Things to Do Around Israel, August 14-20, 2015

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

Ilan Spira

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Planetarium

Four new shows about space and the solar system: Secrets of the Sun Ages 10+; Expansion of Outer Space Ages 10+; Journey to the Edge of the Universe Ages 10+; The Wonder Telescope Ages 7+. Daily from 10.30. Eretz Israel Museum, Ramat Aviv. Hours: Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-20.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-20.00; Thur 10.00-22.00. Details: (03) 744-2222.

We Found Water Festival

This 3-day event commemorates the first water well in the city of Rishon Letzion and includes family activities, such as water games, lectures and mini tutorials based on water conservation. Tues-Thur.  Museum of Rishon Letzion, 2 Ehad Haam St. Museum hours: Daily from 16.00-20.00. Details: (03) 959-8862/90 or www.rishonlezion-museum.org.il

Disney Summer Festival

This event includes all things Disney, including on-stage performances, sing-alongs, face painting and beauty makeovers, dartboard with snowballs, seven video game consoles, a race track and more.  Throughout August. Fri, Sun 9.30-16.00; Sat, Mon-Thur 9.30-20.30. Municipal Sports Arena, Isaac Remba St. (next to the Exhibition Grounds). Tickets: *2207. Details: Disney.2207.co.il
 
Man and the Living World Museum:
 
Activity for the whole family in conjunction with the exhibit “Menahem Golan: Life as a Movie.” A theatrical workshop for children with makeup, costumes and film set props; an exhibition tour for the parents. Daily at 11.00, 12.00, 17.00, 18.00, through August. National Park, Ramat Gan. Details: (03) 631-5010, www.adamvechai.org.il

Trick Art

3D paintings that are interactive and done in gigantic scale. For the entire family. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-20.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-20.00. Bitan 2, Exhibition Grounds. Details *9066

Lego Park
 
Enjoy giant displays made entirely of Lego bricks, exhilarating rides, interactive attractions, XBOX area and create your own Lego models. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat-Thur 09.00-19.30. Bitan 2, Exhibition Grounds

Ice Peaks
 
Ice skating rink, climbing wall and zip-line. Raffle prizes drawn throughout the week for every ticket entry. Fri, Sun-Thur 11.00-23.00; Sat 10.00-23.00. Peres Park, 1 Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon

Shark World

A traveling international exhibit that offers a window into the life of the shark, a creature that is crucial to maintaining a balanced underwater ecosystem. Fri, Sat at 09.00; Sun-Thur at 14.00. Exhibition Grounds, Rokach Blvd. (03) 521-5202

The Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-16.00; Sat-Thur 09.00-19.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305, www.safari.co.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

The Jewish Quarter

Special tours and family archaeological activities in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, based on the readings from the Torah. Sun-Thur 11.00-18.00. Details: *4987
 
Jerusalem Season of Culture (July 27-September 4)

The festival presents diverse and unique artistic works that focus on cultural and social themes using performance, sound, visual and activism to honor the city and celebrate Jerusalem’s vibrant make up. This week: “Frontline” (see Entertainment). Mon-Thur. Details: www.jerusalemseason.com/en

The Israel Museum

Courtyard Party Cake-decorating workshop, birthday-candle-making, wrapping-paper design and a birthday chair for making wishes. Ages 6+. Fri 10.00-13.00; Sun, Mon, Thur 10.00-16.00; Tues 10.00-19.00; Birthday Celebration in the Recycling Room Create presents, cakes, special cards, candies using unconventional materials. Sun, Mon, Wed, Thur 10.00-16.00; Tues 10.00-19.00; Story Time: Hop Hop Trala Birthday stories with storyteller Shlomit Dvir. Ages 3-6. Sun-Thur 11:30; Wine Tasting Festival from Israel’s leading wineries in a unique atmosphere. Mon-Thur 19.00-23.00; Naba An interactive and original performance for the whole family held in the museum’s galleries. The Dana Ruttenberg Dance Group. Tues at 11.30; Many Happy Returns! An excursion through the galleries in search of birthday party supplies. Daily at 10.30, 12.30

International Arts and Crafts Fair

The fair, offering works by over 70 artists from Israel and around the world, concerts by top Israeli musicians, street events and children’s shows, comes to an end this weekend. Sat 21.00-24.00. At Mitchell Gardens and Sultan’s Pool. Tickets: *6226 or (02) 623-7000. Details: http://www.artfair.jerusalem.muni.il

Kiftzuba

The family amusement park offers a range of activities for all ages, situated in air-conditioned buildings and a shaded outdoor area. Fri 10-00-17.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-19.00; Thur 10.00-22.00. Kibbutz Tzuba, www.kiftzuba.co.il

Bezalel Fair
 
Showcasing works in fabric, wood, glass, ceramics and a variety of artistic media, by Israeli artists and artisans. Attractions include stalls, street performers, workshops and music performances. Every Fri at 10.00. Bezalel St. Details: bezalelfair.co.il

Dinosaur Kingdom
 
Explore the fascinating creatures that roamed the earth six-million years ago in this new outdoor exhibition showcasing over 40 life-size “animatronic” dinosaur replicas, plus enjoy a host of dinosaur-themed activities including workshops, mazes, movies, games and much more. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Our Jerusalem
 
