Things to Do Around Israel, April 7-13, 2017

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Map and Matza

A cultural event providing free entrance to a dozen of heritage sites around the country (the Ben-Gurion House in Tel Aviv, Museum of Italian Jewish Art in Jerusalem, Museum of Rishon Letzion, Etzel Museum at the Shuni Fortress, Yad Mordechai Museum in the south, and others), offering tours, workshops, plays and music performances. Wed, Thur 10.00-16.00. (08) 656-0469,

Passover with KKL-JNF

An array of events are on offer nationwide including hikes (the Emek Harod March calling for tolerance and peace, Thur at 16.00), bike trips, a treasure hunt at the Hula Lake Park (April 16 at 10.00) and a celebration of KKL’s 115th anniversary in the Ben Shemen Forest (April 12-14, 09.00-18.00) with storytelling, creative stalls, mazes and more. April 12-17.

Israel National Trail

The SPNI offers hikes and activities held all along the 1,000 km trail, marking the first National Trail Day. Thur, from 09.00. For information about events in your area:

Apiaries Across the Country

Apiaries open their doors to the public for a chance to meet beekeepers and their charges. Taste different types of honey and take part in a variety of workshops about the important role bees play in the environment. Participating apiaries include Ofir Apiary in Alon Hagalil, Kibbutz Yad Mordechai and the Porat Apiary in Ein Yahav, a moshav in the south near the border with Jordan; Pirhei Galil Beehive in Moshav Manot and Dvorat Hatavor in the Lower Galilee; and Lin Farm in Kfar Bilu. April 10-18.


Spring Celebrations in Old Jaffa

Mystorin Theater Group presents outdoor theatrical performances. Wed, Thur 10.00-16.00 (every half hour); The Orange Shoe Play inspired by commedia dell’arte. Wed 11.00, 13.00; Peter Pan Puppet theater by Bambola Theater. Ages 4-8. Wed 14.00, 15.00; Treasure Island Object theater chronicling the adventures of Jim Hawkins. Thur 11.00, 13.00; Rumpelstiltskin Puppet theater by Bambola Theater. Ages 4-8. Thur 14.00, 15.00. Registration: Kedumim Square, Old Jaffa                        

Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People

An exhibit for the whole family: “Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People.” On key figures in Jewish culture, including scientists, cultural figures, athletes and others. Includes activities and games. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-19.00; Thur 10.00-22.30. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv. Tickets:

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;


Time Elevator

An audio-visual overview of Jerusalem’s 3,000-year-old story. The famous attraction has recently been renovated and features four different multimedia performances, including “I Am Jerusalem,” devoted to the city of Jerusalem, the cosmos and the human body. Ages 5+. Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. 6 Yitzhak Kariv St.

Neot Kedumim

Features various walking trails, guided tours, musical performances, a children’s play and a moonlit navigation activity for the whole family (Wed 18.30-22.00). Activity hours: Wed, Thur 09.00-17.00 (last entrance at 15.00). Neot Kedumim located near Modi’in.

Extreme Sports in Ben Shemen Forest

Zip lines, bungee jumping, horse riding, wall climbing and more. Tel Hadid in Ben Shemen Forest. April 12-18. This week: Wed, Thur 09.30-18.00. Details: (03) 907-2710             

Bible Lands Museum

Presents “Festi-Pesach,” a holiday fair that promises to “transport” visitors to ancient Egypt. Unlock the mysteries behind the pyramids, decipher hieroglyphics and learn how to solve ancient riddles. Includes special guided tours in English (Wed, Thur 10.30, 12.30).  Activity hours: Wed, Thur 10.00-17.00. 21 Shmuel Stephan Weiz St.

Passover in Mateh Binyamin

The region’s historical sites host several hikes, creative workshops, petting corners and a navigation activity for the whole family. Wed-Thur 10.00-17.00.

Biblical Museum of Natural History

Showcasing mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects featured in the Hebrew Bible, the museum also functions as a zoo, natural history museum and Torah education center. Includes exhibitions of live animals, taxidermy specimens and biological artifacts. Visits to the museum are through a special guided tour, by appointment only. 5 Hatzaba St., Beit Shemesh. Reservations: or 073-213-1662

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

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, animal feeding demonstrations, educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. Biblical Zoo, Aharon Shulov St. (02) 675-0111

Tower of David Museum

Hosts special events for the Passover holiday: Jerusalem-themed activities and creative workshops. Wed, Thur 10.00-16.00; “A Celebration in Jerusalem,” invites families to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, like in the olden days, and parade around the citadel dressed in costume. Ages 4-7. Wed, Thur 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00; The Night Spectacular - A night show presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto the walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel. At Jaffa Gate. Tickets:

