Complete with a captain’s quarters, two decks and a handcrafted crow’s nest, this pirate ship playhouse will be the neighborhood hangout, for sure. Especially since it can be custom designed — perhaps with a “No Girls Allowed” sign. That is if your kids don’t mind a serious dent in their college fund. Available at PoshTots.
If you’re drawn to a more modern aesthetic, you’ll love this Illinois playhouse by SmartPlayhouse — designed to replicate contemporary architecture and made with the highest safety standards (including non-breakable, impact-resistant windows). And with windows on all sides, your kids will have a sunny, inspiring, imagination-provoking palace. Available at SmartPlayhouse.
We guarantee the neighbors won’t have a duplicate of this imaginative, whimsical, fairy-tale-like playhouse, handmade in England with the highest environmental standards. The only downside about this gorgeous playhouse is that the English willow materials will degrade in about 5 years, meaning it won’t get the longevity that you might hope from a pricey purchase. Yet for those who hate having oversized, unused kids products on their hands, you’ll be happy to know this can be recycled right in your own garden — no need for a landfill. And the untreated pine base can be reused or just converted to firewood. Available at Judith Needham Willow Design.
Part playhouse, part playground, this incredibly detailed “chalet” has three balconies, three doors, a climbing wall and a twisty slide. And even though the house costs almost $50,000, you’ll still have to assemble it yourself. Available at Posh Tots.
This, my friends, is the ultimate apartment-sized playhouse, designed by Liya Mairson. The My Space is a pop-up and collapsible cardboard play area that works like an accordion-style setup, with each panel (or room) having working doors and pull-down shelves. The designer says that the plain, simple background is designed to be a blank canvas for kids' imaginations — and the set can then be compactly folded to fit underneath a bed or behind a door. Available at Liya Mairson.
If you’d like a sleek, modern play space that’s also environmentally conscious, this mini cabana is made with FSC-certified lumbar, non-toxic paints and a translucent polygala roof. We also love that it comes fully furnished — including an art station — with chalk paint interior walls. It’s like a sun-drenched studio fit for a budding non-starving artist. Available at Modern Kiddo.
Forget those wooden fruit stands and pretend cash registers; this is the ultimate imaginative play experience. We love that the inside of this play theater has a ticket window (with tickets), a balcony and an actual puppet show stage, as well as space for a TV and DVD player. Available at Posh Tots.
Another modern hangout, the geometrically shaped Kyoto has the same safety standards and sunny design as the aforementioned Illinois, except it comes in multiple sizes — with the biggest one being a two-story, futuristic play-place. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind backyard addition. Available at SmartPlayhouse.
It’s as if the people behind qb playhouse revisited and recreated their childhood fantasies, designing a unique, whimsical, personalized space that offers endless customizing options. So kids can literally create the playhouse of their imaginations — from colors to patterns to unique personalized requests. And the entire structure is made to last with strong, environmentally-friendly wood. Available at qb playhouses.
Um, can we move in here? Not only is this kids playhouse (ahem, playmansion) astonishing and jaw dropping as is, but it can also be custom-made to match your own house. Not a bad place to be sent while grounded … Available at Posh Tots.