Art for Kids' Rooms Gets Real

numsi wall art!

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.

this week in washington d.c.!

First Night Alexandria

What: Ring in the new year with music, face painting, and clowns.
Why: Catch the fireworks finale if he manages to stay up past bedtime.
When: Fri., 7-11:15 p.m.
Where: King St., b/t the Potomac River & The George Washington Masonic Memorial. Locations online at firstnightalexandria.org. Purchase tickets around town. Adults and teens, $20; under 13, free.

The Nutcracker
What: Larger-than-life-size characters star in the holiday classic.
Why: The marionettes are just as graceful as any prima ballerina.
When: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: The Puppet Co., 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Tickets at 301-634-5380 or online at thepuppetco.tix.com. Adults and children, $10.

Photo: Courtesy of Numsi

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First Night Alexandria
King St
bt the Potomac River & The George Washington Masonic Memorial
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Puppet Co.
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812