Things to Do Around Israel, February 20-26, 2015

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Red anemones in Israel.Credit: Ilan Assayag


The Society for the Protection of Nature

The organization will be celebrating Tu Bishvat and promoting wildlife preservation throughout the month of February. This week it will hold an annual happening, with creative workshops, tea and freshly baked goods, as well as additional events highlighting the region’s beauty and the importance of halting urban infringement. Sat at 10.00. Around the Modi’in area. Details: (03) 638-8688

The Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Admission: Fri and holiday eves 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-14.30 (park closes two hours after end of admission). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 632-0222,

Menta Market

A weekly open-air vegan market will be held featuring fresh produce, baked goods, herbs and spices, fresh juice, and prepared food stalls, all strictly vegan. Eco-friendly products and vegan culinary workshops are also available. Fri 09.00-15.00.

Hatachana: New Station Compound

Michel Kichka: Kids’ Comics An exhibit of the Israeli cartoonist’s work for children, and the creative processes and techniques behind it. For all the family. Fri, Mon, Wed 10.00-13.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Tues, Thur 17.00-20.00. Comics Museum, 61 Weizmann St., Holon (03) 652-1849

Nahum Gutman Museum

The museum showcases the work of one Israel’s most iconic painters, in addition to new and changing exhibits. Shirat Ha’Noar An exhibit of Israeli composer David Ma’aravi, showcasing his illustrations from the first half of the 20th century. Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-16.00

Ilana Goor Museum

Located in an 18th-century building, the museum showcases local and international artworks and antiques. Past Present and Future – Three Religions, One God A guided historical tour through the museum, explaining about the structure’s many purposes over the years. Sat at 12.00 Museum hours: Sun-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, 4 Mazal Dagim St., Old Jaffa. Details: (03) 683-7676,


Plants Go to the Polls Combining Tu Bishvat celebrations with the upcoming elections season, the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens showcases the platforms of the different “candidates” in the plant kingdom. The festivities will also include workshops and games played on the ground’s lawns. Sat at 10.00. Hebrew University Mount Scopus Campus, 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012/3

Tu Bishvat Celebration at Kiftzuba

The family fun center offers a variety of activities for the holiday, including Green Brunch - a hearty meal with an emphasis on leafy cuisine. Fri at 10.00; and a Recycling Workshop that teaches how to use discarded items in a new and creative fashion. Fri, Sat at 12.00; Kibbutz Tzova. Details: (02) 534-7952

Tower of David Museum

From Herod’s Palace to British Prison; Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibit. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine. Permanent exhibit: Fri and Sat 09.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Details: (02) 626-5333, Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Games of Light and Shadow The Parisian home of Professor Archibald Ombre is filled with exotic and illuminating shapes that create an interaction between what is light and seen and what is immersed in darkness; Building Workshops Children learn how to make a spiral spin and test its reaction to the heat of a candle. Ages 5+; deLIGHTful Card Make a greeting card out of cardboard, LED sparkles and conductive glue. Ages 10+; Whip up Light Creations in the Kitchen Make shadow books out of every day materials; Flashlight Workshop Examine how our senses work and particularly how we see at night. Ages 5-10; On Fire Scientific experiments that combine chemical substances to create multicolored fire and underwater fireworks; Mathematics in Art Exhibit. Displaying different mathematical principles through fractals, topology, number theory and more; PHOTAGE - Autumn Impressions Photomontages of natural scenes by Tami Rishona Ellison. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.0-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00.

Bible Lands Museum

By the Rivers of Babylon Exhibition centering around the story of a family that lived through the tragedy and redemption of the Babylonian Exile; Treasure Hunt for Families Go on adventures through history, with a secret code and treasure chest to boot. For ages 6-12. Sat 10.00; Independent Activity Booklets Exploring the stories of the Bible together with Shimshi, a comic book character who helps children solve riddles and quests throughout the museum. During regular hours. Museum hours: Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tue and Thur 09.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30. 21 Stefan Wise St. (02) 561-1066

Old Yishuv Court Museum

Situated in a 500-year-old house in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, the museum goes back over 100 years to provide a peek into the daily lives of the people of the Yishuv (pre-state Jewish settlement) of Jerusalem, displaying original artifacts and offering era-appropriate activities and games. For the entire family. English-language self-guided tour available. Fri 10.00-13.00, Sun-Wed 10.00-15.00, Thur 10.00-23.00. (02) 627-6319,

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, with a focus on the conservation of regional wildlife. There is also a children’s zoo with a petting corner and educational activities, plus the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri and holiday eves, 09.00-16.30; Sat and holidays 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-17.00. Biblical Zoo, Derech Aharon Shulov 1. (02) 675-0111.

Mini Israel

The site offers over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. A guiding app in English available upon entry. Guided tours by appointment. Opening hours: Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Latrun 1-700-559-559;

Herzl Museum
The museum offers facts on the life and influence of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. Sun 16.30-19.15, Mon 17.30-20.30. Herzl Blvd., Mount Herzl. Details: (02) 671-3770

Monkey Park

Guided English tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri, 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-15.00 (last entry two hours before closing). Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888,


Nature Celebration

The Jewish National Fund holds outdoors activities: come walk among the flowers, climb ropes and partake in navigation games, among other events. Sat at 10.00. Throughout the Kiryat Tiv’on area. Details: 050-273-7116

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, flying foxes, emus and more. Guided feedings and a petting zoo. Every Saturday: Aboriginal face-painting, and guided koala and bat feedings. Fri, 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-806


Darom Adom Festival - Jan 29-Feb 21

The northern Negev celebrates the blooming season of millions of red anemones, with tours, activities, live music, markets and more. Among the activities: Bicycle Tours Exploring the countryside and local historic sites. Fri at 07.00, Mon-Thur at 09.00. Kibbutz Be’eri. Details: (08) 994-9374; Trial by Fire Ceramics workshop, for the whole family. Fri at 11.00, Sat at 10.00, 14.00. Moshav Ta’ashur. Details: 050-671-4304; A Cacti Experience A guided tour of Israel’s largest cacti farm. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-17.00. Moshav Talmei Yosef. Details: 050-878-9732; Flowers in Bloom A guided walking tour that follows the blooming patterns of several different flower species. Fri at 10.00, 12.00; Sat at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00. Begins at various starting points throughout the area. Details and registration: 1-800-350-350; A Sweet Experience A bee-centric program that includes sampling fresh honey, candle making and more. Sat 10.00-15.00. Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. Details: (08) 672-0559. The festival takes place at different locations throughout the region. Details: