Outdoor Forts For Kids

Some of the best childhood memories are forged in a structure made for kids and run by kids. There's something about an outdoor fort that is only big enough for children that makes it magical.

If you're looking for an outdoor play space for your children, consider safety, ease-of-use, and how well the fort kindles your kids' imaginations.

There are some crucial considerations when it comes to picking out an outdoor play structure for kids.

The fort's safety ratings and features are your highest priority. Check the official website for weight and height requirements, read online reviews, and talk to other parents.

Any exposed hardware or unfinished wood parts that are splinter hazards should be avoided. Keep away from forts with sharp edges, and make sure the playhouse's style is appropriate to your kids' ages.

Ease of installation is also vital. Double-check the fort comes with all the parts you need to put it together and you have the appropriate tools and resources to do so. If need be, hire a professional to build and install it.

The fort you choose should appeal to parents as well as kids, so coordinate the fort's style to your house's decor. If you have a wooden house, you may want to choose a wooden structure for your kids. Also, consider the weather conditions where you live so you can opt for a floored fort or one with windows if necessary.

More than that, your children should love the new play structure, so pick one that's inviting and joyful-looking.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.

Hillcrest Wooden Outdoor Playhouse with EZ Kraft Assembly, Ringing Doorbell and Mailbox
Hillcrest Wooden Outdoor Playhouse with EZ Kraft Assembly, Ringing Doorbell and Mailbox

The Hillcrest Playhouse by KidKraft is a charming, colorful playhouse that kids will love exploring. The house’s many thoughtful details include a working doorbell, moveable hands on a clock, and a mailbox that can be opened and closed. Kids who enter through the front door will be delighted by the decorative windows lining the path to the playhouse.

Modern Outdoor Wooden Playhouse with Picnic Table, Mailbox & Outdoor Grill, White
Modern Outdoor Wooden Playhouse with Picnic Table, Mailbox & Outdoor Grill, White

We listened to your feedback. We heard you asked for a white playhouse so you can add personal touches. So, we took our popular KidKraft Modern Outdoor Playhouse and gave it a fresh new look. The blank slate of the new design allows you to paint over it with any color of your choice.

Backyard Discovery Sweetwater Indoor/Outdoor Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen
Backyard Discovery Sweetwater Indoor/Outdoor Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen

This product is fun for all ages. The windowed design and flower pot holders on the front of the home will allow plenty of natural sunlight and breezes inside. A half-door makes it simple and elegant while also becoming a centerpiece of your yard.

Kid 6.69' x 3.52' Outdoor Solid Wood Playhouse
Kid 6.69' x 3.52' Outdoor Solid Wood Playhouse

The Outsunny Wooden Playhouse provides hours of fun for kids. This durable playhouse is made from natural fir wood, so it's sturdy enough for outdoor use. It features a tilt-roof design and water-resistant coating for easy access and better ventilation. Built-in doors, windows and a mailbox allow you to watch your children play safely from inside the house. Flowerpot holders, a fence, serving station and bench make this playhouse into a realistic environment for children to enjoy their time in.

Modern 70.9''x 48.9'' Outdoor Playhouse
Modern 70.9''x 48.9'' Outdoor Playhouse

The KidKraft Modern Outdoor Playhouse is packed full of imaginative features, allowing children to explore a whole new world without leaving the backyard. With a built-in kitchenette, children can pretend to cook up a delicious picnic and serve their friends at the attached picnic table. A working mailbox is perfect for passing notes, and the chalkboard is an ideal place to let imaginations roam. This playhouse features reinforced wooden panels that prevent weathering and decrease assembly time.

Greystone Cottage Wooden Outdoor Playhouse
Greystone Cottage Wooden Outdoor Playhouse

The Greystone Cottage Playhouse by KidKraft comes with a wooden chimney, large windows, and a working doorbell. The hinged panel design of this playhouse opens and closes easily, allowing your child to play with their friends in minutes.

