From “The Gift Train.”
From “The Gift Train.” Photo by Dor Kedmi
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International Festival of Puppet Theater

The Train Theater in Jerusalem invites children and adults alike to a colorful celebration of puppet theater. (Throughout the week, the festival will showcase puppet theater shows created by Israeli and foreign artists from countries such as France, Spain, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Russia. August 10-14, at venues around Jerusalem. Tickets: Bimot (02) 623-7000 www.traintheater.co.il/puppets_festival

A selection of performances for children:

Little People A story based on the old Russian superstition about an invisible little man who protects people’s homes. Ages 3+. Sun at 16.00, Khan Theater

The Rain Bird - A Paper Tale Combining origami and storytelling. Ages 4+. Sun at 16.30, 18.00, The Train Theater

The Cubes Circus Play A pair of clowns create a circus made out of cubes. Ages 4+. Sun at 16.30, The First Station Gallery

Yoel Said Musical A little girl and a musician from Australia go on a journey filled with wondrous adventures. Ages 4+. Sun at 17.30; Tues at 16.00, 18.00, Khan Theater

Planet Egg Wordless miniature puppet theater, about the adventures of a small electronic device in space that crash-lands on a planet occupied by eggs. Ages 6+. Mon at 11.30, 16.00, Khan Theater

Madam Kloom A modern adaptation of “The Fisherman and the Golden Fish.” A happy, homeless woman uses objects and materials she finds in the streets to bring the legend of the fisherman to life. Ages 4+. Mon at 16.00, 17.00, The Train Theater. See review.

Tailor Made Puppet and object theater A tailor receives an order for a coat, with no specific measurements, that fits just right. Ages 4+. Tues at 16.00, 17.30, The Train Theater

Mud Child Play, based on an African folk tale. A boy can’t stop crying until he meets a young girl who leads him to a baobab tree. Featuring mud figurines and live African music. Ages 4+. Tues at 16.00, 17.30, Khan Theater

The Gift Train Lyrical object-theater. Laden with presents, grandparents take a train to visit their grandchildren. Ages 4+. Wed at 11.00, 16.00, 17.30; Thur at 11.00, The First Station Gallery

A Touch of Light Play, based on the life of Louis Braille. Ages 5+. Thur at 11.00, Khan Theater

Guest performances:

Circus on the Strings (Russia) Inspired by 19th-century Russian puppet performances. Ages 3+. Mon, Tues at 11.30, 16.00, 17.30, The First Station Gallery

Stone by Stone (Spain) Object theater, using materials from nature. Ages 2+. El Teatre de L’Home Dibuixat. Mon at 16.30, 18.00; Tues at 11.00, 16.30, 18.00; Wed at 16.00, 17.30; Thur at 11.00, 16.00, 17.30, Khan Theater

Moooooooooonstres (France) Make-believe object theater, using a bed, blankets and teddy bears. Ages 3+. Wed at 16.00, 18.00; Thur at 11.30, 16.00, Khan Theater


Tel Aviv and Center

Treasures of the Titanic

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

Man and the Living World Museum

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

Jerusalem and Area

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; 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; Race to the Ark Performance, incorporating dance, theater and animation, on two boys who must use every trick in nature’s bag to get to Noah’s Ark on time. Ages 4+; 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 10.00-18.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-20.00, Thur 16.00-22.00. www.mada.org.il

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 16.00; 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

Bible Lands Museum

The Village Use magic to travel back in time and mix potions, draw, cook and write with ancient tradesmen. Ages 5-9. Sun-Thur at 10.00, 11.00, 11.30; 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. 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)

Summer Family Fun Juggling show (Sun, 16.30-19.00); Animal Families - workshop (Mon, Tues at 18.00); “Noah’s Strength” Ecological play (Wed at 17.45, 18.30); Light Live Music - changing performances (Thur, 16.30-19.00); Regular offerings: Natural exhibits of over 160 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates originating from around the world, with a focus on conservation of regional wildlife. Also, a children’s zoo with petting corner and educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. • 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

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

Haifa and the North

Japanese Summer Festival

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art hosts two days of traditional Japanese celebrations, with performances, origami, traditional crafts and manga drawing workshops for children, youth and adults, introductory Japanese lessons, story hours and guided tours (Aug 7-8). Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art

Indie Park

A new eco-activities park in the Hula Valley, with native-American-style makeup and getups, eco-friendly creative activities, an area for toddlers and plenty of physical activities, including canoes, kayaks and paddling boats, omegas, archery, a climbing wall and more. Daily, 08.00-18.00. Near Yesud Hama’ala, off Route 90. 057-677-7717, www.indiepark.co.il

A Book’s Form

An exhibit of unique books from around the world - pop-up, music-playing, puzzle and other book forms - and of classic Israeli children’s books from the 1950s. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-15.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-17.00. Treasures in the Walls Museum, 2 Weizmann St., Old Acre (04) 991-1004, www.ozarot.net

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. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

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

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

The South

Weizmann Institute of Science

Work Your Brain! Interactive exhibit on the human brain. Also, thematic creative workshops. For the entire family. Fri 09.00-14.00, Sat-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