With all the rocket ship riding and magic spell casting happening in your house, you wonder if Captain Imagination appreciates the real world.
Show him what a colorful place it can be with Numsi nursery art. Made by a British installation artist living in Minnesota, the square wall panels depict everyday things (trucks, cars, animals) in stylized, eye-catching ways.
Each pic is digitally enhanced, juxtaposed against bold colors and patterns, and printed on canvas. The results: wall art that’s sophisticated enough for mom and dad, but cartoony enough for a kiddo. What we really appreciate, though, is the subtle combination of things girly and boyish (think an orange digger against a bright pink background).
A birch plywood frame holds each piece, so it can stand upright on a dresser or desk. Alternately, mount one (or several) on the wall to inspire dreams — for real.
Available online at numsi.com, $38-$118.
Fantasy in Lights
What: Pile in the car or hop on the Jolly Trolley to check out twinkly displays.
Why: The Snowflake Valley inspires oohs and ahs.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Callaway Gardens, just south of State Hwy. 354, at U.S. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain (706-663-2281). Tickets at 800-225-5292 or online at showclix.com. Adults and teens, $16 in advance/$25 at the door; children 6-12, $8 in advance/$12.50 at the door; under 5, free.
What: Sip hot cider, buy wares at the old-timey Trading Post, and feed farm animals.
Why: A small cow decked out in reindeer gear stands in for Rudolph.
When: Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Tanglewood Farm, 171 Tanglewood Dr., Canton (770-667-6464). Adults and children, $10; under 1, free.
Stone Mountain Christmas
What: Catch a few shows, visit the snow angel palace, and play a round of minigolf.
Why: Squeeze in a little more festive fun at the night parade.
When: Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Stone Mountain Park, U.S. Hwy. 78 E., at exit 8, Stone Mountain (770-498-5690). Tickets online at festivals.stonemountainpark.com. Adults and teens, $27; children 3-11, $21; under 3, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Numsi