Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kids Crooked House and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Team for Kids

Building from the Hollywood streets to Kiddies Creative Learning Center
Fifty-six kids at the Kiddies Creative Learning Center have a brand-new Crooked Playhouse and another great reason to run around and play outside thanks to Kids Crooked House and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Starting with an impromptu building session at the legendary Hollywood & Highland with "blue shirt" helpers from countries all over the world, Extreme Makeover icons Paul DiMeo and Ed Sanders got Crooked by building a beautiful sky-blue Kids Crooked House playhouse, sleeping in it that night (why not?), then donating it to a group of thrilled children.

On May 12, Paulie and Eddie got started bright and early, harmonica and guitar by their sides, along with their tool belts. Piece by piece, they and dozens of excited helpers started drawing stares from passers-by as they built a Kids Crooked House -- the sort of thing you just can't miss on the streets of Hollywood.

"We are sincerely grateful to the team from Kids Crooked House for helping us to surprise families all across the country and especially right here at home," said Paul DiMeo, the on-air carpenter with the distinctive square-frame glasses. "They trust us to select families, and we trust them to deliver a cool playhouse."

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is an amazing program that brings so much happiness to families in need and if Kids Crooked House can help kids have a little more joy and more playtime then we're going to do what we can," said Glen Halliday, CEO and founder of Kids Crooked House. "When Paul and Eddie call you with a plan, you just hop on board and enjoy the ride."

"We've used the Kids Crooked Playhouses all across the country to put a smile not only on the kid's faces," said Ed Sanders, the on-air carpenter with the glistening shaved head, "but also mom and dad because a well made and strong play space is most important to parents."

Then, on May 13, the Kids Crooked House team was thrilled to join Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in delivering the house to Kiddies Creative Learning Center in Los Angeles, who were surprised by a huge delivery right in the middle of their day. The Center caters to families who need subsidized daycare. They currently have 18 infants, 11 school-age kids and 27 pre-schoolers. "When we learned of the incredible services this daycare gives to deserving families, we were inspired to do something very special for them," says Diane Korman, senior producer for the EM:HE. "The Kids Crooked Playhouse will give hundreds of children a place to play for years to come."

Donating the playhouse to this deserving local daycare center wasn't far fetched as Kids Crooked House has recently expanded their playhouse offerings by teaming with businesses including daycare centers, theme parks, retail stores and restaurants by releasing a suite of commercial Crooked play structures to bring kids creative play both inside and out.

The Hollywood, CA playhouse build can be seen with hundreds of photos and videos on the Kids Crooked House Facebook page:

Along with up-to-date Twitter posts as the event happened:

About Kids Crooked House

Based in Windham, Maine, Kids Crooked House was founded in 2006 by fun-loving dads Glen Halliday and Jeff Leighton, who wanted a unique, affordable and imaginative playhouse for their young kids, but couldn't find one anywhere. So they did what Mainers do: They built their own. Since then, kids of all ages have been thrilled to get outside and let their imaginations run wild inside of and all around Kids Crooked Houses, and their parents are just as happy. Whether it's in a backyard, part of a town playground, or the best thing about a local restaurant, Crooked Playhouses have been springing up all over the world -- even on TV with John & Kate Plus 8 and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, as part of a Random House essay contest, and tied up with yummy Kinder chocolates. For a Crooked time with Kids Crooked House, visit

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The Emmy award winning reality program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," is entering its 7th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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