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 miami!

Gables Bike Day

What: Pick up a few safety tips, stretch out during a Green Monkey yoga class, and take part in a bike rodeo.
Why: The street shuts down to traffic, so he can put the pedal to the metal.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Schedule and locations online. Free.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
What: The Cinderella story gets an African spin with drumming and dancing.
Why: Arrive early for preshow crafts and face painting.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar. Tickets at 954-602-4500 or online at miramarculturalcenter.org. Adults and children, $15 in advance/$16 day of show; lap seats for babies, $3.

Halloween Fun

What: Get the scoop on ghoulish activities all over town.
Why: Your pumpkin’s looking for any excuse to wear her fairy wings.
When: She’s ready for tricks and treats.
Where: Online at munchkinfun.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Built by Kids

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Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark
2400 Civic Center Pl
Miramar, FL 33025