Parade of Playhouses

One of the playhouses on display at NorthPark Mall at the Parade of Playhouses last year, benefitting Dallas CASA.

Here at CandysDirt, we write about all kinds of houses. Today, we want to tell you about a few very special houses that help abused and neglected kids, some of the most vulnerable members of our human family.

Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, which features imaginative and creative playhouses on display in NorthPark Center, will be open daily during mall hours July 15 to 31. The playhouses are created and donated to Dallas CASA by local designers, architects, and builders. They are available to win by raffle at the end of the event. All proceeds from raffle benefit abused and neglected children served by Dallas CASA.

“The playhouses represent our hope for abused and neglected children in Dallas,” said Kathleen M. LaValle, Dallas CASA executive director and president. “Some children dream of having their very own fantasy playhouses, but abused children dream of having safe and lasting homes. We want all children to grow up in loving and permanent homes. Sadly, two out of five abused children in protective care in Dallas County do not have CASA volunteer advocates. We look forward to the day when we have enough volunteers for each child to have an advocate.”


One of the playhouses on display at NorthPark Mall at the Parade of Playhouses, benefitting Dallas CASA. Photo: XXX

One of the playhouses last summer in the Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center. Photos: Kristina Bowman

We write about a lot of houses here at CandysDirt, the places where we make our memories, build our families, and have fun.

Today, we’re looking at some very special houses that directly benefit vulnerable children in foster care.

The 20th anniversary Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center is an enjoyable, family-friendly event held every summer. It benefits Dallas CASA, an organization of community volunteers trained and appointed to advocate for the best interests of abused or neglected children in foster care locally.

Generous corporations, organizations, and individuals will design, build, and donate extraordinary children’s playhouses to raise funds so Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to help abused children have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.

This 20th-anniversary of Parade of Playhouses is a reminder that all children deserve to be protected and loved,” said Kersten Rettig, Director of Development for Dallas CASA. “While some children dream of having their very own fantasy playhouse, others dream of having a safe, stable home filled by those they love and who love them—this event really helps all of those dreams come true.”



This gorgeous LEED Gold midcentury modern remodel will be on this year’s White Rock Home Tour, and you could see it for free!

Mad about moderns? Crazy about Cliff Welch? Pining to see PV14? Jabbering about Ju-Nels? You’re probably just dying to go to the White Rock Home Tour this month, aren’t you?

Of course you are! I mean, this home tour, which features modern architecture exclusively, is one of the most popular spring home tours in the region. This year’s line up not only features some of the most amazing architecture in the White Rock Lake area, but it also includes a peek inside the exclusive, revolutionary green development in Lake Highlands called Urban Reserve. If you haven’t checked this place out yet, you’ll be smitten at first look!

If this sounds right up your alley, then we have a treat for you! is giving away a pair of tickets courtesy of the Hexter Elementary PTA! These gracious parents who put on this fundraiser for the 10th year going have donated two passes to their much-talked-about event and we are going to have a little contest for them!

Jump to find out how you can score two tickets to the White Rock Home Tour!


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(Photo: 3500 Beverly Drive by Dan Piassick)

The four homes selected for the 2013 New Friends New Life Holiday Home Tour were unveiled Oct. 3, and boy, are they stunners! These amazing mansions will be featured on the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 8, and you do not want to miss out!

This year’s tour spans the Park Cities and Preston Hollow, including two homes on Highland Park’s famed Beverly Drive. New Friends New Life helps women reclaim their lives from the sex industry, become self-sufficient, and rescues trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children. The tour, now in its 14th year, is the organization’s chief fundraiser.

“On behalf of the women and children we serve, we are grateful for the Home Tour chairs, homeowners, sponsors, volunteers and participants for supporting this event,” said NFNL director Katie Pedigo. “Women’s lives are transformed and families are restored because of community support which is displayed through the Holiday Home Tour.”

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(Photo: 3501 Lindenwood Ave. by Dan Piassick)

Chaired by Tanya Wiggains, this year’s Holiday Home Tour will not disappoint. Patrons can walk through and admire the homes of honorary home tour chair Gina Ginsburg and her husband Scott at 3500 Beverly Drive, Jan and Jeffrey Rich at 3827 Beverly Drive, founder of Hard Night| Good Morning skincare line D’Andra Simmons at 3501 Lindenwood Ave., and Anne and Steve Stodghill at 10401 Lennox.

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(Photo: 10401 Lennox Lane by Dan Piassick)

The homes will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available at select Tom Thumb stores on November 4, by visiting or by phone 214-965-0935.

We’ll have a few pairs of tickets to give away here at as the home tour draws closer, too. Stay tuned!