Out and About October 17-23, 2014: Gallop Around at Israel's Americana Fair

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

Shira Yeger

Tel Aviv and Center

Nahum Gutman Museum

The Dwarf, the Giant and the Princess A surprise-filled, interactive exhibit looking at literary contents, modern interpretations, imagination and kids’ culture, dealing with dwarfs, giants, princesses and royalty. For children and parents. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-16.00. Nahum Gutman Museum, 21 Rokach St., Neve Tzedek. (03) 516-1970, ext. 109, www.gutmanmuseum.co.il

The Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Opening hours: Fri and holiday eves 09.00-16.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-18.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305, www.safari.co.il

Man and the Living World Museum

Leah Goldberg - The Poet who Loved to Draw Exhibit of the renowned children’s author’s books, illustrations and drawings; Regular offerings: The natural history museum has exhibits for the entire family. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun, Mon, Wed, Thur 09.00-14.00; Tues 09.00-19.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-7016, www.adamvechai.org.il

Jerusalem and Area

Japanese Culture Week

The first week-long celebration of Japanese culture and its various intricate, aesthetic aspects begins Sunday, with events and activities spanning Sumo demonstrations, Japanese Tea Ceremonies, Japanese cinema and Anime, culinary arts workshops, dance, martial arts, origami, ikebana demonstrations and more. Japanese experts, artists and musicians come to Israel to take part, and storytelling sessions, street theater and karaoke parties take place. Oct 19-25. Sun-Thur. At The First Station, Train Track Park, Emek Refaim St. and Jerusalem Cinematheque. www.japanjerusalem.com

The Hebrew University Race: Dashing Toward the New Academic Year

 A fun way to kick off the academic year for students and the general public, with prizes for winners: Night relay, 2-6 people per team. From Thur at 20.00, until morning. Additional races on Fri (Oct 24): Running Challenge (7km at 08.15; 3.5 km at 08.45); Walking Challenge (3.5 km at 08.50). Details and registration: hebrewu2@gmail.com (02) 588-2844

 Racing Cars Exhibit

Last chance to catch this display of race-cars, including Formula 3 and 4, Formula Master, NASCAR and Ferrari Challenge models, up close and personal. Sat, 19.30-23.00. The First Station

Tower of David Museum

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibition. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine; 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

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; The Book of Books Last chance to experience the exhibition; closes Saturday. Exhibition, tracing 2,000 years of the Bible through rare texts. Guided tours in English: Fri, Sat at 10.30 Sun-Tues, Thur 09.30-17.30; Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00. 21 Stefan Wise St. Registration: (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 conservation of regional wildlife. Also, a children’s zoo with petting corner and educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays, 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-18.00. Biblical Zoo, Aharon Shulov Rd., Malha (02) 675-0111. Details: www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english
 
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, 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed, 09.00-17.00; Thur, 09.00-20.00. Mount Herzl, Jerusalem. www.yadvashem.org

Sharon Area

Americana Fair

Western horse riding and rodeo events, music, collectors’ vintage American cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles, a public auction selling American breeds and breeding rights, a kids’ activities area, and plain old American fun. Proceeds go to fund the Therapeutic Riding Center’s activities. Sat, 09.00-15.00. The Therapeutic Riding Center of Israel, 67 Halord Road, Tel Mond. 054-625-6300, www.stallion-show.com

Haifa and the North
 
Jezreel Valley and Ramat Menashe Events

Local holiday events, for the family: Labyrinth in the Valley Large scale hedge maze, with activities. Fri, 10.00-19.00. Moshav Sde Yaakov. 050-540-4473; Pick Me! Fruit, herb and veggie picking, agricultural activity display (at 12.00). Fri, 09.00-15.00. Bethlehem of the Galilee 054-550-7480, www.ktofoti.co.il; Honey Festival at Dvorat Hatavor Learn about bees’ role in pollination, honey tastings, candle making, sweets-making workshops and more. Fri, Sat, 09.00-17.00 (last entrance at 15.00). Shadmot Dvora 050-563-7645, www.dvorat-hatavor.co.il

Ma’ayan Zvi’s Butterfly World
 
A butterfly reserve, where visitors can get close and personal with a large collection of live, free-range butterflies. With creative workshops. Daily, 08.00-15.00. Ma’ayan Zvi Beach. 050-210-0613

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, 09.00-16.00; Sat-Thur, 09.00-20.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

Park of Springs

Explore the park (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycles or green vehicles. Includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri, holiday eves 09.00-16.00, Sat, holidays 09.00-17.00, 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, 08.00-16.00. Kibbutz Givat Haviva (near Pardes Hannah) (04) 630-9201

The South

Weizmann Institute of Science

Holiday Fun Festival The Science Garden fills with creative activities and workshops, scientific demonstrations, a treasure hunt, thought-games, experiments and more. The Science Garden’s Eco-Dome will be open to visitors, providing a unique sensory experience. For the family. Fri 09.00-14.00, Sat 09.00-18.00; 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 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. (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