13 Best Outdoor Playsets for Toddlers and Kids

Keep little ones busy and active with these backyard playsets for kids of all ages.

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June 08, 2021

Babies, toddlers and kids require a lot of stimulation, and these outdoor playsets deliver. From playing make-believe in a medieval-style castle to climbing a challenging rock wall ladder, kids can enhance their imagination and develop their motor skills right in their own backyard. Shop our favorite outdoor playsets for kids ages six months all the way to eight years old from reputable brands like Little Tikes, Step2, KidKraft, Delta Children and more.

$70.67

The Little Tikes Activity Garden Playset is perfect for babies six months and up, as it incorporates a variety of stimulating colors, shapes and textures to help develop motor skills and cognitive ability. The playset easily transforms into an open, two-sided play center for unlimited play possibilities. Babies will love the spinning ball toy, clicking caterpillar, spinning butterfly and Tap-a-Tune piano.

Recommended Age: 6 Months to 3 Years

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$120.89

From Little Baby Bum, the popular preschool learning video series, comes Little Tikes’ Wheels on the Bus Climber. It’s an action-packed activity playset with loads of imaginative play. Kids can climb inside the bus and take it for a ride using the musical dashboard that features a working horn, ignition and gear shift. The built-in slide is 18 inches high with a gentle slope and safe design. As an added bonus, the entire set features a water-resistant design, making it great indoors or outdoors.

Recommended Age: 12 Months to 4 Years

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$79.99

The climber comes with a climbing "rock wall" designed for beginners and an adventurous tunnel that kids love to crawl through. It's just the right size for toddlers and is a great way to build coordination and balance.

Recommended Age: 12 Months to 4 Years

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$749.99

The Step2 Clubhouse Climber is one of the coolest playsets we found for little ones. There’s so much to do! It features a climbing ladder with hand and foot holes to help young climbers, a bridge that connects to a look-out tower, a hide-out area below with a crawl-through tunnel and a wavy slide exit. There are other fun amenities to keep kids entertained, including a skylight, drop-leaf table, message board, clock with movable hands, steering wheel and an electronic phone. The exterior is weather-, rust- and UV-resistant for years of use.

Recommended Age: 12 Months to 4 Years

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$124.99

This Step2 Climber is an all-in-one activity gym that features climbing, crawling, hiding and sliding. The colorful outdoor playset will get little legs and arms moving, which will improve your tot's gross motor skills.

Recommended Age: 18 Months to 5 Years

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$69.99

This two-sided sand and water table provides little ones with hours of imaginative play. Kids can build sandcastles on one side and sail toy boats on the other. Sand and water play introduce kids to new textures, temperatures, sights and sounds. Plus, parents will love the non-leak drain plug (easy cleanup!).

Recommended Age: 2 Year and Up

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$299.99

This adventurous rock climber and slide grows with children with an adjustable slide and two sets of climbing holes for both younger and older kids. Safety rails protect them, while three crawl-through tunnels give them more ways to play. Plus, you'll find a play telescope and steering wheel for imaginative play, alone or with friends.

Recommended Age: 2 Years and Up

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$179.99

Give kids their own Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (sans Mousekedoer) with this inspired indoor/outdoor playhouse. Assembly couldn’t be easier and faster with pieces that snap into place in minutes (less than 30 minutes for us!). Disney fans young and old will love the giant Mickey ears on top of the shingled roof and the colorful character decals that feature beloved characters like Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck. This playhouse, suited for kids ages two and up, stimulates imaginations and fine motor skills with its Dutch-style doors, working shutters, mail slots and built-in tables for snacks and games. We also love that the durable plastic construction is non-toxic, odorless, and weather- and fade-resistant for peace of mind and longevity.

Recommended Age: 2 Years and Up

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$216.20

The Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse has a sleek, modern style that you and your kids will both love. The modern windows, arched doorway and brick details of this little cottage make it the perfect first playhouse for any little one, providing hours of pretend play. It features two working doors, windows, shutters, a built-in mail slot and even a flag holder, so kids can customize their abode.

Recommended Age: 2 Years and Up

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Kids can have a pretend backyard cookout with this outdoor play grill. Mini chefs will enjoy “grilling” burgers and hot dogs on a realistic toy grill that looks just like their parents’ appliance. The clicking knobs, lift-up grill lid, side burner and 10-piece accessory set will enhance kids’ imaginative play and creativity.

Recommended Age: 2 years and Up

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$519.99

The possibilities are endless with this charming playhouse and slide. It can be a castle, a cottage, a pirate ship or anything they can imagine. This good-looking backyard playset uses mixed materials — wood and plastic — for a unique yet classic look that will last for years. Kids can scale the climbing ramp, grill up some grub on the cooktop (then wash dishes in the kitchen), climb to the upper platform for a safe, sky-high peek and take a turn down the five-foot slide. There’s even a sandbox that doubles as a drawer for quick and easy toy storage.

Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

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$175.95

This multipurpose toddler playset provides the perfect place for kids to shoot hoops, play football, climb and more. It comes with a basketball hoop, telescope, slide, climbing ladder and football goal, while a raised guardrail and non-slip ladder keep little ones safe during playtime. Plus, we love that it’s made from environmentally-friendly, non-toxic and durable HDPE to last for years (and years) of play.

Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

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$999

Allow your little one to connect with nature and explore the world of imaginative outdoor play with the Plum Discovery Nature Play Hideaway. The curved roof design gives the hideaway a modern edge, and you can decorate it with a simple liner, artificial or real grass for a stunning backyard display. The cubby house has a working gutter, prep station for sensory play, a built-in letterbox, wooden chimes outside the door entrance and more adorable features and amenities kids will love. This charming playhouse is not only fun but educational, as it teaches and encourages little ones to learn about ecosystems and think about various ways to nurture their plants.

Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

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