Things to Do Around Israel, August 7-13, 2015

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

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Activities at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Activities at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Credit: Courtesy


Animix 2015 (August 4-8)

The festival presents the best of new animation, comic and cartoon work from around the world, alongside master classes, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and more. During the morning hours there will be children activities based on comics and cartoons, as well as the screening of animated films. Fri, Sat. Tel Aviv Cinematheque. Details: (03) 606-0800,

Family Fun at Jaffa Port

Family dance sessions and activities with leading choreographers. Ages 3-10. Sat at 11.00; Tues at 17.00, Container, Hangar 2, Jaffa Port (03) 683-6321

Disney Summer Festival (July 30-August 31)

This event includes all things Disney, including on-stage performances by characters dressed up as princesses Elsa and Anna (from “Frozen”), sing-alongs, face painting and beauty makeovers, dartboard with snowballs, seven video game consoles, a race track and more. Families can participate in a “Cars” workshop and competition. The décor features a giant crystal ball, a garage shop and other inspiring film props for the whole family. Fri, Sun 9.30-16.00; Sat, Mon-Thur 9.30-20.30. Municipal Sports Arena, Isaac Remba St. (next to 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. Daily at 11.00, 12.00, 17.00, 18.00, throughout August. 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-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

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-Thur 09.00-19.00 (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 activisim to honor the city and celebrate Jerusalem’s vibrant make up. Different festival events are taking place across various venues throughout the city. This week’s event will be “Knock Knock,” an intimate event for multiple participants in a hotel. Mon-Thur. Prima Royale Hotel, 3 Mendele St., Jerusalem. 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; 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; 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; Family Day Celebrate the museum’s 50th birthday with many special family happenings, art workshops, birthday activities and more for children. Tues at 17.00-21.00; Many Happy Returns! A festive excursion through the galleries in search of birthday party supplies. Daily at 10.30, 12.30

International Arts and Crafts Fair (Aug 3-15)

The fair offers works by over 70 artists from Israel and around the world, concerts by top Israeli musicians, street events and children’s shows. Participating artists include painters, jewelers, designers, sculptors, potters, calligraphists, leather workers, weavers, embroiderers and jewelry makers. The festival offers children’s shows featuring many popular stars. Sat 21.00-24.00; Sun-Thur 18.00-23.00. At the Khutzot Hayotzer Arts and Crafts Center, Mitchell Gardens and the Merrill Hassenfeld Amphitheater in Sultan’s Pool, Jerusalem. Tickets: *6226 or (02) 623-7000. Details:


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,

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:

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. Wed and Thur;  English Tours of the museum: Fri, Sun-Thur at 10.30; Wed at 17.30; Family Weekend Go on adventures through history, with lost artifacts, royal figures and magic spells. Ages 5-10. Sat at 10.00; Lost at the Museum Join the Princess and the 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;

Bloomfield Science Museum

One Time! Musical performance by Yonatan Ben Haim of classical French songs. Thur at 18.00.

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.

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


Summer Events at Jezreel Valley

Daily family activities include a circus show featuring acrobatics, organic vegetable and berry picking, chick petting zoo, guided tours, bike riding, fishing lessons for kids and adults, workshops and more. Details: (04) 652-0148,

Osho Israel Festival (August 6-8)

A creative festive happening with meditation, awareness workshops, dance and movement, alongside parties and music performances. Fri, Sat at 09.00. Givat Haviva Campus, Menashe., 052-772-0200

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. 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

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; Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427,



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

Under the Stars

The annual Perseid meteor shower event is being held at two different venues, Timna Park in the southern Arava and in Mitzpe Ramon, in the Negev. Both places will host many different activities and creativity workshops on astronomy and astrology, suitable for the entire family. Timna Park will offer a sunset walking tour, a desert photography workshop, a mobile planetarium with a display of the solar system, a telescope area, astronomy lectures, and more. Mitzpe Ramon hosts a panel of expert instructors on the planetary system, and offers film screenings about outer space. Towards midnight, lights in both Timna Park and Mitzpe Ramon will be dimmed for an optimally dark night sky, to create the perfect setting to observe shooting stars. August 12-15. Details: 1-800-225-007, or; (08) 868-1635 or