Out & About / March 28 - April 3

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At Mini Israel, you’ll find tiny versions of 380 sites described in its brochure as 'pivotal to Israel’s identity and history.'Credit: Courtesy of Mini Israel

Tel Aviv and Center

Equestrian Show Jumping Competition
The spectacular international horse-riding event includes competition for adults and children, including Israel’s best equestrian jumpers. A petting corner, pony rides and food venues available on site. Fri, Sat, from 09.00. The Riding Sport Center, The National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5001

Dolls Art Exhibit, on the intricate world of doll-building.
For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, 10 Mifratz Shlomo St., Old Jaffa. Details: www.dollsart.co.il

Man and the Living World Museum
Leah Goldberg - The Poet who Liked to Draw: Exhibit of the renowned children’s author’s books, illustrations and drawings.

This week: related gallery visit, storytelling and creative activity (Mon-Wed at 10.30, 11.30); Do the Trees Talk?

Photography exhibit; Bird for One’s Soul
Jacob Ackerman and Menachem Levizki’s collaborative exhibit of Ackerman’s nature photography and Levizki’s ceramic art.

Regular events: The natural history museum has permanent and special exhibits for the entire family. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan. Details and registration: (03) ‏631-7016, www.adamvechai.org.il

Ilana Goor Museum
Open Drawing Session/Competition Fri at 12.00; Regular offerings: Exhibits collections of local and international artworks and antiques; guided tours for children and adults. • Sun-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, 4 Mazal Dagim St., Old Jaffa. Details: ‏(03‏) 683-7676, www.Ilanagoormuseum.org

Beit Hatfutsot ‏(Museum of the Jewish People‏)
A-B-See Do Arts and crafts at the family gallery. Ages 4-12. Fri 09.00-13.00; Sat-Tues 10.00-19.00; Wed 09.00-13.00. • Opening hours: Fri 09.00-13.00, Sun-Tues 10.00-16.00; Wed-Thur 10.00-19.00. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University Campus, Ramat Aviv ‏(03‏) 745-7800

Jerusalem and Area

The First Station
1202 Benefit Fair Live music, dance performances, activities for kids and stalls selling a variety of wares - all proceeds go to Jerusalem’s Rape Crisis Center and its activities. Fri, 09.00-16.00;

Flamenco and Belly Dancing Performances As part of the Jerusalem Arts Festival (see box, On Stage). Sun at 20.00;

Independent Literature Fair Authors, poets, illustrators and independent publishers present their work to the public. Thur, 14.00-22.00;

Florentine Circus: Hinomizu 3 A fire-and-water circus show, with an international team of clowns, acrobats and more. Thur at 17.00;

YambaKerach Skating Rink A 600-sq.m. indoor ice-skating rink, with training sessions, skating aids for kids, and activities for all ages. Daily, 14.00-21.00;

Free Dog Training Sessions Bring a leash and dog food as training treats. Fridays at 10.00;

Regular Events: Farmers’ markets, arts, crafts and fashion fairs, family-themed activities, physical exercise classes, lectures and live music. The station includes several food venues. Details: www.firststation.co.il/en

Bloomfield Science Museum
Illusion. Mind Boggling Interactive exhibit on how illusions are created and what causes us to see reality differently. Includes Is It or Isn’t It?, an illusions workshop; Animals in Costume Building workshop, on animal camouflage; Scientific Gems Participate in amusing, lively scientific experiments; Games in Light and Shadow Thematic exhibits, activities and workshops for the entire family; CAPTCHA Exhibition. All about computers, their abilities and limits. • Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. Details: www.mada.org.il

Bible Lands Museum
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 • Guided tours: Sun-Thur 10.30, Wed 17.30 (in English) • Sun-Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30; Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00. 25 Granot St. Registration: (02) 561-1066

Mini Israel
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 seen before. • Guided tours: Fri, 11.30; Sat-Wed, 12.00, 15.00, 17.30; Thur, 12.00, 15.00, 19.15 • Fri, 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur, 10.00-18.00.
Latrun 1-700-559-559; www.minisrael.co.il

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)
Wildlife - World on the Verge of Extinction Wildlife photography exhibit, by Dafna Ben-Nun. During opening hours; Regular offerings: Guided feedings, petting zoo and elephant training • Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays, 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 9.00-18.00. Biblical Zoo‏, Aharon Shulov Rd., Malha (02) 675-0111. Details: www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus: Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, plus Bible Plant Trail and Herb and Medicinal Plant Garden. For children: Savannah grass maze and Young Discoverer Activity backpacks. Tropical conservatory closed for renovations. Entrance: Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-18.00. Sun-Thurs, 09.00-17.00; Flower Train tours: 10.00-13.00 on Fridays (on the hour), 073-243-8914. www.en.botanic.co. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St.

Tower of David Museum
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

Church of the Redeemer Archeological Park
The German Protestant Institute of Archeology invites visitors to its museum to experience 2,000 years of history by exploring archeological evidence hidden beneath the church, which includes artifacts from the time of King Herod, to the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Guided tours available. Mon-Sat 09.00-15.30, and by appointment. Muristan Road, Old City. Details and registration: (02) 587-9817, www.xn--erlserkirche-jerusalem-whc.info

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

Yad Vashem
Holocaust Memorial Museum with exhibitions and commemorative sites. • Fri and holiday eves, 9.00-14.00; Sun-Wed, 9.00-17.00; Thur, 9.00-20.00. Mount Herzl, Jerusalem. Details: www.yadvashem.org

Wohl Archaeological Museum
Built upon Second Temple ruins, features ancient homes and mosaics. • Sun-Thur 9.00-16.30; Fri and holiday eves 9.30-12.30. Jewish Quarter, Old City (02) 626-5920

Haifa and the North

The Bahai Gardens
This site in Haifa - a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List - is holy to the Bahai faith and includes the impressive golden-domed Shrine of the Bab. The gardens are made up of a staircase of 19 exquisitely crafted terraces which look over the Haifa bay, with meandering paths through local flora, hedges and flower beds that change with the seasons. Panorama Tours Guided tours, on the gardens and the Bahai community, for able walkers. Fri-Tues, Thur (see website for changing times). Starting point: 45 Yefe Nof St. • Visiting hours: Inner gardens: daily, 09.00-12.00; outer gardens: daily, 09.00-17.00. Details: (04) 831-3131, www.ganbahai.org.il/en

Gan Guru
Benefit Event: The park is hosting a happening with creative workshops, activities, food stalls and more, with all proceeds going towards finding a cure for Canavan disease and helping 5-year-old Lavi Ben-Moshe and his family. Fri 09.00-15.00; Regular offerings: The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas. Guided feedings and a petting zoo. Every Saturday: 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. (04) 648-8060

Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David
Park of Springs
Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycles or green vehicles. Includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri, Sun-Thur, 09.00-16.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

Mordechai Anielewicz Museum
Honoring one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the museum exhibits various artifacts depicting life in the ghetto. • Sun-Thur, 8.00-16.00. Kibbutz Givat Haviva (near Pardes Hannah) (04) 630-9201

The South

Weizmann Institute of Science
Play Outside the Box A variety of 3D puzzles and logic games that require cooperation and problem solving, as well as the application of the principles of a range of physical forces; 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

Open Museum at Omer Industrial Park
The park features an art gallery, a sculpture garden, a science room and a vintage car collection. • Inventions on Wheels An interactive exhibit for the whole family. • Sun-Thur 9.00-16.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-15.00. Open Museum, Omer Industrial Park (08) 990-8121