Out and About December 26, 2014-January 1, 2015: Haifa Celebrates a Triple Holiday

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

Zvi Roger

Tel Aviv and Center

Nahum Gutman Museum

Shirat Ha’Noar An exhibit of Israeli composer David Ma’aravi, showcasing his illustrations from Israel’s Settlement Period. Regular museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-15.00, Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00. 21 Rokach St.

Mini Art

Miniatures exhibition, displaying everything from models to artwork, all on a diminutive scale. Exquisite and magical work by professionals, hobbyists and children, inspired by international locales, stories, fantasies, history, architecture and more. With workshops and activities for kids and adults. 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

Michel Kichka: Kids’ Comics

An exhibit of the Israeli cartoonist and comics artist’s work for children, and the creative processes and techniques behind the work. For all the family. Sat 10.00-15.00; Mon, Wed 10.00-13.00; Tues, Thur 17.00-20.00. Comics Museum, 61 Weizmann St., Holon (03) 652-1849

Jerusalem and Area

Tower of David

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibition A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine. Permanent exhibit: Fri-Sat 09.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Details: (02) 626-5333, Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333

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

Old Yishuv Court Museum

Situated in a 500-year-old house in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, the museum goes back over 100 years to provide a peek into daily lives of the people of the Yishuv (pre-state Jewish settlement) of Jerusalem, displaying original artifacts and offering era-appropriate activities and games. For the entire family. English-language self-guided tour available. Fri 10.00-13.00, Sun-Wed 10.00-15.00, Thur 10.00-23.00. (02) 627-6319, http://oymuseum.datinet.co.il/21.htm

Herzl Museum

The museum offers facts on the life and influence of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. Sun 16.30-19.15, Mon 17.30-20.30. (02) 671-3770

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. There is also a children’s zoo with a petting corner and educational activities, plus the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden .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 includes 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. The site also provides a guiding app in English apps upon entry. Guided tours by appointment. Opening hours: 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

Holiday of Holidays Festival

This event celebrates Hanukkah, Ramadan and Christmas. Festivities include an antiques fair, street performances, concerts, exhibitions, food and children’s activities. Weekend celebrations for the whole family Includes outdoor performances, world music, a Christmas parade with Santa and an acrobatics show. Sat 11.00-16.00. Wadi Nisnas neighborhood, Haifa; Nostalgia and Antiques Fair Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat  10.00-19.00. 33 HaTzionut Avenue. Details and tickets: (04) 852-5252

Winter Love Festival

Food, music, wine and crafts are rampant at this celebration of the winter season. Galilean Feast of Food and Wine Fri 20.30. Stern Winery, Kibbutz Tuval. Reservations: 054-971-5868, 054-303-4361; Christmas Vocal Concert A number of choirs offer performances, including Christmas carols and works by Tchaikovsky and Israeli poets. Sat 10.00. Reservations: 050-292-0800. Orthodox Church, Kfar Yassif.

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, flying foxes, emus and more. 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. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

Park of Springs

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

The South

Weizmann Institute of Science

Eureka! An exhibition on the scientific discoveries of the ancient world. With a treasure hunt, creative workshops, activities and more. For the entire family. Sat 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. There are also creative workshops for the entire family. Sat 09.00-17.00. (08) 934-4528. 234 Herzl St., Rehovot. Details: www.weizmann.ac.il

Underwater Fish Observatory

The observatory 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 others. The park’s newly opened 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 fauna from the Amazon River), animal feedings, glass-bottomed boat cruises, 3D educational films, activities for the entire family and more. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en