Things to Do Around Israel, July 14-20

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel

Lychee-picking on a farm in the Western Galilee.
Lychee-picking on a farm in the Western Galilee. Oded Terry

20th Maccabiah Games

In its final week, the Maccabiah Games, also known as the “Jewish Olympics,” gets ready to bid farewell to 10,000 athletes from 80 different countries who participated in various sporting competitions around Israel. The sports represented at this year’s games include baseball, netball, gymnastics, field hockey, swimming, tennis, and more. The closing ceremony will take place at Latrun (Mon at 19.00). July 4-18. Full program: www.maccabiah.com

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Design Museum, Holon

Exhibition for the entire family: “Sound and Matter in Design.” Over 50 installations to experience the complex relationship between sound and matter, and how they could influence architecture and art. Mon, Wed 10.00 -16.00; Tues, Thur, Sat 10.00 -18.00; Fri 10.00-14.00. 073-215-1500

Old City, Jaffa

Offers free activities, including tango dancing (Fri at 18.00), a tour of Jaffa on the three religions (Sat at 09.30) and a musical ensemble performance by Beta Zinq (Sat at 20.30). Kedumim Square, Jaffa

Outdoor Film Screening

Jaffa is hosting a free screening of the 1984 music drama, “Purple Rain,” starring the late artist Prince. As a young aspiring singer, Prince falls in love with his muse, Apollonia, but his destructive behavior leads him to lose her to singer Morris Day. Wed at 20.30. Gan HaPisga, Jaffa

Virtual Reality Attraction

The Azrieli Mall offers a unique attraction for the entire family - a roller coaster on the roof of the mall, combined with an innovative VR experience. On a 140-meter high-speed roller coaster located on the third-floor mall roof, passengers wear virtual reality glasses and get a futuristic flight experience in the skies of Tel Aviv over the Azrieli Center. Sun-Thur 10.00-20.00. Tickets: www.azrieli.com

Monsters’ Garden

An outdoor, monster-themed interactive exhibition includes a huge sandbox for making sand sculptures, painting workshops, a “selfie” wall, and more. The monsters are based on creations by acclaimed Israeli children’s authors Yossi Abulafia and Ephraim Sidon. Sat, Sun-Thur 18.30-23.00. Eretz Israel Museum (MUSA) 2 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv. Tickets: *9066, www.eventim.co.il

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/  

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

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

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

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

Neot Kedumim Park

Hosts interactive evening tours, based on stories from the Bible. Learn to cook a lentil stew like Jacob, to herd sheep, and solve tough riddles like King Solomon. Thur 17.00-19.30. Ages 3+. Neot Kedumim Park, near Modi’in. Registration: www.n-k.org.il  

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)

Summer activities: Go overnight camping at the zoo and see what animals get up to  in their off-hours. Ages 6+. Mon 20.30-08.30; Tour: “Night Train at the Zoo,” ages 5+. Tues 18.45-21.30; 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

Tower of David Museum

F*ckUp Night Jerusalem Entrepreneurs will take the stage and talk about their failures during their careers and explain how failure is a legitimate part of the entrepreneurial world, sharing funny stories and anecdotes. Free entrance. Sun at 19.00; The Amazing Race A competitive game about the decisive events that took place in Jerusalem. Activities include climbing up the lookout towers, discovering hidden passages, and more. Tues at 16.00; The Lion and the Olive Tree Learn about the city’s history and the vital role of symbols in the history of the Jewish people. Wed at 16.00; Home to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem, the Tower of David features a permanent exhibit about the city’s history and its significance to three religions. The tower itself is an archaeological site and offers a 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem. It also stages temporary exhibits that connect ancient history with contemporary themes, and hosts lectures, guided tours and other cultural events. 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. Sat 21.00, 22.00; Mon, Wed, Tues, Thur 20.30, 21.30At Jaffa Gate. Tickets: www.towerofdavid.org.il

Bloomfield Science Museum

Exhibits for the entire family: Bicycle The museum marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle, with dozens of interactive exhibits (including a series of unusual bike models to ride), activities and a historic collection of bicycles from Canada, the U.S. and Holland; Spring Games A variety of creative workshops and activity booths devoted to the amazing world of fauna, flora and bees; 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; 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

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

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Lychee-picking

Pick fruit with the entire family. Fri-Thur 09.00-17.00. Falling In Love with Nature Farm, close to Kibbutz Matzuba, Western Galilee. Contact: 050-540-1129, 052-515-6139

Kayak Adventure

Rafting down the Hatzbani River in the Galilee including two routes – family (5 km) and challenge (6 km) – walking trails, paintball, cherry picking and outdoor activities. Camping site available. Fri-Thur 09.30-15.15. Kibbutz HaGoshrim, Upper Galilee. www.kayak.co.il

Gan Guru

Home to kangaroos, koalas and other Australian wildlife, the park 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

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

Lunada

A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the various senses. Fri 09.30-14.00; Sat 09.30-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.30-18.30. 25 David Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

Top 94 – Theme Park

The park features a climbing wall, paintball, go-karts, mini bungee jumping, a ropes course, a play corner for younger kids and more. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-20.00. 1 Hashravrav St., Eilat. Details: http://www.top94.co.il

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