Things to Do Around Israel, April 14-20, 2017

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel

A street theater performance by ARMA Theater at the Ein Hod Artists’ Village in the north.
A street theater performance by ARMA Theater at the Ein Hod Artists’ Village in the north. Niva Ben Ami

Apiaries Across the Country

Apiaries open their doors to the public for a chance to meet beekeepers and their charges. Taste different types of honey and take part in a variety of workshops about the important role bees play in the environment. Participating apiaries include Kibbutz Yad Mordechai and the Porat Apiary in Ein Yahav, a moshav in the south near the border with Jordan; Pirhei Galil Beehive in Moshav Manot and Dvorat Hatavor in the Lower Galilee; and Lin Farm in Kfar Bilu. Fri-Tues. Details: www.honey.org.il

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Eretz Israel Museum

The Planetarium Films about the solar system, on a revolving stage. “Secrets of the Suns,” ages 11+. Sat at 15.00, Mon-Thur at 10.30; “The Wonder Telescope,” ages 7+. Sat at 14.00, Mon-Wed at 13.30, Thur 13.30, Mon-Thur at 15.00; “Life of Trees,” ages 5+. Sat at 13.00, Thur 16.00, 18.00. Tickets: http://www.eretzmuseum.org.il/   

Man and the Living World Museum

Exhibits for the entire family: artist Eliezer Sonnenschein’s “Insects and Wild Flowers of Israel”; “The Prehistoric Man – In the Footsteps of the Biped,” a journey through time, from the Big Bang through various human species until today; and “The Wild Animals of Nahum Gutman and Friends,” works inspired by Gutman’s illustrations depicting a playful alternative to hunting. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5010

The Museum for the Art of Puppetry

Offers a permanent collection of dozens of traditional and contemporary puppets and masks from Israel and abroad, as well as temporary and interactive exhibits. Wednesdays from 16.00-19.00. Israel Puppet Center, 13 Remez St., Holon. Details: www.puppetcenter.co.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

Ice Peaks

Ice skating rink, climbing wall and zip-line. Fri 11.00-23.00; Sat 10.00-23.00; Mon-Thur 17.30-20.00. Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon. Details: http://icepeaks.co.il/

Yitzhak Rabin Center

Celebrating the life and legacy of the assassinated prime minister, the center and its museum combine Rabin’s personal story with the development of the burgeoning Jewish State of Israel. Includes guided historical tours, and educational workshops on such ideas as democracy and remembrance. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-17.00; Tues, Thur 09.00-19.00. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv. Details: (03) 745-3322 

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Bible Lands Museum

Presents “Festi-Pesach,” a holiday fair that promises to transport participants to ancient Egypt. Unlock the mysteries behind the pyramids, decipher hieroglyphics and learn how to solve ancient riddles. Includes a guided tour in English (at 10.30). Fri, Sun 10.00-13.30

Neot Kedumim

Features various walking trails, guided tours, musical performances and a children’s play. Fri 9.00-15.00 (last entrance at 11.00). Neot Kedumim (located near Modi’in). www.neot-kedumim.org.il   

Israel Museum

Hosts “Revisiting Ancient Egypt,” a papyrus-making workshop. Fri-Tues 10.30, 12.00. Throughout the Passover holiday, entrance to the museum is free for children under the age of 17. On Sunday, entrance is free for everyone.

Time Elevator

An audio-visual overview of Jerusalem’s 3,000-year history. The famous attraction has recently undergone renovations and features four different multimedia performances, including “I Am Jerusalem,” about the city of Jerusalem, the cosmos and the human body. Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. 6 Yitzhak Kariv St. Details: http://www.time-elevator.co.il/en/

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

Friends of Zion Museum

Focuses on the significant role played by Christians who tried to save the Jews during the Holocaust and who contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel. Features exhibits on the Jewish nation’s dream of restoring their historic homeland and the non-Jews who assisted them in accomplishing that dream. A tour, with 3D presentations, is offered daily (ages 7+). Fri 09.30-14.00; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.30-18.00. 20 Yosef Rivlin St. Reservations: www.fozmuseum.com  

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

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

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

Tower of David Museum

Hosts special events for the Passover holiday: “A Celebration in Jerusalem,” invites families to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem like in the olden days and parade around the citadel dressed in costume. Ages 4-7. Fri 11.00, 12.00; Jerusalem-themed activities and creative workshops. Fri 10.00-14.00; The Night Spectacular - A night show presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto the walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel. At Jaffa Gate. Tickets: www.towerofdavid.org.il

Bloomfield Science Museum

Exhibits for the entire family: Spring Games A variety of creative workshops and activity booths devoted to the amazing world of fauna, flora and bees. In addition, Clipa Theater for Performance Art stages its dance-theater show “Pollination” at the museum (Fri-Tues, every hour, during museum hours); 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; 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

Mini Israel

Offers a range of special events including children’s plays, puzzles, guided tours, craft corners, musical workshops. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat-Mon 10.00-16.00 (no workshops on Sun, April 16); Regular offerings: Features 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 a 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 “Peter Pan,” an adaptation of the classic story about the eternal child. For all ages. Sat 10.30, 12.30. Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon. Tickets: *3851, www.florentinecircus.co.il

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Ein Hod Artists’ Village

Special Passover events include dance performances by the Haifa School for Dancers (artistic director: Lior Lev), street theater by ARMA Theater; art workshops (lithography, photography, ceramics) and theatrical tours of village led by actors. Fri from 11.00. Details: 054-481-1968

Gan Guru

The park, home to kangaroos, koalas and other Australian wildlife, features a variety of stalls that each explore different aspects of animal behavior – movement, sound and color. 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

Za’atar Festival

The Derech Hatavlinim (Spice Route) Herb Farm hosts activities and workshops including labneh and za’atar-making workshops, a tractor ride, drumming circle, spice market and more. Fri, Sun 10.00-15.00; Sat, Mon 10.00-16.00. Bethlehem of the Galilee (04) 953-3405, www.derech-hatavlinim.co.il  

Fisherman for a Day

Join a fishing crew for a day at sea. Learn how to use fishing nets to catch fish and hear about the different types of fish living in the Sea of Galilee. The activity takes up to 4 hours. Fri-Thur at 08.30. Meet at the Ein Gev Port (eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee). Registration: Tal 054-565-8009  cen_reserve@eingev.co.il   

Israel Railway Museum

The national railway museum of Israel features the country’s railway history, antique train cars and other railway items. Sun-Thur 08.00-16.00. 1 Hativat Golani St., Haifa. Details: www.rail.co.il

THE SOUTH

Clore Garden of Science

Interactive Passover-themed workshops dealing with applied science. Fri-Mon 10.00-18.00. Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot (08) 934-4401, http://www.weizmann.ac.il/garden

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

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park provides an up-close introduction to the fauna of the Gulf of Eilat, including over 800 species of fish, corals, mollusks, turtles, rays and more. The shark pool is home to 18 shark species and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en