Things to Do Around Israel, September 18-24, 2015

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

Boaz Samurai

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Eretz Israel Museum

The Dancing Machine 2 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 10.00-16.00; Thur 10.00-20.00

Nahum Gutman Museum

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 10.00-14.00; Sat 10.00-15.00; Mon,Thur 10.00-16.00. 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, www.safari.co.il

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 09.00-12.30; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-15.30; Tues, Thur 09.00-17.30. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv *4585

JERUSALEM AND AREA

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

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, 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 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, 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, Sat 10.00-14.00; Sun, Thur 09.30-17. 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 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 10.00-14.00; Sat-Mon, Thur 10.00-17.00. Location at Latrun 1-700-559-559; www.minisrael.co.il

Bloomfield Science Museum

Night of the Scientists The theme of the night is brain research and includes special activities, tours, lectures and a performance: All-Most A dance that investigates the moment between an impulse, a fantasy or a decision, and the resulting physical action (accompained by a workshop). Ages 16+. Mon 16.00-22.00; 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; Mon, 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.00-14.00; Sun-Mon, Thur 10.00-18.00 (last entry two hours before closing). Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel) (08) 928-5888, park.monkeypark.co.il

Gazelle Valley

Visit the nature park, where deer roam free, despite being surrounded by the urban landscape of Jerusalem. Handicap accessible. Open all hours. Off the intersection of Herzog and Pat streets

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, Mon, Thur 09.00-17.00. Kibbutz Shefayim. Tickets: (09) 959-5756/7, http://www.waterpark.co.il/

HAIFA AND THE NORTH

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, bicycle or green vehicle. 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, www.nirtours.co.il

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

THE SOUTH

Lunada

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

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park sits upon 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, www.coralworld.co.il/en

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 on Route 90 and then east on Route 109. Details: 050-767-1290, http://eilatbirds.com