Out and About October 24-29 2014: 25,000 to Take to the Streets for Annual Tel Aviv Night Run

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

Yossi Zeliger

Tel Aviv and Center

Night Run Tel Aviv

Twenty-five thousand runners will take part in this 6th annual night-time event on Tuesday, featuring a 10km urban course (starting time: 20.00-21.00, at Kikar Rabin). The route will be flanked by live music and DJ stages, as well as special lighting. Followed by a music and sports-fashion happening at the running-course’s end point, the Sportech, Ganei Yehoshua. (03) 941-1701, www.tlvnightrun.co.il

Eretz Israel Museum

Playing With the Wind Displays over 200 colorful, international kites, both old and new, showing the history, art and mechanical aspects of the flying wonders. Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-16.00; Thur 10.00-20.00

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

Mini Art

Miniatures exhibition, displaying models and artwork, all on a diminutive scale. Exquisite and magical work by professionals, hobbyists and children, inspired by stories, history, boats, buildings and more. With workshops and activities for kids and adults. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-18.00. 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. 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 Israeli week-long celebration of Japanese culture and its various intricate, aesthetic aspects continues, 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. Fri, Sat. At The First Station, Train Track Park, Emek Refaim St. and Jerusalem Cinematheque. www.japanjerusalem.com

Bloomfield Science Museum

The Sand Bricks Box Make sand bricks, workshop. Ages 3+; The Blue Bricks Learn basic engineering and teamwork by building with huge sponge bricks; Why Don’t Buildings Fall? Scientific demonstration of the history of human construction. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-16.00; Sat-Wed and holidays 10.00-18.00; Thur 16.00-22.00. www.mada.org.il

Old Yishuv Court Museum

Situated in a 500-year-old house in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, the museum goes back over 100 years to provide a peek into daily lives of the people of the Yishuv (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, Tues, Thur 10.00-17.00, Mon 10.00-20.00. (02) 627-6319, http://oymuseum.datinet.co.il/21.htm

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. Museum hours: Sun-Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00. 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 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

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus: Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, plus Bible Plant Trail and Herb and Medicinal Plant Garden. For children: Savannah grass maze and Young Discoverer Activity backpacks. Tropical conservatory closed for renovations. Entrance: Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00. Sun-Thurs, 09.00-19.00; Flower Train tours: 10.00-13.00 on Fridays (on the hour), 073-243-8914. www.en.botanic.co. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St.

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

Haifa and the North

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

Fishing Park

The park offers fishing lessons for kids and adults, inflatable play environments, water slides, trampolines, a wading pool, petting corner, paddle boats and more. After-dark fishing on Thursday nights (until 23.00). Bikes and fishing gear available to rent on site, as are picnic and camping facilities. Fri 08.00-16.00; Sat 07.30-18.00; Thur 08.00-23.00. Dag Bakfar, Yokneam (04) 989-4095, www.dag-bakfar.com

The Bahai Gardens

Holy to the Bahai faith, the site includes the impressive golden-domed Shrine of the Bab. The gardens are made up of a staircase of 19 exquisitely crafted terraces which look over the Haifa bay, with meandering paths through local flora, hedges and flower beds that change with the seasons. Panorama Tours Guided tours, on the gardens and the Bahai community, for able walkers. Fri-Tues, Thur (see website for changing times). Starting point: 45 Yefe Nof St. Visiting hours: Inner gardens: daily, 09.00-12.00; outer gardens: daily, 09.00-17.00. Details: (04) 831-3131, www.ganbahai.org.il/en

Gan Hashlosha / Sahne

The park features a stream and pools naturally heated to 28°c year-round that are great for bathing, as well as grassy, shaded areas, the Museum of Regional and Mediterranean Archaeology, historically-themed kids’ activities, and more. Fri 08.00-16.00, Sun-Thur, Sat, 08.00-17.00. Gan Hashlosha National Park, near Beit She’an (04) 658-6219, www.gan3.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

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