Things to Do Around Israel, October 21-27, 2016

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

Horseback riding on Kibbutz Merom Golan in the north.
Courtesy of Merom Golan

The Bible Marathon 

Participants retrace the biblical path ran by a man from the ancient city of Benjamin to Shiloh (1 Samuel 5:12), who was one of the earliest runners described in the Hebrew Bible, covering a 42 km distance. On Friday. Routes include: 42.2 km (at 05.30 from Rosh Ha’ayin); 21 km (at 09.00 from Ariel); and around Shiloh Valley - 10 km (at 09.30) and 5 km (at 08.00). Details:

Sweet as Honey Festival 

Apiaries across Israel open their doors to the public for a chance to meet beekeepers and their charges. Taste different types of honey, bake honey cakes, enter a photo contest with the bees, and take part in workshops to learn about the important role bees play in the environment. Participating apiaries include Kibbutz Yad Mordechai and the Porat Apiary in Ein Yahav, a moshav in the south near the border with Jordan; Pirhei Galil Beehive in Moshav Manot and Dvorat Hatavor in the Lower Galilee; and Lin Farm in Kfar Bilu. September 22-October 29. Details:


Around Tel Aviv 

A cycling event around the city’s historic sites and scenic routes. Friday from 06.30 (for 60 km); 06.45 (for 40 km); 07.45 (for inline skating, 21 km); 08.00 (for 21 km) and 10.00 (for 8 km). Meeting point (start/finish): Rokach Blvd., adjacent to the Exhibition Grounds. Details:

Harlem Globetrotters

Marking their 90th anniversary, the legendary exhibition basketball team made up of elite players, who combine athleticism, theater and comedy, continues to play against local teams in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (October 18-22), as part of its 2016 world tour. Fri, Sat at 12.00. Menora Mivtachim Arena, Tel Aviv. Tickets:, *2207


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. Fri-Tues 09.00-18.00. Peres Park, 1 Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon. Tickets: *9066,

The Museum for the Art of Puppetry 

The museum, housed in the Israel Puppet Center, offers a permanent collection of dozens of traditional and contemporary puppets and masks from Israel and abroad, as well as temporary and interactive exhibits. Wednesdays from 16.00-19.00. Details:

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; Sat 10.00-15.00; Sun-Wed 10.00-19.00; Thur 10.00-22.30. 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; “The Wild Animals of Nahum Gutman and Friends,” works inspired by Gutman’s illustrations and depict a playful alternative to hunting. Museum hours: Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5010


Harlem Globetrotters

(see Tel Aviv). Sat at 20.30. Payis Arena, 1 David Benbanishty Rd., Jerusalem. Tickets:, *2207

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: 

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens 

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Features: The Children’s Discovery Trail A sensory exploration activity that incorporates trails, a canopy walk through the trees, touching water plants from the wooden deck, a “down to the roots” exhibit and tours. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012,

Tisch 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: Sat, Mon 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

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

Hosts the Jerusalem Mini Maker Fair, a two-day event that showcases the projects of dozens of innovators, artists and inventors. Includes workshops: “How to Make Moving Toys,” by Noga Alhasid, “Scraps, Art and Arduino,” by Zvi Halbrecht, “Citrus,” on building an electric citrus (ages 7+), and many more. In addition, there are activities for children, a scientific demonstration show by Dr. Molecule (daily 12.00, 15.00, 18.00) and guided tours. Events take place  Mon, Tues 10.00-18.00. Tickets:; Regular offerings: 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 Ca
mpus. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-16.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. (02) 654-4888, 

Yad Vashem

The world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust and home to the Holocaust History Museum. Offers guided tour in English (Fri at 10.00) and presents a variety of important survivors’ testimonies, personal diaries, artifacts and more. Special exhibit: Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven Gives expression to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and displays their stories. Mount of Remembrance, Har Hazikaron St., off Herzl St. (02) 644-3802. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 09.00-17.00; Thur 09.00-20.00

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. Fri-Mon 10.00-16.00. Merom Golan, Golan Heights. Registration: 

Kibbutz Farod

Saba Habib’s olive oil factory on the kibbutz hosts activities in honor of the upcoming olive harvest. Includes tastings, olive picking and pickling, and a special happening that includes artists’ stalls selling their wares (on Saturday). Fri-Mon 11.00-16.00. Upper Galilee. Details:

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, 

Indi Park 

The theme park includes kayaking, surfing, canoeing, wall climbing, nature art workshops 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

Israel Railway Museum

The national railway museum of Israel features the country’s railway history, antique train cars and other railway items. Sun-Thur 08.00-16.00. 1 Hativat Golani St., Haifa. Details:


Timna Park LIVE Festival 

The two-day event features movement workshops on capoeira and Israeli folk dance, meeting with artists, children’s shows, guided walking tours and a closing concert performed by hip-hop and funk group Hadag Nachash (Sat at 20.00). For the entire family. Fri, Sat 10.00-20.00. Timna Park. Tickets: (08) 631-6756,

International Circus Festival 

Eighty participants, representing 13 countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Chile, Italy and Colombia, compete in a final circus show in which they will show off their skills in acrobats, juggling, trapeze, clowning, and more. Sat at 20.00. 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 10.00, 12.30, 16.00; Sat at 10.00. Big Fashion complex, 1 Harakevet Rd, Ashdod. Tickets: *2207,


The children’s museum hosts a Taki card game competition, in honor of the game’s 35th anniversary, with special guest Haim Shafir, game inventor of Taki. Ages 6+. Fri, Sun 10.00, 12.00; Sat, Mon 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00. Registration is required:; Regular offerings: Exhibits with original games that activate the various senses. Sat, Sun-Thur 09.30-18.30. 25 David Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva.