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.
|Game on. Twelve winning ways to keep the kiddos entertained.|
Boo at the Zoo
What: Snack on candy, play games, and watch animal shows during the not-too-scary day.
Why: Print a silly mask to add the finishing touches to your kiddo’s costume.
When: Thru Oct. 30. Fri.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. Info at 817-759-7373. Zoo admission, adults and teens, $12; children, $9; under 2, free. Event, adults and children, $3.
What: Crafts, dance performances, and international food give a peek at cultures across the globe.
Why: Get a crash course in languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese.
When: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr. Info at 800-233-4766. Free.
Three Classic Fairy Tales
What: Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White twirl across the stage in the Disney Live show.
Why: Your princess knows every note of “Be Our Guest.”
When: Sun., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Where: Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Rd., ste. 1350, Allen. Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $35-$60.
Photo: Courtesy of Built by Kids