Things to Do Around Israel, October 14-20, 2016

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

Will 'Bull' Bullard and the Harlem Globetrotters arrive in Israel for a series of exciting shows around the country.
Courtesy of Galim Productions

Harlem Globetrotters

Marking their 90th anniversary, the legendary exhibition basketball team made up of elite players, who combine athleticism, theater and comedy, returns to Israel (October 18-22) as part of its 2016 world tour. They will be playing against local teams across the country. Tues at 17.00. Menorah Mivtachim Arena, Tel Aviv; Wed at 17.00. Conch Arena, 6 Haetzel St., Be’er Sheva; Thur 11.00, 17.00. Romema Arena, 69 Pica Rd., Haifa. Tickets:, *2207 


Game In Festival 

The gaming event includes 450 gaming stations and a vast display of new products, games and accessories for experienced and beginner gamers. Wed, Thur 11.00-22.00. Exhibition Grounds, Rokach Blvd., Tel Aviv. Tickets: 

We Found Water and Made Wine Festival 

Commemorates the first water well in the city of Rishon Letzion and its vineyards, with family activities, vintage wines, workshops, water games and circus and street theater performances, including the show “Soap Opera,” a humorous bubble show. Tues-Thur 10.00-15.00. Museum of Rishon Letzion, 2 Ehad Haam St. Daily from 16.00-20.00. Details: (03) 959-8862/90,


An interactive exhibit based on tubes, their uses, and how they work, inside and outside the body. Includes a play area of tubes, for all ages. Sat 09.00-18.00; Thur 13.00-19.00. Peres Park, 1 Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon. Tickets: *9066,

Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People

An exhibit for the whole family: “Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People.” On key figures in Jewish culture, including scientists, intellectuals, leaders, revolutionaries, cultural figures, athletes and others. Includes activities and games. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun-Thur 10.00-19.00. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv. Tickets: 

Ramat Gan Safari 

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 09.00-14.00; Sat and holidays, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305;

Man and the Living World Museum

Exhibits for the entire family: “Nine Lives” showcases different works by a range of artists on the subject of cats and cat lovers. In conjunction, a creative activity will take place for ages 3+. Tues-Thur 10.00, 11.00, 12.00; “The Wild Animals of Nahum Gutman and Friends,” works inspired by Gutman’s illustrations and depict a playful alternative to hunting. In conjunction, a creative activity will take place for ages 3+. Wed 10.00, 11.00, 12.00National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5010

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. Includes guided historical tours, and educational workshops on such ideas as democracy and remembrance. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-17.00; Tues, Thur 09.00-19.00. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv *4585


Race for Health

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Israel hosts its annual bike race to promote awareness and raise funds for research. Family bike routes:  6 and 12 km general routes: 12 km and 36 km. Fri at 07.00. Starts at Mini Israel park at Latrun. Registration:

Israel Museum 

Annual Kite-Flying Festival takes place on Tuesday with a kite-building workshop (10.30-18.00) and live performances by professional kite-flyers (16.00-19.00). Details: 

Sukkot at Neot Kedumim 

The biblical park hosts a three-day event that includes a festive market based on ancient times, an entertaining show on the story of Judah the Prince (every hour), guided tours and a gymboree. Tues-Thur 09.00-17.00 (last entry 15.00). Details: (08) 977-0770,

I Am Jerusalem 

A multimedia show that takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey to experience the different layers of the Jerusalem of today, yesterday and tomorrow, as well as the city’s different sounds, sights, people and scents. Ages 5+. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat (after Shabbat-23.00); Sun-Thur 09.00-22.00. At Mamilla Avenue shopping center. Tickets: 

Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo) 

Hosts an educational activity that includes solving riddles left behind throughout the zoo that lead to the last eggs of the endangered cinereous vulture from Eurasia. Activity hours: Wed, Thur 10.00-15.00; Regular offerings: Natural exhibits of over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from around the world. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-18.00. Biblical Zoo, Aharon Shulov St. (02) 675-0111

Tower of David Museum

Hosts the activity “My Jerusalem Album,” inspired by the current exhibit “The Camera Man.” With a map of the ancient citadel, go on an adventure and take photos while learning about the events and stories of ancient Jerusalem. At the end of the visit create a souvenir album. Includes two workshops: making a light box and a photo frame. Tues-Thur 10.00-17.00; Regular offerings: 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 (see Art) 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. At Jaffa Gate. Tickets:

Bloomfield Science Museum

Fields of Tomorrow An interactive exhibit on agricultural innovations and their ability to cope with an increased demand on the world’s food supply. Learn about hydroponic agriculture, pollination, drip irrigation systems and more. Workshops include how to find energy sources in pita and cucumber, on natural tastes and smells, as well as guided tours. Tiny Giants BBC nature documentary in 3D. Screenings: Fri at 12.00; Sat at 13.00. Hebrew University, Givat Ram Campus. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-16.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. (02) 654-4888, 

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,

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-16.00. Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel). (08) 928-5888,


Kibbutz Merom Golan

Offers guided horsebacking riding for beginner and advanced riders (ages 3+). Includes family jeep rides and guided farm tours on tractors. Sun-Thur 10.00-16.00. Merom Golan, Golan Heights. Registration: 
(04) 696-0483 

Aboriginal Australian Festival at Gan Guru

This three-day event with an emphasis on Aboriginal culture includes a maze activity through the Australian park, home to kangaroos and koalas, and includes making Aboriginal bread, as well as musical workshops on the wind instrument didgeridoo. An interactive theater performance will take place daily at 13.00. Tues-Thur 10.00-16.00. Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060, 

Indi Park 

The theme park hosts creative workshops using recycled materials for the holiday. Includes kayaking, surfing, canoeing, wall climbing and more. Open all week from 09.00-17.00. Located in Yesud Hama’ala in the Hula Valley. Details:

Hamat Gader

Enjoy the 360 Extreme Splash pool, a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs, and more. Fri, Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat, Sun-Wed 08.30-17.00; Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details: *6393

International Circus Festival 

Eighty participants, representing 13 countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Chile, Italy and Colombia, will compete in circus shows in which they will show off their skills in acrobats, juggling, trapeze, clowning, and more. October 19-22. This week: Wed, Thur 11.00, 17.30. Big Fashion complex, 1 Harakevet Rd, Ashdod. Tickets: 

Shanghai Circus 

The acrobatic extravaganza, combining traditional Chinese arts and modern technology, features over 30 artists. Fri at 15.00; Sat 10.00, 12.30, 16.00. Big Fashion complex, 1 Harakevet Rd, Ashdod. Tickets: *2207,

Top 94 – Theme Park 

The park features a climbing wall, paintball, go-karts, mini bungee jumping, a ropes course, a play corner for younger kids and more. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-20.00. 1 Hashravrav St., Eilat. Details: