With school out for the summer, there’s no shortage of fun activities for kids to do. And while sitting down in front of the television watching cartoons all day might be an easy way to pass time, we all know it’s much better getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D outdoors.
We’ve rounded up our favorite playhouses guaranteed to get your kids enjoying their time in the backyard. From play dates to hideouts, here are some of our top inspirational picks for summer fun.
Private Reading Nook
Initially, Jen from Jenwoodhouse wanted to have an indoor playhouse, but due to a lack of space, decided on building an outdoor playhouse for her two kids. We absolutely love the simplicity of her wooden playhouse with its unique circle windows adding charm to the structure.
With plenty of space for books, a comfy set of polka-dot couches and pretty plants by the window, we won’t be surprised if her two toddlers choose to camp out here all the way till nap time.
The Juice Bar
Renovations aren’t just for big houses – they work just as well for playhouses. Mandy from Momma Society had plenty of fun transforming their plain wooden playhouse building set into a lovely Palms Spring inspired juice bar for their little boy. With plenty of white paint, they were able to create a clean minimal playhouse complete with its own play kitchen.
We like the black and white striped window shade and the matching paper napkins that go well with the vibrant basket of lemons. They even added a touch of greenery by placing a pair of planters on either side of the doorway.
Winterdaisy’s Scandinavian playhouse looks like it came straight out of a fairytale with its dreamy facade and twinkling garland of stars. You wouldn’t know that the playhouse was bought from Costco with its shiny new look.
The baby blue door is a nice accent to the bright white structure, as well as the cafe chalkboards filled with yummy treats. This is definitely the place to be for play dates.
Scandi Surf Shack
Feeling the ocean breeze? Joni from LaybyLay redesigned her little girl’s playhouse just in time for the summer. With the fringe garlands under the Surf Shack signage giving us major Hawaiian-vibes, we’re ready to go cruising through the waves with the stylish cutout surfboards by the exterior.
Inside, it’s a spacious nook with its own sink and a white hanging chair. We’re loving the tropical cushion covers and the matching ukulele that spell out sunny days for the rest of the week.
Pretty Pink Shed
With a little creativity, you can turn an old storage shed into a colorful rustic playhouse. The blue and pink farmhouse door on Lollyjane’s old shed stand out amidst the white wooden panels, giving you a sneak peek into the playhouse’s vibrant interiors.
Inside, there are plenty of quirky pieces that give the playhouse a life of its own. From a giant ice cream figurine to a cloud-shaped cushion, this playhouse is one for those who love the pretty shade of pink.
For kids who like a bit of adventure, this playhouse might just be the perfect hideout. Designed by an architect, the interiors feature a loft bed with plenty of space underneath.
The second level looks out to garden views that are great for spotting squirrels and birds. The playhouse also comes complete with a table for writing secret messages and a hammock for when you need a quick nap.
For the Big Kids
Kids grow up way too fast which is why a bigger playhouse might be a better match. This eco-friendly playhouse by Zero Energy comes with its own climbing wall, as well as hidden storage for sports equipment.
There’s no shortage of fun on the inside, as there are also plenty of shelves for toys, tools and radios. Careful while going up the ladder though because it goes straight up the ceiling to give you a nice spot for stargazing.
For aspiring astronauts dreaming of an intergalactic space adventure, this quirky cubbyhouse is the perfect fit. As an entry to the 2017 Cubby House Challenge, the Kooky Cubby is built with 3D printing technology to showcase a natural, organic form that glows with artificial light as it gets darker outside. We love the futuristic finish making it look like something straight out of a science-fiction story.
What do you think of these playhouses? Would you build one in your backyard? Let us know in the comments and make sure to share this article with someone you know who would enjoy a summer playhouse!