DIY Projects That Impress

Built by Kids Launches

built by kids!

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.

games!Game on. Twelve winning ways to keep the kiddos entertained.

this week in boston!

100th Anniversary of Jamaica Plain Branch Library

What: See a performance of The Secret Garden, plus free crafts and a puppet show.
Why: Here’s to another century of greatness.
When: Sat. Library activities, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; performance, 2 p.m.
Where: Activities, 12 Sedgwick St., Jamaica Plain (617-524-2053); performance, The Footlight Club, Eliot Hall, 7a Eliot St. Adults and children, $10.

Brunch at
The Metropolitan Club
What: Tiny epicures flip over the new menu’s build-your-own pancakes.
Why: With fillings like apple pie and maple bacon, get ready for some offbeat creations.
When: Every Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: 1210 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill (617-731-0600).

Fall U-Pick Season
What: Go for a camel ride ($5), visit the petting zoo, and take home a fresh apple pie.
Why: Thousands of pumpkins in need of good homes.
When: Thru Oct. 30. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St. S., South Natick (508-653-0653). Mon.-Fri., adults and children, $8; under 2, free; Sat. & Sun., adults and children 12 and up, $14; children 2-11, $12; under 2, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Built by Kids

The Footlight Club
7a Eliot St
Boston, MA 02130
Jamaica Plain Branch Library
12 Sedgwick St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
89 Pleasant St S
Natick, MA 01760
1210 Boylston St
@ Hammond St
MA 02467