Out and About December 19-25, 2014: Get Magic Lessons From Merlin the Wizard at Mini Israel

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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

Mini Art

Miniatures exhibition, displaying everything from models to artwork, all on a diminutive scale. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-18.00, weekdays by appointment. Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, 10 Mifratz Shlomo St., Old Jaffa. www.miniart.co.il

The Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Admission: Fri and holiday eves 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-14.30 (park closes two hours after end of admission). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 632-0222, www.safari.co.il

Man and the Living World Museum:

Night Animal Family activity. Hear about nocturnal animals, their lives and unique senses. Sun at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00. Forest Ranger Artist Ronit Shalem creates new body covers for the animals, weaving together an imaginary kingdom. Mon at 10.00-13.00. Mystery Detective With ghosts invading the museum, Detective Kean needs your help to solve the mystery. Tues 10.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-7016, www.adamvechai.org.il

Jerusalem and Area

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum holds permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, electricity and more, for the entire family. Fly with the Wind A seasonal exhibit with activities about wind and autumn, including: PHOTAGE Autumn Impressions Photo-montage work, of natural scenes by Tami Rishona Ellison. Making Wind Activity Center Constructing objects that fly and hover, utilizing wind power, paper planes and more. The Power of Wind A scientific demonstration, with audience participation. Subjects: Seeing wind; wind and music; flight, and more. Shavshavruach Weathervane building workshop. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-15.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Bible Lands Museum

Treasure Hunt for Families Go on adventures through history, with a secret code and treasure chest to boot. For ages 6-12. Sat 10.00. Museum hours: Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon Tue & Thur 09.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30. 21 Stefan Wise St. (02) 561-1066

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Natural exhibits of over 160 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates originating from around the world, with a focus on the conservation of regional wildlife. Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays, 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-17.00. Biblical Zoo, Derech Aharon Shulov 1. (02) 675-0111. www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english

Mini Israel

The Enchanted Park Festival. The event will include magic lessons by Merlin the Wizard, training a magical beast, and using a magic wand. Sat-Thur 10.00-16.00.
Regular Offerings: The site offers over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Guided tours by appointment. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Latrun 1-700-559-559; www.minisrael.co.il

Monkey Park

Guided English tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri, 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-15.00 (last entry two hours before closing). Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888, park.monkeypark.co.il

Haifa and the North

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Picking

Ktofoti provides visitors with a unique experience, incorporating professional tours and an opportunity to pick your own produce straight from the ground. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-16.00, weekdays by appointment. Bethlehem of Galilee, 054-5507480, www.ktofoti.co.il

Florentine Circus

The modern circus group Florentine Circus presents “Mayhem in the Circus,” a performance that includes juggling, aerial acrobatics, dance and more for all ages, followed by circus workshops for kids. Sat at 11.30. Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod. Tickets: (04) 984-2350, www.jancodada.co.il

The South

Weizmann Institute of Science

Eureka! An exhibition on the scientific discoveries of the ancient world. With treasure hunt, creative workshops, activities and more. For the entire family. Fri-Tues 09.00-17.00. 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 by appointment, Sat-Thur 09.00-17.00. (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