Things to Do Around Israel, February 27-March 5, 2015

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Tel Aviv Marathon, 2014.Credit: Hadar Cohen


Tel Aviv Marathon

Tel Aviv is hosting its annual marathon on Friday, with several different running tracks and the accompanying happening highlighting an active lifestyle throughout the day. Over 40,000 people are expected to take part in the day’s activities, which includes (beginning times): Hand Cycle, Half Marathon Race 21 km. Begins at 06.25; Full Marathon 42 km. 06.30; 10 km. 07.00, 07.15 and 07.30; Half Marathon 21 km. 08.00 and 08.15; Couples Race A 5 km. paired race. 08.30; 5 km. Race 10.45. After the run, reload on carbohydrates at the Traditional Pasta Party as a much-needed balance to the day’s healthier activities. All races start and finish at Rokach Blvd., in front of the Exhibition Grounds. Details:

Megillah Reading An interactive reading of the Book of Esther, with children’s activities and a costume parade. Wed at 18.00. Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium High School, 106 Jabotinsky St., Tel Aviv

Ice Peaks The ice hall invites the entire family for an event that includes a climbing wall, extreme sports activities, costumes and lots of icy fun. Wed and Thur from 10.00-23.00. 1 Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon

Caricatures Dressed as Animals A new exhibit for the entire family that emphasizes humor as an emotional outlet. Specifically, the exhibit highlights the comical side in light of the current political situation in Israel. Thur at 09.00. Man and the Living World Museum, Ramat Gan. Details: (03) 631-5010

The Safari

The park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-14.00, Sat-Thur 09.00-14.30. 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 632-0222,


The Israel Museum:

The museum will showcase a variety of events for Purim that incorporate different exhibits into the holiday fun: Face to Face: the Oldest Masks in the World A Purim-themed exhibition; The Secret of the Mask Performance, explaining the origins of masks and their use in rituals; Florentine Circus Performance, featuring acrobats, clowns, fire acts and more; Masks From Around the World Art workshops utilizing a variety of materials and techniques; Purim Noisemakers, Dolls and Book of Esther Scrolls From Around the Globe On display at the Jewish Art and Life Wing. Thurs at 10.00. Israel Museum (02) 670-8811,

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

Bible Lands Museum

The Glory of Greece A unique collection of ancient ceramics and clay pots from the ancient world of the Near East; Roman Frescoes Classic drawings from the buried city of Pompeii; Dionysus, God of Wine A curated exhibit in the image of the god of ecstasy and drunken merriment; By the Rivers of Babylon Exhibition centering around the story of a family that lived through the tragedy and redemption of the Babylonian Exile; Yiddish Tour of the Museum Focusing on current exhibits. Fri at 11.00; 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; Jerusalem that was Babylon Tells of the lives of the Babylonian exiles. Wed at 16.00; 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

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

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;


Come On Musical circus. An original, modern-day show featuring acrobats, jugglers and live music performances. Wed at 11.30. Goldstar Zappa, Herzliya (03) 762-6666

The Florentine Circus Presents a daring acrobatic performance combined with a ferris wheel, a tightrope act, festive circus performers and more. Thur at 10.00, 12.30, 15.00, 17.00. HaKfar HaYarok Village, south of Ramat Hasharon. (03) 649-8363,


Purim Carnival Artists and street performers, including jugglers and makeup artists, as well as guided tours with Captain Hook himself, all combine to create a magical experience over the holiday. Thur at 10.00. Hamat Gader. (04) 665-9999,

The Janco-Dada Museum:

Adlodada A festive holiday celebration at the museum, with various activities for all patrons. Among them: Labradada A creative space intended to imbue participants with the principles of modern art. Includes an interactive experience inspired by the Dadaism. Ages 4+ Thur at 10.00; The Princess and the Moon Play. A princess believes that the moon will cure her illness. Based on the book “Many Moons,” by James Thurber. Ages 5+. Thur at 11.30. Ein Hod Artists’ Village, Ein Hod (04) 984-2350

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



A new children’s museum offering its visitors a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the different senses. Eight knowledge centers are dispersed throughout the grounds, offering activities for a variety of ages. Opening hours: Sat 09.00-17.30, Sun-Thur 09.00-13.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva