Catch a laugh at Netanya’s Clowning Festival
Catch a laugh at Netanya’s Clowning Festival.
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Tel Aviv and Center

Mini Art

Miniatures exhibition, displaying everything from models to artwork, all on a diminutive scale. Exquisite and magical work by professionals, hobbyists and children, inspired by international locales, stories, fantasies, history, boats, buildings and more. With workshops and activities for kids and adults. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, 10 Mifratz Shlomo St., Old Jaffa. www.miniart.co.il

Dancetival

The city of Bat Yam hosts this dance extravaganza on weekends throughout August, with creativity and movement, parties, guided dance-alongs, public classes and workshops. Staged performances by local and international artists of Ballroom dancing, Latin dance, Israeli folk dancing, Flamenco, Ethiopian, Irish, Persian and Georgian dance. Live music shows, a beer garden and an arts and crafts fair accompany the event. For the entire family. Sat, 19.00-00.00, along the Bat Yam promenade

Playing With the Wind

Displays over 200 colorful, international kites, both old and new, showing the history, art and mechanical aspects of the flying wonders. With design kits for kids and a kite flying simulator. Eretz Israel Museum, Ramat Aviv • Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat-Wed 10.00-16.00; Thur 10.00-20.00

Treasures of the Titanic

Last chance to see genuine items salvaged from the ocean floor of the doomed passenger ship “Titanic” in 1912. 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”) offers 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, home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, offers tours and activities. Fri 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

Magic Circus Workshop on the role of physics in circus acts. Ages 6-9. Tues at 10.00; In the Days of Methuselah Workshop and activity on ancient games. Ages 6-9. Wed at 10.00; An Ocean of Life Exhibition of ocean-themed paintings by artist Olga Soslova. This week, with special guided tour and kids’ creative activity, for ages 6-10 (Sun at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00); 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, Mon, Wed, Thur 09.00-14.00; Tues 09.00-19.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-7016, www.adamvechai.org.il

Jerusalem and Area

International Arts and Crafts Fair

The annual Jerusalem fair (Khutzot Hayotzer) shows works by Israeli and international artists and artisans. The displays include work in fabric, wood, metals, fibers, ceramics and a variety of artistic media to see and buy, of both traditional and innovative crafts from around the world. Attractions include stalls, workshops, exhibitions, music concerts by leading Israeli performers (see box in Entertainment) and children’s activities, as well as plenty of scrumptious foodstuffs to round off the experience. Aug 11-23. Sat, 21.00-00.00; Sun-Thur 18.00-23.00. At the Khutzot Hayotzer artisans’ workshop complex (beneath Jaffa Gate) and the adjacent Sultan’s Pool. Details: http://artfair.jerusalem.muni.il

Tower of David Museum

Summer Potions Thematic workshops and activities in the museum’s moat - medicinal pot painting, soaps, lotions and potions making. For the family. Thur, 10.00- 18.00; 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 Machine Inside: Biomechanics Interactive exhibit on the marvels of natural engineering, the structures and functions of plants and animals and evolution’s creative innovations. For the family; Who’s Walking Now? Kids’ workshop. Create a walking “animal” without an engine or springs; 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 family; Ideas From Nature Scientific demonstration, on human inventions inspired by nature’s designs; Race to the Ark Performance on two boys who use every trick in nature’s bag to get to Noah’s Ark on time. Incorporates dance, theater and animation, Ages 4+; The Sand Bricks Box Make sand bricks, workshop. Ages 3+; The Blue Bricks Learn basic engineering and teamwork by building with huge 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

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);  Regular offerings: Over 160 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from around the world. Also, a children’s zoo with petting corner and educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. • Fri, 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

Mini Israel

Summer Activities: Treasure Hunt With prizes. Daily at 17.00, 19.30; Shai and Roi’s Musical Circus Adventure Performance The duo help the performers of Y Circus regain their music and sense of joy. Sat, Mon, Thur at 18.30; Gili at the Circus Performance A boy learns to take part in different circus acts. Sun, Tues, Wed at 18.30; Regular offerings: 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 before seen.• Fri-Thur, 17.00-22.00. Latrun 1-700-559-559; www.minisrael.co.il

Yad Vashem

Holocaust Memorial Museum with exhibitions and commemorative sites. • Fri, 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

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 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. Fri, 09.00-16.00; Sat-Thur, 09.00-20.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

Gan Hashlosha / Sahne

The park features a stream and pools naturally heated to 28°c year-round, 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

Sharon Area

Netanya Clowning Festival

Clowns create magical, surreal worlds in a wide variety of serious works for adults and humor-filled performances for the family. Staged works and street performances. Aug 18-21. Mon-Thur. At Heichal Hatarbut and venues around Netanya. Tickets: (09) 830-8811, www.netanya-culture.co.il

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. 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