Gear Girl: Best Dollhouses

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I still remember the Christmas my parents brought out The Dollhouse. Mine was all wood, constructed from a kit my parents are bought and painstakingly put together. It was plain and unadorned, but in that house, I brought to life all kind of stories and sagas. Want to give your kids that same kind of space to create adventures? Read on to discover our favorite dollhouses - traditional, modern and the best ones for boys.

Best Dollhouses For Kids

Let's start with traditional dollhouses. Granted, these tend to lean a bit more feminine. Pink and purple abounds in many of these, but for kids who dream of having a house and family of their own, these dollhouses can provide hours of quiet, creative play.

The KidKraft So Chic Dollhouse has wheels on the bottom on allows for play from all sides. The KidKraft My Dreamy Dollhouse has three stories and an elevator! The cute KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage comes with 17 pieces of furniture and working windows. If you're willing to spend a little more, the Pottery Barn Westport Dollhouse looks stunning and can be personalized with your child's last name on the house. We love the space-saving Imaginarium My Corner Dollhouse that is designed to fit into a corner, and Playmobil fans rejoice! The 3-story Playmobil Grand Mansion has two grand staircases and a working doorbell.

Best Traditional Dollhouses

Looking for something a little more modern? A little more gender-neutral? We love these wooden dollhouse options that will blend into your living room or modern nursery.

The Maxim Designed By You dollhouse has six modular rooms so your child can reconfigure the look and layout of the house. The eco-friendly Plan Toys Chalet is constructed out of sustainable and environmentally safe materials, comes with furniture and has modular rooms. Looking for something simpler? The Plan Toys My First Doll House is great starter dollhouse and includes sliding doors and a balcony. The Hape All Seasons Dollhouse has six rooms, reversible winter/summer decor and comes fully furnished.

Modern Wooden Dollhouses

Who said dollhouses are just for girls? Boys love to create stories and character interactions too. But in case your guy isn't into pink trim and Victorian-style furniture, we found these boy-friendly playhouses. Of course, while we called these the best playhouses for boys, we know plenty of girls who would love to play with them just as much. How cool are these? A spaceship and submarine, a camper and a castle!

The Hometown Heroes set comes with 24 accessories including characters, vehicles and furniture and has working lights and sounds. 3, 2, 1 - blast off with the KidKraft Rocket Ship comes with astronauts, space vehicles and glow in the dark moon craters. If you child loves emergency vehicles, he'll love the KidKraft Deluxe Fire Rescue Set that comes with three firefights, a helicopter, fire truck and ambulance. We love the cheery, open floor plan of the Lakeshore Giant Treehouse with a rope ladder and slide, and can't get over how excited some little boys we know would be to get this KidKraft Fun Explorers Submarine Ship, complete with two torpedoes and a working elevator. Looking for something more unique for your guy? Try this Travel Trailer Dollhouse or Melissa & Doug Deluxe Folding Medieval Castle.

Best Playhouses for Boys

Did you have a dollhouse growing up?

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