3' W x 3' D Outdoor Wood Playhouse
3' W x 3' D Outdoor Wood Playhouse

The Outsunny Child's Playhouse is an excellent choice for a child. The tilt roof design of this playhouse keeps rain from soaking into the wood, ensuring years of enjoyment. Built-in door and windows provide easy access to children and better ventilation, keeping kids in good sight at all times. The bench and flowerpot holder can be used by children as they sit on the porch or use it as extra storage space for toys.

Sunny 3' x 3' Indoor/Outdoor Use Solid Wood Playhouse (Wayfair Exclusive)
Sunny 3' x 3' Indoor/Outdoor Use Solid Wood Playhouse (Wayfair Exclusive)

This playhouse is fun for the family. It is constructed of solid wood and features flower boxes, white trim windows, a wooden roof, a wooden tabletop and a working door for children to walk through.

Cape Cottage - Blue
Cape Cottage - Blue

The Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse (Blue) has lots of style and offers hours of pretend play. Its arched doorway, modern windows, and brick details make it the perfect first playhouse for any little one. The playhouse can be used outdoors or indoors and is easy to assemble.

Young Explorers 5' x 5' Indoor / Outdoor Plastic Playhouse
Young Explorers 5' x 5' Indoor / Outdoor Plastic Playhouse

The Young Explorers Indoor/Outdoor Discovery Playhouse is part climber, part playhouse. The playhouse can be used indoors or out and provides hours of climbing, crawling, cooking, creative, and cooperative fun for your family's playtime. The Young Explorers play system is customizable, so add more modules to the adventure!

Backyard Discovery Scenic Heights Outdoor Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen
Backyard Discovery Scenic Heights Outdoor Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen

Scenic Heights offers a cedar playhouse for the little ones who can't wait to grow up and have a house of their own. This miniature wooden version of a real house has all the essentials for endless hours of fun: a swinging front door accessible by a flat step entry ladder, a side porch entrance with a full set of wooden stairs, a play sink, toy boxes for storage, a cushioned cot perfect for cozy afternoon naps, and a built-in growth chart to track their years of playing house.

Cape Cottage - Pink
Cape Cottage - Pink

The Cape Cottage Playhouse in Pink combines style and fun. Modern windows and an arched doorway, combined with brick details, make this little house the perfect first playhouse for any little girl!

6' W x 6' D Outdoor Cedar Playhouse
6' W x 6' D Outdoor Cedar Playhouse

The Little Country Workshop from Backyard Discovery will spark country living in your own backyard. Made from 100% Cedar, this rustic functional Barnhouse with hinged doors and a working dinner bell will keep your little ones busy fixin’ and workin’ all the live long day. Included are five play tools with a slotted workbench to assist with imaginative play. Giddy up little doggies!

Cape Cottage
Cape Cottage

This charming, little house with its arched doorway and brick details will be a perfect first playhouse for any child.

Backyard Discovery Echo Heights Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen
Backyard Discovery Echo Heights Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen

This compact playhouse is a great addition to any yard, providing hours of fun for young children and encouraging imaginative play. The stove top and battery-powered appliances add realism, while the working hinged door and large open windows increase visibility.

Be Mindful Natural Solid Wood Finish Outdoor Backyard Kids Activity Playhouse
Be Mindful Natural Solid Wood Finish Outdoor Backyard Kids Activity Playhouse

Allow your child's imagination to soar as they play in the Be Mindful Wooden Outdoor Backyard Kids Activity Playhouse. Sustainably sourced and constructed from fine natural wood, this playhouse is crafted to last. Your children will love exploring its many nooks and crannies while you watch them with pride.

Backyard Discovery Victorian Inn Playhouse
Backyard Discovery Victorian Inn Playhouse

The Victorian Inn 6.17' Playhouse will transport your children to the elegant Victorian era, complete with modern-day comforts and amenities. With its large bay window, English garden bench, airy half door, classic serving station, and fully stocked kitchen complete with phone, contemporary appliances, and fresh Hook & Loop Fastener food, this playhouse sets up your kids for years of fun.

