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

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

Moshe Gilad

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

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, www.safari.co.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. This month focuses on illusions and natural phenomena. aMazing A new exhibit offering a fun and confounding experience; A View into Space Showcasing photographs of celestial bodies in the observable universe, in addition to the historical developments of space exploration; Science Magic With seemingly implausible scientific experiments; Moving Illusion Building Workshop Creating the illusion of movement through drawing; Animals in Costume Experiment Workshop An interactive workshop explaining the various camouflaging techniques found in nature; The Last Reef A 3D movie exploring the underwater world of the coral reefs. In Hebrew; Illusions: Mind Boggling Explains how optical illusions work; Water Works On the importance of Jerusalem’s water sources to the city’s inhabitants throughout the ages; A Walk Around the Fairground Experience the physical forces behind everyone’s favorite amusement parks rides; In Light of Electricity On the many ways electricity influences our lives; Games of Light and Shadow Play. On the interaction between what is light and seen and what is immersed in darkness; Whip up Light Creations in the Kitchen Make shadow books out of every day materials; Meet Math Exhibit. Displaying different mathematical principles through nature and number theory. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.0-15.00, Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

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 and Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun-Thurs, 09.00-17.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012, www.en.botanic.co.il

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 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-17.00. Biblical Zoo, Derech Aharon Shulov 1. (02) 675-0111. www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english

Bible Lands Museum

An Evening of Music and Art A short tour of the museum followed by a discussion.  “By the Rivers of Babylon” exhibit, and musical excerpts from Verdi’s opera “Nabucco.” Wed at 18.30; 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 treasre chest to boot. For ages 6-12. Sat 10.00; Themed exhibits; 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. Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues and Thur 09.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30. 21 Stefan Wise St. (02) 561-1066

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; www.minisrael.co.il

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Spring Race

Following the success of this years’ Fall Race around Lake Kinneret, a second night race has been scheduled. The race, 6.6 km long, will run from the lake’s west bank to its southern bank, parallel to Road 90. Participants will enjoy a soothing and safe run through nature, just on the edge of the placid lake. Thur at 19.00. Begins at Shikmim Beach. Details and registration: www.iaa.co.il

Medrano Circus
 
The Italian circus is celebrating 150 years with a world tour, bringing its spectacular show to Israel. Over 40 award-winning performers, including clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and more. Fri at 15.00, Sat at 10.00. Hutzot HaMifratz, Haifa. Details: *6578, www.medrano.co.il

THE SOUTH

Eilat Street Theater Festival

Circus and music acts abound in this open fair. Fri and Sat at 11.00. Eilat Promenade

Arava Dance Festival

A beautiful lake and seasonal flowers in bloom act as backdrop for this dance celebration, featuring some of the best dancers in the field. The festival includes improvisation classes, children’s workshops, a break-dancing performance and more. March 25-27. At the Sapir communal settlement, located near Route 90. Details: (08) 659-2260

Salute 2015
 
The annual wine festival showcases over 30 wineries, offering a wide selection of brands and flavors. To help cleanse the palate, there will also be cheese, baked goods and gourmet chocolate stands dispersed throughout the venue. Wed and Thur. Grand Canyon Mall, Be’er Sheva.

Lunada

A new children’s museum offering 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. Sat 09.00-17.30, Sun-Thur 09.00-13.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva