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.
School Vacation Week
What: Old-timey activities like butter churning and sledding (fingers crossed there’s snow).
Why: Crafts and puppet shows fend off winter break boredom.
When: Thru Jan. 2. Daily, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge (800-733-1830). Adults, $20; children, $7; under 3, free.
Family New Year’s Eve
What: Ring in 2011 in style with a magician, games, and more.
Why: The confetti blast countdown is just as fun sans champagne.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton (508-230-3789). Adults and children, $10.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
What: The Rockettes perform their timeless holiday extravaganza.
Why: She’ll be high-stepping the whole way home.
When: Mon. & Tues., 2 & 5 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m.
Where: Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St. (617-482-9393). Tickets online at radiocitychristmas.com. Adults and children, $25-$130.
Photo: Courtesy of Numsi