Looking for ways to keep them busy this week? Here are our picks for getting the kids out of the house: 5 things to do with kids in Baltimore this week! Need ideas for beating the heat? Here’s our round-up of area pools, splash pads, and swimming holes!

5 things to do with kids in Baltimore this week: august 15-19

MONDAY: Beach Party Bash at the B&O!
Celebrate Summer at the B&O with a Beach Party Bash! Discover your end of summer adventure with fun hands-on activities to keep kids entertained and engaged.Activities include 10:30 a.m. story time, t-shirt making (bring your own t-shirt!), sand fun, boat building, potato sack racing, Thomas power wheels, bounce house, games, and surprise appearances by Elsa, Anna, and Choo Choo Blue! The bash runs all week long with train rides on Thursday and Friday. 10 AM – 2 PM. General Museum admission: $18 for Adults, $16 for Seniors (60+), $12 for children (2-12). Admission and train rides FREE for members. MORE

TUESDAY: Catch a $1 Movie. 
Beat the heat with a $1 movie at Regal Cinema in Hunt Valley. It’s the last week for their 10 AM $1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday. They’ll be showing The Croods and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. MORE

WEDNESDAY: Beauty and the Creepy Crawly Beasts at the Farmer’s Market
Check out the Maryland Zoo Adventure Program at the Druid Hill Farmer’s Market from 5:30 to 7:00: Beauty and the Creepy Crawly Beasts! In August, insect season is in full swing! Explore the Park grounds with Maryland Zoo Naturalist, Peter Martin looking for butterflies, beetles, spiders and other interesting invertebrates. MORE

THURSDAY: Family Date Night at The Walters Art Museum
Sure, reusing and recycling are in vogue now — but did you know artists were recycling materials to create art during medieval times? Join (cool) progeny and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for an evening of family art making at The Walters Art Museum that celebrates, well, turning trash into treasure! Tie-dye your own tote bags, make art with the creativity gurus from the Walters, explore their special exhibit Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling, go on a family scavengART hunt (you might just win a family membership to the museum!), and help us with a secret (fun!) community creation. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Proceeds from your $5 family pass will be donated entirely to the Walter’s school and family programs! 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Be sure to buy tix in advance! MORE

FRIDAY: Tales and Tails at Irvine Nature Center
Find out why Irvine Nature Center’s Friday story time is a (cool) progeny favorite! Join Irvine for a few animal stories followed by an animal meet & greet during this award-winning program every Friday. Get an up-close and hands-on experience with Irvine’s animals. All ages. No need to register–just show up! Get here early to get the best seats, since this program often has quite a crowd. MORE


Image courtesy of B&O Railroad’s Flickr