Skip to main content

NewFolks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Good, better, best: Kids play tents your child will spend all day in

A play tent is the ultimate accessory because it can be used in so many different ways. You can imagine you’re inside a ship, a castle, a submarine, a restaurant — anything! With windows and doors, you can serve friends from your food truck or scare them from inside your haunted house. Best of all, they are lightweight and easy to set up and fold up, and you can move them anywhere in the house or even out in the yard. They’re perfect for solo play, a reading nook, or playdate entertainment for any age, from toddlers to elementary school.

When shopping for a play tent, make sure they are durable and consider if you want extra elements like fairy lights or a crawling tunnel. No matter your choice, your kids’ imagination is what will make these play tents worth it.

Good: Swehouse Clubhouse Tent

This simple play tent is quick to set up, but the decoration on the fabric gives it an elaborate playhouse feel. At 42.5 inches tall, 38.6 inches wide, and 27.6 inches deep, kids can stand up inside and fit a playing pair inside at the same time. This clubhouse design includes signs like “Ring bell only if you know the secret password!” and a leaf roof, plus two windows and a door that have roll-up doors, so you can have total privacy inside. Kids will love playing in their lightweight new clubhouse that is easily portable for indoor or outdoor use.

Why we like it:

  • Easy to set up
  • Good for indoor and outdoor use
  • Big enough for two kids

Better: JOYIN Rocket Ship Play Tent with Pop-up Play Tent, Tunnel, and Playhouse

Blast off to hours of fun with this space-themed pop-up play tent with three parts: Rocket tent (54 inches tall and 41.5 inches wide), tunnel (38.7 inches long), and cube play tent (31 inches by 34.5 inches). This tent feels secure with floor anchors and four sturdy poles while being fast and easy to build. It folds up for storage with the included carry tote. Use the three pieces separately or connect them with the Velcro at the tunnel opening. The durable, breathable mesh walls are built to last, so your little astronaut can enjoy their rocket ship for light years.

Why we like it:

  • Easy to build
  • Features a tunnel and two play tents
  • Easy to fold up and store

Best: CXTSMSKT Kids Play Tent

This play tent comes with three kinds of lights: Curtain star lights with eight blinking modes, colorful ball lights, and small colorful star lights. The light and screens make this a magical refuge for your child where they can read and relax. At 55 inches by 53 inches, up to three kids can hang out together inside. The polyester taffeta is comfortable, lightweight, and durable, and the tent is easy to set up. The private hangout pad for bigger kids will make them feel like they have their own oasis.

Why we like it:

  • Features three kinds of lights
  • Big enough for three kids
  • Easy to set up

If your kids are stuck playing indoors, a play tent lets you create a new space within your space and transports them to a new world. Kids of all ages love having their own private space and will feel comfortable and snug inside their own little house. Whether you have a little toddler or an older elementary school child, one of these play tents will be their new go-to hangout.

Editors' Recommendations

Sarah Prager
Sarah is a writer and mom who lives in Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National…
7 of the best fast-food items for kids you can feel good about grabbing
Make healthier choices at the drive-thru with these foods
A toddler reaching into a bag of fast food in the car

Let’s face it, fast food isn’t usually synonymous with healthy eating. Grabbing a Happy Meal for a hungry toddler isn’t something most parents like to do often, but sometimes it's necessary. On those race-against-the-clock days when you’re juggling errands, doctor's appointments, and the sacred nap schedule, you may not have the luxury of preparing a meal for your baby at home.

Fortunately, most fast-food restaurants have expanded their menus to include more options than just the standard burgers, fries, sugary sodas, and deep-fried fare that have given them a bad name. Whether you’re on a road trip or just in the middle of a busy afternoon, it is possible to keep your pint-sized passengers satisfied with a quick and affordable drive-thru meal. We've compiled some of the best fast-food options for kids to help you when you're looking for healthier options.

Read more
7 fun 4th of July games the whole family can play
Make Independence Day sparkle with these 4th of July ideas
Two kids sitting in front of a U.S. flag

Many families mark the Fourth of July holiday with backyard picnics and barbecues. Sometimes, relatives and friends come over, but usually, the patriotic holiday is a time for families to spend a bit of quality time together enjoying parades and fireworks.

Having a fun menu of 4th of July games for the family is a fabulous way to spend this summertime holiday, especially if you are hosting a celebration. These family activities also help make the time between that morning parade and the evening fireworks go a lot faster for excited little ones who just can't wait. If you need some inspiration for 4th of July ideas for family fun, don't roll the dice. We've got sparkling suggestions that will be a big bang.

Read more
5 amazing Father’s Day activities every dad will want to do
Need an idea for Dad's Day? Try one of these cool Father's Day activities
Little girl and her dad celebrating

Father's Day might not drive up flower sales or be as huge a brunch draw to area restaurants for brunch like Mother's Day, but the day is a special commemoration as kids young and young at heart take the time to celebrate their dad. Instead of a tie or breakfast in bed to mark Father's Day, how about an activity that gets your dad out and doing something he loves?

There are a lot of cool Father's Day activities that can be a lot of fun for the whole family or just one-on-one with Dad for teens and grown kids. If you're looking for exciting things to do on Dad's Day, we've got some awesome ideas.

Read more