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.
What: Entertainment, a scavenger hunt, and other activities in honor of the marshmallow confection.
Why: He can blow off sugar-induced spazziness at the indoor playground.
When: Wed. & Thurs., noon-5 p.m.; Fri., noon-5:45 p.m.
Where: Christkindlmarkt, Spring St., at Main St., Bethlehem. Tickets at 610-332-3378 or online at tix.artsquest.org. Single-day pass, adults and teens, $6; children 2-12, $4; under 2, free. Three-day pass, adults and teens, $10; children 2-12, $6; under 2, free.
What: A music-filled adaptation of the fairy tale.
Why: Silly life-size puppets give the rags-to-riches story a fresh twist.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 1 p.m. (Also Jan. 2, 1 & 3:30 p.m.)
Where: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. Tickets at 215-893-1999 or online at enchantmenttheatre.org. Adults, $29; children, $17.
Betsy’s New Year’s Birthday Bash
What: Ring in 2011 in style with crafts, games, and cake.
Why: Afterward, head over to Franklin Square to catch fireworks — all before bedtime.
When: Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fireworks, 6 p.m.
Where: Party, Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St. (215-686-1252); fireworks, Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St. (215-629-4026). Adults, $3; children, $2; fireworks, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Numsi