Out and About January 9-15, 2015: By the Rivers of Babylon, in Jerusalem

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

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TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Mini Art

Miniatures exhibit, 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

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

Artport Book Fair

Showcasing unique and independently-published artbooks that provide additional commentary and visibility for works of art. Free admission. Fri and Sat at 10.00-16.00. Artport, 55 Ben Zvi Rd.

Michel Kichka: Kids’ Comics

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

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Tower of David

From Herod’s Palace to British Prison; 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 09.00-14.00, 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 10.00-15.00; 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 & 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

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

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

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

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

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

Underwater Fish Observatory

The observatory sits upon the coral reef of the Red Sea, providing an up-close introduction to the flora and 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 species 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