I’ve been talking about this for a week on my Facebook page and it’s finally here–my Step2 My Clubhouse review! We were SO excited to be given the chance to review this from Step2! We have a number of Step2 products and all of them are extremely well made AND well played with!
My husband and I have been wanting to get my daughter her own playhouse so this came at the perfect time. The box arrived and I’ll warn you, it’s pretty big and weighed 61 pounds! Thank goodness my husband was home to carry it inside because I would not have been able to do it! My daughter Maggie saw the big box and the picture of what was inside it and she wanted it set up right away (and she’s not even 2 yet!).
To say she was really excited is an understatement!! Unfortunately for her, it was nap time so we told her that it would have to wait. She took an extremely short nap (we’re wondering if she just couldn’t sleep because she was so excited,) and an hour later she came downstairs asking about it. We left the big box in the entryway of our townhouse and just carried the pieces up to the main level of our house.
Step2 My Clubhouse Assembly
I have never seen my daughter so excited before! Her eyes just sparkled as we carried the pieces upstairs and she ran all around the house. We cleared a place for the Step2 My Clubhouse and my husband got to work right away.
*I do want to mention here that if you plan on making this house an outdoor toy, I would recommend setting it up outside. Unless you have wide doors, there’s a good chance it won’t fit through your doorway once assembled! We decided to make this an indoor clubhouse.*
One of the questions I was asked by a blog reader on Facebook was how long this house would take to set up. From start to finish my husband spent an hour setting it up. I do want to mention however that we took time to film AND he had the “help” of my daughter while he worked. Without distractions, I think the house could be set up in about 40-45 minutes.
My daughter was playing with her new clubhouse long before my husband had it finished. In hindsight, we probably should have set it up while she was taking a nap to make it easier on us, but we didn’t think about that. She kept running in and out of the house through the doors saying, “door, door, door…” just as happy as can be. My husband says that the house was super easy to set up. Honestly, I think just working around Maggie’s excitement was the hardest part! She had a blast using her own tools (coincidently, from Step2 also– the Step2 Home Depot Workbench) to “help” Daddy while he worked.
Another question I was asked about this clubhouse is the construction of the roof. The roof is made from a piece of sturdy canvas and has a few plastic support beams under it. It does not, however, have a solid plastic roof. I’m not sure how much weight the canvas would support, but I would not recommend allowing your child to climb on it. They aren’t going to fall THAT far, but they probably would tear the canvas!
My Step2 My Clubhouse Review
The clubhouse has 2 doors–the main door and a side door. It also has another crawl space. The clubhouse also comes with a built-in picnic table/bench. Maggie has really enjoyed playing with that feature! Normally her daddy or I sit in the clubhouse (comfortably too!) and we serve her. She has really enjoyed playing “restaurant” with her new house! She has also decided that the tabletop can double as bed and enjoys laying on it. I always find it amazing the ways that children use their imagination!
There are a couple bug decals on the clubhouse. Maggie loves to point them out to me and then exclaim, “EWWWW” in perfect little girl fashion!
The clubhouse also has a chalkboard on the outside that Maggie has really enjoyed writing on. It’s the perfect place for her to display her chalk art! The only “improvement” I plan on making to the chalkboard is to tie a small piece of yarn around a piece of chalk and wrap it behind one of the top screws. The chalk is always falling on the floor and I think that will make it a lot easier on Maggie. I just haven’t made it out to buy any yarn yet.
There is a place above the door that you can personalize with your child’s name. We plan on purchasing some vinyl lettering and putting our last name on there. It’s a very cute feature!
Maggie’s cousins (ages 3 and 7) were here over the weekend and they all had a blast playing “house” in the clubhouse. It is the new hit toy at our home!
I can’t say enough great things about Step2 products! We truly have loved everything we’ve ever gotten from them (whether it be a review item, gift, or something we purchased ourselves). This is a company I trust, and I’m happy to recommend them to my family, friends and you!!
The Step2 My Clubhouse has now been discontinued but if you’re lucky, you can find it at a local yardsale or for sale on Facebook or Craigslist. You might also enjoy the Step2 Porch View Playhouse and the Step2 2-Story Playhouse and Slide.