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.

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this week in seattle!

Splendid Opens
Munch on treats and snap up a few pieces from the infinitely wearable line.
Why: Free artsy activities with Crafting Community add to the awesomeness.
When: Sat., 1-3 p.m.
Where: Bellevue Square, NE 8th St., Bellevue (425-454-1050).

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch

What: Go for a pony ride ($3), find your way through the hay bale maze, and make a stop at the petting zoo.
Why: Speed demons jump behind the wheel of mini tractors.
When: Thru Oct. 28. Schedule online at foxhollowfamilyfarm.com.
Where: Fox Hollow Family Farm, 12031 Issaquah Hobart Rd. SE, Issaquah (425-996-0575). Adults and children, $8; under 1, free.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

What: Watch the classic story brought to life with puppets, music, and animation.
Why: Another generation captivated by the adventurous little artist.
When: Thru Oct. 30.
Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre, 201 Thomas St. Tickets at 206-441-3322 or online at sct.org. Adults, $25-$36; children, $25-$29.

Photo: Courtesy of Built by Kids

NE 8th St
@ Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
12031 Issaquah Hobart Rd SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
201 Thomas St
@ Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109