Things to Do Around Israel, August 28-September 3, 2015

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

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A mechanical toy from a new exhibit at Eretz Israel Museum.
A mechanical toy from a new exhibit at Eretz Israel Museum.Credit: Leonid Padrul


Eretz Israel Museum

The Dancing Machine 2 is an exhibit of mechanical toys and automata, which the spectators can operate by pressing a button. A large workshop operates alongside the exhibition in which families will be able to design and build a machine based on their own imagination. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-20.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-20.00; Thur 10.00-22.00

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. Fri, Sun 09.30-16.00; Sat, Mon 09.30-20.30. Municipal Sports Arena, Isaac Remba St. (next to the Exhibition Grounds). Tickets: *2207. Details:

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. Fri, Sat 11.00, 12.00; Sun, Mon 11.00, 12.00, 17.00, 18.00; National Park, Ramat Gan. Details: (03) 631-5010,

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, Mon 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 09.00-19.30. Bitan 2, Exhibition Grounds

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. Exhibition Grounds, Rokach Blvd. (03) 521-5202

Ice Peaks

Ice skating rink, climbing wall and zip-line. Raffle prizes drawn throughout the week for every ticket entry. Fri 11.00-23.00; Sat 10.00-23.00; Sun, Mon 10.00-23.00; Tues-Thur 17.30-20.00; Peres Park, 1 Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon

Yitzhak Rabin Center

Celebrating the life and legacy of the assassinated prime minister, the center and its museum combine Rabin’s personal story with the development of the burgeoning Jewish State of Israel. Activities include guided historical tours, and educational workshops on such ideas as democracy and remembrance. Fri 09.00-12.30; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-15.30; Tues, Thur 09.00-17.30. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Gan *4585

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-Mon 09.00-19.00; Tues-Thur 09.00-18.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305,


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: The Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival (See in Entertainment). Details:

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; Story Time: Hop Hop Trala. Ages 3-6. Sun, Mon 11:30; Gallery Talk: Happy Birthday exhibit with the exhibition curator. Wed at 12.00. In English. Many Happy Returns! An excursion through the galleries in search of birthday party supplies. Fri, Sat 11.00-15.00


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; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-19.00. Kibbutz Tzuba,

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:

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds; 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. Activity hours: Fri 10.00-16.00; Sat 10.00-22.00; Sun, Mon 10.00-22.00; Hours for the Botanical Gardens: Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; 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
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; 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
The Village Go back in time to Babylonian times at the village exhibit and dress up and act out just like in the olden times; also creative activities. Ages 5-10. Sun, Mon 10.00-12.00; English Tours of the museum: Fri, Sun-Thur at 10.30; Wed at 17.30; 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. Sat 10.00-14.00. Museum Hours: 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. Swaying in the Silly Wind Performance by acrobatic clowns at the sculpture amphitheater. Sun at 18.00; Opening hours: Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. 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 17.00-22.00; Sun, Mon 17.00-22.00; Tues-Thur 10.00-17.00. Located at Latrun. 1-700-559-559;

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains exhibits and workshops dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Among the activities: Musica A special exhibit featuring giant replicas of musical instruments. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-16.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-19.00.

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,

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. Fri, Sat, Tues-Thur 09.00-17.00; Sun, Mon 09.00-18.00. Kibbutz Shefayim. Tickets: (09) 959-5756/7


Music and Art Festival

A cultural event initiated by local artists and musicians to promote the alternative scene in the region. Includes local band performances (rock, jazz, folk and more), regional artists’ works on display, food and drink stalls, and street and theater performances. There will also be special children activities. Sat 16.00-23.00. HaSartat St., Afula. Details: 050-698-1321

Yiftah’el Winery

The vineyard and winery hosts a series of family events and workshops that include bottling grape juice and wine, picking grapes and more. Fri, Sat 09.00-14.00. Alon Hagalil, Lower Galilee. Details:

Gan Guru

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-Mon 09.00-20.00; Tues-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. Fri-Mon 09.00-19.00. Located north of Katzrin. Registration: 052-880-5026

Hamat Gader

Enjoy a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a fun parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs and more. Fri, Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat, Sun-Wed 08.30-17.00; Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details: *6393

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycle or green vehicle. The park includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri 09.00-16.00; Sat-Mon 09.00-19.30; Tues-Thur 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427,


Women Retreat in the Desert

A weekend of relaxation dedicated to women that includes yoga, painting, acoustic and stand-up performances, sunrise tours, a specialized gourmet menu and more. Thur from 18.00. September 3-4. Merhav Am, between Sde Boker and Yeruham. Details: (08) 852-8852,


A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the different senses. Special end of the summer hours: Fri-Mon 09-18.30; Tues-Thur 09.00-13.00, 16.00-20.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva