Things to Do Around Israel, March 27-April 2, 2015

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

Nir Kafri

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

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 11.00, 14.00, 16.30; Sat at 10.00, 12.30, 16.00, 18.30; Mon-Thur at 17.30. The North Sportech, Ganei Yehoshua, Tel Aviv. Details: *6578, www.medrano.co.il

Origami Workshop

A creative activity of this delicate art form, presented in tandem with the museum’s paper folding exhibit. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat and Thur 10.00-18.00. Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, 10 Mifratz Shlomo St., Old Jaffa

Ice Peaks

An event for the whole family. This week: An Artistic Skating Performance and Meeting with Reality Television Stars Wed at 16.00. Opening hours: Sun-Thur at 11.00. 1 Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon

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

Bible Lands Museum

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; 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

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. Sesame Street 2015 – Fostering Curiosity The latest season of the iconic children’s show was filmed at the museum, and as a result the venue offers a wide range of Sesame Street-related activities, including taking a picture on the famous street set and meeting the show’s loveable puppets; 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; Illusions: Mind Boggling Explains how optical illusions work;  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; 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

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

Beit Avi Chai

Moroccan Celebrations An evening of music and multiculturalism. Sun at 20.30. 44 King George St. Details: (02) 621-5300

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

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
 
Sports Festival

The hot springs site is bringing flexing back, with an event focusing on sports and a healthy mind-body lifestyle. Includes various physical activities, meetings with professional athletes and several surprises. March 29-April 11. Sun 08.30-17.00, Mon-Thur at 08.30-22.00. Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details:  *6393
   
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. Daily, 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-806
 
Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycles or green vehicles. Daily, 11.00-14.00; Permanent features also includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Daily, 09.00-16.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

THE SOUTH

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 others. The park’s Sharks 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, activities for the entire family and more. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en
 
Lunada

A new children’s museum offers 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