Backyard Discovery Beacon Heights Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen
Backyard Discovery Beacon Heights Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen

This compact playhouse provides plenty of imaginary play possibilities, with a stovetop, battery-operated appliances, and accessories. It is perfect for any yard size because of its elevated design and working hinged door. The large open windows increase visibility of little ones at play.

Deluxe Home & Garden Playhouse
Deluxe Home & Garden Playhouse

The Playhut Color Your Own House is the perfect play structure for children to enjoy. The structure is made from plastic, ensuring long-lasting performance and reliability.

Role Play & Furniture 2.52' x 3.63' Indoor/Outdoor Plastic Playhouse
Role Play & Furniture 2.52' x 3.63' Indoor/Outdoor Plastic Playhouse

Let your child's imagination soar with this Step2 Easy Store Front Playhouse. This playhouse includes a realistic mailbox to receive and send letters, an easy-to-clean tabletop to enjoy craft or snack time, and a working doorbell to greet guests. With plenty of room to play alongside friends, the playhouse is a great addition to any indoor or outdoor space. House is constructed of durable, BPA-free plastic and can fit through standard 36" doorways for easy transportation.

Outdoor Solid Wood Playhouse
Outdoor Solid Wood Playhouse

The simple atmosphere and interactive functions of this wooden outdoor house make it a comfortable home. Welcome in an antique fence half yard, where children can ring the doorbell to be greeted by their parents. The ventilated windows provide enough fresh air for many children to play inside comfortably. Children can pretend to be their parents and cook on the built-in stove and sink. There are even 13 kitchen accessories (including game food) that can actually make food.

Foldable Plastic Toddler 3.8' x 3.2' Outdoor Plastic Playhouse
Foldable Plastic Toddler 3.8' x 3.2' Outdoor Plastic Playhouse

A child's imagination can run wild at the Ram Quality products kid's cottage playhouse. Crafted from environmentally-friendly plastic material, this outdoor playhouse is non-toxic, odorless, and child-safe. With a screw-less design, this plastic cottage is quick and easy to assemble inside or out. A bright blue door, bright red-tiled roof, wide windows, uneven wall textures, and a lockable door make this play cottage feel like a real house designed just for your children.

Woodland Adventure Playhouse
Woodland Adventure Playhouse

An innovative playhouse with a combination of wood and plastic will give your backyard play area a unique look. The open design lets parents observe the fun, and the unique playhouse and slide combination makes this playset perfect for imagination-fueled active play.

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Construction:

When thinking about outdoor forts for kids that will last them throughout their formative and imaginative years, a solid or manufactured wood frame that is reinforced to help stand up better against weather and time is ideal for most individuals with a backyard. Courtney McLeod notes that it can be helpful in a child's development to think about outdoor forts for kids that are constructed like miniature houses with faux bricks, wood panelling, and even doors and windows that add to the structure. Any extras may be made out of durable fabrics, wood, or acrylic. Outdoor forts for kids that are super simple and low maintenance may also resemble a tent and be crafted out of breathable mesh fabrics or washable plastic materials. For really little children, there are also plastic outdoor forts for kids that look like mini houses that are more lightweight and portable.

Size:

If you're looking for outdoor forts for kids that are large enough to accommodate three to four small children during playtime, one that measures 47 inches long by 41 inches wide and 55 inches tall should work well. To comfortably host four or more kids who want to play together, outdoor forts for kids that are 56 inches tall and 54 inches long by 54 inches wide should suffice. Stephanie Goto recommends outdoor forts for kids that are larger in size and measure around 64 inches tall and 70 inches long by 45 inches wide if you want your kids to be able to play in them until they're older in age and size.

