Things to Do Around Israel, April 24-30, 2015

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel.

Richard Halon

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Menta Market

A weekly open-air vegan market will be held featuring fresh produce, baked goods, herbs and spices, fresh juice, and prepared food stalls, all strictly vegan. Eco-friendly products and vegan culinary workshops are also available. Fri 09.00-15.00. Hatachana: New Station Compound

Origami Workshop

A creative activity of this delicate art form, presented in tandem with the museum’s paper folding exhibit (see Art). For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat and Thur 10.00-18.00. Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, 10 Mifratz Shlomo St., Old Jaffa

The Storybook Gardens Project

Monuments and statues of characters and themes from beloved children’s books, including scenes from “Apartment for Rent,” “The Little Prince” and “Where’s Pluto,” are dispersed in about 50 parks throughout Holon. Open to the public at all hours of the day. Details: www.holon.muni.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-19.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012, www.en.botanic.co.il

Tower of David Museum
    
Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibit. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine. Permanent exhibit: Fri and Sat 9.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 9.00-16.00. Details and Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333
 
Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permnent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Among the activities on offer: Machines and Smiles A retrospective with many different machines and the mechanisms behind them; A Work Tools Race Utilizing work tools in new and creative ways. Takes place several times a day; The Human Machine Acrobatics show. Three clowns try to unacover the secrets of remaining balanced; Gil-Gula Workshop, inviting children to build original new tools and machines; Sesame Street 2015 – Fostering Curiosity The latest season of the iconic children’s show was filmed at the museum, and the venue offers a wide range of Sesame Street-related activities, including taking a picture on the famous street set and meeting the show’s loveable puppets; The Rob Goldberg Machine A whimsical demonstration of a complicated machine, whose sole purpose is cutting toilet paper. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-16.00, Mon-Wed 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Bible Lands Museum

Yiddish Tour of the Museum Focusing on current exhibits. Fri at 11.00; Treasure Hunt for Families Go on adventures through history, with a secret code and treasure chest to boot. For ages 6-12. Sat at 10.00; Themed exhibits; Independent Activity Booklets Exploring the stories of the Bible together with Shimshi, a comic book character who helps children solve riddles and quests throughout the museum. During regular hours. Handicapped accessible. Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30

Gazelle Valley

Visit the nature park, where deer roam free, despite being surrounded by the urban landscape of Jerusalem. Handicap accessible. Open all hours. Off the intersection of Herzog and Pat streets

SHARON AREA

Annual Walk in Aid of Lone Soldiers

Habayit shel Benji, a home for lone soldiers, is hosting its annual walk to raise money for its efforts, with 4 km and 8 km routes, clowns, stilt walkers and other family activities. Fri (May 1) at 08.00. Pre-walk warm-up, 08.00; walk begins at 08.45 from the Amphitheater car park at Ra’anana Park. Details: 052-660-8655

HAIFA AND THE NORTH
 
Halutziada

A family event in the spirit of Israeli pioneer life, featuring old-time games, a tour of a cobbler shop from the 1940s, quizzes, family yoga and more. Sat at 10.00. Kfar Masaryk in the western Galilee. Details: 052-555-7271

Hamat Gader

Enjoy a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a fun parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs and more. Fri, Mon-Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat, Sun 08.30-17.00. Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details:  *6393
 
Labyrinth in the Valley

A chance to get lost in a classic, large-scale hedge maze, a temporary wheat maze, and a moderate-level rope maze. Fri, Sun-Thur at 10.00. Moshav Sde Yaakov, in the Jezreel Valley. 050-540-4473, (04) 983-0255

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas, with Aboriginal face-painting and guided koala and bat feedings. Fri 09.00-15.00, Sat 09.00-17.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-806

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycle or green vehicle. Daily, 09.00-17.00; Permanent features also includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri 09.00-16.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

THE SOUTH

The 4th Sufi Festival

A three-day weekend in the Arava Desert, in the spirit of Sufi mysticism (April 23-25). The event includes musical and dance performances (see Entertainment), poetry, talks and studies, workshops and more. For the entire family. Camping site available. Ashram in the Arava Desert, near Shitim, off Route 40, north of Eilat. 052-544-3349

The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Exhibit, providing scientific explanations of the ancient period’s greatest achievements. Daily at 09.00. Davidson Institute’s science garden, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot. Details: (08) 934-4401

The Land of the Dinosaurs

Over 30 dinosaur species are presented as life-sized statues in an interactive exhibit. Fri, Sat at 09.00, Sun-Wed at 14.00, Thur at 10.00. Negev Zoo, Be’er Sheva. Details: *9066

Medrano Circus
 
The Italian circus is celebrating 150 years with a world tour, bringing its spectacular show to Israel. Over 40 award-winning performers, including clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and more. Fri at 15.00; Sat, Thur at 10.00, 12.30, 17.30; Tues, Wed, Thur at 17.30. Bedouin Market parking lot, Be’er Sheva. Details: *6578, www.medrano.co.il

Lunada

A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the different senses. Sat 09.00-17.30, Sun-Thur 09.00-13.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

Bird Watching Park

Learn about the life and migrating patterns of many different bird species, observe them as they land in the nearby lake and trees, and understand Israel’s vital role in many migrating birds’ flight plans and survival. Open daily, at all hours. Off the Arava Rd., from on Route 90 and then east on Route 109. Details: 050-767-1290, http://eilatbirds.com

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park sits upon the coral reef of the Red Sea, providing an up-close introduction to the fauna of the Gulf of Eilat, including over 800 species of fish, corals, mollusks, turtles, rays and more. The park’s shark pool is home to 18 shark species, and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Additional attractions include the open-sea underwater observatory, aquariums, the Amazon Cabin (featuring species from the Amazon River), animal feedings, glass-bottomed boat cruises, 3D educational films and more. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en