If COVID-19 has kept you away from your favorite neighborhood playground, it may be time to bring the play structure to your own backyard. Playhouses—which afford the same amount of fun without the worry about socially distancing from playground peers—are selling like hot cakes. We discovered some of the most popular models parents are buying right now, from beloved brands like Little Tikes and Step2. Will you choose the wooden playhouse in a modern style or go for the epic two-story playhouse with a slide? Read on to find your perfect match.

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KidKraft Modern Playhouse

We love the style of this playhouse from KidKraft and all the included features. Kids can grill burgers, dine at the outdoor picnic table, mail a letter, wash the dishes and write up a menu on the chalkboard. It's tall enough for older kids to stand up in. 

Get yours here, $334.99. 

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Plum Deckhouse

How totally cute is this teal playhouse from Plum? It would fit perfect in your backyard garden and the kids will love the door that they can close off to the world. Air holes keep them cool and the cute color means you don't have to paint it. Win! 

Get yours here, $479.99.

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Cedar Playhouse with Kitchen

This wooden playhouse comes in at a great price and has a lot of included supplies to make it extra fun. The front of the house is adorned with flower pots and has a working doorbell. Inside are fun accessories including a play sink, stove and cordless phone that kids can use to play house. Pots, pans and a spatula are all included.

Get yours here, $239.99. 

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Montessori Wooden Playhouse

This adorable playhouse is full of learning opportunities. Made out of Baltic birch plywood, it is designed to encourage children`'s creativity, communication skills, fine motor skills and first educational skills. With numbers, letters, clock parts and mathematical symbols, there's tons for kids to do. Bonus: it's super easy for parents to put together without any additional tools needed. 

Get yours here, $763.17. 

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Step2 Great Outdoors Playhouse

Step2 is a trusted name in kids' gear as their products are known to stand up to weather and tons of abuse from toddlers. This playhouse has lots of fun play stations like a mail box, BBQ grill and flower potting station. There's even a water feature that will be endless fun on hot days.

Get yours here, $325.48. 

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Yurt Playhouse

How cute and bohemian is this yurt-shaped playhouse that doubles as a playpen for babies? We can totally see this set up as a backyard oasis with tons of pillow poufs and some twinkle lights. Snuggle up with your new favorite kids book

Get yours here, $780. 

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Cape Cottage from Little Tikes

The cute simplicity of this design and the low price tag make this a winner for any backyard. It is weather- and fade-resistant with doors and windows that open. Easy assembly will mean the kids can get out there and play even faster!

Get yours here, $127.99. 

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Farmhouse-Style Two-Story Playhouse

You just might want to move into this two-story playhouse that's a cute farmhouse theme. The first floor is a kitchen with sink and play stove. Climb up to the second floor where you can water your plants. Best of all, slide down the spiral slide to get back to the bottom. Hours of fun, guaranteed! 

Get yours here, $2,545.75.

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Waldorf Playhouse

This open-ended play structure is full of pretend-play opportunities for kids of all ages. Snag that cloth covering as an add-on and you'll have shade from the summer sun if you want to place it outside. You can also add on the play stove if you want to get your kids cooking. 

Get yours here, $311.73. 

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Hillcrest Wooden Playhouse

This cute wooden playhouse has a working doorbell, mailbox (go USPS!) and two chalkboards that will inspire hours of outdoor play. Parents find the setup to be straightforward and the size is great for a couple of kids. 

Get yours here, $359.99. 

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Discovery Nature Playhouse

Go "green" with this playhouse that little nature sprites will love. Wind chimes will keep everyone relaxed as you pot your own flower in the built-in planter pot. The ergonomic design features a roof where you can install your own turf (or go faux with artificial if you choose). 

Get yours here, $1,089.99.

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Crooked Wooden Playhouse

If you are going for an Alice in Wonderland vibe in your background, we've got the playhouse for you. This cutie is built from sturdy Canadian hemlock wood and is easy to assemble. Grow your own flowers in the enclosed planter boxes. 

Get yours here, $499.99. 

—Kate Loweth


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