Things to Do Around Israel, July 15-21, 2016

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

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Hitting the waves at the Surf and Music Festival in Herzliya.
Hitting the waves at the Surf and Music Festival in Herzliya.Credit: Doron Koresh


Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People

A new exhibit for the whole family: “Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People.” On the heroes who are a vital part of Jewish culture, including scientists, intellectuals, leaders, revolutionaries, cultural figures, athletes and others. Includes activities and games. Museum hours: Fri 09.00-13.00; Sun-Tues 10.00-16.00; Wed, Thur 10.00-19.00. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv. Tickets:  

LEGO Fun Festival 

Giant LEGO statues, favorite children’s characters, and scenes from LEGO Ninjago, Batman and Nexo Knights are just some of the displays at this event. Other activities include minigolf, virtual reality movies, a PlayStation 4 console area, an electric train ride, creative corners to build personal models, and interactive exhibitions. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat-Thur 09.00-18.30. July 9-August 28. Bitan 2, Exhibition Grounds, Tel Aviv. Tickets:

A Day at Hiriya Park 

The former waste dump has been turned into a recycling park and opens its doors to the public for tours (Thur at 09.00, 10.00), DIY workshops using recycled materials, and activities that include producing green energy from waste items, and a comical circus act for the entire family. Thur 16.30-19.30. Tickets: (03) 739-6633, 

Eretz Israel Museum

Safari-Inspired Tour In conjunction with the exhibit “Wildlife Photographer of the Year,” led by staff from the Ramat Gan Safari, with an emphasis on animal hospitals. Sat 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00; Ice Age and the Dinosaurs An interactive exhibit featuring more than 43 different life-sized models of dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals, some of which are robotic and life-like. Includes a carousel, a role-playing activity to be a paleontologist, a 25 minute 3D film screening and games. For the entire family. Fri-Thur 09.00-21.00. Tickets:; My Second Childhood Special activities for grandparents and their grandchildren, based on stories and artifacts from when grandpa and grandma were young. Includes lectures, creative workshops, and a guided tour of the museum’s exhibits. Sat at 10.30; The Planetarium at the museum offers films based on the solar system, on a revolving stage. “Secrets of the Suns,” ages 11+. Sat at 15.00, Sun-Thur at 10.30; “The Wonder Telescope,” ages 7+. Sat at 14.00, 
Sun-Wed at 13.30; Thur 13.30, 19.00; “Stars,” ages 5+. Sat at 12.00, Sun-Wed at 11.30, Thur 11.30, 17.00; “Astronaut,” ages 5+. Sat at 11.00, Sun-Thur at 15.00; “Life of Trees,” ages 5+. Sat at 13.00, Thur 16.00, 18.00. Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Wed 10.00-16.00; Thur 10.00-20.00

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;

Man and the Living World Museum

A new exhibit “Nine Lives” showcases different works by a range of artists on the subject of cats and cat lovers; ongoing exhibit: “The Wild Animals of Nahum Gutman and Friends.” The works are inspired by Gutman’s illustrations and depict a playful alternative to hunting. Both exhibits are for the entire family. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5010

Ice Peaks 

Ice skating rink, climbing wall and zip-line. Fri 11.30-23.00; Sat 10.00-23.00, Mon-Thur 17.30-20.00. 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 09.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-17.00; Tues, Thur 09.00-19.00. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv *4585


Fresh Water Springs

The Mateh Binyamin Region hosts a series of guided trips to its fresh water springs. This week: Meir’s Spring. Fri at 09.00. Meet at the Delek gas station by Beit Aryeh settlement. Details: 1-800-34-54-54

Neot Kedumim

The park hosts family tours with an emphasis on life in ancient times. Tour activities include making survival tools using trees, baking bread on the open fire, picking tea leaves and more. Thur 17.00-19.30. Details: (08) 977-0770, 


The family amusement park offers a range of activities for all ages, including swimming, tubing, carousels, bumper cars, a 140-meter roller coaster, games, an indoor Gymboree and more, as well as a chocolate-making workshop, for ages 3+. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat 10.00-19.00. Kibbutz Tzuba. Details: (02) 534-7952,

