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10 of the best kids teepees and play tents

Children do LOVE a den – and we’ve found some wonderful little (and not so little) tents for them to hole up in and play

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May 29, 2020 at 11:40 am

There are few things as magical for children as having their own special den where they can hide away from the world and imagine their own adventures. Luckily, there are plenty of kids’ play tents and kids’ teepees they can retreat to, perhaps with a special story book or to camp out in with their siblings and best friends.

Many of these simple dens are pop-up play tents requiring little to no effort to set up, while others are easily constructed with a few simple poles. Some designs even include with extras like fairy lights and bunting.

We’ve found a some of the best kids’ play tents on the market which are perfect for indoor fun. If you’re looking for an outdoor set up like a mud kitchen, any swing and slide sets or the best kids’ playhouses, we’ve pulled together some other lists for those too.

In the meantime, take a look through some of our favourite play tents and teepees for children, whether your little one dreams of running their own fire engine or blasting off into outer space.

Here’s our pick of the best kids play tent and kids teepee ideas…

1. Haus Projekt Kids’ TeePee, £64.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A canvas kids’ teepee tent with a 120cm x 120cm base, designed for your child to decorate with the included fairy lights and bunting. There’s even a waterproof base included, in case they want to play in the garden on a sunny afternoon.

Why we love it: It’s a 100% cotton tent with plenty of space for little ones to enjoy. The included decorations will help bring the teepee to life and feel extra magical when the fairylights are on. There’s even handy storage pockets inside the tent for bits and bobs, plus one on the back for the battery pack from the lights.

Available from: Amazon

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2. Kiddiewinkles Large Outer Space And Rocket Playhouse, £225

Age: 3+

What it is: A 134cm x 110cm x 110cm play tent with a metal frame, hand-embroidered space designs on our sides and porthole windows. Included in the price is the option to have your child’s name and/or a phrase of your choice embroidered on the space-station door at the front. Comes with a storage bag.

Why we love it: It’s a big-budget buy but it’s just beautiful (it’s won a Junior Design Award) and the fabric is a lovely, heavyweight cotton. It takes about 10 minutes to assemble and, with the metal frame, is very sturdy. The quilted floor mat and toy storage basket shown in our picture cost extra but are equally beautiful.

Available from: Kiddiewinkles and Amazon

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3. Wrigglebox carnival tent, £39.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A 101cm x 101cm x 142cm carnival-style tent that comes complete with peephole windows, detachable animal shapes, balloons and a drum.

Why we love it: With its bright colours and cosy size, it’s a good choice for a toddler or preschooler. The peepholes were a particular hit with our little testers.

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4. The Little Green Sheep Kids’ Teepee Play Tent, £89.95

Age: 3+

What it is: A 100% cotton canvas kids’ teepee with a 143cm x 113cm base, a scalloped edge entrance, 5 wooden poles and a matching travel bag. Also comes in Grey.

Why we love it: This is one for those who like the neutral, minimalist look – and are after long-lasting, high-quality play tent. It can fit a matching play mat: the one in our picture is £29.95 and a lovely, soft quilted cotton.

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5. deAO Red Castle Quick Assembly Play Tent for Kids, £27.95

Age: 2+

What it is: A 89cm x 89cm x 128cm polyester castle-themed kids’ play tent, with windows and a roll-up door. Comes with assembly instructions and a storage bag.

Why we love it: It’s a great value and good fun smaller-size play tent. Do note that, although assembly is indeed on the quick sit but it’s ‘pop up’ as some write-ups have it, as it needs 4 poles adding to give it proper structure.

Available from: Amazon

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6. Djeco indoor play tent, £59.50

Age: 3+

What it is: A fabric tent with a 106cm x 130 cm base, a roll up door and 2 round windows. Comes with 5 inner poles for added stability.

Why we love it: We think this is one of the coolest-looking play tents for kids out there. We love the retro colours and triangles – and it’s a good size, too.

Available from: Jojo Maman Bebe

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7. Livememory Kids’ Play Tent, £27.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A 100cm x 130cm polyester/nylon space-themed with curtain-style doors, windows and 3 mesh windows in its roof. Comes 4 rods and a carry bag.

Why we love it: It’s well priced and our testers LOVED the roof windows. We like how the poles are secured into special pockets and tied into the tent.

Available from: Amazon

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8. Kiddiewinkles Fire Engine Play Tent, £150

Age: 3+

What it is: A 92.5cm x 92.5cm x 122cm fire-engine play tent with appliquéd wheels, windows and windscreen, and loads of embroidered details, including hose, ladder and fire tools. The price includes personalisation with your child’s name.

