A playhouse isn’t just good for little kids — it can also make a huge difference in the mental and physical well-being of older kids. We all agree that many kids spend too little time outdoors in the fresh air away from their screens. These outdoor playhouses for older children are sure to make your backyard more enticing for them and their friends. From simpler styles to ones with lots of bells and whistles, these seven outdoor (and one indoor) playhouses will help your kids develop their social skills, engage in physical activities, and get some much-needed vitamin D. And all while they’ll just think they’re having fun.
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Wooden Outdoor Playhouse For 10 Year Old
Little Cottage Company
Perfect For: Those with lots of backyard space
What We Like: The optional features that add to the overall structure and children’s imaginative play experience
Give your kids their very own little cottage with this 6 by 8 feet outdoor playhouse for 10 year olds that comes with an optional loft space, two windows, and can be painted upon request. The two front windows feature flower boxes which are great for a potential young gardener. It comes with a door and floor, but you may need to lay a foundation if you want to build it on solid ground.
This cottage-style outdoor playhouse for 10 year olds also comes with a front deck and painted rail option if you want to give your kids an authentic outdoor playhouse experience. Shingles are not included, so if you want to finish the roof of this mini kids’ cottage, you have to do the work yourself.
What Users Say:
Sturdy, well-made playhouse — kids absolutely love it. Took two days and 2 people to assemble.
Raised Outdoor Clubhouse With Stairs
Perfect For: Larger backyards
What We Like: All of the storage space for toys
Made out of durable cedar wood that’s finished in a brown hue, this budget-friendly outdoor clubhouse features both a ladder and stairs that lead to the upper roofed clubhouse with a porch, saloon doors, and sunburst windows. Inside the clubhouse are wooden storage boxes under a bench as well as a play kitchen with a sink and faucet.
This two-level outdoor clubhouse comes with all sorts of extras including an integrated five-foot wooden growth chart which makes it easy to track your children’s heights over the years. The lower portion of this outdoor clubhouse is a great spot to put a sandbox or even stow away bikes and pool toys.
What Users Say:
Bought this item for my daughter. She loves it. I play inside with her and so do her big brothers. Very sturdy, great statement piece.
Multi Level Impression Outdoor Playhouse for Big Kids
Perfect For: Older children who need extra height as it’s a taller outdoor playhouse
What We Like: The mini integrated porch with side fencing
Crafted out of weather-resistant cedar material, this rustic-style outdoor playhouse for big kids comes with functional hinged half-doors and five large open windows. For a cool farmhouse look, it comes with a working dinner bell as well as a slotted workbench and five play tools that are ready for fun.
This outdoor playhouse for big kids can accommodate six children which makes it a great option for kids who love to have their friends over to play in the backyard. It measures 73 inches tall and 74 inches wide, so it works best for outdoor spaces that have room for a sizeable play structure.
What Users Say:
This adorable little country workshop is a great addition to your yard that your kids will enjoy. Easy to assemble and good quality.
Cedar Playhouse for Older Kids
Canadian Playhouse Factory
What we like: Great size for the average backyard
What we don’t like: Window openings don’t have glass or screens
Perfect for: As a clubhouse for up to six 8-10-year-olds
Not so great for: Setting on soft ground unless you pour a foundation
Constructed from cedar and spruce wood, this older kids’ outdoor playhouse is the perfect backyard clubhouse. Its natural and unpainted finish makes it weather resistant. Cedar doesn’t require any chemical preservatives and will not rot. Comes with a covered front porch and pre-shingled cedar roof.
With 48 square feet of play area, this outdoor playhouse is suitable for 8 to 10-year-olds. It has one large open space that could be furnished with some bean bag chairs, a table and chairs for clubhouse meetings or even a couple of mattresses for overnight sleepovers. This outdoor fort can be painted or stained — the only limit is your kids’ imaginations.
Playhouse for Older Kids
What we like: Realistic tree trunk, branches and leaves
What we don’t like: The primary house colors may not suit every backyard style
Perfect for: Backyards that can’t be accessed by a crane or forklift
Not so great for: Fully landscaped gardens
The artificial tree has a hefty steel frame, while the trunk and branches are coated with a “bomb proof” coating (also used to line truck beds or new factory roofs.) All the tree leaves are made from an exterior poly-blend that will last for years outside in the sun or snow. The tree and playhouse are approximately 12’ square and 14’ tall.
Custom built, this Victorian playhouse comes with its own tree and a set of wood stairs to climb. No crane or forklift is needed to install this house in your yard. It comes in multiple pieces that are easily carried by two to four people to just about any location. If the bright house colors are the only thing stopping you from buying this playhouse for older kids, it can be painted as it’s made from kiln-dried wood.
