Things to Do Around Israel, May 15-21, 2015

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

Yigal Pardo

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Tel Aviv Triathlon

The largest triathlon in the country, the high-endurance event combines swimming, running and bicycle riding, with routes of various lengths and degrees of difficulty. Sat from 06.00. The event begins at the Tel Aviv Port and continues along the beach and Ayalon Highway. Details and registration: http://triathlon.org.il

Purebred Dog Show

International judges evaluate various competitors in the ultimate battle for canine supremacy. In addition to the main event, the day also includes a petting corner, a dog shepherding show, inflatable children’s games and more. Sat 09.30-15.00. Kannot Agricultural School, Kannot village, near Gedera (03) 672-7174

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

Medrano Circus
 
The Italian circus brings its spectacular show, with over 40 award-winning performers, including clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and others, to Israel. Fri at 15.00; Sat at 10.00; Tues, Thur at 17.30. Hamoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva. Details: *6578, www.medrano.co.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Bible Lands Museum
    
English Tour of the Museum Focusing on current exhibits. Fri at 10.30; Lecture: “Jewish Identity in the Global Village - From Babel to America,” by Noah Hacham. Wed at 19.30; Family Weekend Go on adventures through history, with lost artifacts, royal figures and magic spells. Ages 5-10. 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. Handicap accessible. Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30

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, www.en.botanic.co.il

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: 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 exhibit closes on Sat; 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; 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; CAPTCHA Exhibition. All about computers, their abilities and limits. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-16.00, Mon-Wed 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

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

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

Sea of Western Galilee Festival
 
Running over three weekends (May 2-16), the event offers various activities for the entire family. This week: Taste of Galilee Farmer’s market and local produce fair, with live music and activities for children. Fri at 10.00. Moshav Ben Ami. 050-688-7242; Twilight in Tarshiha A walk through the alleyways of the picturesque village. Fri at 17.00. Ma’alot-Tarshiha 054-654-9191; Sounds in Alleyways The Naama Women’s Choir performs at a church courtyard in the Druze village of Hurfeish, followed by a tour of the surrounding area. Sat at 10.00. Hurfeish Village, north of Carmiel. 050-292-0800; Ceramics and Glass Workshop Create original pieces. Sat at 11.00. Klil communal settlement near Nahariya. 052-469-8631; From Hurfeish to Mattat Explore the Meron Nature Reserve and surrounding area. Sat at 14.30. Hurfeish village, north of Carmiel. 050-9235674; Details: www.westgalil.org.il

Tivon Spirituality Film Festival

Focusing on spiritual growth, the festival offers films, lectures and workshops that work toward a more profound understanding of such themes as the mind-body connection, the singularity of life and self-fulfillment. Film screenings are preceded by a lecture that ties into its theme. May 14-16. Movies and lectures held at Zohar Hall; workshops held at Tivon Country Club, in Kiryat Tivon (04) 983-0195.

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

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycle or green vehicle. Daily, 09.00-17.00; Permanent features also includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri 09.00-16.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David
(04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

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 SOUTH

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

Lunada

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, www.coralworld.co.il/en
 
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