chanukah - Haaretz - November 29 2010
Kids at the Havayeda Teva festival. Photo by Haaretz
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Havayeda Teva science festivals

Children who take part in the workshops of the science festivals held at the Havayeda Teva interactive science centers in Bat Yam, Be'er Sheva, Holon, Kiryat Gat, Rehovot and Yeruham will make candles, cook potato pancakes and doughnuts for Hanukkah, and view performances about science.

(If you're at the festival in Rehovot, it may be worth popping over to the Weizmann Institute campus, which will feature more than 200 dreidels from around the world. There will also be a dreidel workshop. )

The Havayeda Teva festival will also feature a glass-blowing exhibition and a performance called "Dr. Molecule," featuring an absent-minded scientist who mixes the kind of substances found in most homes.

The show will highlight the difference between science and magic, and perhaps teach viewers something about the composition of various materials.

Another performance, "Scientific Cooking with Prof. Macaroni and Dr. Pepperoni," will focus on the invisible processes that occur when cooking and baking. During this event, children will prepare potato pancakes and learn about preservatives and hidden ingredients in spices.

In another event, "Wonder Sounds," participants in the "ecological musical activity" will prepare musical instruments out of recycled materials and play instruments from various world cultures.

Date: Sunday, December 5, 10 A.M. to 6 p.m.

Cost: NIS 25-35 per child. Parents enter free.

More details: 1-599-550-990

"My Uncle Simcha" puppet show

This is a modest puppet show staged by the wonderful Elit Weber at the Holon Mediatheque. The show features a confused uncle who loves animals, and who thrills a boy from 5 Shamgar Street, as well as children in the audience. The play is for children aged 5 and up. Adaptation and set: Elit Weber. Actors: Yuval Cohen and Amitai Milo. Original Music: Roe Yarkoni.

Date: Sunday, December 5, and Saturday, December 11, 11:30 A.M.

Cost: NIS 70.

Haifa

On a trip to Haifa, one can see ships anchored along the coast, and even hear some blow their horns. The day can begin with breakfast at the harbor, or at a coffee house in the city's German Quarter (from there, one can amble down to the harbor ).

There is free weekend entry to the Haifa Museum of Art and other venues in the city.

Holiday of Holidays celebration at Wadi Nisnas

In keeping with the tradition, this Holiday of Holidays celebration will be held on the fifth and sixth days of Hanukkah (along with every weekend during the month of December ).

There will be artists' stalls, crafts, creative workshops, musical performances and a food market.

Midrash Bama festival at the Jerusalem Theater

The play "Wizard King" will be staged by a Jerusalem theater group as part of the Midrash Bama festival, which will feature productions based on religious sources.

After the performance, children and parents are invited to take part in a discussion called "But God can do anything, even miracles," hosted by Ariela Gretz. For ages 5-45.

Date: Thursday, December 9, Jerusalem Theater, 11 A.M.

Cost: NIS 11-50 per participant.