Out and About January 23-29, 2015: Get Starry-eyed at Israel Space Week

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

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A guided viewing of the solar system, at the Eretz Israel Museum.
A guided viewing of the solar system, at the Eretz Israel Museum.Credit: Courtesy

Israel Space Week

The Israel Space Agency is holding its annual Space Week (January 25-29), with a variety of space-related activities. Children and adults are invited to discover the infinitely fascinating universe around us, in events taking place around the country. This year’s theme is “So Close You Can Touch It,” held in memory of Col. Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, who died in the fatal NASA Columbia shuttle disaster in 2003. With special guests US National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Nicole Stott and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The main events will be held at the planetarium at the Eretz Israel Museum in Ramat Aviv. See: www.space.gov.il

A selection of events:

Main Event Offers different activities that simulate actual astronaut missions. These include a G-Force simulator, performing everyday activities under zero gravity conditions, building a personal satellite and more. Hosted by the Israeli Space Academy. Sun-Thur. Planetarium, Eretz Israel Museum. Registration required. See website for details.

Light Up the Stars A mesmerizing display of the solar system and universe. Mon, Wed 10.00-18.00; Tues, Thur 10.00-21.00. Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Lectures Including a talk with NASA astronaut Nicole Stott. Tues at 14.00. Bar-Ilan University, Mintz Auditorium (building 403), Max and Anna Webb St., Ramat Gan

Stargazing Making use of observatories throughout the country. Interactive activities include building a space shuttle, interplanetary exploration, planetarium activities and more. See website for details.

Observing Jupiter and Its Moons A focus on the largest planet in our solar system, and several of the 67 moons that orbit it. The evening will include a lecture on Jupiter and the sun, as well as a telescopic viewing of the planet and its moons. Thur at 19.00. Ilan Ramon Youth Physics Center, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva


Global Game Jam

International marathon competition for developing computer games. The marathon begins on Friday at 08.30 and continues until Saturday at 22.00. Old City Hall, 27 Bialik St., Tel Aviv. Details: 054-796-0217

Ilana Goor Museum

Located in an 18th-century building, the museum showcases local and international artworks and antiques. Past Present and Future – Three Religions, One God A guided historical tour through the museum, explaining about the structure’s many purposes over the years. Fri at 12.00 Museum hours: Sun-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, 4 Mazal Dagim St., Old Jaffa. Details: (03)  683-7676, www.Ilanagoormuseum.org

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

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

Nahum Gutman Museum

The museum showcases the work of one Israel’s most iconic painters, in addition to new and changing exhibits. Songs and Artwork by David Ma’aravi A lecture on the work of one of Gutman’s closest friends, followed by a musical performance of some of his beloved songs. Thur at 19.30; Shirat Ha’Noar An exhibit of Israeli composer David Ma’aravi, showcasing his illustrations from the first half of the 20th century. Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-16.00


Tower of David Museum

From Herod’s Palace to British Prison; 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 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 contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Games of Light and Shadow The Parisian home of Professor Archibald Ombre is filled with exotic and illuminating shapes that create an interaction between what is light and seen and what is immersed in darkness; Building Workshops Children learn how to make a spiral spin and test its reaction to the heat of a candle. Ages 5+; deLIGHTful Card Make a greeting card out of cardboard, LED sparkles and conductive glue. Ages 10+; Whip up Light Creations in the Kitchen Make shadow books out of every day materials; Flashlight Workshop Examine how our senses work and particularly how we see at night. Ages 5-10; On Fire Scientific experiments that combine chemical substances to create multicolored fire and underwater fireworks; Mathematics in Art Exhibit. Displaying different mathematical principles through fractals, topology, number theory and more; PHOTAGE - Autumn Impressions Photomontages of natural scenes by Tami Rishona Ellison. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.0-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Bible Lands Museum

By the Rivers of Babylon Exhibition centering around the story of a family that lived through the tragedy and redemption of the Babylonian Exile. Official opening Feb 2, with a special preview on Wednesdays 17.00-19.30, followed by a lecture; 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; 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. Museum hours: Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tue and 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 the 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

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 site offers over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. A guiding app in English available 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

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. Herzl Blvd., Mount Herzl. Details: (02) 671-3770

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


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


Tents Road Festival

A Negev Desert celebration that includes coffee ceremonies, desert camel rides and traditional Bedouin cooking (including vegetarian dishes). Free of charge. Fri and Sat from 09.00 until sundown. Meals and board upon registration. Details: (08) 868-1635

Agricultural Celebration

Includes a new visitors’ center hosting Israel’s largest agricultural exhibit, guided tours, hands-on vegetable harvesting and a farmer’s market. Wed at 09.00-18.00 and Thur at 09.00-16.00. Yair Station for Research and Development, near Moshav Hatzeva, in the Negev. Details: 052-658-1083

Red South Festival

The northern Negev celebrates the blooming season of millions of red anemones, with tours, activities, live music, markets and fairs. For the entire family. Jan 29 - Feb 21. Thur-Sat. In locations throughout the region. Details: www.habsor.co.il