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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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.

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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

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

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.

Available from: Wayfair.com

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.

Available from: The Little Green Sheep

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

Age: 2+

What it is: 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

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

Livememory Kids Play Tent

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

kiddlewinkles fire engine play tent

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

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

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.

Available from: Early Learning Centre

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