Style:

It can be fun to allow your child to have their very own place to play outside, especially when looking at outdoor forts for kids that have a cozy cottage style to them with solid wood panelled walls, sweet window boxes, and a scalloped roof. Poonam Khanna suggests looking at all-pink outdoor forts for kids made out of plastic if you want something vibrant and feminine for your little ones. For something completely portable that feels like more of a clubhouse style, outdoor forts for kids that are square in shape with a pointed tent roof and zip-up door that's made out of brown acrylic that's washable make a good choice.

Additional features:

It's best that outdoor forts for kids come with safety features that will keep playtime safe, such as proper certification and non-toxic paint or stain. If you really want your children to feel as if they have a place to let loose and participate in creative play, there are outdoor forts for kids that come equipped with working doors, windows for ventilation, and even doorbells and mailboxes to leave notes. Nicole Hollis suggests outdoor forts for kids that incorporate authentic play within the magical outdoor elements, like when it has window boxes for plants, outdoor seating and even a play grill. You can also find some outdoor forts for kids that come with toys and play items such as chalkboards, a play phone or a mini ball pit.

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Little Tikes Build-a-House

It would be ideal to let your kids build their own fort to expand their minds. For the next best thing, get them this tremendous plastic outdoor fort. With 25 customizable panels, including windows, walls, and a door, as well as its own drill set, your kids can reconfigure their fort in whatever way they want as many times as they wish.

Sportspower Wooden Outdoor Playhouse with Bench

This isn’t just an outdoor playhouse; it also includes a covered bench and seating area with cushions. This fort has push-through doors and a wide window at the back for all sorts of games. Even when the weather isn’t ideal for outdoor play, your children can still have fun and stay warm and dry.

ECR4Kids Indoor/Outdoor Buccaneer Pirate Play Boat for Kids at Home or Daycare

Let your kids set sail on this whimsical ship-shaped outdoor fort. The plastic boat can also be used indoors and has charming details like a steering wheel, parrot, anchor, and a Jolly Roger flag. Great for kids ages 2 to 6, this playboat weighs under 40 lbs. and has spots at the helm, deck, and cabin from which kids can spot Treasure Island.

Garden Games Evermeadow Wooden Playhouse 51" H x 41" W x 38" D (Playhouse)

With a real door and glazed windows, this is an actual house in which your kids can play. Made of quality fir wood, this outdoor playhouse offers kids hours of entertainment, even in foul weather. You can even order this outdoor fort with a floor, so it is even cozier inside. All panels are labeled and slot together easily, so you can invite the kids to build the fort together as a family activity. The wood structure can also be sanded and painted or stained to customize your kids’ fort however they choose.

Little Tikes Real Wood Adventures Wildcat Falls Outdoor Playset with Swing Set for Backyard Kids Playground

With enough space for up to 10 kids, this playset has it all. Give your kids hours of energetic activity with two swings, a slide, a rock wall, and a telescope for spotting adventures. This outdoor play area is best installed by a professional as you want it as sturdy as possible for active play.

The Original AirFort Build A Fort in 30 Seconds, Inflatable for Kids, Digital Camo

Portable and easy to set up with a box fan, you can install the Original AirFort in a matter of seconds. Upkeep for this AirFort is easy since you can take it inside when the weather turns, and it is the perfect environment for tea parties, hideouts, or slumber parties. It comes in eight colors and designs, including UFO and Starry Night.

Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town Playhouse

This composite outdoor fort is sturdy, easy to set up and clean, and provides hours of entertainment. The strongest asset of the Endless Adventures Playhouse is the variety of diversions it offers. Four walls keep your little ones’ hands busy for hours with interactive play features like a sports wall, schoolhouse wall, gas station wall, and more.

TP Toys Explorer 2 Climbing Set Jungle Gym with Platform and Tent, Blue

Less like an outdoor fort and more like a rocket ship, this play structure keeps your kids’ feet off the ground and heads in the clouds. Designed for kids 3 to 12 years old and with a maximum weight limit of 220 lbs., this jungle gym with six sturdy legs also has a platform covered by a tent.

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