Things to Do Around Israel, April 22-28, 2016

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

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An event in Holon from the nationwide Map and Matza festival.
An event in Holon from the nationwide Map and Matza festival. Credit: Itai Belson



Israel’s international car show features new models, extreme motorcycling 

demonstrations and stunt performances. Sun-Wed 10.00-20.00, Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds. Tickets: 

Tel Aviv-Jaffa Sea Festival 

The largest maritime sports festival (April 18-28) hosts a variety of water sports activities and competitions: yachts, kayaks, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), beach volleyball and open water swimming. At the Tel Aviv Marina. Registration is required:

Man and the Living World Museum

Hosts special activities, in conjunction with the exhibit “The Wild Animals of Nahum Gutman and Friends,” taking place from Sun-Wed 10.00, 11.00, 12.00. Among the exhibits: “Animal Impressions,” by Yechiel Shaked, depicting paintings of rare animals from the Galapagos Islands, is on display. Museum hours: Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5010

Shanghai Circus 

The acrobatic extravaganza, combining traditional Chinese arts and modern technology, features over 30 artists. Sat 12.30, 16.00, 18.30; Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur 10.00, 12.30, 16.00, 18.30; Tel Aviv Sportech in Park Hayarkon. Tickets: *2207,

Map and Matza 

Twelve heritage sites around the country, including the White Tower in Ramle, Mikveh Israel in Holon, the Valley Railroad in Kfar Yehoshua in the north and Beit Harav Kook in Jerusalem, offer tours, workshops and music performances for all the family (see Entertainment). Tues, Wed 10.00-16.00. Details: (08) 656-0469, 

Ice Peaks 

The ice skating rink has on offer new activities: discounted tickets to multi-sensory film screenings, bungee jumping, as well as a climbing wall and zip-line. Activity hours: Sun-Thur 11.00-15.00. Sat-Thur 10.00-23.00. Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon

Eretz Israel Museum (MUSA) 

A demonstration of a restored ancient beehive with live honeybees, in honor of the holiday. Beekeepers from Kibbutz Yad Mordechai will lead honey tastings and talks. Other activities include a guided nature tour and a collage workshop for the whole family. Activity hours: Sun-Wed 10.00-18.00; tour hours: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, and workshop hours: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30. The Planetarium at the museum offers films based on the solar system, on a revolving stage. The new film “Life of Trees,” ages 5+ will be screened every hour. Pre-booking required for English performances: (03) 745-5710/720. 

Ramat Gan Safari 

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours, activities and workshops, led by staff members. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-16.00; Sat and holidays, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.30 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305;


Passover at Latrun

The Armored Corps Association in Latrun, home to the historic site of several biblical battles and now the active commemoration site of the fallen members of the Armored Forces in all of Israel’s wars, will host a one-day walking event through the Ayalon Valley. Optional routes: 7 km and 13 km. Tues at 08.00; The Ayalon Canada Park hosts guided tours and activities. Fri 08.30-12.00; Sat 09.00-15.30; Sun-Thur 08:30-16.00. Details: 

Bible Lands Museum

Presents “Pharaoh Frenzy,” based on the deepest secrets of the Pharaohs and ancient Egypt with mummies, pyramids and more. Learn about papyrus, the world’s first form of paper and how to decipher hieroglyphs. Includes special guided tours, in English (Sun-Wed 10.30, 12.30; Thur at 10.30). Fri, Thur 10.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-17.00

Neot Kedumim

Premieres the interactive musical performance, “Secrets of Lost Time,” on time travel back to when nature was the only “clock” (12.15, 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15). Includes a theater performance about an ancient Hebrew village (11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30, 16.30), art workshops, a ropes course, climbing wall, a gymboree for younger kids, petting zoo, pony rides, hourly train rides and more. Sun-Wed 09.00-17.00. Neot Kedumim Nature Reserve. Tickets: 

Museum for Islamic Art

Offers guided tours in English (Sun-Thur 15.00-17.00) and an activity for the entire family based the mysteries of an ancient golden watch currently on display. Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. 2 Hapalmach St. Tickets: (02) 566-1291,

Israel Museum

Events include “Egyptian Passover,” a race for the treasure set through the galleries, with a chance to win prizes; story time at noon; art workshops inspired by ancient Egypt; and making Egyptian necklaces in the recycling room. Sun-Wed 10.00-15.00. Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed, Thur 10.00-17.00; Tues 16.00-21.00 

