Between now and Christmas we are going to spotlight some of our top picks from our Baby Gizmo Holiday Gift Guide. Today we are going to start with holiday gift idea #45 under “Little Kids: 3 Years Old” – the Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse. We reviewed this fun indoor/outdoor playhouse back at the beginning of summer and found it to be a great gift for toddlers and little kids. Here is our full review reposted below:
The Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse is one of the newest additions to the Step2 line of outdoor toys for 2010. Since my son loves to imitate daddy, I knew we had to try out this great bbq playhouse. As I expected, my kids were ecstatic about the house with attached bbq that they could grill like dad! The playhouse is easy to put together and was assembled by dad in less than 30 minutes even with 2 mini “helpers” that did more mixing up the pieces than actually helping!
Unlike other playhouses with one way in and out, the Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse is perfect for multiple children. There are two ways in and out: the front door and the entrance to the bbq/patio area! This makes it much easier for multiple kids to mill around in the house without constantly getting in each others’ way. Plus, since there is a “patio area” attached to the playhouse, there is that much more room for kids to play.
The attached BBQ/patio area features a cute, child size bench that can accommodate two small children and a fun, built-in BBQ for kids to grill like mom and dad. For a great, realistic touch, the BBQ has a food grilling sticker underneath a lid that actually stays on.
With the strong winds of Chicago and a destructive 3 year old boy, a lid that actually stays attached to the BBQ is a great feature! My kids especially love the BBQ accessory set that includes 3 BBQ tools that they use to grill up food from the yard (grass, rocks, mulch, sand etc.) and a bottle of ketchup and mustard. There are three little hooks underneath the front of the BBQ to hang the tools although I rarely see my kids actually store them there.
The outside BBQ/patio area isn’t the only place to have fun in the Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse. The inside of the playhouse is loads of fun too with a sink, stove and even a fireplace (it’s a fireplace decal but a “fireplace” nonetheless)! There is a clock decal above the fireplace and a pantry decal to complete a homey feel.
The Playhouse features a dutch door (half door) in front and large open windows to provide plenty of light and air. And if that isn’t enough, there is a real, working doorbell! The younger kids can’t get enough of ringing the doorbell a million times. It may be their #1 feature on the house!
The playhouse is made of heavy duty plastic that is not only strong but durable. We found this out when a rainstorm that stopped just short of tornado weather ripped through our area and basically picked up the playhouse off our patio and blew it in our neighbor’s yard. The playhouse was completely unharmed! Now, this would not normally happen because the house is heavy but this was an unusually strong storm!
The Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse retails for $399 (though we’ve seen it on sale!) and is sure to be a hit for your child!