Cottage Playhouse With Skylight for Older Kids
Outdoor Living Today
What we like: Four functional windows
What we don’t like: Requires full assembly
Perfect for: Adding electrical and plumbing for year round use
Not so great for: More than a couple of kids
This nine-foot square cottage playhouse has an open plan interior with a small loft area accessed by a wood ladder. It’s made from solid cedar wood and is pitch and resin-free. This lets you choose any stain or paint color to suit your backyard and provides a great space for older kids.
Exotic Playhouse for Older Kids
What we like: Comes with a 200’ zipline
What we don’t like: High-ticket price point
Perfect for: Firing up the imagination
Not so great for: Small backyards
You’ll need a lot of space in your backyard for this amazing playhouse for older kids. There are gates and stone side walls, a crashed airplane and an extra-large country cabin. An eight-foot stone pond with a working water wheel and water tower ensures plenty of wet and wild fun.
The setting of this outdoor playhouse for eight to 12-year-olds is that of a Texas ranch. Apparently, an African airplane carrying exotic animals crashed at the ranch (without anyone being injured). But all the animals escaped, even a Tasmanian Devil! The adventure can begin with finding the escaped animals and using the zip line to stay safe.
Huge Shipwreck Playhouse for Older Kids
What we like: Lots of opportunities for physical activities
What we don’t like: Lots of work to set up
Perfect for: Homes with large backyards or acreage
Not so great for: Smaller children
This huge pirate ship playhouse comes in two parts. It measures 8’ wide and 18’ long when combined, but the pieces can easily be placed further apart. Included with the shipwreck is a sculpted concrete tree that supports the larger section of the playhouse.
We love how this outdoor playhouse for older kids is set up for maximum physical activities. Your kids (and the neighborhood ones) will race up and down the net and stairs, and climb the rock wall. They’ll shoot water from the cannons and water balloon launchers. Send them out with plenty of water and a packed lunch, and they’ll make memories for a lifetime.
Tree Playhouse for Older Kids
What we like: Extremely easy to set up
What we don’t like: Need a mature tree to attach to
Perfect for: Two kids
Not so great for: Trees that are bigger than 24” round
An adjustable safety ladder is included with this ripstop nylon tree playhouse for older kids. The UV-resistant nylon fabric playhouse body on a sturdy steel frame extends up to 33”. A shade canopy can be easily lifted or lowered. Your older kids will feel like they’re in their own world while still close enough to raid the fridge for snacks.
Large Canvas Indoor Playhouse for Older Kids
What we like: Creating a private space within your home
What we don’t like: Uncovered PVC pipe structure
Perfect for: Adding fairy or market lights throughout
Not so great for: Outdoor use
At 52” by 35” and 60” high, this large tent is perfect for a playhouse for a teenager. It only takes a few minutes to assemble the pipe structure and drape the off-white canvas roof and walls. Two gauze curtains can be tied back or left closed. Fill the floor with a soft mattress pad, and then load on plenty of cushions and throws. The PVC pipes are a perfect support for stringing up fairy lights.
Hanging Playhouse For An Older Child
What we like: Weatherproof/waterproof fabric
What we don’t like: Colors may not suit everyone
Perfect for: A private retreat space
Not so great for: Smaller children who may fall out
Shaped like a flying saucer, this floating play house for an older child has a 40” round seat and can support up to 600 lbs. The detachable tent cover measures 52” high and comes with a roll-up door that can be lowered for perfect privacy. The weather/waterproof fabric lets you keep the playhouse out for the entire summer season.
This playhouse for teenagers does more than just provide a getaway space. It is designed to also support sensory needs through swinging. Swinging has been shown to help calm nerves and anxiety. It is regularly used as part of treatment for depression. Also very therapeutic for those on the Asperbergers/autism spectrum.
Environment Friendly Playhouse For Kids
Looking for a way to entertain your kids during the summer time, but have no idea how to keep them healthy at the same time? Take a look at this outdoor playhouse, made out entirely of environmentally friendly, renewable materials. The main structure of the playhouse is made out of solid western red cedar wood, which both ensures the stability and toughness of the house and gives it a nice, well-made look.
A fantastic playhouse for outdoors, assembled of sturdy wood planks and several fun embellishments. It comes with a high-pitched roof, glass windows, a fenced deck, a rope ladder, a traditional ladder, a slide, a slide pole and a pretty swing.
Playhouse traditional kids providence
A fantastic playhouse for older kids, that looks like a genuine house. It's as gorgeous outside as it is inside, with a high-pitched roof, stylish glass windows, a white-fenced porch, and a small tower with a cozy room.
