Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Holon for the Adloyada
Purim carnival on Sunday for some traditional fun, with this year’s parade
focusing on toys. More than 20,000 flowers will be used to create an enormous
toy train, which will be followed by dancers dressed as flowers. The parade will
finish at the steps of the municipal building, where an enormous party featuring
Brazilian music and dancing will take place. Over the years, Adloyada has become
one of the main Purim attractions, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a plethora of
other activities taking place around the country. This year, there more options
than ever for children to have fun and also learn at the same time.
at The Davidson Institute’s Science Garden will expose the mystery that lies
behind the phenomenon of magic. The magic festival will include breathtaking
demonstrations such as spoon bending, floating in the air and sitting on nails.
In the ecosphere there will be demonstrations of camouflage, such as plants that
pretend to be stones, insects that pretend to be plants, and flowers that
pretend to be insects. The Science Garden will also have a costume parade and a
competition with prizes. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume.
On Shabbat, Dr. Molecule, the center’s own magician, will be discovering the
wonders of the world with laboratory experiments. The show is for children over
the age of five. It costs an extra NIS 10 for each participant.
– Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weizmann Institute, Rehovot Adults NIS 40;
children (5 to 18 ) NIS 35. Family ticket NIS 150. For more information,
call (08) 934- 2381.
On Saturday, The Noa Dar Dance Group will bring Lea Goldberg’s beloved poems to
life. The likes of “Why Did the Boy Laugh in His Dream?” “The Magic Hat” and
“The Bad Boy” will be presented in a new and refreshing manner. The show is
presented through the eyes of Gad, a little boy who is home alone and has
created a rich and colorful world in his imagination, a world that features the strange creatures
drawn by Uncle Dream and Aunt Leah, as well as his journey around the world with
the help of the Magic Hat. More tricks are drawn out of Goldberg’s magic hat and
are recreated on stage with humorous, energetic movement and music and
Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 27
Shaul Hamelech Boulevard. For tickets: (03) 607-7020 or online at Bravo,
The Israeli Opera invites youngsters from all over the country to celebrate
Purim with a special performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The story, which
has been translated into Hebrew by Ehud Manor, is about Prince Tamino and the
bird catcher Papageno, who embark on a perilous journey to save Princess Pamina
and return her to her mother, the Queen of the Night. Sung in
Hebrew. Recommended for ages five and up.
Monday at 11 a.m & 5
p.m. Tuesday at 5 p.m. Israeli Opera, 19 Shaul Hamelech, Tel Aviv. NIS 100/150.
For tickets, call (03) 692-7777.
Jerusalemites and tourists alike will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided
tour of the capital’s oldest neighborhoods to see the festive Purim costumes,
street parties, children enjoying the atmosphere and yeshiva students getting
merry on wine. During the festivities, Beit Shmuel will offer three different
family tours in the Old City, as well as a tour for adults that will explore the
Purim atmosphere in the haredi neighborhood of Mea She’arim.
NIS 60 – 95.
For more details and to reserve, call (02) 620- 3461.
The Yaron Yerushalmi Festival of Children’s Theater returns to the Suzanne
Dellal Center on February 23-25. The Orna Porat Theater presents 13
productions, including three premieres: In Bialik’s Garden, based on poems by
the national children’s poet; A Party at the Mouse’s Kindergarten with Israel
Gurion; and The Princess and the Pea, a play about sensitivity and
For a full program and tickets, go to www.porat-theater.co.il
or call (03) 511-1444.
The Diaspora Museum (Beit Hatfutsot) is offering something for the whole family
on Purim, with a distinctly international focus and flavor. Activities include
interactive gallery stories for children from the megila, Purim-themed arts and
crafts, as well as other surprises. All day Monday, the whole family can enjoy
souvenir costume photos, otherwise known as Flashbox Photos.
Monday from noon to 4 p.m. Beit Hatfutsot, Klausner Street, Ramat Aviv. For more
information, call (03) 745-7808.
Alrov Mamilla Avenue will host festive carnivals on Sunday and Monday, complete
with dancers, fire jugglers, stilt walkers, characters in costume, masquerading
and prizes. Actors will roam around in cartoon and fairytale costumes, while
fire-eaters and circus acrobats will perform for those looking for something a
little edgier. Those who come in costume can have their photo taken for free and
have it made into a magnet.
11 King Solomon Street, Jerusalem
Purim 2013 at the Israel Museum will include a mix of workshops, storytelling
and street parties. Children will be able to create all sorts of weird and
wonderful hats at recycling workshops held on Sunday and Monday between 10 a.m.
and 2 p.m. On the same days, storyteller Shlomit Dvir will combine books with
hats for a not-to-bemissed performance. On Shushan Purim there will be a
wild street party with jugglers, clowns and stilt walkers with characters from
Megilat Esther. Performed by members of the Nurit Katzir Youth Theatre to the
sounds of DJ Darnel.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem. For more information, see www.english.imjnet.org.il/
To get into the festive spirit, the artifacts at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel
Aviv will be dressing up in costumes. The jugs will be wearing masks, the
menora will become a noisemaker, and the mosaic will be hiding under a
torch. In a range of organized activities for the entire family, the
parents and children are invited to discover who will be dressing up, which
ancient items ran away from the shelves, and which exhibits switched places
Eretz Israel Museum, 2 Haim Levanon, Ramat Aviv. Adults NIS 42; students
NIS 28; seniors NIS 21; children under 18 free. For more information:
For the grown-ups
Purim may be a festival for children, but it’s also a time for
adults who are looking to find their inner child.
“Leave the little monsters at home and get ready for some positive energy.”
That’s the slogan behind Cult Israeli punk rock artist Rami Fortis’s Love Party
at the Barby club in Tel Aviv on Friday night. Fortis will bring his wild
onstage antics to the concert, which will feature popular songs from every
period of his illustrious career.
February 22 at 9:30 p.m. Barby Club, 52
Kibbutz Galuyot, Tel Aviv. NIS 90/110. For more information and tickets, call
The Tel Aviv Municipality is hosting its annual public street fair along Shaul
Hamelech Boulevard next to the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center and the Tel Aviv
Museum of Art. Those who dress up and join the party will be treated to music
from Tel Aviv’s leading DJs, an urban market featuring ecologically friendly and
recycled products, as well as fashion stalls. Festivities begin at noon. Despite
the relatively early start, food and alcohol stalls will line the street to
ensure that party goers have a good time.
Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, Tel
Aviv. From noon onwards. Free entry.
Lady Gaga will be making a special guest appearance in Tel Aviv for Purim all
the way from Times Square in New York. Gaga will be making an appearance at the
Tel Aviv Port in the form of a 12 meter wide, 4.5 meter high climbing wall.
Those who don’t want to wait for the actual singing sensation to make her way to
the Holy Land can make do with a climb on the gigantic wall, similar to the one
used in her recent advertising campaign in Times Square.
Friday, 9 a.m. –
3 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Hangar 11, Tel Aviv Port.
Jaffa Port is the place for music lovers to be on Friday afternoon. The huge
event, on the second floor of Hangar 1, is co-sponsored by radio station 88 FM
and promises an impressive line-up of live performances by Boom Pam, Portrait,
duo Ori Banai and Nir Friedman, Cozmo, Nadav Kadmon and Hillary Sargeant. The
non-stop music will be accompanied by activities for children, costume contests
and food and drink.
Friday from noon. Hangar 1, Jaffa Port. Free