These days my girls spend a lot of time playing ‘house’. Usually this involves tearing off all the cushions and pillows downstairs, in order to make their fort. We recently welcomed a new outdoor toy, the Step2 My Clubhouse. Alas, I could put my living room back in order, send them outside and play in a real fort. Hooray!
Building it was pretty simple, I did it myself with some help from my 3 littles. Luckily, it is a one-person job to build, with the kids occasionally puhing on a piece while I put in some screws.
Once set up, the girls were in full-on play mode, discovering all the features.
The size of the Step2 My Clubhouse is just right for the twins at age 3. My oldest was even able to get in there and play, yet she has to duck a little as she hits the canopy roof.
The picnic table is great for playing ‘coffee shop’, where I overheard one of the twins asking for a ‘double double’. Hmmm, they’ve paid attention on my *few* trips to Timmies! Ha!
One side has a chalkboard, which is great for my girls since there’s no where for them to write with chalks in the backyard. Taking the ‘My Clubhouse’ term to heart, my daughter immediately claimed it as theirs, their own little space. Other ideas to write on the chalkboard? Listing the bugs they find and keeping track of points when they play games outside. This chalkboard comes in handy for so many things!
There’s also a secret compartment to store treasures, or dirt, or bugs. At least that’s what I always find in there. Better than finding them stashed in the house or buried in my flowerbeds!
My clubhouse features a weather resistant fabric roof, which does need to be tended to after a rain, but makes for great shade when the days are sunny and hot. The entire thing is very sturdy and colorful, and is as fun as it looks.
With 2 entrances/doors to My Clubhouse, there’s always a kid seen going in and out, without fighting over ‘who closes the door’. They do that, yes, really!
The Step2 My Clubhouse is available for purchase at Toys R Us and retails for $249.99 here in Canada. We have a larger Step2 house, which I do think is the best bang for the buck, especially when you have 3 kids. Yet, for a lower price and still great features like the chalkboard, picnic table and ‘clubhouse’ feel – this is a great buy as a summer outdoor toy.
Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.