Why we love it: It’s a pricey play tent but it’s a fire truck, too. And we’ve seen our child testers eyes light up at the sight. Woo hoo! Get those sirens going…

Available from: Not On The High Street

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9. My Wee Teepee Children’s teepee, £71.24

Age: 3+

What it is: A soft canvas kids’ teepee tent with a 120cm x 120cm base and wooden poles provided. The tent is constructed in soft pastel colours and a floral print, while the embroidered fairy silhouette on the front is a nice touch.

Why we love it: It’s a really lovely, high-quality tent that’s won several awards for design and play value. The brand do lots of different designs and sizes, plus they even do smaller tents for pets (yep, you read that right).

Available from: Amazon

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10. Early Learning Centre Little Senses Giant Lights And Sounds Activity Dome, £149.99

Age: From birth

What it is: An 38cm x 33cm x 95cm plastic sensory dome that comes with 2 rainmakers, a ball drop with 4 balls, spinning cogs and a bead maze. The dome includes a playmat, 4 hanging toys, soft glowing lights and soothing sounds. Requires 6 x AA batteries.

Why we love it: For all its colourful bells and whistles, this is such a calming play tent for a small child. The lights and sounds are very soothing – and there’s so much to look at and grab.

Have a look at our picks of the top play tents at different prices, from those with colourful themes and sensory extras to simple, spacious teepees.

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Give your child their own space with a fun play tent from Amazon!

While more family time can undoubtedly be a blessing, it can also leave everyone wanting to retreat to their own space for a little quiet time once in a while. A play tent or teepee can give your kids a cozy little spot all their own, even if they share a bedroom!

Kids love having a secret hideout, and play tents are the perfect spot for them to curl up with a good book or avoid a pesky sibling once in a while. They’re also a fun, easy, and affordable way to quickly transform any indoor playspace!

Take your child’s playroom to the next level with one of these 10 best selling play tents on Amazon!

1. Crazy Forts allow you to cover your “cave” with your own blankets.

This versatile BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) fort-building system can be used to build a cave, an igloo, a pirate ship, a castle, or anything your child can imagine! It’s a fort and a building toy all in one! Best of all, you can configure it to fit in just about any space and rebuild it whenever you want.

2. This rocket ship pop up play tent comes with a space projector.

This space-themed play tent pops up for easy setup. It also comes with a handheld space projector with 3 space-themed image slide discs for a total of 24 images and handy bag for simple travel and storage. If you’re looking for a different theme, this brand also makes a highly-rated under the sea tent!

3. You’ll get a string of star lights with this princess play tent.

Inspired by fairy tale castles, this play tent is a cozy spot where up to 3 little princesses can hide out together! It’s made with durable, stain-resistant material and comes with a carrying bag and a string of star lights.

4. A large 5-piece kids playhouse/jungle gym/ball pit that folds flat for easy storage.

With tents, tunnels, basketball hoops, a velcro dartboard, and a ball pit, this play tent does it all! It pops up for fast setup and folds flat for convenient travel or storage.

This play tent can be reconfigured to fit any indoor or outdoor space, creating a brand new obstacle course each time you set it up! The zipper-closable ball pit holds 100-200 balls (not included) and can double as a play yard for little ones.

5. This Kids Camping Tent Set includes a telescope, walkie talkies, and much more.

This pop-up play tent has two mesh sides for lots of ventilation and a good view of the great outdoors. It comes with a camping set that includes a monocular telescope, two walkie talkies, a water bottle, shovel, multifunctional whistle, compass, flashlight, and thermometer – everything your child could need to explore the world around them!

6. Set up this pink princess pop up play tent in seconds.

Parents love the fact that this play tent can be set up quickly and folded easily to fit in the included travel bag. It has a removable roof, mesh sides for maximum ventilation and breathability, and can double as a ball pit (balls not included).

7. A fun unicorn play tent that fits up to three kids.

This spacious travel tent can accommodate up to three children at a time. It has breathable mesh windows, a roll-up door, and a colorful unicorn design. It also comes with a travel bag and a unicorn headband!

8. This foldable canvas teepee tent comes with a padded mat and a string of lights.

This teepee-style play tent is made from a neutral white canvas that would look absolutely stunning in any living area of your home. It’s easy to assemble and can be set up to fit any space by adjusting the wooden poles. This tent has a window and comes with a padded floor mat and a string of fairy lights.

