Top 5: Upcoming family activities in Jerusalem
By LOREN MINSKY/ ITRAVELJERUSALEM.COM TEAM
Activities include Ice-skating at Malha Mall, Jerusalem Art Festival, and Fridays at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.
There are plenty of enriching and enjoyable events and activities to
take advantage of while in Jerusalem. These are just some of the fun
things for parents and kids to do together.
Fridays at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, formally known as The Tisch Family Zoological
Gardens, offers a special winter program with something for everyone. On
Fridays, musical performances (Dixie music in February and world music
in March) take place at the main entrance courtyard between 12:30 a.m.
and 3 p.m. At 1.30 p.m. kids and adults alike won't want to miss out on
the opportunity to come up close with an elephant, take part in elephant
training and to hand-feed the adorable animals. For a chance to win an
elephant ride, make sure to buy a raffle ticket for NIS 1. All proceeds
go to the Thailand Lamphang elephant hospital).
Kids will also
love the guided animal feedings, as well as the chance to meet their
favorite animal and pet them, between 11a.m. and 2 p.m. on the hour. The
petting zoo for goats and sheep is open to the public throughout the
day. Other musts at the zoo include the zoo train, Noah's Ark Visitor
Center, Children's Zoo and Sculpture Park. Activities are weather
When: Fridays until March 31
Phone: (02) 675-0111
Ice-skating at Malha Mall
the weather continues to get colder in Jerusalem, you'll want to be
bundled up and indoors and there's no warmer place than an indoor mall.
Jerusalem's biggest shopping mall, the Jerusalem Malcha Mall in southern
Jerusalem is offering indoor ice-skating for a limited time only (ends
February 23). The plaza has been set up outside the Mashbir department
store and offers half-hour skating sessions for those over the age of
six. Since the rink is synthetic ice, you get to stay warm the entire
time. Free skate rental is available for sizes 32-46, but remember to
bring long and thick socks.
When: Until February 23
Address: Jerusalem Malcha Mall, Malcha
Phone: (02) 679-1333
Times: Sun – Thurs: noon – 10 p.m.; Fri – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sat night: one hour after Shabbat – 11 p.m.
Price: NIS 20
Herod the Great Exhibition
and kids with a passion for archaeology will not want to miss out on
the new Herod the Great exhibition at the renowned Israel Museum. The
exhibition allows visitors the chance to stroll through reconstructed
halls of King Herod’s palace and admire Herod's recently discovered tomb
and 250 other archaeological artifacts and finds from Herod’s palaces
in Herodium, Jericho and other sites.
Herod the Great (who ruled
from 37 – 4 BCE) was considered one of Israel’s greatest builders,
known for his colossal building projects in Jerusalem and elsewhere,
including his expansion of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, sometimes
referred to as Herod's Temple. The findings featured in this exhibit
shed new light on the political, architectural, and aesthetic influence
of Herod’s rule (37–4 BCE). The Museum’s exhibition is dedicated to the
memory of the renowned archaeologist Professor Netzer, responsible for
many of these significant discoveries who died in Herodium in 2010.
When: Until October 6
Address: The Israel Museum – 11 Ruppin Boulevard, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 670-8811
Ah, Jerusalem! Musical at Beit Shmuel
From Bernie Kukoff, the producer of The Cosby Show, Rags to Riches and Different Strokes as well as several Broadway productions comes the english musical Ah, Jerusalem!
on a middle-America family whose vacation plans are rerouted from
Mexico to Jerusalem in order to retrieve a family treasure, the play
packs in a time travel span of Jerusalem's 3,000 year history with
surprises along the way. The show takes place at the Hirsch Theater in
the Beit Shmuel complex overlooking the walls of the Old City. Ah,
Jerusalem! is slated to become a must-see event for any tourist visiting
When: From February 21; Sundays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Address: 6 Eliyahu Shama St, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 623-7000
Price: NIS 85 – NIS 100
Jerusalem Art Festival
12th Jerusalem Arts Festival is an annual arts and culture extravaganza
that showcases the best in local dance, theater and music. A few
anticipated highlights of the festival include a dance production of
Cinderella, the play Hairspray (in English with Hebrew subtitles), the
Baroque opera "The Coronation of Poppaea", and an evening of Jewish and
Arabic songs "Between East and West."
Every evening there will be
two free musical performances in a variety of genres – one at 7.30 p.m.
– 8.30 p.m., and another at 10.30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Performances take
place at the Jerusalem Theater, the YMCA Hall, at Beit Shmuel, the
Gerard Bechar Center, St. Andrew's Church and other cultural sites
When: March 11 – March 19
Phone: (02) 629-8141/6
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