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10 Playhouses Under $100

  • Pop N Play Castle 1 of 10
    Pop N Play Castle
    What at first appears to be a flat piece of white cardboard unfolds into a world of dragons, knights and princesses — complete with a drawbridge and medieval archways. We especially love how the castle comes ready to be colored, personalized to your kids’ imaginations. (The company also sells pop-out cardboard kitchens, lemonade stands, ice cream trucks and space cruisers.) Available at Build a Dream Playhouses.

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  • The Jolly Roger 2 of 10
    The Jolly Roger
    Your kids will go on a pirate adventure in this cardboard sea vessel – ready for imaginary treasure hunts and secret missions. Although it might not be nearly as elaborate as the Posh Tots pirate ship playhouse, your kids will recreate the same imaginary scenarios — and you’ll save about $52,000. Available at Green Town Toys.

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  • Handmade Card Table Playhouse 3 of 10
    Handmade Card Table Playhouse
    Made to fit over an ordinary card table, this playhouse will keep kids busy for hours — playing with toys, role-playing with friends or just hiding out in their own private sanctuary. And because it’s handmade on Etsy, you can request any color combinations you’d like. Available at Etsy.

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  • This Little Piggys House Cardboard Playhouse 4 of 10
    This Little Piggys House Cardboard Playhouse
    Not only is this cardboard house a simple, classic, compact play area, but it’s a built-in arts-and-crafts project that you and your kids can decorate together. No tools, glue or even tape are necessary — but you’ll end up with a sweet little house complete with a chimney, flower boxes and window shutters. Available at This Little Piggy's House.

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  • Rocket 5 of 10
    Rocket
    This is another cardboard creation, but in the form of a rocket. Aspiring astronauts can leave their vessel a simple, crisp white color, or color/paint/decoupage to their delight. Available at Plastica.

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  • Tablecloth Play House 6 of 10
    Tablecloth Play House
    If you don’t have space for a big playhouse, transform your dining room table into a play area with this gorgeous handmade playhouse tablecloth (designed for tables that fit 6 to 8 seats). When the kids are done, just fold it up and stick it in the closet — or, better yet, leave it up. Really, what are you doing with the space under your table anyway? Available at Etsy.

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  • My Very Own House 7 of 10
    My Very Own House
    Another example of a simple, affordable, color-in cardboard house, this one comes with a pack of jumbo washable markers. Measuring at 14 square feet, it’s a decent (collapsible) size for under $40. Available at Amazon.

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  • Chicco Toys 1 Two 3 Playhouse 8 of 10
    Chicco Toys 1 Two 3 Playhouse
    Perfect for compact spaces, this pop-out playhouse can be stored flat against the wall supported by cloud-shaped wall hangers, or folded up in the closet while the hangers hold jackets, towels or clothes. Available at Amazon.

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  • Knight (or Fairy Princess) Castle Play Tent 9 of 10
    Knight (or Fairy Princess) Castle Play Tent
    If you’re just looking for a portable, compact, affordable play area for your little one, these tents (which come in a boyish knight’s castle or girly princess tent) are perfect for setting up in the corner of a room or occasionally taking outside in the backyard. And at under $30, you really can’t beat the price. Available at Amazon.

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  • Little Tikes Secret Garden Playhouse 10 of 10
    Little Tikes Secret Garden Playhouse
    If you’re looking for an outdoor playhouse and don’t mind a little plastic in your life, this Little Tikes house is one of the only ones you’ll find for (just) under $100. Featuring a built-in table (with an awning and stool), working door and crawl-through garden gate, it’ll be a popular meeting place this summer. Available at Amazon.

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