You run a hands-off operation. As in, “Get your hands off your sister. Now!”
If idle hands are the devil’s tools, redirect your little angels with Built by Kids, a new website packed with family-friendly DIY ideas. Launched by Timothy and Laura Dahl — he’s a vet of This Old House and Elle Decor; she’s a fashion designer and creative director — the projects are more substantial than your standard cut, paste, and glitter.
From building easy cardboard castles to creating a play kitchen, the focus is on teaching kids real DIY skills (using a level, driving a nail), not just passing time until dinner. Contributors include an imaginative network of friends and family (such as Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio).
Projects are categorized by age and skill level, so you can determine which ones they can do on their own and which ones require a helping hand.
Available online at builtbykids.com.
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Boo at the Zoo
What: Wander through the labyrinth, snack on treats, and visit the critters.
Why: It’s just the right amount of spooky.
When: Thru Oct. 30. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. SE (404-624-9453). Adults and children 12 and up, $30; children 3-11, $16; under 3, free.
Humane Society Visit
What: The animal protection organization drops by with a friendly (and totally adoptable) canine.
Why: How can you resist puppy dog eyes?
When: Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.
Where: Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Featherbone Center, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville (770-536-1900). Adults and children, $8; under 2, free.
Halloween Hayride & Family Festival
What: Gather around the campfire, go for a cruise in a canoe, and make crafts.
Why: Your little ghoul has the costume contest in the bag.
When: Sat. Activities, 5-9 p.m.; costume contest, 6:45 p.m.
Where: Cochran Mill Nature Center, 6300 Cochran Mill Rd., Palmetto (770-306-0914). Adults and children, $7; under 2, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Built by Kids