Things to Do Around Israel, July 28-August 3

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel

Harry Potter fans pose for a photograph at an anniversary presentation at Waterstones bookshop in London, Britain June 26, 2017.
Harry Potter fans pose for a photograph at an anniversary presentation at Waterstones bookshop in London, Britain June 26, 2017. EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Harry Potter Party

Beit Ariela is hosting a party on Sunday to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the publication of the iconic first book in the best-selling “Harry Potter” series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The event includes quizzes, activities on making ties and bookmarks, Harry Potter inspired eyeglasses, film screenings, and more. Sun 18.30-22.00. Free entrance. Beit Ariela Public Library, 25 Shaul Hamelech Blvd.

DIY Activities

Throughout August, the Florentine Quarter hosts Do It Yourself creative arts workshops, for ages 5+. This week: Design your own animal, using paper, collage and other materials. Mon at 17.00. Free entrance. 43 Salame Rd.

Tel Aviv University’s Bar Talk - in English

In conjunction with the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, Tel Aviv University presents a new talk series in English called “Bar Talk,” with renowned guest lecturers. This week: “Conflicts, Resolutions and the Middle East,” by Daniel Reisner, Israel’s leading expert in international law. Wed at 20.00. Dizzy Frishdon bar, 121 Dizengoff St. Registration required: elatvik@tauex.tau.ac.il  or reinach_j@tel-aviv.gov.il   

Outdoor Movie Screening               

Jaffa hosts a free screening of the 1996 cult classic, “Trainspotting,” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewan McGregor. Wed at 20.30. Gan HaPisga, Jaffa. Details: www.oldjaffa.co.il

LEGO Fun Festival

Giant LEGO statues, favorite children’s characters, and scenes from LEGO Ninjago and Nexo Knights are just some of the displays at this event. Other activities include a PlayStation 4 console area, an electric train ride, carousel, creative corners to build personal models, and interactive exhibitions. Fri 09.00-15.30; Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. July 27-August 31. Peres Park, Holon. Tickets: www.ilanittoys.co.il/

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/  

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, games and a photography workshop based on the wartime photography exhibition “Capturing History – the Photography of Chim.” Fri 09.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Sun-Thur 09.30-19.30. 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

New exhibit: “The Six Day War - 6 Days 50 Years,” rare documents on display for the first time in a unique multimedia presentation. Regular offerings: Celebrating the life and legacy of the assassinated prime minister, the center and its museum, the Israeli 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

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

The Knights Return Special activity in which participants learn about becoming a “real” knight. Ages 6-12. Thur at 16.00; Captivating Fire Performance A show featuring jugglers. Thur 17.00, 18.00, 19.00; Regular offerings: 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, 21.30. At Jaffa Gate. Tickets: www.towerofdavid.org.il, *2884

Bloomfield Science Museum

Exhibits for the entire family: 2 x 200 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. Special event (for adults only): Includes a swing music performance by Eli and the Chocolate Factory, guided tour of the exhibit and a meeting with adventurer Roei Sadan, who traveled around the world on his bicycle (as part of the new exhibit “2 x 200”). Free entrance. Thur at 20.00; 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

Bustan Bereshit in the Golan

Kibbutz Ein Zivan offers fruit picking, a rope climbing area, archery, a petting corner, horseback riding, food courts, and other outdoor activities for the whole family. Fri, Sat 09.00-16.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00.  Kibbutz Ein Zivan, northern Golan Heights. www.enzivan.co.il

Bell Ofri

The educational farm invites you to join in grape and bread baking workshops, lessons
on making flour from wheat, tours (for adults only) of the sculpture garden, and wine and cheese tasting. Daily, 09.00-19.00. Kidmat Tzvi, Golan Heights. 052-880-5026, www.facebook.com/BellOfri.il

Derech Hatavlinim Herb Farm

The Derech Hatavlinim (Spice Route) Herb Farm hosts a variety of cooking workshops. This week: making cookies (11.00), oven-baked pizza (13.00). Tues-Thur 10.00-16.00. Bethlehem of the Galilee. Details: (04) 953-3405, www.derech-hatavlinim.co.il  

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

Gan Garoo

Home to kangaroos, koalas and other Australian wildlife, the park offers Aboriginal face-painting and guided koala and bat feedings. The park also offers guided nighttime tours, followed by a light and shadow activity (20.00). 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

Open Museum at Omer Industrial Park

Hosts three days of creative activities, circus and juggling games, dress up games, storytelling, and more. Ages 6-11. Tues-Thur 08.30-15.00. Open Museum, Omer Industrial Park (08) 990-8121

Mitzpe Ramon

Offers a weekend of guided tours and stargazing for the entire family. The city will turn off its lights to optimize stargazing. Activities include telescopes, lantern trails, film screenings about stars, a swimming pool, and more. Thur-Fri. Registration: www.negevtour.co.il  

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. 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