Bonsai exhibit at Jerusalem's Botanical Gardens, 2009
Bonsai exhibit at Jerusalem's Botanical Gardens, 2009. Photo by Limor Edri
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Tel Aviv and Center

Treasures of the Titanic

The exhibit that runs throughout the summer offers a chance to experience the luxurious environment, the artifacts, the human dimensions and the stories of heroism and tragedy that filled the doomed passenger ship “Titanic” in 1912. On display are genuine items that were salvaged from the ocean floor. Fri 09.00-16.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. Maxidome, Exhibition Grounds. Tickets: www.eventim.co.il

Magical Night at the Safari

The Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan (“The Safari”) celebrates 40 years of activity with after-dark tours of the open air animal enclosures and specially-created lighting and sound experiences. Daily, 19.00-23.00; Regular offerings: The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Opening hours: Fri and Holiday eves 09.00-16.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-18.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan
(03) 630-5305, www.safari.co.il

Hatachana: The Station

Model Cars and Trains Extravaganza A multitude of miniature Mercedes car models and over a kilometer of miniature tracks with rare train models in European landscapes. With creative areas and activities. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-16.00, Sun-Thur 16.00-21.00. Tickets: www.bimot.co.il • Hatachana:
The New Station Compound, www.hatachana.co.il

Man and the Living World Museum

An Ocean of Life Exhibition of ocean-themed paintings by artist Olga Soslova; Leah Goldberg - The Poet who Loved to Draw Exhibit of the renowned children’s author’s books, illustrations and drawings; Regular events: The natural history museum has permanent and special exhibits for the entire family. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Tues 09.00-14.00; Wed 10.00-17.00; Thur 10.00-16.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) ‏631-7016, www.adamvechai.org.il

Ilana Goor Museum

Exhibits collections of local and international artworks and antiques; guided tours for children and adults. • Sun-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, 4 Mazal Dagim St., Old Jaffa. Details: (03) 683-7676, www.Ilanagoormuseum.org

Beit Hatfutsot ‏(Museum of the Jewish People‏)

Dreyfus – The Story of a Jewish French Family Exhibit; Forging the Melting Pot Different aspects of Israeli reality, through photography. A joint project with the WIZO Haifa Academy; Island within the Island A look at the Jews of Cuba; A-B-See Do Arts and crafts at the family gallery. Ages 4-12. Fri 09.00-13.00; Sat-Tues 10.00-19.00; Wed 09.00-13.00. • Opening hours: Fri 09.00-13.00, Sun-Tues 10.00-16.00; Wed-Thur 10.00-19.00. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University Campus, Ramat Aviv ‏(03‏) 745-7800

Jerusalem and Area

The First Station

Annual Bonsai Exhibit The First Station hosts Jerusalem Botanical Gardens’ annual conference and competition highlighting the Japanese miniature trees grown in containers, showcasing trees by some of the best Israeli artists, in the presence of internationally-acclaimed Bonsai experts. June 13-21. Ends Saturday; Regular offerings: The historical train station-turned-community and cultural center hosts a wide array of events, including farmers’ markets, arts, crafts and fashion fairs, family-themed activities, dog training sessions, physical exercise classes, lectures, free movie screenings, live music, guided dance parties and includes several food venues. Details: www.firststation.co.il/en

Tower of David Museum

Ah, Jerusalem! Open-air musical, in English. A family from Indianapolis arrives in Jerusalem and gets caught up in three exciting days of love, danger and time travel. For the entire family. Fri at 15.00; Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibition. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine; The Night Spectacular − Jerusalem Lights the Night A night show presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel. Check website for times. • Sat 09.00-14.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. • Registration: (02) 626-5333, www.towerofdavid.org.il

Bloomfield Science Museum

The Sand Bricks Box Make sand bricks, workshop. Ages 3+; The Blue Bricks Learn basic engineering and teamwork by building with huge blue sponge bricks; Why Don’t Buildings Fall? Scientific demonstration of the history of human construction; Sandal in the Desert Design and make sandals, then take them home; Science Theater: Fun in the Lab Dr. Molecule in “Moments Hovering,” a wacky presentation on air and hovering. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-16.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Bible Lands Museum

Weekend Treasure Hunt for Families Tour the exhibitions and solve codes and riddles while traveling through ancient cultures in search of hidden treasures ‏(ages 6-12‏). Sat at 10.00-14.00; The Book of Books Exhibition, tracing 2,000 years of the Bible through rare texts (this week, closed on Friday). Daily guided tours in English at 10.30, with additional tours Wed at 17.30 • Sun-Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00. 21 Stefan Wise St. Registration: ‏(02‏) 561-1066

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Wildlife - World on the Verge of Extinction Wildlife photography exhibit, by Dafna Ben-Nun. During opening hours; Regular offerings: Guided feedings, petting zoo and elephant training • Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays, 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 9.00-19.00. Biblical Zoo‏, Aharon Shulov Rd., Malha (02) 675-0111. Details: www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus: Family and Nature Weekly happening on Tuesdays and Saturdays, including outdoor play areas, Bonsai and Japanese-culture activities, creative activities, guided seed harvesting, a designated bicycle and kids’ vehicles path and more. For the entire family. Sat 10.00-14.00, Tues 16.00-18.30; Additional Tuesday activities: Flower Train tour (16.00, 17.00, 18.00); Botanical tour (16.00); “Young Gardener” family activity (16.00); Regular offerings: Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, plus Bible Plant Trail and Herb and Medicinal Plant Garden. For children: Savannah grass maze and Young Discoverer Activity backpacks. Tropical conservatory closed for renovations. Entrance: Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-18.00. Sun-Thurs, 09.00-17.00; Flower Train tours: 10.00-13.00 on Fridays (on the hour), 073-243-8914. www.en.botanic.co. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St.

