Things to Do Around Israel, May 1-7, 2015

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From the 'Machines and Smiles' exhibit at Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. Credit: Avi Hayon


Free Comic Book Day

Hesitant hands reach for wispy paper booklets, as thousands of comic books are given away for free in honor of the genre. Several publishing houses are coming together to offer up special samples to die-hard fans and inquisitive newcomers in an effort to promote the medium. Fri 09.00-15.00. Comikaza book store, Dizengoff Center

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 Gan *4585

Feeling Accessible

In an effort to raise awareness of the necessity to make life more accessible for those managing a physical disability, a special event is being held that includes wheelchair sporting events, sensory-focused activities, such as blind tastings, a wheelchair obstacle course, kayak sailing, and more. Fri 09.30-15.00. Tel Aviv Port

Dogs Seek Forever Homes

Israel’s national animal society, Let the Animals Live, is holding a mass adoption day to find homes for abandoned dogs and puppies in their care. All the dogs have been spayed or neutered, and all are domesticated. Fri 12.00-15.00. Bar Kayma, 22 Hamashbir St. Details: (03) 624-1776, 052-343-5870


Bicycle Extravaganza

Officially opening Israeli Sports Week, the festivities aim to promote a healthy lifestyle by offering public events that include bike routes of various lengths that encompass some of the city’s most beautiful sights, such as around the Old City walls, HaMesila Park and the Biblical Zoo, in addition to a bicycle exhibit and health tips from professional trainers. Fri from 06.30. Starting point and main events at the First Train Station (03) 941-1701

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 9.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 9.00-16.00. 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 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-19.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012,

Bible Lands Museum
Lag Ba’omer Celebrations The museum celebrates the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba’omer on Thursday with an interactive family tour on the ancient world, and an adult tour on the museum’s “By the Rivers of Babylon” exhibit; Treasure Hunt for Families Go on adventures through history, with a secret code and treasure chest to boot. For ages 6-12. Sat at 10.00; 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. Handicapped accessible. Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Among the activities on offer: Machines and Smiles A retrospective with many different machines and the mechanisms behind them; A Work Tools Race Utilizing work tools in new and creative ways. Takes place several times a day; The Human Machine Acrobatics show. Three clowns try to uncover the secrets of remaining balanced; Gil-Gula Workshop, inviting children to build original new tools and machines; Sesame Street 2015 - Fostering Curiosity The latest season of the iconic children’s show was filmed at the museum, and 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; The Rob Goldberg Machine A whimsical demonstration of a complicated machine, whose sole purpose is cutting toilet paper. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-16.00, Mon-Wed 10.00-18.00.

Gazelle Valley

Visit the nature park, where deer roam free, despite being surrounded by the urban landscape of Jerusalem. Handicap accessible. Open all hours. Off the intersection of Herzog and Pat streets


Sea of Western Galilee Festival

Running over three weekends (May 2-16), the event offers various activities for the entire family. This week: Bicycle Happening With bike routes of 7 km, 15 km and 24 km, running through the surrounding natural landscape and passed historical landmarks. Sat at 07.00. Meet at Hashayara parking lot in the western Galilee region. Details: 050-880-7548

Hamat Gader

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

Gan Guru

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) 648-8060

Labyrinth in the Valley

A chance to get lost in a classic, large-scale hedge maze, a temporary wheat maze, and a moderate-level rope maze. Fri, Sun-Thur at 10.00. Moshav Sde Yaakov, in the Jezreel Valley. 050-540-4473, (04) 983-0255


The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Exhibit, providing scientific explanations of the ancient period’s greatest achievements. Daily at 09.00. Davidson Institute’s science garden, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot. Details: (08) 934-4401

The Land of the Dinosaurs

Over 30 dinosaur species are presented as life-sized statues in an interactive exhibit. Fri, Sat at 09.00, Sun-Wed at 14.00, Thur at 10.00. Negev Zoo, Be’er Sheva. Details: *9066

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, 17.30; Sat, Thur at 10.00, 12.30, 16.00, 18.30. Bedouin Market parking lot, Be’er Sheva. Details: *6578,


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

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,