The Best Backyard Playsets for Toddlers and Kids

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

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July 16, 2020

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.

Playsets for Toddlers | 12 to 36 Months

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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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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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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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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!) and included umbrella for safe, shaded fun.

Recommended Age: 18 Months to 5 Years

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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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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: 24 Months to 6 Years

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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: 24 Months to 8 Years

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Playsets for Kids | 3 Years and Up


Kids’ imaginations will go into overdrive as this dome helps develop social skills, interpersonal skills and confidence. It also promotes limb strength, balance and agility. The structure is made of top-quality rust- and UV-resistant steel, while its construction is durable and resilient, ready for hours of play.

Recommended Age: 3 Years to 10 Years

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The Magic Carpet is a unique design that kids will love to swing in for hours upon hours. Think of a hammock for your kids but with the added feature of being able to swing.

Recommended Age: 3 Years to 8 Years

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Featuring a wooden frame with a stainless steel finish along with metal, plastic and wood detailing, this sturdy playhouse is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. The free-standing playhouse comes complete with a doorway to enter and exit, along with a fun wave slide that lets them exit the playhouse in style.

Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

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Play time just got more exciting with the Montauk Wooden Swing Set. This two-level clubhouse features three swings and a tube slide for added fun. The upper clubhouse has a hinged door, while the second level has a climbing ladder. Made of metal, wood and plastic, this playset is strong and sturdy and will last for years to come.

Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

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From scrambling up the multicolored rock wall to rocketing down the wave slide, there's no end to the possibilities for fun on this KidKraft wooden playset. The multi-level clubhouse provides a shady spot to play, wave to friends through decorative windows or run a kid-size cafe from the shaded lower activity area. Two belt swings and a premium glider help little ones’ imaginations soar. Adults can rest easy, too, knowing it’s solidly built from 100-percent premium cedar lumber.

Recommended Age: 3 Years to 10 Years

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