Things to Do Around Israel, August 4-10

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel

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The International Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off in the Negev.
The International Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off in the Negev. Credit: Rafi Koren


Dinosaur Kingdom

Explore the fascinating creatures that roamed the earth six-million years ago in this indoor exhibition showcasing life-size dinosaur replicas, plus enjoy a host of dinosaur-themed activities including workshops, mazes, movies, games and much more. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-21.00. Hangar 11, Tel Aviv Port. Tickets:

DIY Activities

Throughout August, the Florentine Quarter hosts Do It Yourself creative arts workshops, for ages 5+. This week: Create a door sign. Mon at 17.00. Free entrance. 43 Salame Rd.

Outdoor Movie Screening  

Jaffa hosts a free screening of the 1998 cult classic, “The Big Lebowski,” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. Wed at 20.30. Gan HaPisga, Jaffa. Details:

Scavenger Hunt in Jaffa

The Reveal MegaScaventure event takes place on the streets of Jaffa. Race to reveal its secrets and compete in missions to win prizes. For the entire family, in English. Thur at 16.30. Meet at the clock tower. Registration:

LEGO Fun Festival

Giant LEGO statues, favorite children’s characters, and scenes from LEGO Ninjago and Nexo Knights are just some of the displays at this event. Other activities include a PlayStation 4 console area, an electric train ride, carousel, creative corners to build personal models, and interactive exhibitions. Fri 09.00-15.30; Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. July 27-August 31. Peres Park, Holon. Tickets:

Virtual Reality Attraction

The Azrieli Mall offers a unique attraction for the entire family - a roller coaster on the roof of the mall, combined with an innovative VR experience. On a 140-meter high-speed roller coaster located on the third-floor mall roof, passengers wear virtual reality glasses and get a futuristic flight experience in the skies of Tel Aviv over the Azrieli Center. Sun-Thur 10.00-20.00. Tickets:

Monsters’ Garden

An outdoor, monster-themed interactive exhibition includes a huge sandbox for making sand sculptures, painting workshops, a “selfie” wall, and more. The monsters are based on creations by acclaimed Israeli children’s authors Yossi Abulafia and Ephraim Sidon. Sat, Sun-Thur 18.30-23.00. Eretz Israel Museum (MUSA) 2 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv. Tickets: *9066,

Eretz Israel Museum

The Planetarium Films about the solar system, on a revolving stage. “Secrets of the Suns,” ages 11+. Sat at 15.00, Mon-Thur at 10.30; “The Wonder Telescope,” ages 7+. Sat at 14.00, Mon-Wed at 13.30, Thur 13.30, Mon-Thur at 15.00; “Life of Trees,” ages 5+. Sat at 13.00, Thur 16.00, 18.00. Tickets:

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, intellectuals, leaders, revolutionaries, cultural figures, athletes and others. Includes activities, games and a photography workshop based on the wartime photography exhibition “Capturing History – the Photography of Chim.” Fri 09.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Sun-Thur 09.30-19.30. 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;

Yitzhak Rabin Center

Exhibit: “The Six Day War - 6 Days 50 Years,” rare documents on display for the first time in a unique multimedia presentation. Regular offerings: Celebrating the life and legacy of the assassinated prime minister, the center and its museum, the Israeli Museum, combine Rabin’s personal story with the development of the burgeoning Jewish State of Israel. Includes guided historical tours, and educational workshops on such ideas as democracy and remembrance. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-17.00; Tues, Thur 09.00-19.00. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv. Details: (03) 745-3322 


Time Elevator

An audio-visual overview of Jerusalem’s 3,000-year history. The famous attraction has recently undergone renovations and features four different multimedia performances, including “I Am Jerusalem,” about the city of Jerusalem, the cosmos and the human body. Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. 6 Yitzhak Kariv St. Details:

