2017’s Best Outdoor Playsets for the Kids Who Love Fresh Air

Kids have the need to play outdoors and not just spend playtime inside the house. Outdoor playing encourages kids to use their whole body in jumping, running, hopping, skipping, and doing other things that they cannot do in the house for fear of breaking things.

Being outdoors is a great experience for kids so it is better if you have the perfect venue right in your own backyard. You can choose from the best outdoor playsets that are available in the market so that your kids can start enjoying playtime even more.

Having an outdoor playset has a lot of advantages not just for the kids but for the whole family as well. If you have one at home, you no longer have to go to the public playground so that your kids can play on the slide or the swings. You can do other things while still watching your kids play safely.

With your own outdoor playset, you can be assured that it is always safe and clean for the kids. Unlike the public playground which can be used by anyone, your kids’ own outdoor playset can be maintained well and kept clean at all times.

Now, it is just a matter of choosing the right one for your kids. Here are some of the best outdoor playsets in the market today and they may vary depending on the recommended age, size, and play features available. These reviews can help you narrow down your list and choose the perfect one for your home.

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1. Neat and Tidy II Playhouse by Step2

Recommended for ages 18 months to 8 years

This playhouse may be on the smaller side but the size is just right especially if it will be used by a toddler as young as 18 months old. I like that the colors used are not loud so it looks great on the outside as it blends well with the earth colors.

Little kids can pretend to manage their own homes with this playhouse as it comes with a working door, a kitchen seat, fireplace, wall clock, play phone, built in shelves, kitchen table, and faucet. It also has a realistic doorbell which is not too loud to be considered annoying, just enough to be heard by the playing kids.

The floor also has drain holes which are great in case something gets spilled or if you decide to clean it by watering it down. As an added feature, it also has flower boxes and even a chimney.

What We Like about This Product: Everything is made of plastic and polyethylene so it is durable and you do not have to worry about rust, corrosion, splinters, or molds.

2. Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse by Step2

Recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years

This is a tree house which is great for little explorers who love climbing and sliding down and do not mind doing it over and over again. It also has a spacious platform where the kids can use the pivoting periscope and spy around the perimeter.

Toddlers as young as 18 months can play on the slide with supervision from an adult. It helps that the steps are large and easy to climb and the slide is sloped for a safe landing.

What We Like about This Product: It is best used outdoors on a flat surface for safety and stability. It has a shingled roof so it can protect the kids from the sun and provide a cozy environment. Durability is also not an issue as this treehouse is also made from plastic and polyethylene. Just take note that the maximum weight it can hold is 50 pounds only.

3. Beach Toys Deluxe Playset for Kids by Liberty Imports

Recommended for ages 3 years and older

This is a great playset to bring when you decide to hit the beach with the family. Kids love playing in the sand and these toys can make their playtime even more enjoyable.

It consists of seven pieces of toys including a rake, a shovel, a dump truck, and animal molds such as a starfish, a turtle, an elephant, and a crab. The toys are made of plastic but they are safe and BPA-free.

What We Like about This Product: If you are not going to the beach anytime soon, your kids can still play with these toys in a sandbox outside. Just mix sand and water and allow them to unleash their creativity in building various sand structures.

​4. Web Riderz Outdoor Swing N’ Spin by M & M Sales Enterprises

Recommended for ages 3 to 15 years

Kids will surely love this large web rope swing whether on their own or with their siblings or playmates. It can be hung from a tree or play system and it is ready to be used in no time. It can be used in the traditional manner of swinging back and forth or in a more fun merry-go-round style.

What We Like about Its Product: It is made of UV-resistant polyethylene rope and powder-coated steel tube frame so it is sturdy enough to be used even by adults. It can accommodate a maximum weight of 500 pounds and can be used by multiple kids as long as they are safely nestled on the swing.

​5. Big Splash Waterpark by Step2

Recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years

Give kids water and some toys to play with and they will definitely have a good time. So, just imagine the fun that they will have when they get to play with a waterpark which has a lot of play features to keep them occupied for a while.

The Big Splash Waterpark features a water slide and a spinning water wheel which are like those that we see in a real waterpark. It also comes with seven accessories including a bucket, a tower, a spinner, a catapult board, a cup, and figures of a little boy and a little girl.

What We Like about This Product: The diving board is really nice and it even has a guide indicating where the diver figure’s feet should be and where it should be hit to be released. It is fun to look at the divers catapulting into the air and landing safely in the water.