Exhibition featuring photographs of Jerusalem by Sharon Gabay will be displayed in the Cardo in the Old City. All proceeds go to help the homeless. Open daily, at all hours. The Cardo, Old City
 
Tower of David Museum
    
Dungeons & Dragons - A Fantasy World in the Citadel The magical world of the game “Dungeons and Dragons” comes to life in the ancient citadel in Jerusalem. Children are invited to meet the Dungeon Master, and dress up in costumes to become their favorite character. Ages 7-13. Fri, Sat at 10.00,12.00; Hands on! Stimulating activity. Follow the trail around the Citadel that leads into the guard rooms, exhibition halls, hidden corners and gardens of the museum to feel and touch different objects along the way. For the entire family. In English. Sun-Thur 09.00-15.00; Stories of the Walls Twilight tour of the city walls incorporating songs, legends and stories about places and people. Ages 6+. Tues, Thur 17.30; The Night Spectacular A night show presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel. Sat at 21.00, 22.00; Mon, Wed, Thur at 20.30, 21.30. Details and Reservation Center: *2884/ (02) 626-5333

Bible Lands Museum
    
August Family Fun Go back in time at the Babylonian village exhibit and dress up and act out just like in the olden times; also creative activities. Ages 5-10. Sun-Thur 10.00-12.00; English Tours of the museum: Fri, Sun-Thur at 10.30; Wed at 17.30; Switch: Contemporary Art – Ancient Tradition Art, dance and musical performances that explore Jewish culture from the Babylonian exile to present day Israel. Wed at 20.00; Lost at the Museum Join a princess and a wizard on their spectacular journey in search of their lost heirlooms. Look for shiny jewelry and hunting tools that have vanished in the palace, and discover ancient spells and mysterious papyrus writings. Ages 5-10. Handicap accessible. Fri, Sat 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues, Thur 09.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30
 
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. Includes a children’s zoo with a petting corner, 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, Derech Aharon Shulov 1. (02) 675-0111

Mini Israel

Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Guided tours by appointment. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Latrun 1-700-559-559; www.minisrael.co.il

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Among the activities: Musica A new exhibit featuring giant replicas of musical instruments. Wed at 15.30; Toy Building Workshop Focusing on mechanical toys. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-16.00; Mon-Wed 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. At the entrance to Mt. Herzl, on Herzl Blvd. By appointment: (02) 671-3770

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri, 10.00-16.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-16.00 (last entry two hours before closing). Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888, park.monkeypark.co.il

Sharon Area

Shefayim Water Park
 
The park offers exciting activities which include 26 water slides, five pools, a maze, an acrobatics show and much more. Sun-Thur 09.00-18.00. Fri, Sat 09.00-17.00. Kibbutz Shefayim. Tickets: (09) 959-5756/7

HAIFA AND THE NORTH
 
Yiftah’el Winery
 
The vineyard and winery hosts a series of family events and workshops that include bottling grape juice and wine, picking grapes, a night tour of the vineyard (Tues at 20.00), and more. Fri, Sat 09.00-14.00; Sun-Thur 10.00-12.00; 16.00-19.30. Alon Hagalil, Lower Galilee. Details: http://www.yfw.co.il/

 Overnight Stay at Gan Guru

The park, home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas, invites families to camp out overnight on its grounds and take part in a special tour of the animals, ending with breakfast the next morning. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-20.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

Bell Ofri

The agricultural farm is hosting workshops on the grape harvest, bread baking and the wine press as well as tours of the farm. Open daily, from 09.00-19.00. Located north of Katzrin. Registration: 052-880-5026

Hamat Gader

Night tour through the forest and the mini safari which is home to over 200 crocodiles of different species originating from all over the world. For the entire family. Mon, Thur at 20.00; Enjoy a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a fun parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs and more. Fri, Mon-Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat, Sun 08.30-17.00. Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details: *6393

THE SOUTH

Museum of Philistine Culture

Explore Mediterranean culture in connection with Philistine culture through a series of culinary, music, theater, storytelling, decorative wood plates and graffiti art workshops and activities for the entire family. Open daily, 09.00-13.00. 16 Hashayatim St., Ashdod. Details: (08) 622-4799
 
Festival of Competitive Circus Arts
 
The international 2-day event showcases 40 competitors from 10 different countries, including Russia, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belarus, and others. Circus acts include tightrope walking, juggling, and more. Open to the public. Mon 10.30, 17.30. Ashdod Sports Complex, 10 Barak Ben Avinoam St.; Tues at 18.00. Performing Arts Center, Ashdod. Details: (08) 867-1536 or ashow.co.il
 
Under the Stars
 
The annual Perseid meteor shower event (Aug 12-15) is being held at Timna Park, in the southern Arava and in Mitzpe Ramon, in the Negev. Both places will host different activities and creativity workshops on astronomy and astrology, suitable for the entire family. Around midnight each night lights in both venues will be dimmed for an optimally dark night sky, to create the perfect setting to observe the shooting stars. Details: 1-800-225-007, or  www.goarava.co.il; (08) 868-1635 or www.negevtour.co.il

Lunada

A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the different senses. Sat 09.00-17.30; Sun-Thur 09.00-13.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva