Things to Do Around Israel, September 20-29

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel

A new dinosaur attraction opens on Friday at Gan Garoo in the north.
A new dinosaur attraction opens on Friday at Gan Garoo in the north. Nadav Kfir

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Senior Olympics

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality is hosting a one-day event of competitive and noncompetitive sports matches for ages 65+. A special race will kick off the event at 09.00. Other activities include yoga, Tai Chi, belly dancing, chess, and table tennis. On Tuesday. Sportek in Ganei Yehoshua, 42 Rokah Blvd. Details: www.seniorchampionship.co.il/MenuDefault.aspx?id=4360

Outdoor Film Screening

Jaffa hosts a free screening of the 1985 coming-of-age film “The Breakfast Club,” starring Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez. Wed at 20.30. Gan HaPisga, Jaffa

Eretz Israel Museum

The Planetarium Films about the solar system, on a revolving stage. “Secrets of the Suns,” ages 11+. Sat at 15.00, Mon-Thur at 10.30; “The Wonder Telescope,” ages 7+. Sat at 14.00, Mon-Wed at 13.30, Thur 13.30, Mon-Thur at 15.00; “Life of Trees,” ages 5+. Sat at 13.00, Thur 16.00, 18.00. Tickets: www.eretzmuseum.org.il/  

Man and the Living World Museum

Situated in the National Park of Ramat Gan, the museum is a natural history museum featuring guided tours and interactive exhibitions (see Art) on zoology and paleontology. The museum also has an educational center for learning about life on earth. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5010

The Museum for the Art of Puppetry

Offers a permanent collection of dozens of traditional and contemporary puppets and masks from Israel and abroad, as well as temporary and interactive exhibits. Wednesdays from 16.00-19.00. Israel Puppet Center, 13 Remez St., Holon. Details: www.puppetcenter.co.il

Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People

An exhibit for the whole family: “Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People.” On key figures in Jewish culture, including scientists, intellectuals, leaders, revolutionaries, cultural figures, athletes and others. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-19.00; Thur 10.00-10.30. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv. Tickets: www.bh.org.il

Ramat Gan Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours, activities and workshops, led by staff members. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-16.00; Sat and holidays, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.30 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305; www.safari.co.il

Ice Peaks

Ice skating rink, climbing wall and zip-line. Fri 11.00-23.00; Sat 10.00-23.00; Mon-Thur 17.30-20.00. Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon. Details: http://icepeaks.co.il/

Yitzhak Rabin Center

Exhibit: “The Six Day War - 6 Days 50 Years,” rare documents on display for the first time in a unique multimedia presentation. Regular offerings: Celebrating the life and legacy of the assassinated prime minister, the center and its museum, the Israeli Museum, combine Rabin’s personal story with the development of the burgeoning Jewish State of Israel. Includes guided historical tours, and educational workshops on such ideas as democracy and remembrance. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-17.00; Tues, Thur 09.00-19.00. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv. Details: (03) 745-3322 

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Jerusalem Aquarium

In preparation for the opening of the aquarium, housed in the Biblical Zoo, guided preview tours of the aquarium are being offered with advance purchase of a ticket. Highlights include displays of marine life from the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee and the Red Sea. Ages 5+. English tours, Tues at 12.00. 3 Derech Aharon Shulov, Malcha. Tickets: www.israel-aquarium.org.il   

Time Elevator

An audio-visual overview of Jerusalem’s 3,000-year history. The newly rennovated attraction features four different multimedia performances, including “I Am Jerusalem,” about the city of Jerusalem, the cosmos and the human body. Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. 6 Yitzhak Kariv St. Details: www.time-elevator.co.il/en/

Biblical Museum of Natural History

Showcasing mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects featured in the Hebrew Bible, the museum also functions as a zoo, natural history museum and Torah education center. Includes exhibitions of live animals, taxidermy specimens and biological artifacts. Visits to the museum are through a special guided tour, by appointment only. 5 Hatzaba St., Beit Shemesh. Reservations: office@biblicalnaturalhistory.org or 073-213-1662

Friends of Zion Museum

The museum commemorates the deeds of non-Jews who supported Zionism and the Jewish people, from biblical times up to the establishment of the state of Israel. It features 3D interactive displays, touch screens and video mapping. Guided tours are recommended to book in advance (ages 7+). Sun-Thur 9.30-20.45, Fri 09.30-14.00, Sat 10.00-18.00. 20 Yosef Rivlin St. Reservations: www.fozmuseum.com (02) 532-9402

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

The Children’s Discovery Trail A sensory exploration activity that incorporates trails, a canopy walk through the trees, touching water plants from the wooden deck, a “down to the roots” exhibit and tours. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 10.00-18.00; 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

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Natural exhibits of over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from around the world. Includes a children’s zoo with a petting corner, animal feeding demonstrations, educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. Biblical Zoo, 1, Derech Aharon Shulov, Malcha (02) 675-0111

Tower of David Museum

Home to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem, the Tower of David features a permanent exhibit about the city’s history and its significance to three religions. The tower itself is an archaeological site and offers a 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem. It also stages temporary exhibits that connect ancient history with contemporary themes, and hosts lectures, guided tours and other cultural events. The Night Spectacular - A night show presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto the walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel. At Jaffa Gate. Tickets: www.towerofdavid.org.il, *2884

Bloomfield Science Museum

Exhibit for the entire family: 2 x 200 The museum marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle, with dozens of interactive exhibits (including a series of unusual bike models to ride), activities and a historic collection of bicycles from Canada, the U.S. and Holland; Wings of Life A 3D film on the celebration of color, produced by Disneynature Studios. Screenings: Fri at 12.00; Sat at 13.00. Hebrew University, Givat Ram Campus. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-17.00; Sun, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. (02) 654-4888, www.mada.org.il

Mini Israel

Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Guided tours by appointment. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Location at Latrun 1-700-559-559, www.minisrael.co.il

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-16.00. Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel). (08) 928-5888, www.park.monkeypark.co.il

Yad Vashem

The world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust and home to the Holocaust History Museum. Offers a guided tour in English (Fri at 10.00) and presents a variety of important survivors’ testimonies, personal diaries, artifacts and more. Special exhibit: Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven Gives expression to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and displays their stories. Mount of Remembrance, Har Hazikaron St., off Herzl St. (02) 644-3802. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 09.00-17.00; Thur 09.00-20.00

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Gan Garoo

Hosts an interactive labyrinth of dinosaur models that move and make noises. Opens Friday; Regular offerings: Home to kangaroos, koalas and other Australian wildlife, the park offers Aboriginal face-painting and guided koala, kangaroo and bat feedings. The park also offers guided nighttime tours, followed by a light and shadow activity (20.00). Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060, www.nirtours.co.il

Israel Railway Museum

The national railway museum of Israel features the country’s railway history, antique train cars and other railway items. Sun-Thur 08.00-16.00. 1 Hativat Golani St., Haifa. Details: www.rail.co.il

THE SOUTH

Israel Circus Festival

Brings together beginners, amateurs and advanced circus artists for a weekend of activities, including juggling, clowning, street theater, magic, improvisation, movement, acrobatics, walking on stilts crutchesand on rope, riding a unicycle, and more. For the whole family. September 21-23. Me’ever, 4 Har Boker St., Mitzpe Ramon. Tickets: https://secure.cardcom.co.il/u/HpK/   

Honey Festival

Meet beekeepers and their charges at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. Taste different types of honey, bake honey cakes, ride on a tractor and take part in workshops to learn about the important role bees play in the environment. Fri, Sat 09.30-16.00. (08) 672-6559. September 7-23. Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, south of Ashkelon. Details: www.honey.org.il

Lunada

A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the various senses. Fri 09.30-14.00; Sat 09.30-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.30-18.30. 25 David Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

Top 94 – Theme Park

The park features a climbing wall, paintball, go-karts, mini bungee jumping, a ropes course, a play corner for younger kids and more. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-20.00. 1 Hashravrav St., Eilat. Details: http://www.top94.co.il

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park provides 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 shark pool is home to 18 shark species and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en