​6. Game Time Sports Climber by Step2

Recommended for ages 2 to 6 years old

This playset is great for encouraging kids to engage in sports as early as two years old. It has a basketball hoop and a soccer goal to provide your kids with the venue to practice their shooting skills and kicking the ball to hit the goal.

The ball is already included in the set so you do not have to buy a separate one. There is also a built-in score keeper that can be used just by turning the clicker knobs.

Aside from the ball play features, this playset also has a climbing ladder, a slide, and a crawl-through tunnel at the bottom. The platform can accommodate a child as heavy as 60 pounds.

What We Like about This Product: What I like about this playset is that it is very attractive for kids because of the bright colors. It is also multifunctional that kids will not get easily bored with it. The Game Time Sports Climber is great for individual playing but also recommended for group play.

7. Dinner Bell by Gorilla Playsets

Recommended for ages 3 years and older

This is not really an outdoor playset on its own but I have included it in the list because it can be a great addition to any playset.

The Dinner Bell is a great choice for parents who want to promote imaginative playing among their kids. Kids also love it because it adds to the fun with the sound that it makes. It also looks great in a gorgeous gold color.

What We Like about This Product: It is made of metal and weather-resistant materials so it can survive even the most extreme weather.

​8. Skywalker Sports Modular Jungle Gym by Skywalker Holdings

Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years

This playset may look like just a bunch of metal bars grouped together but kids can do a lot of things in here. They can climb up, down, through, and around the structure for endless fun and physical activity.

What’s great about the Jungle Gym is that it can be customized by adding accessories and other play structures such as a swing set, a hanging bridge, and monkey bars for more enjoyable and challenging activities.

What We Like about This Product: It is made from heavy-duty, powder-coated steel with no pinch joint covers so it is safe to say that it can last for years. Since it is powder-coated, it is weather and rust resistant, making it perfect to be used outdoors any day, any time of the year.

​9. Buccaneer Boat with Pirate Flag by ECR4Kids

Recommended for ages 2 to 6 years

This is a nice deviation from the usual outdoor playsets. It is great for kids who pretend to be a pirate embarking on a nautical adventure. The Buccaneer Boat with Pirate Flag is a brightly colored playset shaped like a boat which also includes a pirate flag and a moveable wheel.

It was constructed from blow molded plastic so it is sure to be durable. It is also fade and weather resistant so it can be used even under the heat of the sun or during the rainy season.

It can even be used indoors if there is enough space in your child’s playroom or bedroom or if your child is as young as two years old.

What We Like about This Product: Children can stay inside the cabin just to enjoy the journey while peeking out the window. They can also climb the easy access stairs to get to the high deck and steer the ship to the course that they want through the imaginative open water.

​10. Peek-A-Boo Caterpillar Climbing Structure by ECR4Kids

Recommended for ages 2 to 4 years

This happy caterpillar is a great choice for families with toddlers because it is very safe and attractive with its multiple colors, tunnels, and circles. It can also be great for pre-schools where multiple kids can use and play with it at one time.

Kids can crawl on their bellies into the tunnel or climb up onto the caterpillar’s neck and just sit on its body while singing songs or listening to stories.

What We Like about This Product: It can also be educational as the kids can identify the different colors and count the brightly colored feet of the caterpillar. The feet can even be interchangeable so the kids can decide the arrangement of the colors and how they want the caterpillar to look like.

​11. Skyward Summit by Step2

Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years old

This is a playset which encourages kids to be active on different levels. When you have the Skyward Summit, it is like having your own wall or rock climbing structure at home.

Children can have plenty of fun and exercise trying to climb the four surfaces modeled after a rock climbing wall. It also features two climbing cargo nets, one floor net, and nine grips for ease of play and safety. There is also a hole on top where the children can peek out and capture the flag.

What We Like about This Product: If you are concerned if this playset is sturdy enough, ground anchors are included in the set to secure it to the ground. As a safety precaution though, only allow a maximum of four children to use the rock climbing jungle gym and only one child to use the middle platform of the playset.

12. Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter by Lifetime

Recommended for ages 3 to 12 years

If your kids are fond of see saw, they will be more delighted to play in the Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter. It can accommodate up to seven kids and can do the usual up and down and side to side action. It also features a steering wheel which can make the children feel like they are in control of this plane-like playset.

It is not required to be fixed on the ground so it can be easily moved within your backyard. It is made from heavy-duty, powder-coated steel so it is very durable and expected to last a long time.

