Let’s be honest: The world isn’t built for children — which is why there’s something about a pint-sized seat that gets little kids (and their grownups) excited. Maybe it’s just because most furniture that kids encounter is so overwhelmingly big, but when your little one is presented, Goldilocks-style, with a chair that’s juuuust right, it makes sitting still (almost) fun. Instead of having to crawl, climb or otherwise hoist themselves up onto a too-tall or overstuffed chair, they can plop down — comfortably — in something that feels like it was made just for them (because it was!).
What’s even better: a kid-size folding chair that your little ones can take with them on the go — and make everything from beach trips to backyard picnics to siblings’ soccer games more comfortable. Because of course, kids aren’t always sedentary, and just because your family is out and about doesn’t mean they don’t want — and need — a comfortable place to sit down. (Hey, you probably like having a nice SPF-providing canopy beach chair with a drink holder to sit in when you’re at the beach, right? The good news is, they make them for kids, too!)
If you’re sold on the need for a kid-sized chair that you can take on the go, check out our roundup below. These lightweight seating options are practical, sure — but they’re also super-cute, colorful, comfy and easy to transport and set up. Your tot will be sitting pretty — and you’ll wonder how you managed without one. Here are the best kids folding chairs for every need:
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1. Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Child’s Outdoor Chair
This adorable Bella Butterfly outdoor chair from Melissa & Doug is way cuter that your standard just-downsized-for-kids camp chair. The sturdy metal frame clicks easily into place, wide plastic feet provide stability and the tear-resistant seat and arms are as comfy as they are durable. It even comes with a built-in cup holder and a matching carrier for transportation. And hey, if your kid isn’t a fan of butterflies, there’s also a bright blue octopus and cheerful bug to choose from.
2. COSCO Children’s Pinch-Free Folding Chair 4-Pack
If you want to set up a temporary seating area for kids at home, this folding chair set offers more support than an outdoor chair. The pinch-free frame is made from sturdy steel and can even hold adults who might want to sit down to help with craft time or meals. This is a great option for families who may want to set up temporary craft stations, or extended family who may occasionally want a “kids table” during get-togethers or holidays.
3. Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable Booster
This booster can act as an on-the-go high chair for the outdoors or just visiting grandparents. Foldable and with a BPA-free tray, it can turn any spot into a toddler feeding zone. The tray can also be removed and chair attached (with safety straps) to full-size chairs for a booster. Toddlers buckle in for even more security as they eat. An included carrying bag makes it even easier to take on the go. It’s safe for kids up to 36 pounds.
4. Kelsyus Kids Outdoor Canopy Chair
If you’re looking for a kid-sized camp chair that boats all the same bells and whistles of an adult version, look no further than this Kelsyus Kids Outdoor Canopy Chair. It features an adjustable sun canopy with UPF 50+ sun protection, a built-in cup holder and padded arm rests that actually convert into shoulder straps — making carrying it a breeze. (And at 6 pounds total weight, you kid may even be able to handle transporting it, backpack-style, herself!) Designed for kids 3 years and older, up to 75 pounds.