Out and About September 26-October 2, 2014: Flowers Blossom With Age at Eretz Israel Museum

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

Leonid Padrul

Tel Aviv and Center

Eretz Israel Museum

Blossoming with Age The grounds of Eretz Israel Museum are blooming with 10,000 ceramic flowers, created by 1,600 senior citizens from all around the country, in a year-long process. This installation is in honor of October - Senior Citizen Month; 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

An Ocean of Life Exhibition of ocean-themed paintings by artist Olga Soslova. Closes Tuesday; 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

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, 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

Longing for Jerusalem A selihot-related performance of stories, songs and music in the museum’s moat. Followed by a thematic tour of the Jewish Quarter. Mon-Thur at 18.00; 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

Bloomfield Science Museum

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics Interactive exhibit on the marvels of natural engineering, the structures and functions of plants and animals and evolution’s creative innovations. For the family; Who’s Walking Now? Kids’ workshop. Create a walking “animal” without an engine or springs; Senses Workshop. Experience the sensory perceptions of a bee, a duck and an octopus as you try to go through their daily tasks. For the family; Ideas From Nature Scientific demonstration, on human inventions inspired by nature’s designs; Race to the Ark Performance on two boys who use every trick in nature’s bag to get to Noah’s Ark on time. Incorporates dance, theater and animation, Ages 4+; 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

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 Exhibition, tracing 2,000 years of the Bible through rare texts. Daily guided tours in English at 10.30, with additional tours Wed at 17.30 • 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

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Broken Garden The Botanical Gardens host works in glass, created by combatants/artists from Beit Halohem in Jerusalem. The botanical/zoological-themed pieces are interspersed around the grounds of the gardens. Opens Sunday. 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

Kibbutz Dalia Harvest Dance Festival

For 70 years, Kibbutz Dalia has been hosting the Israeli folk dancing festival, with thousands of people and dozens of troupes taking part in performances, workshops and guided dance-alongs in events for adults and the entire family (see Dance). Sat, from 15.00 (main performance begins at 19.00). Kibbutz Dalia, Megiddo Regional Council, Galilee. Tickets: (04) 959-8506, www.mofaim-megido.co.il

BodyWays Festival

Three days of workshops integrating dance, improvisation, martial arts and more, in addition to music performances from across the country (see Entertainment). Also on site: workshops and activities for kids, camping grounds and rooms, a pool, a therapy/treatment area and food stalls. Sept 25-27. Fri, Sat, at the Campus of the Givat Haviva Educational Institute, http://festival.bodyways.org/

Spicy Way Farm

Sweet New Year Celebration: Spiced Honey Workshop. Fri, Sat at 10.00, 13.00; Field Tour Of the farm’s herb and spice fields. Fri, Sat at 12.00. A variety of kids’ creative workshops, tastings and recipes available. Fri, Sat throughout the day. Spicy Way Visitors Center, Bethlehem of Galilee. (04) 953-3405, www.derech-hatavlinim.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

Indie Park

A new eco-activities park in the Hula Valley, with native-American-style makeup and getups, eco-friendly creative activities, an area for toddlers and plenty of physical activities, including canoes, kayaks and paddling boats, omegas, archery, a climbing wall and more. Daily, 08.00-18.00. Near Yesud Hama’ala, off Route 90. 057-677-7717, www.indiepark.co.il

Gan Guru

New Year’s Wishes: Kite Event A kite salute to the IDF and citizens of the south; build a kite and write on it your wishes and blessings for the new year, and fly it in good company. Fri, 09.00-17.00; Regular events: 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

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

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) 934-4402; 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