Things to Do Around Israel, March 25-31, 2016

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

The Florentine Circus presents its new show 'Circus of the World.'
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TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Museum of Rishon Letzion

The museum hosts activities, a special African dance show by the Bangoura group, and will give dance and culinary lessons (on coconut bread), as well as African-art and drum-making workshops. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00. 2 Ehad Haam St. Museum hours: Daily from 16.00-20.00. Details: (03) 959-8862/90 or www.rishonlezion-museum.org.il

Art Alef Fair 

This arts fair, created for children and families, hosts numerous workshops and special activities, in the spirit of Purim. Fri, Sat 10.00-19.00. Florentine Quarter, 43 Salame Rd.

National Park Petah Tivka 

The park hosts Purim-inspired workshops (Fri at 11.00, 13.00), art activities from recycled materials, musical concerts (featuring instruments made from recycled items, such as pans and a broom), and more. Fri, Sat 11.00-15.00. Details: www.parks.org.il 

Ramat Gan Safari 

The safari hosts a Purim happening with special activities, workshops and guided tours (Fri, Sat 11.00-16.00). Activity hours: 10.00-15.00. Regular offerings: 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; www.safari.co.il

Man and the Living World Museum

A new art exhibit, “Animal Impressions,” by Yechiel Shaked, depicts paintings of rare animals from the Galapagos Islands. Museum hours: Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5010

Eretz Israel Museum (MUSA) 

The Planetarium at the museum offers films based on the solar system, on a revolving stage. “Secrets of the Sun,” 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. Pre-booking required for English performances: (03) 745-5710/720. Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Wed 10.00-16.00; Thur 10.00-20.00

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 Aviv *4585

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

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Monkey Park

The park invites guests to take part in mask-making workshops, distribute special mishloach manot to the monkeys, and more (Fri 10.00-15.00). Regular offerings: 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, park.monkeypark.co.il

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 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 20.30, 21.30; Mon, Wed, Thur 20.00, 21.00. Museum hours: Fri 09.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. www.towerofdavid.org.il

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, www.minisrael.co.il

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 

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens 

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, www.en.botanic.co.il

Sharon area

Florentine Circus 

The circus group presents “Circus of the World,” which includes a special appearance by performer Fyodor Makarov from the Broadway hit show “Slava’s Snowshow.” For all ages. Fri at 16.00; Sat 10.00, 12.30, 16.00, 18.00. Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon (off Hakfar Hayarok junction). Tickets: (03) 524-7373, www.florentinecircus.co.i

HAIFA AND THE NORTH 

Hamat Gader

The compound invites guests to join in a carnival show, featuring Captain Hook and Crocodile Dundee, who will give lessons on crocodiles, lead guided tours and workshops, tell funny stories and more. Fri 10.00-16.00. Regular offerings: Enjoy 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

Gan Guru

Purim-based workshops, such as making Aboriginal face masks (Fri 10.00-15.00), and guided tours (Fri from 12.00). Regular offerings: The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas, with 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, www.nirtours.co.il 

A Crusader Experience 

Home to the Hospitaller Fortress (Knights’ Hall), the Old City of Acre presents a series of medieval-themed activities based at the hall that includes candlelight dinners, costumed entertainers and actors (from Akko Theater), singing, dancing and a tournament of knights jousting on horseback. Special host, played by an actor, King Richard the Lionheart, who headed the Christian armies and re-conquered Acre during the Crusades, will attend each dinner and entertain guests. Tues, Thur at 19.00. 1 Weizmann St., Acre. Tickets: (04) 995-6708

THE SOUTH

Eilat Birds Festival 

The event, hosted by the Israel Ornithological Center of the SPNI, celebrates 10 years of bringing together birders from around the world for a week of guided tours and activities on birds, migrations and nature. March 20-27. Details in Hebrew: http://www.teva.org.il/EilatBirdFestival. Registration: (03) 638-8688

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, http://eilatbirds.com