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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

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. • Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-16.00; Thur 10.00-20.00

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

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, 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

Contact Point

Featuring a wide array of unusual artistic encounters throughout the Israel Museum’s grounds, with highlights including a public kissing event around Rodin’s sculpture “The Kiss,” a huge inflated elephant, an alternative arts auction, a musical installation in the Big Bambu structure and more (see Art, p.16). A headphone party (begins 23.30) and other activities also take place. Part of the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Thur from 20.00, Israel Museum. www.jerusalemseason.com, (02) 653-5850

Jerusalem Beer Fest

Celebrate the end of Israeli summer heat with over 150 types of beer made by local and international breweries - from classic labels to boutique artisans’ cold, bubbly creations. Musical performances by top Israeli artists and international DJs (see Entertainment), a home-brew competition and food stalls take place. Wed, Thur, 18.00-00.00. Independence Park, King George St. www.jerusalembeer.com

International Arts and Crafts Fair

Last chance to catch the annual Jerusalem art fair (Khutzot Hayotzer), which 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. Aug 11-23. Sat, 21.00-00.00. 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 entire family. Sun-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+. • 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. • 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). • Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays, 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-19.00. 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

Mini Israel

Musical Show Keren Peles hosts Matti Caspi and Nurit Galron in “How the Sun Will Rise.” Fri at 21.00; Summer Family 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 at 18.30; Gili at the Circus Performance. A boy learns to take part in different circus acts. Sun-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 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

Ein Gev Summer Festival

Guided sailing and off-boat fishing adventures, carpentry workshops for the family, mini-train tours, a one-man-circus, music and more. Fri-Thur (hours vary depending on activity), Kibbutz Ein Gev. Details: (04) 665-8008, www.eingev.co.il

Indie Park

An eco-activities park in the Hula Valley, with native-American-style makeup and getups, eco-friendly creative activities, as well as 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

Gan Guru

Night at Gan Guru Last chance this year to 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. Tues, Thurs nights; 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, 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

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