What We Like about This Product: It is also weather resistant so it will not crack, warp, rot, or split even during the harshest weather. Since it is UV resistant, it will retain its strength and maintain its color even after years of use.

​13. Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset by Backyard Discovery

Recommended for ages 3 to 10 years

If space is not a problem at home, then you should consider the Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset because it has everything that your child or children might want to play with.

It has a huge upper fort where the kids can stay and observe the surroundings. It also has a rock wall which they can use to get in and out of the fort instead of the usual ladder. For building strength and coordination, there are monkey bars with an anchored metal ladder and climbing rungs.

After a tiring playtime, the kids can relax in the two belt swings or the two person glider. It is sure to be strong as it has laminated wing beams and steel clam-shell brackets.

What We Like about This Product: Even if it is made of wood, it is made from 100% cedar which means that it naturally resists mold and decay. The lumbers used were also pre-stained for a smoother and clearer appearance.

​14. Cook ‘n Play Outdoor BBQ by Little Tikes

Recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old

This one is for the little kids aspiring to be chefs someday. This playset is a mini traditional kitchen which also features an outdoor grill for some hotdogs and barbecue outside.

It can be used indoors or outdoors, depending on the available space at home. The Cook ‘n Play Outdoor BBQ has a dual grill with lid and side burner, a working oven door, and clicking knobs. It also features a sink to make it more realistic.

What We Like about This Product: There are plenty of storage areas where the kids can put other accessories such as the cooking utensils, plates, glasses, condiments, and cooked burgers and hotdog sandwiches.

​15. Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center by Intex

Recommended for ages 3 to 7 years old

Perfect for the summer season, this inflatable play center is a playset and a pool in one. It comes with a water slide, play balls, and inflatable rings which can keep the kids occupied and cooled down.

There are two pool areas, a shallow one and a deeper one for the bigger kids. A toddler-sized slide connects the two pools together so kids can enjoy both areas. Since it has a shallow pool, it is safe even for toddlers as young as three years old.

To add more fun, there is also a water sprayer which hangs down from a section of the pool which will spray water if connected to a hose and a faucet.

What We Like about This Product: The sides are made with PVC so it is strong enough to withstand kids and 80 gallons of water.

​16. Space Dome Climber by Easy Outdoor

Recommended for ages 3 to 10 years

It may seem like a weird structure at first since it is a dome composed of several bars and triangular shapes but this play structure is actually great to help children develop their confidence, balance, strength, and agility.

It can be used alone or with other kids for a more fun and social playtime. It is made of top-quality steel so it is strong enough to accommodate multiple users with a maximum total weight capacity of 1000 pounds.

What We Like about This Product: It also uses rust and UV-resistant steel so you do not have to worry about placing it outdoors even when it rains. It will not rust and will remain durable under all types of weather.

​17. A-Frame Playset Kit by Lifetime

Recommended for at least 5 years old

This may be the most expensive yet the most complete playset in this list. Your kids will have the time of their lives playing in this playset and they will probably not ask for anything else for months. This can keep them entertained for hours and the good thing is that they can use it anytime because it is just within your backyard.

The playset includes two belt swings, a trapeze swing, and a propeller swing. It also features a climbing wall to get to the top deck, a cargo net, a captain’s wheel, and an oversized binoculars for looking around the area. It also has a roof made of polyethylene for protection from the sun and rain. From the deck, kids can go down using the wavy slide which is 9 feet long.

What We Like about This Product: This playset is built to last because of the high quality materials used in the construction. The steel is UV and weather-resistant and is very low maintenance so no staining or repainting is required.

​18. Tree House Swing Set by Little Tikes

Recommended for ages 3 to 10 years

This tree swing set already has a built-in tree so you have one less thing to worry about. All you need is a space in your yard to put it up, a little time and effort for the assembly and your kids are all set to play for hours.

It has a lot of play features including a lookout tree with a steering wheel, a climbing wall, a fun slide, and a swingset extension with two swings.

What We Like about This Product: What most people would probably appreciate about this swing set is the overall appeal. The colors and design are very attractive that the little ones will want to play in it all throughout the day.

Conclusion

There are different styles, maybe even hundreds of playsets that you can choose from so getting the best one can be a bit challenging. Among the 18 best outdoor playsets that I have included in the list, we can already take note of the major differences. Some almost have the complete package while some focus on only a few play features. Some make use of water for it to be fully enjoyed while some can already be used on their own. What you can do is try to narrow down your options based on what you think your kids need. Also, you can take some factors into consideration such as the budget, the size and space, as well as the age suitability for your kids.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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