here and reading other Amazon reviews.
2. Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse
The Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse is an attractive toy that any small child will love to play in. There is a table and chair on the outside of the house for dining and play cooking facilities inside. The dimensions are 63 x 40.9 x 47.6 inches. Out of 17 reviewers, almost all the comments were positive. One reviewer complained that his 4-year olds head hit the roof. Kids really enjoy playing chef and passing the meals to their guests. Some assembly is required, which takes about an hour by most accounts. The Little Tikes Picnic Playhouse kitchen includes a fireplace, cupboards, an oven, and pretend burners. Read all about the Playhouse at Amazon. Just go here.
3. Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage
The Neat & Tidy Cottage retails for $200. It is a good value for a playhouse of this size. What most parents like about this playhouse is the openness so they can monitor the activities of their toddlers. It includes a doorbell that works, a mailbox, and an electronic phone. Amazon has over 50 reviews on the Tidy Cottage and more than 40 of those gave it their highest rating. One customer was upset because the hardware and the instructions were not in the box. Other reviewers claim their kids spend hours in the Neat & Tidy Cottage. You can read reviews and check specifications by going here.
4. Step2 Sweetheart Playhouse
This little girl house has a full sized door, shutters, and a skylight. There’s a clock with movable hands, electronic doorbell that makes a chiming sound, and a range which doubles as a grill. The Sweetheart Playhouse also features a heart-shaped flower pot. The MSRP is $350. There are not that many reviews to be found on the Sweetheart Playhouse. Comments of solid construction and ease of assembly makes it seem to be a good selection for the little girls. You can read the other reviews and find out more about the Playhouse at Amazon. Go here to check availability and current pricing. you can also see the current price on the left. Click on it to get more information.
5. Little Tikes Home and Garden Playhouse
The Little Tikes Home and Garden Playhouse offers something for both boys and girls. It is open and airy with stations to do things like plant flowers and build things. A white picket fence extends at both ends and it has its own mailbox. Because of the way it is designed, three or four children can play at the same time without getting in each other’s way. Kids can even help put it together, including assembling the fence and hanging the flower pot all by themselves. There are only 18 reviews at the Amazon site with most of the ratings at 4 or 5-stars. Learn more about this product by going here.
6. Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town
Your little shoppers will enjoy the many different adventures they can have with the Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town. They can stop to get gas or go through automatic checkout at the grocery/bank drive up window. The front looks like an old time red brick school house. In the back on the sports wall, a basketball goal serves for an athletic break. The gas station even includes a gas pumper. The schoolhouse/firehouse wall has a chalkboard and table. Over 40 reviewers rate the playhouse an average of 4.5 stars. Read more about the Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town or place an order by going here.
7. Step2 Naturally Playful Welcome Home Playhouse
The Naturally Playful Welcome Home Playhouse is one of the more expensive ones on the market, and that is probably why there are only a handful of reviews. This playhouse is one of the bigger ones you will find at almost 6′ x 6.’ It features dual bay windows, a skylight, a welcome mat, and a peaked roof. The interior has a kitchen with range, sink, cabinet, and table with drop-leaves. The electronic phone and doorbell make sounds, too. It is attractive also in warm colors that enhance the backyard. Reviews are limited, but they are all 4-5 stars. One reviewer said she recommended it highly to anyone. You can find specifications and dimensions by going here.
8. Little Tikes Picnic and Playhouse
The Little Tikes Picnic and Playhouse features a slide and operational doors. It can be configured in multiple ways for variety. It has a Dutch door and a working light. It has a climbing wall and a fold down table to enjoy lunch inside the house or outside on the patio. One negative comment came from a parent who was concerned because a small child can climb onto to the roof, which could be dangerous. Another parent said playing inside the Picnic and Playhouse was definitely fun for the kids. There are several reviews of this product and most of them are positive, but you can view some of them here. You can also check the current Amazon price on the left.
9. Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse
This opened ended building, the Gather & Grille Playhouse, provides a bench to sit on while the grilling takes place across the way. Four or more small children can play together comfortably without getting in each other’s way. There are limited reviews on this product, but all were positive. One reviewer said it was very easy to assemble and the kids absolutely love it. Another commented that the cost was high, but the Gather & Grille had enough room to allow several kids to play together at once. For pictures and to read about this product, go here.
10. Step2 Naturally Playful Front Porch Playhouse
Step 2 looks to be the leader in playhouses as they have 5 of the top 10. The Naturally Playful Front Porch Playhouse is another one of their models, which features a small building with a full width front porch. It is watertight enough for play during light rain. The interior has a stove and sink. There is a skylight for better illumination inside, and the side window has shutters. As with many Step 2 playhouses, the Naturally Playful Front Porch Playhouse has a doorbell. Limited reviews were positive, and parents did comment on how their kids spent so much time in it, getting them out could be difficult. Find out more by going here for specifications and dimensions.
Please also check our guide to Outdoor Playsets for children