If you have toddlers or kids, you’ve probably noticed that they spend a decent amount of time in their own heads. They stage battles, tea parties, weddings and plot lines more elaborate than Games of Thrones. Sometimes, kids can feel a little self-conscious make-believing in front of an audience—like you—or they want a place that is theirs to play in. Play tents can be a perfect, cozy place for your child to make-believe, either inside or outside.
These tents are easy to assemble, so you won’t spend a half hour fumbling with a lot of parts trying to figure it out. Some of them pop-up without any assembly at all, and they can be packed up and flattened into a disc shape for easy storage. Don’t worry, all three of the best play tents we rounded up come with instructions.
The tents usually have a turret or point, so they’re usually designed as castles or rocket ships. Most of them are water-resistant and easy to wipe down, in case make-believe gets a little messy. If your child prefers gathering some friends to play creatively, each tent can fit about three kids. They all have windows or flaps, so you can subtly supervise without intruding on their play time.
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1. Foxprint Princess Castle Play Tent
Made out of shock-corded fiberglass poles, this tent can take a little bit of roughhousing. It’s also easy to pop up in the backyard or your little one’s room. It’ll only take you a minute to insert the support rods into the fabric. This pink tent is fit for a princess. There’s even a curtain over the entryway, so your child can play in private. It does have a secret though. It has glow-in-the-dark stars that’ll come out at night.
2. USA Toyz Rocket Ship Play Tent for Kids
You don’t need any tools to assemble this pop-up tent for your kids. The tent supports are foldable, too, so you can store it away in a closet when your child is done playing. Made out of non-toxic, water-resistant fabric and featuring two mesh windows, this tent gives your kid a safe place to let their imaginations run wild. The tent includes a bonus flashlight projector, which lets your little one project 24 space images onto the walls of any room. You can select from the rocket ship tent, under sea tent or unicorn tent.
3. Monobeach Princess Tent
This castle tent takes play tents to a whole new level. This fairy dream house was fashioned out of polyester taffeta, giving your child an elegant tent to play in. There are five sheer curtains, which can be tied back, when the king, queen or princess is ready to receive an audience. The tent also comes with pretty and delicate star lights, which will completely transport them to a magical land. The castle can accommodate three guests.