Things to Do Around Israel, October 16-22, 2015

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

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Artist Birgitta Yavari-Ilan welcomes visitors in this year’s 'Open House' in Jerusalem.
Artist Birgitta Yavari-Ilan welcomes visitors in this year’s 'Open House' in Jerusalem. Credit: Avital Hirsch


International Cat Show

100 pedigree cats from around the world will participate in this unique competition in Tel Aviv. There will be a panel of internationally recognized judges and various award categories including “Most Beautiful.” Visitors will be able to talk to breeders, see new cat breeds, check out high quality products for cats and take part in other numerous activities. Sat 10.00-16.00. Aviv Alliance Sports Center, 23 Reading St. (entry on Salvador St.), Ramat Aviv

Cultural Center Inauguration in Savyon

After 8 years of planning and building, the city will inaugurate its new cultural center and celebrates with special musical performances as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony led by city council member Moti Landau. Sat at 17.00. Savyon Cultural Center, 1 Netiv HaYovel St., Savyon.

Coca Cola Zero Night Run

This year’s Tel Aviv night run welcomes 25,000 runners to a 10km route throughout the city with tens of thousands of cheering spectators. There will be a celebratory finish line festival. Tues at 20.00. Starts at Kikar Rabin. Registration:

International “Musethica” in the Community Music Festival

14 violin, viola, and cello players perform at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, and other venues across the country. In addition there will be three concert events as well as master workshops open to the public in Be’er Sheva (Oct 21) and Tel Aviv (Oct 22-23). Fri at 12.00; Sat at 21.00. Israel Music Conservatory, Tel Aviv. Details:

Medrano Circus (Sept 10-Nov 9)

The Italian circus celebrates 150 years with a spectacular show featuring over 40 clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and others. Sportek in Ganei Yehoshua, 42 Rokah Blvd., Tel Aviv. Tickets: *2207,

Olive Tree Harvest

Families are invited to join in activities, lectures, tours and competitions (with special prizes). Workshops include olive picking, pressing and olive oil tastings. Tours are held Fridays, by appointment. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-16.00; Sun-Thur 10.00-12.00, 16.30-18.30. Beit Shamna Olive Press in Moshav Hagor, near Rosh Ha’ayin. Details:, (03) 903-3380

Nahum Gutman Museum

The Dwarf, the Giant and the Princess A surprise-filled, interactive exhibit that looks at modern interpretations of old tales, imagination and kids’ culture. For the entire family. Museum hours: Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-16.00. Nahum Gutman Museum. 21 Rokach St., Neve Tzedek

Ice Peaks

Ice-skating rink, climbing wall and zip-line. Fri 11.30-23.00; Sat 10.00-23.00; Mon-Thur 17.30-20.00 Peres Park, 1 Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon

The Safari

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours and activities. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-16.00; Sat-Thur 09.00-17.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305,

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 09.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-17.00; Tues, Thur 09.00-19.00. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv



The family amusement park offers a range of activities for all ages, in air-conditioned buildings and a shaded outdoor area. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat 10.00-19.00. Kibbutz Tzuba,

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

Lost at the Museum Join the Princess and the Wizard on their spectacular journey in search of their lost heirlooms. Look for shiny jewelry and hunting tools that have vanished in the palace, and discover ancient spells and mysterious papyrus writings. Ages 5-10. Museum Hours: Fri, Sat 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues, Thur 09.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30. Details: (02) 561-1066,     

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Natural exhibits of over 160 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from around the world. Includes a children’s zoo with a petting corner, educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-18.00. Biblical Zoo, Derech Aharon Shulov 1. (02) 675-0111

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 17.00-22.00; Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Location at Latrun 1-700-559-559;

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains exhibits and workshops dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more. For the entire family. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-16.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00.

Herzl Museum

The museum provides details on the life and influence of Theodor Herzl, the founding father of Zionism. At the entrance to Mt. Herzl, on Herzl Blvd. By appointment: (02) 671-3770

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-18.00 (last entry two hours before closing). Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888,


Pro Golf Event (October 19-25)

This week-long event will be held at the Caesarea Golf Club and hosts four rounds for its top players as part of the Alps Tour Final, with a winning prize that totals 80,000 euros. Opens to the public Oct 21. Caesarea Golf Club, POB 4858. Details:, *6550

Women’s Film Festival

This three-day festival will take place in Kiryat Tivon themed around multicultural and diverse women in films. There will be 12 movie screenings as well as various workshops taking place. A selection of screenings: “Real Women Have Curves,” starring America Ferrera, Thur at 13.30, French hit comedy, “Bowling,” Fri at 14.20, and “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close, Sat at 20.15. Zohar Hall, 20 Hana Sansh St., Kiryat Tivon. October 22-24. Full program listing and tickets:, (04) 983-0195  

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 or bicycle. The park includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri 09.00-16.00; Sat-Thur 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David, (04) 648-8060; ,

Hamat Gader

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


 International “Musethica” in the Community Music Festival
(See in Tel Aviv and Center). Wed at 20.00. Music Conservatory, Be’er Sheva.


A children’s museum offering a interactive experience, with original games that activate the senses. Sat 09.30-18.30, Sun-Thur 09.00-13.00, 16.00-19.00. 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 Route 90 and then east on Route 109. Details: 050-767-1290,

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park sits on 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,