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

The Knights Return Special activity in which participants learn about becoming a “real” knight. Ages 6-12. Sun, Thur at 16.00; Captivating Fire Performance A show featuring jugglers. Thur 17.00, 18.00, 19.00; Regular offerings: Home to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem, the Tower of David features a permanent exhibit about the city’s history and its significance to three religions. The tower itself is an archaeological site and offers a 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem. It also stages temporary exhibits that connect ancient history with contemporary themes, and hosts lectures, guided tours and other cultural events. 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. Sat 21.00, 22.00; Mon, Wed, Tues, Thur 20.30, 21.30. At Jaffa Gate. Tickets:, *2884

Bloomfield Science Museum

Exhibits for the entire family: 2 x 200 The museum marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle, with dozens of interactive exhibits (including a series of unusual bike models to ride), activities and a historic collection of bicycles from Canada, the U.S. and Holland. Special event (for adults only): Includes a rock art performance by Panic Ensemble, a guided tour of the new exhibit “2 x 200” and a meeting with the curators. Free entrance. Thur at 20.00; 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-Thur 10.00-18.00. (02) 654-4888,

Mini Israel

Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Guided tours by appointment. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Location 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 10.00-16.00. 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 a 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


10th Osho Israel Festival

The annual wellness event returns with workshops on yoga and meditation, an artists’ market, a swimming pool, dance, and more, given by local and international therapists and facilitators. Food and overnight facilities available. August 10-12. Givat Haviva Campus, in the Wadi Ara region. Registration:

Bustan Bereshit in the Golan

Kibbutz Ein Zivan offers fruit picking, a rope climbing area, archery, a petting corner, horseback riding, food courts, and other outdoor activities for the whole family. Fri, Sat 09.00-16.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. Kibbutz Ein Zivan, northern Golan Heights.

Bell Ofri

The educational farm invites you to join in grape and bread baking workshops, lessons on making flour from wheat, tours (for adults only) of the sculpture garden, and wine and cheese tasting. Daily, 09.00-19.00. Kidmat Tzvi, Golan Heights. 052-880-5026,


Pick fruit with the entire family. Fri-Thur 09.00-17.00. Falling In Love with Nature Farm, close to Kibbutz Matzuba, Western Galilee. Contact: 050-540-1129, 052-515-6139

Kayak Adventure

Rafting down the Hatzbani River in the Galilee including two routes – family (5 km) and challenge (6 km) – walking trails, paintball, cherry picking and outdoor activities. Camping site available. Fri-Thur 09.30-15.15. Kibbutz HaGoshrim, Upper Galilee.

Gan Garoo

Home to kangaroos, koalas and other Australian wildlife, the park offers Aboriginal face-painting and guided koala and bat feedings. The park also offers guided nighttime tours, followed by a light and shadow activity (20.00). Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060,

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:


Timna Park

Hosts a Starry Night event featuring an audio-visual, circus evening show “Night Glow,” a samba party, a film screening, and guided tours of the park at sunrise. Wed from 19.00.

International Hot Air Balloon Festival

The annual event features 16 local and international balloon teams that will perform flight shows and acrobatics, as well as an audio-visual, circus evening show “Night Glow” (20.45). August 10-11. At the Eshkol National Park, in the Negev. Thur 16.00-21.15. Tickets:

Mitzpe Ramon

Offers a weekend of guided tours and stargazing for the entire family. The city will turn off its lights to optimize stargazing. Activities include telescopes, lantern trails, film screenings about stars, a swimming pool, and more. Thur-Fri. Registration:


A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the various senses. Fri 09.30-14.00; Sat 09.30-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.30-18.30. 25 David Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

Top 94 – Theme Park

The park features a climbing wall, paintball, go-karts, mini bungee jumping, a ropes course, a play corner for younger kids and more. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-20.00. 1 Hashravrav St., Eilat. Details:

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park provides an up-close introduction to the fauna of the Gulf of Eilat, including over 800 species of fish, corals, mollusks, turtles, rays and more. The shark pool is home to 18 shark species and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200,

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