Bloomfield Science Museum

Spring Games A variety of creative workshops and activity booths dedicated to the amazing world of fauna, flora and bees. In addition, the Clipa Theater for Performance Art stages its dance-theater show “Pollination” at the museum (every hour, 11.00-15.00); An exhibit for the entire family: Illusions Features a mirror maze, a science demonstration with audience participation, and workshops that activate the senses including making moving toys, cardboard eyeglasses using colorful filters, mirrors and more; Wings of Life A 3D film on the celebration of color, produced by Disneynature Studios. Screenings: Fri at 12.00; Sat at 13.00. Hebrew University, Givat Ram Campus. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-16.00; Sun, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. (02) 654-4888,

Monkey Park

Celebrates African music, song and dance in addition to a slew of creative workshops and extreme sports for children. Regular offerings: Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-16.00. Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel). (08) 928-5888,

Yad Vashem

The world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust and home to the Holocaust History Museum. Offers guided tour in English (Fri at 10.00) and presents a variety of important survivors’ testimonies, personal diaries, artifacts and more. Special exhibit: Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven Gives expression to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and displays their stories. Mount of Remembrance, Har Hazikaron St., off Herzl St. (02) 644-3802. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 09.00-17.00; Thur 09.00-20.00

Sharon area

Florentine Circus

The circus group presents its show “Peter Pan,” an adaptation of the classic story about the eternal child. For all ages. Wed, Thur 10.30, 12.30. Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon. Tickets: *3851,


Stone in the Galilee International Sculpture Festival

The annual event features specially commissioned sculptural works by 14 Israeli and international artists. In addition, Dutch artist Guido Verhoef will return this year and create a giant sculpture using 30,000 balloons. Includes family activities, children’s plays, workshops, food stalls, attractions and more. April 12-14. This week: Wed, Thur from 10.00. Lake Monfort, Ma’alot-Tarshiha.

Ein Hod Artists’ Village

Special events for the Passover holiday including dance performances by the Haifa School for Dancers (artistic director: Lior Lev), street theater by ARMA Theater; art workshops (lithography, photography, ceramics) and theatrical tours of the village led by actors. Wed, Thur from 11.00. Ein Hod Artists’ Village. Details: 054-4811968

Za’atar Festival

The Derech Hatavlinim (Spice Route) Herb Farm hosts a variety of activities including labneh and za’atar-making workshops, a tractor ride, a drumming circle, spice market and more. Tues-Thur 10.00-16.00. Bethlehem of the Galilee. (04) 953-3405,

Open Museum of Photography

Storytelling: A reading of Israeli children’s author Levin Kipnis’ “Golden Nut,” followed by a creative workshop. Ages 3+. Wed at 17.00; Passover-themed photography workshops. Wed, Thur 10.00, 11.00, 14.00. Tel Hai Industrial Park, between Kiryat Shmona and Metula. (04) 681-6702,

Gan Guru

As part of the Nature of Animals event (April 12-14), the park, home to kangaroos, koalas and other Australian wildlife, will setup workstations based on different aspects of animal behavior – movement, sound and color. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060,


Rehovot Spring Dance Festival

The 2-day festival of music and dance celebrates the holiday with Eretz Israel songs and dance. This year’s event pays tribute to the late Israeli composer and musician Nachum Heiman, with Si Hi-Man, Izhar Cohen, Galit Giat, Avihu Medina and folk-dance groups. Wed, Thur from 17.30, Hameyasdim Park, Herzl St. corner of Levkowitz St., Rehovot. (08) 923-2200

Clore Garden of Science

Hosts Passover-themed workshops dealing with applied science. Wed, Thur 10.00-18.00, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot. (08) 934-4401,

Open Museum

Presents a number of holiday events including flashlight tours, night walks, creative workshops, storytelling activities and the children’s play “Night Journey,” about a young girl who becomes immersed in the bedtime story her father reads to her (Thur at 17.30). Open Museum, Omer Industrial Park. Tickets: (08) 990-8121,

Planet Earth Is in Our Hands

The annual ecological festival centers around the theme of children’s fairy tales, offering countless creative workshops using recycled materials. Wed 11.00-13.00; Thur 10.00-16.00. 38 Ben-Gurion St., Kiryat Malakhi


A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the various senses. Sat, Sun-Thur 09.30-18.30. 25 David Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva