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Still time to support Sassafras playground during Playhouse Parade

Posted October 17, 2011 8:35 p.m. EDT

I mentioned the Playhouse Parade at Cameron Village in Raleigh in my weekend activity round-ups these past couple of weeks.

The fundraiser features a dozen outdoor structures - some for kids and some for adults. It supports Sassafras All Children's Playground,  a project that will replace the aging play equipment at Laurel Hills Park on Edwards Mill Road in north Raleigh with a new one designed for children of all abilities. Leaders of the ambitious project need to raise about another $1.5 million to reach a $2 million goal.

I finally got over there with my own family on Sunday. The buildings are amazing. There are six for kids, including a pirate ship, castle and fire station. Another six are geared toward adults and include a potting shed, tiki hut and a Gothic church chicken coop. The structures come furnished and some even have electric and water hook-ups.

My favorite (though I'd be happy with the tiki hut too) was the contemporary play house designed by award-winning architect Frank Harmon. I loved the clear roof, colors and chalkboard walls.My older daughter would have been happy to move into the fire station.

My younger daughter was all about the Let's Play House, a cute little building that included a play kitchen and table inside. That house will be raffled off. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. The retail value of the building is $6,000 and it could easily be used as a garden shed or outdoor retreat once the kids are no longer interested in playing in a playhouse.

The rest of the houses will be auctioned off on Saturday during the Playhouse Parade Gala and Auction. Tickets are $50 each. Click here for tickets.

For more information about the Playhouse Parade, detailed descriptions of all of the houses, the raffle and Sassafras All Children's Playground, click here.