Backyard Discovery Timberlake Cedar Wood Playhouse - 2020 Review
If you want your kids to spend more time outdoors than with their gadgets, getting them a backyard playhouse could save the day. From all models on the market, one that truly stands out is the Timberlake Playhouse by Backyard Discovery.
This wooden playhouse is designed specifically for the outdoors, and will withstand weather elements. It also pairs beautifully with the Cedarbrook wooden playset we already reviewed.
Timberlake is a stylish cedar wood backyard playhouse suitable for children from 2 to 10 years old. Roomy enough to fit three or more kids at a time, it fits well in most backyards, and it can be easily installed on grass or dirt.
It’s also great for a playground or deck, but we wouldn’t recommend placing it on a concrete surface due to the missing floor.
Interactive features make Timberlake a great choice for various age groups. Undoubtedly though, toddlers and preschoolers will have more fun in it than school-age kids.
Coming in natural wood color, the playhouse is also easy to customize in your kid’s favorite shade with a quality (and child friendly) outdoor wood paint.
Large windows with no shutters make it an excellent choice for youngsters. Children won’t be able to play peek-a-boo, but at least you’ll be able to supervise them at all times without worrying about pinched little fingers.
Fun for the kids, Timberlake is also affordable for the parents. Resistant and durable, it will surely entertain your little ones for the years to come.
Timberlake doesn’t have as many interactive features as other playhouses on the market. Nevertheless, it can be paired with other toys and even playsets, for an all-around role-play or backyard fun experience. The interactive features comprise:
Working Dutch Door
Like most playhouses that respect themselves, Timberlake comes with a working Dutch door. A white knob matches the white pot holders and window frames on the front of the house, enhancing it from a visual standpoint.
Although it may seem trivial to us, adults, a working door that kids can open and close for as many times as they want is truly exciting, especially for toddlers.
It also enhances the feeling of ‘home’ for the kids, who may ask you to knock if you want to open it.
It may not be interactive in the true meaning of the word, but the snack window is undoubtedly a great addition to the playhouse. We all know that kids often get hungry while playing, and the snack window is perfect for serving some foods or drinks.
This window has a wide opening and large windowsill that can accommodate a few cups and a plate.
It can also double as a work surface if the children decide to draw something or to make pretend food.
Stove and Sink
The busiest corner of the playhouse will surely be the sink and stove corner. Designed for pretend play, it includes a realistic stove with turning knobs and a life-like burning-hot red stovetop. Add some pots and pans, a few pieces of food, and your children will spend hours playing mommy and daddy.
The sink is also awesome. Large enough to hold a few toy pots, it also has a turning knob designed to enhance role play.
Another interactive feature is the cordless phone, which will surely entertain youngsters while helping them develop their language skills. It doesn’t have any pressing buttons, but kids don’t need fancy electronic toys to have fun.
Teaching kids about gardening and plants is both educative and entertaining. Backyard Discovery knows it, that’s why it equipped the playhouse with two pot holders.
Timberlake doesn’t come with pots or flowers, but you can match two 4-inch pots with the house. You can also choose whether to plant some real flowers, use plastic ones, or let the kids use the pots as object holders.
Regardless of your choice, this feature can certainly add some color to the playhouse and a bit more fun to the whole assembly.
Assembly and Build Quality
Timberlake All Cedar Wood Playhouse doesn’t come with expert assembly. The manufacturer partners with GoConfigure if you require it or want to buy the playhouse as a gift. However, the unit is so easy to mount that expert assembly is unnecessary if you have minimal handyman skills.
The unit comes with all needed to put it together straight out of the box. You’ll get all necessary hardware and preassembled wooden panels.
The panels are already treated with children-friendly weather resistant stain, so you won’t have to worry about anything but mounting the panels and securing them with the fasteners included in the box.
Once mounted, the playhouse feels robust overall, although the panels may seem a bit flimsy. For the money, this is undoubtedly a great playhouse.
As some parents showed, it is also easy to customize if you have a bit of fantasy. For instance, you can create a mini she-shed for your princess or a mini man cave for your little man with just a bit of paint.
All components included are ASTM-compliant and respect all safety standards. It usually takes less than an hour to build the playhouse.
Regarding its dimensions, the structure measures 42 x 46 x 55 inches, and it fits beautifully in a backyard nook.
More resistant and more visually appealing than a plastic playhouse, Timberlake All Cedar Wood Playhouse can be a great addition to an outdoor playset or a standalone entertainment center for your youngsters. Either way, it will surely stimulate the kids to spend more time having healthy outdoor fun.