Things to Do Around Israel, April 3-9, 2015

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

Noga Weiss

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Medrano Circus
 
The Italian circus is celebrating 150 years with a world tour, bringing its spectacular show to Israel. Over 40 award-winning performers, including clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and more. Fri at 11.00, 14.00, 16.30; Sat at 10.00, 12.30, 16.00, 18.30; Mon-Thur at 17.30. The North Sportech, Ganei Yehoshua, Tel Aviv. Details: *6578, www.medrano.co.il

Origami Workshop

A creative activity of this delicate art form, presented in tandem with the museum’s paper folding exhibit (see Art). For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat and Thur 10.00-18.00. Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, 10 Mifratz Shlomo St., Old Jaffa

Navigation Games

Make your way through Neve Tzedek, the beautiful first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, as you solve mysteries and go on quests. Sun-Wed at 10.00. Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, 21 Shim’on Rokah St., Neve Tzedek

Diamonds Exhibit

Discover the process that precious stones go through from their excavation to their setting. Sun-Tues at 10.00. The Diamond Museum at the Israel Diamond Exchange, Ramat Gan

Bravo Circus

An international circus with acrobatics, balancing acts, clowns and giant soap bubbles to keep the whole family entertained. Sun at 11.00. Heichal Hatarbut, Rishon Letzion; Wed at 11.00 and 17.00. Heichal Hatarbut, Petah Tikva. Details: (03) 644-4508

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Tower of David Museum

The Mystery of the Secret Potion Visitors must solve four mysterious quests in order to gain knowledge of the secret ingredients to an ancient potion. Sun-Wed at 10.00; Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibit. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine. Permanent exhibit: Fri and Sat 9.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 9.00-16.00. Details and Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333

Bible Lands Museum

A Day in the King’s Court The fanciest of Pharaoh’s feasts is featured here, with ancient music, hieroglyphics, classic lore and more. Sun-Thur, during museum hours; Yiddish Tour of the Museum Focusing on current exhibits. Fri at 11.00; 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; Themed exhibits; 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. Handicapped accessible. Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues and Thur 9.30-17.30; Wed 9.30-21.30

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. This month focuses on creative technology. Some activities: Machines and Smiles A retrospective with many different machines and the mechanisms behind them; A Work Tools Race Utilizing work tools in new and creative ways. Takes place several times a day; The Human Machine Acrobatics show. Three clowns try to uncover the secrets of remaining balanced; Gil-Gula Workshop, inviting children to build original new tools and machines; Sesame Street 2015 – Fostering Curiosity The latest season of the iconic children’s show was filmed at the museum, and the venue offers a wide range of Sesame Street-related activities, including taking a picture on the famous street set and meeting the show’s loveable puppets; A View into Space Showcasing photographs of celestial bodies in the observable universe, in addition to the historical developments of space exploration; Science Magic With seemingly implausible scientific experiments; Moving Illusion Building Workshop Creating the illusion of movement through drawing; Animals in Costume Experiment Workshop An interactive workshop explaining the various camouflaging techniques found in nature; Illusions: Mind Boggling Explains how optical illusions work; In Light of Electricity On the many ways electricity influences our lives; Games of Light and Shadow Play. On the interaction between what is light and seen and what is immersed in darkness; Meet Math Exhibit. Displaying different mathematical principles through nature and number theory. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.0-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Herzl Museum

The museum provides details on the life and influence of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. Also includes: A Touring Company Play, telling the stories of those buried in Mt. Herzl. Ages 8+. By appointment, on Sun-Wed at 08.45. At the entrance to Mt. Herzl. (02) 671-3770

A Parting of Sea and Sand

A performance incorporating the Exodus story, juggling, a drumming show and other performances. Sun and Mon at 10.00, 12.00 and 15.00. Beit Avi Chai

Illuminated Haggadah Fair

The event includes Haggadah-related artwork. Visitors enter the story of The Four Sons, with illuminations of medieval hadggadot as well as contemporary ones. Mon at 17.00. Inbal Hotel. Details: 058-673-3226

The Bible Marathon

A series of races in honor of the first recorded marathon from Shilo, mentioned in the Book of Samuel, takes place on Thursday. These include: A Full Marathon Begins at 05.45; A half marathon At 05.45; A 15 km Race At 06.45; A 5 km Race For those who really cannot commit, beginning at 07.15. Races leave from the Sounds of Music Promenade Lake in Rosh Ha’ayin, near the Eben Ezer archeological site. Details: http://biblemarathon.co.il

SHARON AREA

Florentine Circus
 
The modern circus group presents family fun, with “Mayhem in the Circus,” a performance that includes juggling, aerial acrobatics, dance and more, for all ages, followed by circus workshops for kids. Sun at 10.30, 13.00; Mon at 10.30, 13.00, 16.00; Tues at 10.30, 13.00; Wed at 10.30, 13.00. Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon. Tickets: (03) 524-7373, www.florentinecircus.co.il

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Bravo Circus

(See Tel Aviv and Center). Mon at 17.00. Kiryat Motzkin Theater. (03) 644-4508

Activities in the Jezreel Valley:

Secrets of the Pharaohs Tour the hands-on rural museum, offering explanations on the ancient custom of mummification; visit silk worm cultivation bunks and a bee hive observatory; activities include honeyed chocolate making and painting on Egyptian parchment. Daily at 09.00. Moshav Shadmot Dvora, Lower Galilee. (04) 676-9598, www.dvorat-hatavor.co.il; Pick Me! Berry, herb and veggie picking, agricultural activity display (at 12.00), petting corner and creative activities. Daily at 09.30. Bethlehem of the Galilee. 054-5507-480, www.ktofoti.co.il; Labyrinth in the Valley A chance to get lost in a classic, large-scale hedge maze, a temporary wheat maze (up for two months), and a moderate-level rope maze. Sun-Thur at 10.00. Moshav Sde Yaakov. 050-540-4473, (04) 983-0255

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos, koalas and flying foxes, with guided feedings and a petting zoo. An Aboriginal village is set up with creative workshops on Sun-Wed, during regular hours. Fri, 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-806

Stone in the Galilee

The international Stone Sculpture Festival and symposium hosts a variety of entertainment events and activities, including workshops, plays, acrobatics and circus shows, live music, sing-alongs, educational activities, boating events and more. Sun-Tues. Monfort Lake, Ma’alot-Tarshiha. (04) 957-08871, www.maltar.co.il

Song of Songs Festival

The event features a mixture of music, street theater, fragrant blossoms of local plant life and a large art fair. Handicapped accessible. Sun-Thur. At the Golan village of Katzrin. (04) 696-2412

THE SOUTH

The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Exhibit, providing scientific explanations of the ancient period’s greatest achievements. Sat at 09.00, Sun-Thur at 09.00. The Davidson Institute within The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot. Details: (09) 934-4401

Golden Age Festival 2015

Over 100 artists take part in this celebration of cross-cultural dialogue between performers from different ethnic and influential backgrounds. Sun-Thur. Monart Cultural Complex, Ashdod

Bravo Circus

(See Tel Aviv and Center). Sat at 11.00. Kibbutz Givat Brenner; Tues at 11.00. Performing Arts Center, Be’er Sheva. Details: (03) 644-4508

The Land of the Dinosaurs

Over 30 dinosaur species are presented as life-sized statues in an interactive exhibit. Fri and Sat at 09.00, Sun-Wed at 14.00, Thur at 10.00. Negev Zoo, Be’er Sheva. Details: *9066