Skip to content


Then and Now :: Groovy Playhouses

I’m just gonna go out on a limb and say it. This is quite possibly the coolest playhouse EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It rules on so many levels. And yes it’s hip, but most importantly it looks like it would be SO fun to play inside. It got me thinking, “What did play houses look like back in the day??” So I went on a hunt. Lemme tell ya, it was a little hard to find. For example, I love this image, these kiddos are so cute (and stylish!). That playhouse is a tad grim though, eh?

OK,  this is more like it! A-frame goodness….with a built-in sandbox on the side.

This clever little playhouse is made of cloth. Love the big flowers….

This isn’t vintage, but it’s made of vintage sheets. It’s enough to make me want to hop on the tee pee bandwagon!

images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I love all of those so much! I was curious if I could find some modern counterparts that had as much style and here’s what I turned up!

I really like this rad little pad—the double doors are very cool and it seems so light and airy inside! (nevermind that it KINDA looks like a 70s office building…)

image: modern play shed

This one is interesting but I have to admit it sort of looks like you’re playing inside a stylish piece of cheese:

image: smart playhouse

I like it better at night:

So this one….it’s slick, but seems so dark. Not very cheery, ya know? I’m all for hip design for kids, but not sacrificing FUN!

Ahhhh, see? This one is pretty groovy.  AND it still seems fun. Wouldn’t you rather have a fun slide than a CHIC! MODERN! MIDCENTURY! WOOD BOX! (ahem, playhouse above)

This one is quite adorable. The clear ceiling makes it really airy!


image: modern cabana

And finally….check out this bad boy. It ain’t purty but you know you would have one helluva good time staging battles and pretending your backyard was the planet of Tatooine. And your golden retriever a wookie.

Mmm hmmm. Featuring a 4-Sound Electronic Console. That *is* gym-dandy.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Posted in Best of Alix, Vintage Childhood, Vintage Toys + Fun Stuff.

Tagged with , , , , , .


13 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. jenny says

    DYING over the a-frame sandbox dealie. must make that for dotty!!!! we’ll have his n’ hers play houses!!!!!

    thanks for sharing these!

  2. amber says

    This could not have come at a more perfect time. My husband and I just started planning our kids’ modern playhouse this past weekend. We will be taking a close look at the houses featured here!

  3. Dottie says

    There is so much awesomeness here I am *THIS CLOSE* to having my mind explode.

    Could we talk about the Star Wars toy house. Mah God! Star Wars Marketers are only topped by Krusty the Klown with products.

    But THAT settles it–I’m not going to plant a plum tree in that spot in our backyard! I’m going to make the Peach a backyard playhouse!

    We had a treehouse growing up that was so rickety I wasn’t allowed up it, but just to know that it existed still makes me smile.

  4. 3 ring circus • heather says

    i want to live in all of these houses!!!!!

  5. Eartha Kitsch says

    AWESOME post! That A-frame is making me weak in the knees.

  6. RocketGirl says

    Holy heck. A SPEEDER BIKE RIDE? How did I not know this existed before now?!?

  7. Lynn Landry says

    “featuring a 4-sound electronic console!”

    My cousins had the most awesome treehouse. Not “mod” but it included a wraparound porch and a fireman’s pole to get down quickly for snack time. We wanted to play there all the time!

  8. Holly says

    Love these! So many possibilities…

Continuing the Discussion

  1. Groovy Playhouses at Modern Kiddo | Hatch: The Design Public® Blog linked to this post on March 1, 2011

    [...] Oh I want so many of these playhouses posted over at Modern Kiddo today! Check out the whole post here. [...]

  2. Printable Paper City - Beautiful Language Videos - Kids Playhouses | Small for Big linked to this post on March 4, 2011

    [...] above) Alix at Modern Kiddo has gathered the best ever list of children’s playhouse inspirations – old, new, and even Return of the Jedi. I think I’ll print this out and post it to the fridge [...]

  3. Recent Favorites | Hickety Pickety linked to this post on March 4, 2011

    [...] For a little vintage eye candy, go take a gander at these playhouses. [...]

  4. We’re feelin’ mighty LUCKY! – Modern Kiddo linked to this post on April 26, 2011

    [...] Lots of vintage inspirations! Like our “Then and Now :: Groovy Playhouses” [...]

  5. TrueModern Playhouse by Edgar Blazona | buymodernbaby.com blog linked to this post on May 13, 2011

    [...] Playhouses on Modern Mini Houses Then and Now: Groovy Playhouses on Modern [...]



Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.