The top 10 best outdoor playhouses for kids

Now the summer holidays are in full swing and the sun’s shining, kids are going to spend plenty of time in the garden. And if you’re looking for ways to keep your youngsters entertained while school’s out, a playhouse should be number one on your list.

They’re the perfect place for imaginative and unstructured play. And not only that, but they also double up as a roomy space to store all those outdoor toys when your little monkey heads indoors. It’s a win-win!

So if you’re searching for a garden playhouse this summer, you’ve come to the right place. At Cuckooland, you can browse from our wide range of different options to suit all budgets.

And whether your kids want to play house or perfect their climbing skills, these outdoor playhouses will do just the job…

Kidkraft Canyon Ridge Wooden Swing Playset

Rowlinson Lookout Playhouse

1. Rowlinson Cozy Cottage Playhouse

This cosy cottage from Rowlinson offers up the ideal spot to enjoy a secret teddy bear’s picnic. From playing house to rescuing Rapunzel, the pretend play opportunities are endless…

Raised off the ground, kids will have a great time waving down at you from their very own veranda. And thanks to the secure fence, you won’t need to worry about any trips or falls while they enjoy themselves.

Plus, if you and the kids fancy getting creative, you can paint or stain this playhouse however you like. It’s the perfect way to spend an arty afternoon!

Rowlinson Cozy Cottage Playhouse

2. Rowlinson Highview Hideaway Playhouse

Another marvellous creation from Rowlinson, this spacious playhouse is roomy enough for summer playdates. If your little one is inviting their pals round to play, there’ll be more than enough space for everyone to enjoy themselves.

With so much space to play, why not scatter a few floor cushions and blankets inside? It’s the perfect spot to curl up after a long game of swingball or tag. And since there’s so much room, you’ll have more than enough space to store all those garden toys out of sight.

Rowlinson Highview Hideaway Playhouse

3. TP Toys Wooden Cubby Playhouse

Perfect for little ones, this playhouse from TP toys is suitable for kids aged 18 months or over. With pre-drilled wood, you can easily pop up this playhouse in no time – and with rot-resistant material, it’s a fun spot to shelter from either rain or shine.

If your kids enjoy splashing around with paint, they can put their stamp on this playhouse. It’s ready to be painted or stained however they like.

TP Toys Wooden Cubby Playhouse

4. TP Toys Ahoy Wooden Play Boat Sandpit

Arrr… shiver me forest-certified timbers! Kids won’t be able to resist clambering aboard this fun playhouse. Complete with a sandpit, water bowl, and a captain’s wheel, this vessel will keep your little pirates entertained all day long.

With sustainable and weatherproof timber, there’s no need to worry if the seas get too stormy. Plus, the shaded canopy will keep your little ones safe from sunburn while they search for that hidden treasure.

TP Toys Ahoy Wooden Play Boat Sandpit

5. Kidkraft Country Vista Playhouse

Quick to assemble? Tick. Durable wood? Tick. Built-in chalkboards, a weathervane, sink and stove? This playhouse from Kidkraft really does have it all…

It’s ideal for kids who just love to play pretend. Whether they’re rustling up a make-believe meal or teaching their imaginary pupils, their imaginative streak will thrive within this playhouse. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop those budding language skills and bonding with their pals.

Kidkraft Country Vista Playhouse

6. Kidkraft Ocean Front Playhouse

Ding dong! Who’s that at the door? Your kids will never get tired of ringing the doorbell and opening the door to their playmates.

Complete with a doorbell, mailbox, and serving hatch, this playhouse provides limitless roleplay possibilities. The chalkboard and clock are ideal for learning to write and tell the time – and your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even realise they’re learning! And with a planter box, your little ones can try out their green fingers, too.

Kidkraft Ocean Front Playhouse

7. Kidkraft A-Frame Hideaway & Climber

Kids can’t decide between a spot to climb or a place to set up camp? With the A-frame hideaway and climber from Kidkraft, they won’t need to choose.

They can have fun exploring their adventurous side as they clamber up the climbing wall – and to celebrate, they can sound the bell once they reach the top! Once they’ve tired themselves out, the cosy den below is the ideal spot to cuddle up and take a well-deserved nap.

Kidkraft A-Frame Hideaway & Climber

8. Kidkraft Meadowlane Market Playhouse

Packed with plenty of fun accessories, this playhouse has all the bells and whistles. From the serving window to the built-in sink, your kids will spend hours of fun playing shop. And with a bench outside, you can sit back and relax while your kids serve you those delicious (imaginary) meals.

Kidkraft Meadowlane Market Playhouse

9. Kidkraft Garden View Outdoor Playhouse

This playhouse has everything your little one needs to enjoy a day of role-play. So whether you’re posting a letter through their mailbox, ringing their doorbell, or ordering a meal from the serving hatch, you can get involved and help spark their imaginations.

Kidkraft Garden View Outdoor Playhouse

10. Kidkraft Arbor Crest Deluxe Playset

No P.E lessons? No problem. With this playset from Kidkraft, your kids will have heaps of fun tiring themselves out over the summer holidays. They’ll fall asleep in no time after a day clambering up the climbing wall and whizzing down the slide. With a bench to sit and eat lunch and a shady spot to cool down, your brood can easily spend all day playing on this fabulous playset.

Kidkraft Arbor Crest Deluxe Playset

Explore playhouse goals with Cuckooland

Ready to make your little one’s summer? Explore our wide range of outdoor playsets to keep your youngster happy throughout the holidays. With all different shapes and sizes starting from just £120, there’s an option for every garden (and budget). 

Or, you can choose to spread the cost of your new playset over affordable monthly repayments. It means you can keep the kids active and entertained for under £10 per month.

Got a question about our garden playsets? We’re more than happy to help. Just give our friendly team a call on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or send us an email.


With more than 8 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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