Your partner’s three favorite things (in no particular order, of course) are you, your kids, and the fancy new high-definition television.
And rue the day the kids decide to turn the TV into a splatter paint canvas.
Which is why we think you’ll appreciate the SafeTVision screen protector. Made of clear acrylic, the cover keeps your beloved’s beloved flat-screen safe from harm caused by Wii remotes, crayons, curious fingers, and runaway baseballs (as if they would ever be inside your house!).
We tested the screen in our own living room and were surprised by how quickly it installed (for perspective, it took us two years to figure out the remote control). There were no ill effects on the image or reflection issues.
In fact, after we clipped it over the screen, we almost forgot it was there. Until we realized that instead of watching the kids like a hawk, we were actually watching the TV.
Available online at safetvision.net, $49-$129.
Teddy Bear Clinic
What: Tote along a cuddly friend, make crafts, and tour the museum for free.
Why: Even though Teddy’s just filled with stuffing, it’s a good way to learn about anatomy.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: National Museum of Health and Medicine, 6900 Georgia Ave. NW, at Elder St., bldg. 54 (202-782-2200).
Maryland Honey Harvest Festival
What: See candle-making demos, create art projects, and sample honey.
Why: Find out fun facts on the little stingers.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel (301-497-5580).
Schoolhouse Rock Live
What: The Saturday-morning cartoon from your youth, stage musical style.
Why: He’ll be humming the educational ditties all the way home.
When: Thru Sept. 26. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg (301-258-6394). Tickets at 301-258-6394 or online at gaithersburgmd.gov. Adults, $16-$18; children, $9.
Photo: Courtesy of Safetvision.net