Things to Do Around Israel, October 2-8, 2015

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The giant sukkah at Tel Aviv’s port for Hol Hamo’ed Sukkot.Credit: Or Glickman


Sukkot at the Tel Aviv Port

Visit the giant sukkah and join in holiday activities. Fri-Mon from 10.00-22.00.
Events include: Storytelling King David and Devorah, based on stories by Haim Nahman Bialik. Fri at 11.30; Musical Kabbalat Shabbat for the entire family in the sukkah. Fri at 19.00; Storytelling from beloved children books: “The Lion That Loved Strawberries” by Tirtza Atar and “Itamar Meets a Rabbit” by David Grossman. Sun at 11.30. With the Israel Prayer House (Beit Tefilah Israeli). Located next to Shuk HaNamal. Details:

Cycle Around Tel Aviv

Join the city’s largest cycling event with four routes for professional, experienced, intermediate and beginner riders. The annual Sovev Tel Aviv, as it is called in Hebrew, also caters to skaters, with an in-line skating route along the beach and the city boulevards, onto the Ayalon Highway. Starting point on Rokach Street, adjacent to the Ganei Hata’arucha Exhibition Center. Fri at 06.30. Registration:

Disney On Ice: Magical Journey

The Disney ice-skating spectacle features an international cast of ice-skaters and actors showcasing a variety of classic and contemporary Disney tales. Mickey Mouse, Mini Mouse and Donald Duck make an appearance, as do Daisy, Goofy, Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and more. October 2-3. Menora Mivtachim Arena (formerly Heichal Nokia). Details: *2207,

Eretz Israel Museum

The Dancing Machine 2 an exhibit of mechanical toys and automata, which spectators can operate by pressing a button. Alongside the exhibition is a large workshop where families can design and build a machine based on their own imagination. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-16.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-16.00; Thur 10.00-20.00

Nahum Gutman Museum

The Dwarf, the Giant and the Princess A surprise-filled, interactive exhibit that looks at stories, 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. Raffle prizes drawn throughout the week for every ticket entry. 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, Sun, Mon, Thur 09.00-18.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305,



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

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Dinosaur Kingdom Explore the fascinating creatures that roamed the earth six million years ago in this new outdoor exhibition showcasing over 40 life-size “animatronic” dinosaur replicas, plus enjoy a host of dinosaur-themed activities including workshops, mazes, movies, games and much more. Regular activities: Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Hours for the Botanical Gardens: Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun, Mon, 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) 595-5300,
Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Special activities during the holidays:Magic and Smiles show by Eran Blizovsky, with magic and juggling acts. Sat, Mon 13.00, 14.00; Zoo Waze game themed around rainforest animals. Daily; Ushpizin workshop on predator and prey, featuring zoo animals. Tues at 12.00. Regular activities: 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. Opening hours: Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun, Mon, Thur 09.00-19.00. 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. Among the activities: Musica A special exhibit featuring giant replicas of musical instruments. 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,

Sharon Area

Florentine Circus

The modern circus group presents family fun, with “Around the World in 80 Days,” a performance that includes juggling, aerial acrobatics, dance and more, for all ages, followed by circus workshops for kids. Sat at 10.30, 13.30. Hakfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon (off Hakfar Hayarok junction). Tickets: (03) 648-3811,

Shefayim Water Park

The park offers activities including 26 water slides, five pools, a maze, an acrobatics show and much more. Fri, Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun, Mon, Thur 09.00-17.00. Kibbutz Shefayim. Tickets: (09) 959-5756/7,


Open Art Studios

At the Main Gallery and Dada Museum with workshops for all ages. Sat 11.00-17.00. Meeting point at the main entrance. Ein Hod Artist Village. Details: Naomi 050-775-7142

International Hot Air Balloon Festival

The annual event comes to a close in Eshkol National Park, in the Negev. There will be 16 hot air balloons flying into the skies and a closing ceremony that includes taking a dip in the swimming pools of the park. Fri 05.30-08.00. Tickets: *3638,

Janco Dada Museum

The museum will hold special activities and workshops in the spirit of the holidays. Events include: Ma’abadada Interactive exhibition that promotes interdisciplinary creativity. Ages 4+. Daily, at 10.00, 12.00. Ein Hod artists’ colony. Details: (04) 984-2350,

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, Mon, 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-Mon, Thur 09.00-19.30, Tues 09.00-13.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427,

Hamat Gader

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



A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the different senses. Sat 09.30-18.30, Sun, Mon, Thur 09.00-13.00, 16.00-20.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

Bird Watching Park

During the holiday period visitors are invited to special lectures given by bird researchers, as well as guided tours for the entire family. Fri, Sat 09.00-14.00. Regular activities: 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,