From "The Machine Inside: Biomechanics" exhibit, in Jerusalem
From "The Machine Inside: Biomechanics" exhibit, in Jerusalem. Photo by The Field Museum, Chicago
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Tel Aviv and Center

Rock, Paper, Video #3 The Center for Contemporary Art hosts a creative happening for the entire family, with workshops in various media, including video, installation, painting and cinema. Sat 09.00-15.00. Center for Contemporary Art, 2 Tsadok Hacohen St. (03) 510-6111, www.cca.org.il

The Road to Happiness: What Science Has to Say Prof. Yoram Yuval gives his popular talk on human happiness, with all proceeds going to Let the Animals Live (Tnu Lahayot Lihiot). Fri at 12.00, Habima Theater (03) 624-1776 ext. 2

Treasures of the Titanic The exhibit 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. Daily, 10.00-19.00. Tickets: www.bimot.co.il, 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 offerings: The natural history museum has 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. • Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, Sun 10.00-22.00. 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; 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

Jerusalem’s Season of Culture
 
The season opens with “Contact Point,” an event featuring a wide array of unusual artistic encounters throughout the museum’s grounds, including pop-up radio, a portrait-drawing robot, a huge inflated elephant, dance, music and performance art. A headphone party and other activities also take place (see box, p.15). Thur from 20.00, Israel Museum. www.jerusalemseason.com, (02) 653-5850

Bloomfield Science Museum

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics From the Field Museum in Chicago comes this fascinating interactive exhibit, on the marvels of natural engineering, the structures and functions of plants and animals and evolution’s creative innovations. For the entire family. Opens Wednesday; Who’s Walking Now? Kids’ workshop. Create a walking “animal” without an engine or springs, and take it home; Senses Workshop. Experience the sensory perceptions of a bee, a duck and an octopus as you try to go through their daily tasks. For the entire family; Ideas From Nature Scientific demonstration, on human inventions inspired by nature’s designs; Additional current offerings: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. Fri 10.00-16.00; Sat-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thur 16.00-22.00. www.mada.org.il

The First Station

Dance Party Guided dance-along. Sun, 20.00-23.00; Cinemasophia Life lessons from the world of films: Philosophical talk and film screening. Mon at 20.00; Folk Music Evening A variety of local performers plus line dancing. Tues, 19.00-23.00; 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

Mondial in the Tower - FIFA World Cup at the Museum Watch the soccer tournament games among the ruins of the ancient locale. A giant screen, drinks, Jerusalem foods, live music and more, throughout the night, outdoors in the citadel’s moat. Sat, Tues, Wed, from 22.00; 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

Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve

Tasting the Bible Activity, including guided tour of the reserve and preparation of dinner using ancient techniques. For the entire family. Thur, 17.30-20.00. Neot Kedumim, Ben Shemen Forest (08) 977-0770, www.n-k.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

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.

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

Sharon area

World Music Festival

Herzliya Marina and breeze from the Mediterranean serve as a scenic backdrop for the festival, which features a different world-music free, open-air concert, weekly throughout the summer (see Entertainment for details). Seating provided. Tues at 20.00. Herzliya Marina
 
Haifa and the North

Gan Guru

Night at Gan Guru Witness the nocturnal activities of the park’s Australian animals, join a camp fire, hear storytelling and sleep in a tent, then wake up to breakfast and a morning feeding round. Thursday night; Regular offerings: The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, flying foxes, emus and more. Guided feedings and a petting zoo. Every Saturday: Aboriginal face-painting, and guided koala and bat feedings. Fri, 09.00-16.00; Sat-Thur, 09.00-20.00. (04) 648-8060 Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David

Fishing Park

The park offers fishing lessons for kids and adults, inflatable play environments, water slides, trampolines, a wading pool, petting corner, paddle boats and more. After-dark fishing on Thursday nights (until 23.00). Bikes and fishing gear available to rent on site, as are picnic and camping facilities. Fri 08.00-16.00; Sat 07.30-18.00; Mon-Wed 08.00-17.00; Thur 08.00-23.00. Dag Bakfar, Yokneam (04) 989-4095, www.dag-bakfar.com

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

Park of Springs

Explore the park (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycles or green vehicles. Includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri, 09.00-16.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

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

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

Work Your Brain! Interactive exhibit on the human brain. Includes a huge inflatable model, demonstrations and contents on sensory perceptions and illusions, brain structure, brain function and malfunctions, as well as recent discoveries in the field. Also, thematic creative workshops. For the entire family. Opens Wednesday. Fri, 09.00-14.00; Sat- Wed, Thur 09.00-20.00. (08) 934-4528; 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

Taste and Color in South Tel Aviv A tastings tour of Levinsky market. Fri at 09.00; A Scent of Hope Tour of Hatikva market. Fri at 09.00; Sarona Reawakens Tour the Templar settlement-turned-commercial center and park. Fri at 10.00, Sat at 10.00, 18.00, Thur at 19.00; Graffiti and Street Art Walking tour of south Tel Aviv. Fri at 15.00; The White City History and architecture in the area of Rothschild Blvd. Sat at 17.00, Wed at 18.00; Made in Israel In the footsteps of Arik Einstein’s life and songs. Tues at 18.30; The Good Life of Little Tel Aviv Nostalgic tour focusing on the city in the 1920s and ‘30s, Thur at 21.00

Jerusalem and Area

Beit Shmuel Tours Registration: (02) 620-3461 dress modestly

Kiryat Moshe, Givat Shaul and Old Romema History and architecture in the old Jerusalem neighborhoods. Fri at 10.00; Kabbalat Shabbat Friday evening Jewish and Christian religious practices in the Old City. Fri at 16.30; Moscow in Jerusalem Russian monasteries and churches around the city. Sat at 09.00; Ramadan Kareem Ramadan in the Muslim Quarter. Thur at 18.00

Getting to Know the Shuk The ins and outs of Mahane Yehuda market. In English. Sun, Mon at 10.00. (02) 671-5135

Musrara In English. Sat at 10.00. Meet at Safra Square, 26 Jaffa Rd., with the Jerusalem Development Authority. Details: 106

Haifa and the North

Ein Hod: Off the Beaten Track Visit artists’ studios and hidden corners of the Artists’ Colony. Sat at 10.00. Ein Hod Artists’ Colony, 054-698-3760, ariel2359@gmail.com