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      10-16-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Playhouses for Kids

So, I'm sure I'm not the only one here with kids. My wife and I are looking into getting a playhouse for the kids this Christmas. I have two daughters, one is 3.5 years and the other will be a year soon. We are looking for one that is big enough for the 3.5 year old to get use out of and the 1 year old to grow into. Been looking around and just can't find one that we love. They seem so small. Only looking to spend around $500 or so.

Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations? Was thinking about building one too, but I don't have much experience in that and it might be pretty time consuming as well.

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      10-16-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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We've had good luck with the Little Tikes play castle. Are you looking for indoor or outdoor?


Your kids are at an age where they'll get a few years use out of it, but they outgrow their toys so fast ...
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giant cardboard boxes, let them build their own forts
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      10-16-2012, 11:51 AM   #4
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giant cardboard boxes, let them build their own forts
Yes, they will play more with the box than the actual toy in many cases. Was just at a kids party as a house full of toys, and they were fighting over who got to play with a refrigerator box in the back yard.
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      10-16-2012, 11:56 AM   #5
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I have a Cedar Playhouse from Costco in the garage. I started to put it together, but damn, it is a real construction project. I think the gazebo I built (from lumber, not a kit) was less involved. Maybe I'll work on it this weekend, the main problem is the pieces are so big that I need help moving the pieces and holding things in place.
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Yeah, looking for an outside playhouse. While I do agree with the comments about getting more usage out of cardboard boxes, I think that would be more true if I had 2 boys rather than 2 girls. I think the girls will tend to use a playhouse more.
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I have a Cedar Playhouse from Costco in the garage. I started to put it together, but damn, it is a real construction project. I think the gazebo I built (from lumber, not a kit) was less involved. Maybe I'll work on it this weekend, the main problem is the pieces are so big that I need help moving the pieces and holding things in place.
Is that one of those $1K or more ones? Not really looking to get something that big.
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      10-16-2012, 12:11 PM   #8
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Something to be said for the boxes. They can manipulate it themselves, enhancing creativity, which is where the real fun is.

When I was a kid I wanted a treehouse. My dad built me something shaped like our real house up on 10' legs. Basically a shed on stilts. He was pissed when I just wanted to go play with the redneck kids down the road, where we built a dangerous as hell ewok village WAY the hell up in an actual tree out of old pallets and stuff.
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I think the girls will tend to use a playhouse more.
Gender neutral. My daughter can play with a single cardboard box for days. First it's a squirrel house, then a pretend TV, then a stuffed animal operating theater, etc. etc.
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Is that one of those $1K or more ones? Not really looking to get something that big.
I don't think it was quite that expensive, it was a gift from grandma. But it is a heavy bitch.
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didn't have a big house when i was a kid... though i built a few tents with some bedsheets and chairs, got old fast

had a bigger house (with a big yard) by the time i was a teenager, but then i was too busy with computers, studying etc.

somehow, spending big bucks on a playhouse seems like a waste. if they're like most kids, they'll get tired of it in no time
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I don't think it was quite that expensive, it was a gift from grandma. But it is a heavy bitch.
The wooden ones do cost that much depending if you get all the bells and whistles. I've been pricing some for a while now for my 4 yr old daughter. Seen some on craigslist also for a few hundred bucks but the problem is moving it.
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The wooden ones do cost that much depending if you get all the bells and whistles. I've been pricing some for a while now for my 4 yr old daughter. Seen some on craigslist also for a few hundred bucks but the problem is moving it.
That's what I was thinking was looking on craigslist, but the fact of tearing down and re-building didn't have me feeling good considering the time and sturdiness after putting it back together.
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That's what I was thinking was looking on craigslist, but the fact of tearing down and re-building didn't have me feeling good considering the time and sturdiness after putting it back together.
it would save you a bunch of money and you could also learn where to reinforce it when tearing it down...
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Consider TuffShed. Once the girls get tired of it in a couple months, then you have something to store your _____ in that is really pretty sturdy. As long as you can get past the whole dollhouse thing for keeping your _______.
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Consider TuffShed. Once the girls get tired of it in a couple months, then you have something to store your _____ in that is really pretty sturdy. As long as you can get past the whole dollhouse thing for keeping your _______.
dungeon, chinese sex swing etc
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