Walking through Northpark Center, you expect to find a large variety of shops, restaurants, and activities. Shoppers may however be surprised to see 20 custom-built playhouses lining the path from Dillard’s to North Court. The fifteenth annual ORIX Parade of Playhouses is on display through Aug. 21 benefiting Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), to raise public awareness for child abuse and promote community involvement.  Dallas CASA is a nonprofit organization that protects abused and neglected children in protective care.

Nineteen of the houses on display are available to win in a raffle. The raffle tickets can be purchased individually for $5 or in groups of five for $20. There are a large variety of houses including a Planter Playhouse, Modern Japanese Studio, Robotic Explorer Playhouse, Zoo Playhouse, and even a Hillside Bed and Breakfast. For a complete viewing of the playhouses, click here. The raffle entry closes at 2 p.m. Aug. 21, and the tickets will be drawn at 4 p.m. The winner does not need to be present at the ceremony to receive their prize.

One specially designed playhouse will be auctioned online. The starting bid is $2500, and the bidding ends Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. This playhouse is nautical themed, and is specially created by LRO Residential.

Whether you are in the market for a new playhouse, or just want to support Dallas CASA, be on the lookout for these fun houses as you make your way through Northpark Center.

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Imani Chet Lytle

Imani Chet spends most of her time behind the scenes at People Newspapers handling design and marketing tasks, but you can occasionally catch her out and about covering the latest museum openings, musical concerts, and delicious new food menus in the area – and all through her trusty dusty iPhone camera. Catch some of the action on our instagram page: @peoplenewspapers

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