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

A Passover happening with guided animal feedings, elephant training and friendly encounters with the animals. Regular offerings: Natural exhibits of over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from around the world. Includes a children’s zoo with a petting corner, and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-18.00. Biblical Zoo, 1, Aharon Shulov St. (02) 675-0111

Herzl Museum

Hosts an interactive wall on which visitors can add text and stickers to create their own newspaper stories, inspired by Herzl. For ages 8+. Fri 08.45-12.00; Sun-Wed 08.45-17.00. At the entrance to Mt. Herzl. (02) 632-1515 

Bloomfield Science Museum

A new photography exhibit “Natural Building,” based on the question Why Don’t Buildings Fall? The exhibit includes a photo collection examining the physical and chemical properties of structures, as well as hosts workshops and interactive activities on construction and buildings. A daily film screening: the 2014 BBC nature documentary “Tiny Giants 3D” on the lives of the smallest of animals and inspired by the original BBC TV series “Hidden Kingdoms.” Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-16.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens 

Hosts a special activity, Discovery Trail, where families are led through the different areas of the garden, as well as an interactive sculpture “Our Roots,” by Belgian environmental artist, Will Beckers. Includes four distinct, nature-inspired workshops and guides tours (Sun-Thur 11.00-16.00). Activity hours: Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Regular offerings: The Israel’s biggest plant collection with over 6,000 plants. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-19.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012,

Tower of David Museum

A happening, entitled “Who Knows 6?,” made up of six activities: race to solve puzzles, for ages 8+ (10.30, 12.30, 14.30); theater show on the story of Passover, for ages 3-10 (11.00, 13.00); games and crafts, for ages 3-7; tour of the tower; a visit to the Kishle, an ancient underground space with archaeological remains (at 11.30); and a night show, “The Night Spectacular,” presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto the walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel (every night 20.00, 21.00). Activity hours: Sun-Wed 10.00-16.00. Museum hours: Fri 09.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00.

Mini Israel

Hosts the Orna Porat Theater festival (see box). Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. At Latrun, 1-700-559-559,

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; 

Sat-Thur 10.00-15.00. Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888,

Sharon area

Florentine Circus

The circus group presents “Circus of the World,” a slapstick humorous show, which includes a special appearance by performer Fyodor Makarov from the Broadway hit show “Slava’s Snowshow.” For all ages. Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues 12.30, 16.00, 18.00; Wed, Thur 10.00, 12.30, 16.00, 18.00. Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon (off Hakfar Hayarok junction). Tickets: (03) 524-7373,


Israel Railway Museum

The national railway museum of Israel features the country’s railway history, antique train cars and other railway items. Sun-Thur 08.00-16.00. 1 Hativat Golani St., Haifa. Details: 

Stone in the Galilee International Sculpture Festival

The annual event dedicated to sculpture features the Israeli debut of Dutch artist Guido Verhoef, who will create a 30,000 balloons sculpture in the moment. Includes family activities, workshops, attractions and more. Sun-Tues from 10.00. Lake Monfort, Ma’alot-Tarshiha. Details: 

Gan Guru

Hosts a maze activity that takes guests on an adventure through the park’s grounds and is based on the classic tale “Alice in Wonderland.” Activity hours: Tues, Wed 09.00-17.00. The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas, with 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) 648-806,

Indi Park 

Theme park offering water sport activities, creative workshops to recreate biblical stories of Passover. Includes kayaking, surfing, canoeing, wall climbing, nature art workshops and more. Daily 09.00-17.00. Located in Yesud Hama’ala in the Hula Valley. Details:

Hamat Gader

Opens its doors to classic Neverland characters, such as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tigerlily, Tinkerbell and others, who will lead activities, pirate training, games and storytelling. Sun-Thur 10.00-16.00. Includes a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs, and more. Fri, Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat 08.30-19.00; Sun-Wed 08.30-17.00; Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details: *6393


Passover at Timna Park 

Guided tours of the site, creative workshops (fill bottles with colored sand taken by the lake), rock climbing, pedal boats, bike rides, storytelling around a campfire and more. Sun-Wed 8.00-16.00, Timna Park (08) 631-6756,

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