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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April 03, 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)

$89.99 $63

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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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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Make your little one the king or queen of the backyard with this pint-sized medieval castle featuring two platforms, a ladder, plank and slide. It can help in fostering children's motor skills while allowing them to exercise their imagination through play. The set is limited to three children at a time but still promises hours of fun.

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)


The Dayton is an affordable swing set full of climbing, sliding and swinging fun. The covered upper deck offers just enough shade for kicking back and surveying the backyard before zipping down the eight-foot speedy slide. The playset’s frame is angled for added stability and includes a safety mesh protector for the deck. It comes with two belt swings and a trapeze bar so kids can 'fly' all day long. There’s also a step ladder, a more challenging rock wall ladder and a huge area for a sandbox where imaginations can run free.

Recommended Age: 36 Months to 10 Years

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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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$199 $167

With two swing seats, a trapeze, a slide, a teeter-totter and a glide ride, this action-packed swing set will undoubtedly become an outdoor favorite.

Recommended Age: 3 Years to 8 Years

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