Father and son Jeff and Jordan Kindig, 20, have so much fun building playhouses for the annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses that the good times spill out of their designs.
Just ask the hundreds of children who’ve hopped in a pint-size Jeep at their African Safari build, or played life-size versions of Connect Four and Chess in the modern Game Changer house.
The front driveway of their Preston Hollow home has served as the duos workshop for the past seven years.
And while it’s a steadfast rule in the Kindig household to take some time off before talking about future playhouse designs, the three-year fan favorites said they couldn’t help themselves and started making plans last year for their soon-to-be-unveiled Nerf and Ninja Warrior-themed playhouse.
Parade of Playhouses has been a signature community and fundraising event for Dallas CASA since 1996.
This year’s collection of 14 houses includes a Whataburger drive-through, a 1950s diner, and a modern home with flexible walls. Each house is unique and represents months of work designing, planning, building, finishing, and transporting to NorthPark Center.
While all of the homes are unique in their own right, Rosanne Lewis, Dallas CASA public relations manager, said the Kindig’s is the epitome of fun.
Their current build will include a mini warpped wall, rope climbing wall, Nerf targets, and an obstacle course.
“I’m playing to my audience,” Jeff Kindig said. “My mission is to sell as many tickets as possible.”
The houses, all custom-designed and built, are donated by local builders, architects, and corporations and are available to win by raffle on the last day of the event.
“Dallas CASA believes all children have the right to be safe and loved and allowed to reach their full potential,” said Kathleen LaValle, Dallas CASA’s executive director. “For the children we serve, these houses represent our dreams for them – safety, permanency, and a place to call their own forever. Every day in Dallas, CASA volunteers are walking hand in hand with children on their journeys to permanent, loving homes. We all dream of a day when no child in need has to wish for a permanent place to grow up, safe and loved.”
Dallas CASA recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to serve as voices in court for children removed from a home due to abuse or neglect. In 2017, more than 1,300 Dallas CASA volunteers helped 3,118 children living in the protective care of the state because it wasn’t safe at home.
The 23rd annual Parade of Playhouses will be on display at NorthPark Center from June 29 to July 15.