My Little Sweetheart, 2018 Parade of Playhouses

NorthPark Centre is prestigious and just a little picky. To even be invited in is a tremendous honor, but to be invited in and welcomed back for the past 24 years? You’re basically a legend. And if you’ve seen Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, you know they are legendary.

Every year some of the biggest builders in Dallas toss their construction hats in the ring to build THE BEST playhouses for THE BEST cause – Dallas CASA, an advocacy group for Dallas foster children. We’re talking the top commercial and residential builders, architects and architect firms, and even some spectators that have a tool belt and a dream. Names such as …

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We love houses of all shapes and sizes. Today, we are appreciating some very special houses that help abused and neglected children in North Texas. 

The 23rd Annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses will take place June 29 to July 15 at NorthPark Center. Local architects, builders, organizations, corporations, and individuals design, build and donate extraordinary children’s playhouses. They raise funds so Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to help vulnerable children have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.

“For most children, these wonderfully creative playhouses represent fun, imagination, and dreams —but for the more than 4,300 children who lived in protective care in 2017, these houses are more than they dare dream about,” said Kathleen LaValle, executive director and president of Dallas CASA. “Child victims of abuse and neglect simply want safe homes, warm beds and families to love them [and we dream] of the day when all children feel safe and when those who don’t have a caring advocate willing to be their voice.”

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Kid Cottage by Les Owens of LRO Residential, built for the 2016 Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. This is his eighth year participating in the event.

Dallas homebuilder Les Owens of LRO Residential puts the same details into the children’s playhouses he builds for the Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses as he does the multimillion dollar custom homes he builds in the city’s most tony neighborhoods, like Preston Hollow, Bluffview, and Highland Park.

Want a playhouse with a copper roof? Wired for electrical? With real hardwood floors? Totally do-able. 

“We use the same materials in our playhouses as the big homes we build,” Owens said. “It allows us to be really detailed and maintain the same construction quality for a tiny house that we would for any house we build — we look forward to this every year.”

The 22nd annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses runs July 7 to 23 at NorthPark Center. The event features custom-designed and built playhouses available to win by raffle, with all proceeds benefiting the children served by Dallas CASA. As the group’s largest annual awareness event, Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses brings attention to the plight of the abused and neglected children served by the agency’s volunteer advocates.

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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.”

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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.”

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