Mini Israel

Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Also, “3Discovering Israel,” a 3-D film at the park’s cinema which shows landscapes of Israel as never seen before. • Guided tours: Fri, 11.30; Sat-Wed, 12.00, 15.00, 17.30; Thur, 12.00, 15.00, 19.15 • Fri, 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur, 10.00-18.00. Latrun 1-700-559-559; www.minisrael.co.il

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. • Fri, 10.00-16.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-17.00 (last entry two hours before closing); Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888, park.monkeypark.co.il

Yad Vashem

Holocaust Memorial Museum with exhibitions and commemorative sites. • Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed, 09.00-17.00; Thur, 09.00-20.00. Mount Herzl, Jerusalem. Details: www.yadvashem.org

Church of the Redeemer Archeological Park

The German Protestant Institute of Archeology invites visitors to its museum to experience 2,000 years of history by exploring archeological evidence hidden beneath the church, which includes artifacts from the time of King Herod to the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Guided tours available. Mon-Sat 09.00-15.30, and by appointment. Muristan Road, Old City. Details and registration: (02) 587-9817, www.xn--erlserkirche-jerusalem-whc.info

Haifa and the North

The True Story

An alternative Hebrew Book Week event, with theatrical book readings, second hand book market and more. Fri, 17.00-23.00, at the Turkish Market, Nahum Dovrin St., Haifa

The Bahai Gardens

Holy to the Bahai faith, the site includes the impressive golden-domed Shrine of the Bab. The gardens are made up of a staircase of 19 exquisitely crafted terraces which look over the Haifa bay, with meandering paths through local flora, hedges and flower beds that change with the seasons. Panorama Tours Guided tours, on the gardens and the Bahai community, for able walkers. Fri-Tues, Thur (see website for changing times). Starting point: 45 Yefe Nof St. • Visiting hours: Inner gardens: daily, 09.00-12.00; outer gardens: daily, 09.00-17.00. Details: (04) 831-3131, www.ganbahai.org.il/en

Gan Hashlosha / Sahne

The park features a stream and pools naturally heated to 28°c year-round that are great for bathing, as well as grassy, shaded areas, the Museum of Regional and Mediterranean Archaeology, historically-themed kids’ activities, and more. Fri 08.00-16.00, Sun-Thur, Sat, 08.00-17.00. Gan Hashlosha National Park, near Beit She’an (04) 658-6219, www.gan3.co.il

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas. Guided feedings and a petting zoo. Every Saturday: 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. (04) 648-8060 Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycles or green vehicles. Includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri, Sun-Thur, 09.00-16.00, Sat 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David
(04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

Mordechai Anielewicz Museum

Honoring one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the museum exhibits various artifacts depicting life in the ghetto. • Sun-Thur, 08.00-16.00. Kibbutz Givat Haviva (near Pardes Hannah)
(04) 630-9201

The South

Weizmann Institute of Science

Play Outside the Box A variety of 3D puzzles and logic games that require cooperation and problem solving, as well as the application of the principles of a range of physical forces; Regular offerings: Tour the institute and The Weizmann House, home of Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel and founder of the institute. In Hebrew/English. • Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Registration: (08) 934-4499. 234 Herzl St., Rehovot. Details: www.weizmann.ac.il

Daily walking tours

Tel Aviv and Center

Experience Tel Aviv Tours Registration: (03) 725-3873 tourism@mail.tel-aviv.gov.il
Pass the Hummus The people and food of Jaffa. Fri, 09.00; Love Stories of Little Tel Aviv Neve Tzedek tour, incorporating tales of passion and romance of 1920s and ‘30s Tel Aviv. Fri at 10.00; The Kerem Stories Tour of the Yemenite Quarter (Kerem HaTemanim) near the Carmel Market, Fri at 10.00; Sarona Reawakens Tour the Templar settlement-turned-commercial center and park. Fri at 11.00, Sat at 10.00, 17.00; Sand, Buildings, Dreams Conservation-themed tour. Sat at 10.00; Bialik’s Neighbors Historical tour of Bialik St. and environs. Sat at 18.00; Late Night Tales Simta Plonit and area. Thur at 20.00

Jerusalem and Area

Tower of David Tours Registration: (02) 626-5333, www.towerofdavid.org.il

Outpatient - Hospitals in the Old City Tour, following the development of hospitals in the 19th century and the challenges faced by medical pioneers in the face of poor hygiene and sanitation in the city. From Misgav Ladach, through the first Jewish Hospital and the English Mission Hospital, to the abandoned leper colony. In conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis” (see Art), Fri at 10.00 Beit Shmuel Tours Registration: (02) 620-3461 dress modestly

Invitation to Archeology Tour of new findings at the City of David, led by archeologist Eli Shukron. Fri at 08.30; Musical Jerusalem A musical tour of the Old City, accompanied by musicians. Sat at 13.30; Our Lady of the Locked Gates Monasteries and convents in the Bethlehem area, from the village of Artas through Mar Elias in Jerusalem, to St. Sabbas the Sanctified and more (entrance for men only at St. Sabbas). Getting to Know the Shuk The ins and outs of Mahane Yehuda market. In English. Sun, Mon at 10.00. (02) 671-5135
Mount Scopus Stories and tour of the area. In English. Tues at 10.00. 054-521-6933 The British Mandate in Jerusalem In English. Sat at 10.00. Meet at Safra Square, 26 Jaffa Rd., with the Jerusalem Development Authority. Details: 106