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens 

The Children’s Discovery Trail A sensory exploration activity that incorporates trails, a canopy walk through the trees, touch water plants from the new wooden deck, a “down to the roots” exhibit and tours. For the entire family. Tour hours: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30. Activity hours: 10.00-14.30. Regular offering: Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012,

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo) 

The zoo hosts a series of sunset and night tours. Learn how elephants sleep, what the gazelles do at night and more. Sunset tours: Giraffes, Mon at 17.00; tigers and bears, Sun at 17.45; Overnight tour (ages 6+): Mon 20.30-08.30; Night tours: Sun at 20.30 and Tues at 18:45 (on a train ride). Regular offering: 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 09.00-18.00. Biblical Zoo, Aharon Shulov St. (02) 675-0111

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. By appointment: (02) 632-1515 

Tower of David Museum

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 (see Art) 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, Thur 20.30, 21.30. Museum hours: Fri 09.00-14.00; Sat-Mon, Wed, Thur 09.00-16.00; Tues 09.00-19.00.

Bloomfield Science Museum

Fields of Tomorrow A new interactive exhibit on innovations in agriculture and a look into how the alarming growth in human population will increase demand on the world’s food supply. Using the exhibit as a tool for education on the issue, visitors enter through a demonstration field where on the sidelines there are example sugar canes, rice drip irrigation technology and more. Workshops include how to find energy sources in pita and cucumber, on natural tastes and smells, as well as guided tours. Tiny Giants BBC nature documentary in 3D. Screenings will take place: Fri at 12.00; Sat at 13.00. Museum hours: Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-16.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. (02) 654-4888, 

Yad Vashem

Established as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust and home to the Holocaust History Museum. It offers visitors a guided tour in English (see Tours) and presents a variety of important Survivors’ testimonies, personal diaries, artifacts and more. Special exhibit: Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven The exhibit 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. Museum hours: Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 09.00-17.00; Thur 09.00-20.00 

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 10.00-15.00. Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888,

Sharon area

Surf and Music Festival 

A retro-style surfing competition (10.00-15.00), followed by live funk musical performances. With special guest, Australian champion surfer, Mark Occhilupo. Fri at 10.00. South beach, 4 Haoogen St., Herzliya 


Overnight stay at Emek Hamayanot 

The Emek Hamayanot (Valley of Springs) region hosts an overnight event on Thursday for the entire family. With late night swimming hours at the Valley of the Springs Park (20.00, 22.00, 24.00), as well as guided tours of the park (20.00, 22.00, 24.00 and 05.00, the following day), a trip to the Archaeological Museum inside the Gan Hasholsha National Park (at 20.00) and more. Details: 

International Hot Air Balloon Festival 

The annual event features 16 local and international balloon teams that will perform flight shows, acrobatics, a skydiving act, and an audio-visual, circus evening show “Night Glow.” The festival will be held at two different venues: Mount Gilboa in the Jezreel Valley (July 14-15) and the Eshkol National Park, in the Negev (July 21-22). Tickets: 

Gan Guru

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, followed by a feeding demonstration for the kangaroos. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat-Thur 09.00-20.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060, 

Indi Park 

The theme park includes stand up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, surfing, canoeing, wall climbing, nature art workshops and more. Open all week from 09.00-17.00. Located in Yesud Hama’ala in the Hula Valley. Details:

Hamat Gader

Enjoy the 360 Extreme Splash pool, a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs, and more. Fri, Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat 08.30-19.00; Sun-Wed 08.30-17.00; Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details: *6393

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:


Bird Watching Park

Learn about the life and migrating patterns of many different bird species, observe them as they land in the nearby lake and trees, and understand Israel’s vital role in many migrating birds’ flight plans and survival. Open daily, at all hours. Off the Arava Rd., from on Route 90 and then east on Route 109. Details: 050-767-1290,


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

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park sits upon the coral reef of the Red Sea, providing 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 park’s shark pool is home to 18 shark species, and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Additional attractions include the open-sea underwater observatory, aquariums, the Amazon Cabin (featuring fauna from the Amazon River), animal feedings, glass-bottomed boat cruises, 3D educational films and more. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200,

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