My Top 10 Picks for Kids’ Indoor Play Tents

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I’ve been decluttering the playroom this week, organizing and purging toys the kids no longer play with. But with the purge comes the urge to splurge, and I’ve been browsing fun kids’ indoor play tents. My list does include cardboard playhouses as well as tents. There are some awesome ones out there!

My Top Picks for Kids' Indoor Play Tents and Cardboard Playhouses

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We’ve had two good years of fun with our little IKEA play tent and tunnel. Amazing value but eventually the tunnel collapsed and Elsie at 8yrs-old really is too big to fit. I’m going to try and wait until Christmas to surprise them with a tent but I’ve definitely got the shopping bug. To help delay my purchase I’ve put together this post with my absolute favorite kids’ indoor play tents.

Top 10 Kids’ Indoor Play Tents & Cardboard PlayHouses

For the Space Cadet

Who has a kid that wants to be an astronaut? Whether your little one is loving this year’s American Girl doll (isn’t Luciana the best?!) or they are Star Wars mad, everyone will have fun with this space capsule from The Grommet.Space Capsule Playhouse

For the Vacationer

My problem with a lot of playhouses is they are not big enough. I have three kids and they all want to go inside! I spotted this playhouse in store at Crate & Barrel at the weekend and my kids fell in love with it. Question is… can I wait until Christmas to get one??
Crate&Barrel Playhouse


For the Hippy Chick

If neutral is more your thing, how about this tepee tent from Love Tree.  It has more height and space that your regular triangular tepee and the bunting details gives it that boho feel. It comes with a carry bag too!Neutral Playhouse Tent Tepee


For the Ice Cream Entrepreneur

This ice cream stand from Tiny Land has some adorable details. Just look at the smile on this kid’s face… I’m sold!

Ice Cream Stand Playhouse


For the Engineer

While we’re in the realm of play ‘stand’ over playhouse, I must include this adorable farmer’s market stand from Antsy Pants. Sold online at Target, the Antsy Pants range comes as a kit of poles which make a number of different shapes. You buy the covers separately so you can have as many different versions of your playhouse as you like! Genius!

Farmers market kids play stand

For the Artist

This cardboard playhouse by Easy Playhouse is compact but I love that kids get to decorate it. Elsie would have a wild time customizing this playhouse, such a great idea.

Cardboard Coloring Playhouse

For the Street Food Fanatic

Another awesome cardboard playhouse… This Melissa & Doug food truck playhouse is so much fun. The Twins are seriously into their toy kitchen at the moment and I know they would be serving up some mean burgers from this truck!

melissa doug food truck playhouse


For the Calm & Quiet

I love the quality in Pottery Barn Kids are they are always so tasteful with their style. If you want to keep it clean and simple, this play tent from Pottery Barn Kids is perfect for the little ones.

pottery barn kids play tent


For the Little Ones

While we’re on simple, here’s another one from Target. This adorable panda bear play tent from Pillowfort would look cute in any kids’ room!

Simple Pop Up Kids Tent


For the Fantasy Fairy

Last but not least… this fairy themed play tent from Asweets looks great if you have multiple kids. It seems to have good height and I love its fun design without being over the top with gaudy colors. 

Fairyland Play Tent

Whether you want traditional simple kids’ indoor play tents or a customizable color-in playhouse, I hope there is something from the list which floats your boat. For me, size is a big factor so my favorites are the holiday caravan and the fairy themed dome… which one is your favorite?

If you’re looking to build your own… check out my DIY inspiration post “Unique Playhouses You’ll Want to Build Right Now“!

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Katherine is an electrochemist, hiking enthusiast, and family lifestyle blogger. As a mom of three, including twins, she enjoys DIY, travel, and eating good food. British born, Katherine moved to the US in 2014, and now called Las Vegas home.

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