9. You can put this space tent over your child’s bed.

This pop-up canopy tent fits over twin beds and works with most bunk beds too. It comes with a personal reading light so kids can use their Dream Tent as a reading nook for bedtime stories too! Dream Tents are also available in Paw Patrol, Unicorn Fantasy, and Winter Wonderland designs.

10. This space world dome tent is roomy and durable.

This spacious and sturdy play tent can be used inside or outdoors. Made with a washable, water-repellent fabric, this tent has a mesh top for breathability. In addition to the wide front opening, there is a side “tunnel port” that can be used as a second entry or as an attachment to other tunnels and tents.

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We had Crazy Forts and they are terrible! My kids definitely couldn’t get the connections together, my husband and I even struggled to get it to fit together. When we finally got it built, they would fall down very quickly. I threw them away when my son was trying to put it together, pushed so hard to get the rod into the hole that it slipped and sliced his neck, just an inch away from his jugular.

Same on the crazy forts.. not the accident part but none of us could get some of the connections and the ones we did get barely held up..

Same here! Plus the sticks break and bend too easily!

Oh darn! SO very sorry to hear about that, Jess. Thanks for taking a moment to share your experience.

I agree, they need warnings on them that it is NOT for children to put together AND you will NEVER BE ABLE TO MAKE THE STUFF ON THE BOX unless u pull out the pwr tools!

We have the princess pop up tent and it is so nice for rainy day fun! It is super easy to pop right out. We use it mostly as a ball pit. Storage is simple. It folds right back up into a small bag.
We also have a large teepee type tent from Target that we keep out because it’s so huge. We put a little fold out kid sofa with pillows, stuffed animals and a book basket. It’s a great reading nook!

That sure sounds fun and cozy. Thanks for commenting, Suzanne!

We have the Discovery Kids version of the Crazy Fort. Out of stock but this one.

It’s awesome. My daughter is 11 years old and still loves it. Easy to put together. Very sturdy. Easy to store. Perfect for any 5-12 year old.

We have these as well and have loved them for years!

Awesome! Thanks for the suggestion!

We have the princess tent number 3. It was nice but sometimes the parts break easily. my 3 year old had to duck to get into it and sometimes would go to fast and knock into it. It was a lot shorter than I thought

I’m 47 but I feel like I need one of these….Lol

We have the rocket ship one (#2), not durable, the material is really cheap and it’s a pain to put together and take apart. However my boys love it. 🤷🏼‍♀️

I agree! Terrible quality, very cheap! Ended up returning it because the rods wouldn’t stay in place.

We have the space tent and I do not recommend it. I’m constantly having to fix it when it unhooks from the plastic piece that sits under the mattress and you can forget making the bed with it on.

Thanks for your honest feedback on the space tent, Holly!

I can’t breathe just looking at these 🤣🤣🤣

I put that ocean tent in my Amazon cart last weekend for my daughter’s birthday in June. glad to see it’s on here!

Yay! Glad you can get it for her birthday, Sbhart!

We have the rocket ship tent, and I’m shocked how well it’s held up! My children have been so rough with it, it’s been put up and taken down multiple times, and it’s still in great shape. I highly recommend it (and the price is usually pretty great at Amazon!).

Thanks! We loved hearing how it has held up for you with the kids!

We had the playhouse/ball pit with tunnel thing… it sucks! It got knock down so easily my kids were frustrated with it very quickly. So I ended up making our own ball pit with pvc pipes, and when they’re done with balls, they can empty the pit out and flip it as a fort! I managed to finish making it in a day after I got all the materials needed. So much better and so worth it. My kids love it! I got the idea from here Incas anyone is interested:

I’m looking for a big pop up house that doesn’t get put together with poles. I can’t seem to find that anywhere. Any suggestions?

I also would like a pop up one more than a rod one do to the chances of the chances of the rods breaking but i guess the steel in the pop ups can pose a poem to :(. I guess there is no 100% full proof guarantee safety (how I wish there could be) Im so grateful for reading all the great input on here. And links. Its great for a fi
Great gram-auntie Who needs all the help I can get. I have been looking for something to go on a full/queen size bed for girls to go over it or a safe and fun cover/fort kind of thing? If anyone has any ideas I would be most grateful. I have grand nieces, 5 girls lol under the age of 8 and 1, 2 year old boy so the girls tend to go up lol to get off the ground. Thank you all for your time and listening to your input and valued opinions and help.

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