Published on May 27, 2021

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While superstar couple Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are known for many things, these days their biggest claim to fame just might be their sassy 2-year-old daughter, Kaavia James. Not only has she stolen the heart of millions with her signature scowl, she’s the star of the Union-Wade’s newly released children’s book, Shady Baby, featuring a fabulous toddler dishing out serious side-eye when faced with playground bullies. Inspired by Kaavia herself, it’s no wonder the book is already a New York Times best-seller. But we couldn’t help but wonder: How does the pint-size icon spend her time off the page? On a similarly fabulous backyard play set, according to Union’s recent Instagram post.

Kaavia is living large in an outdoor playhouse (er, palace?!), fit for the mini royal she is—complete with two stories, a ladder, and an epic slide. While the minimalist design seems to be custom, we found three options with a similar style for different budgets (just add a coat of fresh white paint). 

The Tricked-Out Treehouse

Backyard Discovery’s cedar playhouse has spring-loaded saloon doors, a play kitchen, and the perfect rainy day perch: a long cushioned bench with a storage cubby below for stashing secret treasures. (Bonus: Cedar is naturally resistant to staining, rotting, and insect damage.) The piece ships in one to two days, meaning your kids can begin their summer of fun in no time.

The Play Set and Sandbox in One

If you want something with a few more bells and whistles, consider Gorilla Playsets’s design. It features a mini climbing ramp, swing set, alpine wave slide, and built-in sandbox (along with cute additions like a compass and steering wheel). Your kids will have an HQ for every adventure under the sun. 

The House Party–Ready Hangout

If you want to go all out this summer, KidKraft Store takes things to the next level. The enclosed two-story play set boasts a tube slide, chalkboard walls, and window boxes for planting mini gardens and can hold up to 12 kids (under the age of 10). So just note, your backyard will quickly become the neighborhood hot spot.

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