Things to Do Around Israel, September 23-29, 2016

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

Play a match of giant Tetris at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.
Guy Yechiely

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:


18th European Cable Wakeboard Championships

The annual cable wakeboarding competition takes place over the weekend. Competitors will represent more than 25 countries. Fri 10.00-17.00 (adults semi finals); Sat 14.30-16.30 (adults finals). Park Darom, Birnit St., Tel Aviv. Details: 

Giant Tetris Tournament 

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality invites the public to participate in a giant Tetris video game tournament at Rabin Square. The municipality building will serve as a 3,000 sq.m. screen made up of 480 LED lights. Includes two huge joysticks. Every Thursday evening. Rabin Square, 70 Ibn Gvirol St. 

‘Tubix’ Exhibit 

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. Sat 09.00-18.00; Thur 13.00-19.00. Peres Park, 1 Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon. Tickets: *9066,

Shanghai Circus 

The acrobatic extravaganza, combining traditional Chinese arts and modern technology, features over 30 artists. Fri at 16.00; Sat 10.00, 12.30, 16.00. Yamit Water Park, 66 Mifrats Shlomo St., Holon. Tickets: *2207,

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; Sun-Thur 10.00-19.00. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv. Tickets: 

Eretz Israel Museum 

The Planetarium Films about the solar system, on a revolving stage. “Secrets of the Suns,” ages 11+. Sat at 15.00, Sun-Thur at 10.30; “The Wonder Telescope,” ages 7+. Sat at 14.00, Sun-Wed at 13.30,Thur 13.30, 19.00; “Stars,” ages 5+. Sat at 12.00, Sun-Wed at 11.30, Thur 11.30, 17.00; “Astronaut,” ages 5+. Fri at 10.30, Sat at 11.00, Sun-Thur at 15.00; “Life of Trees,” ages 5+. Sat at 13.00, Thur 16.00, 18.00 ‘Ice Age and the Dinosaurs’ An interactive exhibit featuring more than 43 different life-sized models of dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals, some of which are robotic and life-like. Includes a carousel, a role-playing activity to be a paleontologist, a 25-minute 3D film screening, games and a daily guided tour at 17.00. For the entire family. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-21.00; Thur 17.00-21.00. 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

Ice Peaks 

Ice skating rink, climbing wall and zip-line. Fri 11.00-23.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-23.00. Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon

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. Includes 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 *4585


Beit Avi Chai 

Hosts a special film screening of Noam Nadav and Noam Meshulam’s 2016 animated short, “The Fieldmarshal,” in which author David Grossman interviews the irrepressible Fieldmarshal Archibald Lomumba, an animated character created by his son, the late Uri Grossman. The filmmakers will be present at the screening, as well as Grossman, who will read excerpts from his son’s works. Mon at 20.30. Tickets: 

Jerusalem Night Market

The month-long market features an array of arts and crafts stands, designers, jewelers, sculptors, painters, makeup artists and many others selling their wares. In addition, there are nightly musical performances and street theater. Opens Wednesday. Wed, Thur 15.00-23.00. Along Jaffa Rd. 

The Djanogly Visual Arts Center 

Hosts the new family exhibit “Wonderland Mine,” by artist/designer Itamar Mendes Flohr. Guests are welcome to stroll through a 60 sq.m. wooden labyrinth where contemporary works by seven artists are on display. Sun-Thur 08.00-14.00, 16.00-19.00. 3 Tuvia St. 

Friends of Zion Museum

Focuses on the significant role played by Christians who tried to save the Jews during the Holocaust and who contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel. Features exhibits on the Jewish nation’s dream of restoring their historic homeland and the non-Jews who assisted them in accomplishing that dream. A tour, with 3D presentations, is offered daily (ages 7+). Fri 09.30-14.00; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.30-18.00. 20 Yosef Rivlin St. Reservations: 

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: 


The family amusement park offers a range of activities for all ages, including swimming, a 140-meter roller coaster, games, an indoor Gymboree and more. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat-Mon, Wed 10.00-19.00; Tues, Thur 10.00-17.00. Kibbutz Tzuba. Details: (02) 534-7952,

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) 

Natural exhibits of over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from around the world. Includes a children’s zoo with a petting corner, animal feeding demonstrations, educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. 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. Sun-Thur at 20.30, 21.30, 22.30. Jaffa Gate. Museum hours: Fri 09.00-16.00; Sat-Mon, Wed, Thur 09.00-17.00; Tues 09.00-19.00.

Bloomfield Science Museum

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 Campus. 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

Established as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust and home to the Holocaust History Museum. It offers visitors a guided tour in English (see Tours) and presents a variety of important Survivors’ testimonies, personal diaries, artifacts and more. Special exhibit: Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven It 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,


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:


Experience in the Vineyards Festival

The event, hosted by the Gezer Regional Council, continues over the weekend. Includes a large bicycle riding event – routes are 23 km, 15 km, 10 km and 3 km – for the entire family (Fri from 06.30, departs from Kibbutz Shaalvim) and a family happening on Saturday, offering games, guided tours and workshops on grape pressing (from 09.00, at Herzl House in Hulda Forest). September 22-24. Details: 

Top 94 – Theme Park 

The park features a climbing wall, paintball, go-karts, mini bungee jumping, a ropes course, a play corner for younger kids and more. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-20.00. 1 Hashravrav St., Eilat. Details:


A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the various senses. Sat, Sun-Thur 09.30-18.30. 25 David Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park provides 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 shark pool is home to 18 shark species, and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200,