Things to Do Around Israel, September 11-17, 2015

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

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TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Eretz Israel Museum

The Dancing Machine 2 is an exhibit of mechanical toys and automata which spectators can operate by pressing a button. A large workshop operates alongside the exhibition in which families will be able to design and build a machine based on their own imagination. For the entire family. Fri 10.00-14.00; Sat, Mon-Wed 10.00-16.00; Thur 10.00-20.00
 
Nahum Gutman Museum

Meet acclaimed illustrator of children books, Aviel Basil, at the exhibit, “The Dwarf, the Giant and the Princess.” Sat at 11.00. The Dwarf, the Giant and the Princess A surprise-filled, interactive exhibit looking at literary contents, modern interpretations, imagination and kids’ culture, dealing with dwarfs, giants, princesses and royalty. For the entire family. Museum hours: Fri 10-14.00; 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; Sun 10.00-16.00; Mon, Tues 10.00-23.00; Wed, 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-Thur 09.00-18.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305, www.safari.co.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

The Knights of Jerusalem Festival

Two day event featuring family activities based on the knights of Jerusalem that include sword and archery lessons, sword fighting performances, dress up like in the olden days, and more. Mon, Tues 09.00-17.00. Ein Yael Museum (near the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens). Tickets: *6226, http://abirim.net

Bezalel Fair

Showcasing works in fabric, wood, glass, ceramics and a variety of artistic media, by Israeli artists and artisans. Attractions include stalls, street performers, workshops and music performances. Every Fri at 10.00. Bezalel St. Details: bezalelfair.co.il

Kiftzuba

New Year Event includes special activities and handicraft workshops based on the new year as well as the opening of a new facility “Ship in a Storm.” A unique performance “The Flying Pigeon,” will be staged from 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00. Hours: Sun 10.00-15.00; Mon, Tues 10.00-19.00; 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, www.kiftzuba.co.il

Tower of David Museum
    
The Night Spectacular A night show presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel. Sat, Wed, Thur at 20.00, 21.00, 22.00 Details and Reservation Center: *2884/ (02) 626-5333

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Hours for the Botanical Gardens: Fri, Sun 09.00-17.00; Sat, Mon, Tues 09.00-18.00; Wed, 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

Bible Lands Museum

Weekend Family Fun Self-guided activity ideal for Shabbat observant families. Sat at 10.00-14.00. 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-Sun 10.00-14.00; Wed, Thur 09.30-21.30 Details: (02) 595-5300, www.blmj.org
    
Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Natural exhibits of over 160 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates originating 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, Sun 09.00-16.30; Sat, Mon, Tues 10.00-18.00; Wed, 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, Sun 10.00-14.00; Sat, Mon-Thur 10.00-17.00 Latrun 1-700-559-559; www.minisrael.co.il

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 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-16.00; Wed, Thur 10.00-18.00 www.mada.org.il

Herzl Museum

The museum provides details on the life and influence of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern 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, Sun 10.00-14.00; Sat, Mon-Thur 10.00-17.00 (last entry two hours before closing). Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888, park.monkeypark.co.il

Sharon Area

Shefayim Water Park

The park offers exciting activities which include 26 water slides, five pools, a maze, an acrobatics show and much more. Fri, Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. Kibbutz Shefayim. Tickets: (09) 959-5756/7, http://www.waterpark.co.il/

HAIFA AND THE NORTH
 
Sweet New Year Celebration

Spiced Honey Workshop. Sat, Mon, Tues 12.00, 14.00; Field Tour Of the farm’s herb and spice fields. Sat, Mon, Tues at 13.00. A variety of kids’ creative workshops, tastings and recipes will also be available. Sat throughout the day. Spicy Way Visitor Center, Bethlehem of Galilee (04) 953-3405, www.derech-hatavlinim.co.il

Bell Ofri

The agricultural farm is hosting workshops on the grape harvest, bread baking, and learning about the wine press as well as offering tours of its vineyards, orchards and farm. Fri, Sat, Mon, Tues 09.00-18.00. Located north of Katzrin. Registration: 052-880-5026, www.bellofri.co.il

Gan Guru

New Year Event Kite building workshops and kite flying at the park. Hours: Tues 09.00-17.00. 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 09.00-13.00; Mon, Tues 09.00-17.00; Wed, Thur 09.00-16.00 Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David
(04) 648-8060

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-Wed 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. The park includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri, Sun 09.00-16.00; Sat, Wed, Thur 09.00-19.30; Mon, Tues 09.00-17.00 Near Kibbutz Nir David (04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

THE SOUTH

Lunada

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