Things to Do Around Israel, August 25-31

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel

Hip-hop dance workshop at the Museum of Philistine Culture in Ashdod.
Hip-hop dance workshop at the Museum of Philistine Culture in Ashdod. Yuval Elias

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

National Dog Day Dizengoff Center will host an adoption event, in conjunction with the Let the Animals Live organization. Fri 10.00-15.00. Details: *3703

DIY Activities

The Florentine Quarter hosts Do It Yourself creative arts workshops, for ages 5+. This week: Create papier-mache figurines. Mon at 17.00. Free entrance. 43 Salame Rd.

Outdoor Movie Screening               

Jaffa hosts a free screening of the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” directed by Robert Zemeckis. 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/

Dinosaur Kingdom

Explore the fascinating creatures that roamed the earth six-million years ago in this indoor exhibition showcasing life-size “animatronic” dinosaur replicas, plus enjoy a host of dinosaur-themed activities including workshops, mazes, movies, games and much more. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-21.00. Hangar 11, Tel Aviv Port. Tickets: www.dinos.co.il  

Virtual Reality Attraction

The Azrieli Mall offers a roller coaster on the roof of the mall, combined with an innovative VR experience. On a 140-meter high-speed roller coaster, passengers, wearing virtual reality glasses, 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. 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: 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

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

Beit Avi Chai:

Dr. Ruth The famous American sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer gives a lecture entitled “Heavenly Sex: Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition,” followed by a conversation with film director Michael Greenspan about her biography (in English). Mon at 21.00; A series of meetings and screenings of Israeli films. This week: “Sand Storm” (2016), about two Bedouin women who struggle to change the unchangeable rules they live under, each in her own way. Thur at 20.00. 44 King George St. www.bac.org.il

Bustania Festival

This community-arranged event offers a variety of free music, workshops, tours and plays for the whole family, including a street band (at 10.00); a clowning, juggling and circus show (at 13.00); tours to Bustania Wadi (throughout the day); the main music show with musician Shai Tsabari (at 20.30). Wed from 10.00. Teatron Bustania cultural compound, Kiryat Yovel. Details: 054-788-1129, 054-311-3390

Israel Museum

Activity Yard: From the Urban Jungle to the Home Activities inspired by the exhibition “Cats and Dogs,” from stray dogs and cats who live in dumpsters, to house pets. Interactive stations invite the participants to play, learn, experiment, and encounter the world of these beloved animals. Fri 10.00-13.00; Sun, Mon, Thurs 10.00-16.00; Tues, Wed 10.00-19.00. 11 Ruppin Rd. Details: www.imj.org.il; (02) 670-8811

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

Biblical Museum of Natural History

Showcasing mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects featured in the 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

The museum commemorates the deeds of non-Jews who supported Zionism and the Jewish people, from biblical times up to the establishment of the state of Israel. It features 3D interactive displays, touch screens and video mapping. Guided tours are recommended to book in advance (ages 7+). Sun-Thur 9.30-20.45, Fri 09.30-14.00, Sat 10.00-18.00. 20 Yosef Rivlin St. Reservations: www.fozmuseum.com (02) 532-9402

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

Crazy Mary Haunted House The secrets doors of the ancient fortress will open and the “ghosts and skeletons” that may have been locked in the tower will “come to life.” For ages 14+ (with a letter of parental consent). Wed, 18.00-19.30 for the brave; 20.00-23.30 for the extra-brave; 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

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

National Dog Day Chutzot Alonim Mall will host an adoption event, in conjunction with the Let the Animals Live organization. Alonim Junction. Sat 10.00-14.00. Details: *3703

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

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

THE SOUTH

Museum of Philistine Culture, Ashdod

The museum holds a variety of activities and workshops for the whole family inspired by periods in the history of Mediterranean countries, including sports, Commedia dell’Arte theater, hip-hop dance, pre-historic cooking and biblical music; guided tours will be held of the museum’s exhibitions. Among the activities: “On Five Philistine Dolls,” guided by an “archeologist doll” with puppeteer Moti Brecher. Sun-Wed at 10.00-13.00. Details: (08) 622-4799

End of Summer Happening

Interactive festival for the whole family, with Kite flying activity, workshops and shows; Friends on the Bridge Play. A wandering woodworker arrives at a town and teaches two fallen-out, former best friends the value of friendship. Ages 4-7 (at 18.00); Wed 18.00-20.30. Open Museum, Omer (08) 990-8121

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