Kids Crooked House Raising the Roof for Children's Charities

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Kids Crooked House, the award-winning maker of unique children's playhouses will auction a one-of-a-kind Surf Shack playhouse at this weekend's LA Baby & Tweens Celebration. Proceeds of this online auction will benefit the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.

Building every little house is a labor of love

Kids Crooked House, makers of distinctive, whimsically fun children's playhouses, will auction a one-of-a-kind playhouse - a California-inspired 'surf shack' - at the upcoming LA Baby and Tweens Celebration at the Los Angeles Convention Center, April 25 and 26.

This event brings together new and expectant moms, dads, and young grandparents to explore and shop for state-of-the-art gear, fashions, technology, furniture decor and more for babies, toddlers and tweens.

Hollywood celebrities will autograph individual roof shingles on this special charity playhouse from Kids Crooked House. Proceeds of the online auction will benefit the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. Bidding has begun and the public is invited to join the Kids Crooked House auction to help this worthy cause.

"Building every little house is a labor of love," says Glen Halliday, founder of Kids Crooked House. "Knowing that this particular structure will benefit kids in the Mattel Children's Hospital is extra special for us. We are thrilled to do it. And we are grateful to the many celebrities who are helping the effort by autographing the shingles. We are through the roof excited about that."

Why "Crooked"? One look at a one of these diminutive imagination stations will tell you. Each and every one is bursting with funky angles and vibrant colors. And they are specially architected to make a child feel right at home, size wise. Doors are windows are sized to make kids feel right at home. With seven-foot ceilings, there's plenty of room for toys and all manner of play-time gear. (Yikes, even mom or dad can fit, if necessary.)

KCH playhouses are individually hand-crafted in Maine, using genuine cedar shakes for the roof, select 5/8 inch siding, pressure treated foundation lumber and secure 2x4 frame construction. Naturally, built in Maine, construction is ultra durable and weatherproof. A Kids Crooked House is built for years of trouble-free outdoor use even during snow and rain.

"There isn't one right angle on the entire house," says Mr. Halliday. "Kids find a million different ways to use these houses in active play. It's the ever morphing template, so children can go an infinite variety of places without ever leaving the security of their back yard."

Kids Crooked houses come in three basic configurations. Choose one, and then let the customization begin; options to personalize your playhouse are virtually endless. Like fingerprints, no two are exactly alike. Once a design is selected, it takes two to six weeks for your custom house to arrive in an easy-to-assemble kit.

About Kids Crooked House

Based in Windham, Maine, Kids Crooked House was founded by a fun-loving dad, Glen Halliday, who couldn't find a unique, affordable and imaginative playhouse for his three adorable kids. He looked in all the big home centers and scoured dozens of web sites. The products either looked like a tool shed for lawnmowers or like a small city with a price to match. As a graphic designer and self-taught carpenter, the answer was simple. Build it. The entire neighborhood was soon hanging out in his back yard. So FUNky was his kid's new crooked house. The rest is (becoming) history. For more information about Kids Crooked House, visit http://www.kidscrookedhouse.com.

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