Red Cedar Playhouse Cabin With Functional Windows
A rustic and vintage outdoor playhouse which resembles an old-fashioned cabin, great for finishing your yard with a piece that is both a stylish decoration and provides a lot of entertainment for your children. The construction of the playhouse is made out of a combination of solid wood and manufactured wood, and the solid wood used is crafted out of western red cedar wood, which gives the house its retro tint.
Little Alexandra Cottage 6.17' x 6.17' Playhouse
Your children will love playtime with this weather-resistant playhouse. Lifelike details are incorporated into this indoor and outdoor-friendly structure, complete with flower boxes, a front porch, cedar shutters, and rooftop shingles. This compact 74” x 74” x 72” playhouse is perfect for children aged three and over.
The lovely and exceptionally impressive playhouse for older children is a great way to inspire many great games. A Beautiful design reminiscent of every detail the real home delights, giving children a great place to play.
The playhouse for older kids, in your own garden, made of natural wood is a dream for both children and their parents. Made in the Dutch style, with a porch and the possibility of adding a slide. Made of cedar wood, with a reddish variety.
All Cedar Swing Set With Curved Slide
If your kids are bored with their plain, old and small playhouse, why not get them this elevated beauty with a couple of floors with a raised clubhouse, a spacious porch and even a crow’s nest on the top, which comes with a fully-operational telescope. This playhouse not only has a handful of compartments, which create a castle-like fortress for your kids, but it also has a couple of different swings on each side of the structure.
The playhouses are not only for children, it could be a perfect space to have fun in adults world. If you have a strong tree, there is no contraindications to build the bigger tree house and invite your adult guests there.
Beautiful and very solidly made tree house is a great combination of attractive design and space to have fun. The captivating colors of white and blue delight and make the whole look beautiful in the garden.
Oversized Cedar Playhouse With Swing Set
Just take a look at this colossal outdoor playhouse for children! Not only does it have a couple of tiers to it, it actually has a pair of separate towers which are connected with a bridge between them. One of the towers has a balcony with an additional deck and two slides, one longer and one slightly shorter. The other tower has two slides on the front, with an additional curved one on the top level. To finish it all off, there is a swing set behind the two towers with four swings for your kids to have fun with.
Select the best playhouse models for kids
DIY outdoor playground with wooden playhouse and a rock wall for climbing - fitting for younger kids. Even four years old can climb here. Colorful paint applied to the rocks make the whole visually attractive.
Even older kids need there time alone or just place to have fun with friends, without parents. In this case, playhouse for older kids made of wood, which is a copy of normal family house would be perfect, with wooden graphite, and whiteboards.
It is important that the child has his space outside the home. May have his asylum in the form of a wooden playhouse for backyard,built with the hands of his father, or bought in this form-with:red hues,white windows,raw wood at the base and play equipment.
Thi is such an amiazing little house for fairies and gnomes, but this super sized fairy house has been scaled up and is ready for play! Great for kids as cottage playhouse in the backyard. Made from thick wood, decorated with small stairs.
Swiss Style Cottage Playhouse With Windows
This Swiss-style playhouse made in a cottage fashion is the perfect addition to a backyard garden, providing a spot for your kids to hang out and play with their friends outside instead of sitting in front of the computer screen or a TV. The playhouse is made out of Norway spruce wood, which has a distinctive shade and makes the structure of the house durable. It is recommended to place the playhouse on a cement pad base, but it has its own wooden support which can hold it without any problems.
This charming project constitutes a playhouse for the backyard. Your kiddies will love and so will everyone that will see it. Well integrated into the landscape, backed to a fence offers a border for kids and a convenient way to shield a back facade.
Swing N Slide Fir Wood Swing Set With Three Decks
Why overpay for an outdoor play set for children, when you can get a perfectly fine one at a reasonable price? This swing-n-slide playhouse is constructed entirely out of fir wood with a pre-stained finish, which prevents both insects and rotting and ensures longevity. The playhouse includes three large decks and a couple of swings on the side, with a three-position swing beam and an additional wind rider glider. The playhouse can be accessed in two ways, one is a simple ladder on the side and the other a climbing wall on the front.
Vintage elegant playhouse intended to insert in the backyard or in the garden. It is made of wood with metal element and covered of colorful paint. It looks like real (but miniature) house. It will be perfect for younger children.
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awesome, lop-sided playhouse
Victorian Playhouse Kit with No Floor
Charming large outdoor playhouse for kids. It is made of pinewood with a weatherproof painted grey, white and brown finish. It has 2 doors, plexi-glass windows with shutters, inside stairs and a double-sloped roof with a loft and a chimney.