Things to Do Around Israel, March 10-16, 2017

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel.

Cute, strange, common and rare-breed cats are on display at the International Cat Show in Ramat Aviv.
The 2014 The International Cat Show. Natalia Lerner

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

International Cat Show

100 pedigree cats from around the world will participate in this unique competition, with a panel of internationally recognized judges and various award categories, including “Most Beautiful.” Visitors can talk to breeders, see unique cat breeds, such as the Egyptian Mau, and take part in a Purim activity for both owners and their cats. Sat 10.00-18.00. Heichal Sport, 27 Givat Hatahmoshet St., Holon

Museum of Rishon Letzion

Commemorates the life and work of music legend Shoshana Damari, with tours and musical performances, based on Damari’s classic hits. Mon 10.00-14.00. 2 Ehad Haam St. Details: (03) 959-8862/90, www.rishonlezion-museum.org.il

Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People

An exhibit for the whole family: “Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People.” On key figures in Jewish culture, including scientists, intellectuals, leaders, revolutionaries, cultural figures, athletes and others. Includes activities and games. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-19.00; Thur 10.00-22.30. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv. Tickets: www.bh.org.il   

Ramat Gan Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours, activities and workshops, led by staff members. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-16.00; Sat and holidays, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.30 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305; www.safari.co.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Tower of David Museum

Offers a “Race for Purim” event that takes place throughout the city center, beginning at the Museum of Italian Jewish Art (on 27 Hillel St.). At each station in different locations, participants will meet actors and artists and take on challenging tasks while racing to get to the Tower of David. Come in Purim costumes to win a prize. Sun, Mon 10.00-14.00; Hosts “Shuka,” a night of circus entertainment with live music shows. Sun at 22.00. Tickets: http://www.tod.org.il/en  

Bloomfield Science Museum

New exhibit: Illusions Features a mirror maze, a science demonstration with audience participation, and workshops that activate the senses including making moving toys, cardboard eyeglasses using colorful filters, mirrors and more. Other exhibits: Fields of Tomorrow An interactive exhibit on agricultural innovations and their ability to cope with an increased demand on the world’s food supply. Learn about hydroponic agriculture, pollination, drip irrigation systems and more. Workshops include how to find energy sources in pita and cucumber, on natural tastes and smells, as well as guided tours. Wings of Life A 3D film on the celebration of color, produced by Disneynature Studios. Screenings: Fri at 12.00; Sat at 13.00. Hebrew University, Givat Ram Campus. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-16.00; Sun, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. (02) 654-4888, www.mada.org.il

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Hosts a Purim celebration with two different circus acts (Sun, Mon 13.30, 14.15), creative workshops and more (Sun, Mon 10.00-16.00); Regular offerings: Natural exhibits of over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from around the world. Includes a children’s zoo with a petting corner, animal feeding demonstrations, educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. Biblical Zoo, Aharon Shulov St. (02) 675-0111

11th Annual Conference on Women in Israeli Society

The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute host a one-day conference entitled “The Jewish Mother Between East and West,” in honor of International Women’s Day. Topics include “A Yiddishe Mama,” “The Moroccan Mother,” and more. In Hebrew. Thur 15.30-19.45. Yad Ben-Zvi Institute, 14 lbn Gabirol, Jerusalem

Biblical Museum of Natural History

Showcasing mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects featured in the Hebrew Bible, the museum also functions as a zoo, natural history museum and Torah education center. Includes exhibitions of live animals, taxidermy specimens and biological artifacts. Visits to the museum are through a special guided tour, by appointment only. 5 Hatzaba St., Beit Shemesh. Reservations: office@biblicalnaturalhistory.org or 073-213-1662

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

The Children’s Discovery Trail A sensory exploration activity that incorporates trails, a canopy walk through the trees, touching water plants from the wooden deck, a “down to the roots” exhibit and tours. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. ‏(via Nayot Petrol Station‏). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012, www.en.botanic.co.il

Mini Israel

Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Guided tours by appointment. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Location at Latrun 1-700-559-559, www.minisrael.co.il

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-16.00. Ben Shemen Forest ‏(near Kfar Daniel). (08) 928-5888, www.park.monkeypark.co.il

Yad Vashem

The world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust and home to the Holocaust History Museum. Offers guided tour in English (Fri at 10.00) and presents a variety of important survivors’ testimonies, personal diaries, artifacts and more. Special exhibit: Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven Gives expression to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and displays their stories. Mount of Remembrance, Har Hazikaron St., off Herzl St. (02) 644-3802. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 09.00-17.00; Thur 09.00-20.00

Sharon area

Florentine Circus

The circus group presents “Alien Circus,” a unique show featuring glow-in-the-dark and water acrobatic stunts, fire juggling and more. For all ages. Fri at 16.30; Sat at 10.30, 12.30. Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon. Tickets: *3851, www.florentinecircus.co.il

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Gan Guru

Hosts a Purim family happening, with a guided tour and a mask-making workshop. Sat 10.00-15.00; Regular offerings: The park, home to kangaroos, koalas and other Australian wildlife, offers Aboriginal face-painting and guided koala and bat feedings. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060, www.nirtours.co.il

Open Museum of Photography

Offers a post-Purim happening, with singing, theater and clown performances, costume dress-up activities, photography and guided tours. Tues at 17.00. Tel Hai Industrial Park, Upper Galilee (04) 681-6702

THE SOUTH

Ben Gurion Hut

Visit David Ben Gurion’s desert home and learn about the first prime minister’s love for the Negev region, which remains exactly how it was when he died. Visitors can compete in an attempt to break the record for largest crowd standing on their heads (Mon at 13.30). Activity hours: Sun, Mon 10.00-13.00. Free entrance. Kibbutz Sde Boker. Details: www.bgh.org.il

Lunada

A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the various senses. Sat, Sun-Thur 09.30-18.30. 25 David Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva.