Grab the Kids and Get Out of the Sukkah: Israel's Can't-miss Holiday Festivals

From hot air balloons to riddles in science, festivals taking place across Israel during the Sukkot holiday are fun for the whole family.

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All the world's a circus: The International Circus Festival

For three days the city of Modi'in will become a modern circus arena, when it hosts the International Circus Festival. The festival wioll feature many circus performances that are open to the public free of charge, including Great Y Circus in "Gravita," the inflatable circus in "The Floating Man" and Captain Howdy's Flying Circus in "The Restaurant from Hell."

Where: Modi'in Cultural Center and other points around the city.

When: Sunday-Tuesday, September 22-24, 10:30 A.M. – 11 P.M.

Price: NIS 80 per performance, advance sales – NIS 60, special price for Modi'in residents (on presentation of ID card) – NIS 40.

The egg test: Science festival

The Clore Garden of Science at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot brings the best science activities that have taken place there in the past year for 10 days full of demonstrations, workshops and scientific experiments, along with the large dinosaur exhibition that it continues to display. Aside from these activities, visitors will receive a riddle in code. In order to solve it they will have to view all the exhibits in order to earn prizes. In the park's geodesic dome, the Eco-Sphere, there will also be an aural riddle on the subject of the sounds and notes produces by exotic animals in nature.

Where: Davidson Institute of Science Education, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot.

When: Wednesday-Shabbat, September 18-28.

Price: Child under 5 — free of charge, Adult — NIS 75, Child (5-18) — NIS 65, Family — NIS 280, Senior Citizen — NIS 37.5

Red fields: Paprika Festival

Paprika blossoms once a year, during the Sukkot period, and creates endless red fields. At the Spice Route Farm they decided to mark this event with a unique Paprika Festival that always has an ecological theme. The festival offers the entire family a large number of activities connected to nature, including harvesting paprika, a riddle, children's plays, cooking demonstrations and tastings in the chef's kitchen, and a huge spice market with hundreds of types of spices and infusions and a large variety of paprika mixtures.

Where: The Spice Route Farm in Bethlehem Haglilit, near Kiryat Tivon.

When: Friday-Shabbat, September 19-28, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.

Cost: Entry to the festival is free of charge, creative activities and workshops at a token cost of NIS 10-NIS 30.

Angry Birds Symphony: The Childhood Sounds Festival

The Childhood Sounds Festival will take place in Holon for the 13th year. Among the prominent events this year: Popular Mizrahi diva Sarit Hadad in the show "Friends in All Kinds of Sounds," which is devoted to the favorite children's songs of all time, and "iConcert," an orchestral concert of classical music combined with visual simulation using innovative 3D technology, with Idan Alterman and conducted by Dr. Uri Lashman. In addition there will be children's plays from the top Israeli theaters.

Where: Holon Theater

When: Sunday-Tuesday, September 22-24

Cost: various prices. Some events are free of charge.

Orna Porat presents: The Yaron Yerushalmi Magical Legends festival

The Yaron Yerushalmi Festival, named after paratrooper Yaron Yerushalmi, is taking place for the seventh time and will give children a cultural experience with areas for arts and crafts, activities for parents and children, creative and art workshops, games, street artists, painters, make-up artists and a huge book fair for all ages. Parallel to the happening will be a large variety of plays by the Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth, in the museum galleries.

Where: Tel Aviv Museum of Art

When: Monday-Wednesday, September 22-25

Cost: NIS 60-NIS 90, for Isracard customers — NIS 44

Going to dance: The Magic of Dance

The first Magic of the Dance festival will feature three days of theater and dance, with dance performances, movement workshops, puppet theater and other activities. All the performances are aimed at children and the entire family. In addition, the Adam Theater with Florence Fisch-Hacham will stage three theater productions.

Where: Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater, Tel Aviv

When: Shabbat-Monday, September 21-23

Cost: NIS 35-NIS 110 per show.

The Highest: The Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 2013 Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place this year in the Ma'ayan Harod national park on the Gilboa, and in Eshkol Park in the Negev. Hot air balloons from all over the world will arrive for a special flyover and will adorn the skies from north to south. The festival will stage Glow performances at night and there will by flyovers at sunrise. You can camp in the parks. There are also wading pools, wide lawns and of course orderly showers and bathrooms.

Where: On the Gilboa — Ma'ayan Harod National Park. In the Negev — Eshkol Park

When: Sunday-Tuesday, September 22-24

Cost: NIS 99-NIS 129

A previous year's festival for hot-air balloons held in the Arava desert.Credit: Mori Chen

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