Things to Do Around Israel, May 29- June 4, 2015

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

Amnon Ben Shmuel

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Shark World

A traveling international exhibit that offers a window into the life of the shark, a creature that is crucial to maintaining a balanced underwater ecosystem. Fri at 14.00 Exhibition Grounds, Rokach Blvd. (03) 521-5202

Hebrew Book Week

The huge annual event is held in over 40 different locations around the country and includes book fairs with thousands of titles by local and international authors. Tel Aviv’s book fair features a Disappearing Quotes Wall, composed of wooden blocks with quotes by famous authors written on them, which visitors may remove and take home with them until the wall is completely taken apart. There are also writers’ workshops available at Beit Ariela, with this week’s themes being: Creative Writing Thur at 11.00; Detective Stories Thur at 19.00. The festivties also include several other activities for the entire family. June 3-13, at Rabin Sq. in Tel Aviv and in towns and cities around the country. Details: www.sfarim.org.il

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

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Cherry Picking Festival

Sweet and aromatic, the supple fruit is flushed with ripeness and ready to be plucked. The festival also offers a jam making workshop, horseback riding and a local farmer’s market. Fri 09.00-15.00. Yatir Forest in the southern Hebron Hills. 159-950-0037, goyatir.co.il

Bible Lands Museum
    
Lecture: “The Jews of Hellenistic-Roman Egypt: The Evidence of Papyri,”  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

Meeting Point

An event celebrating the different cultures and backgrounds that coexist in Jerusalem, with live multicultural music shows, creative workshops, an Arab-Jewish singalong and plenty of watermelon, in a throwback to the city’s tradition of merchants who used to share their fruit and lives with one another (part of the Israel Festival). Thur at 18.00, HaMesila Park.

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

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
 
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; 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

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

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

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

THE SOUTH

The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Exhibit, providing scientific explanations of the ancient period’s greatest achievements. Fri-Sun 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