Top 5: Purim events for families in Jerusalem
By LOREN MINSKY/ ITRAVELJERUSALEM.COM TEAM
From carnivals to theatrical workshops, there are so many memorable ways to celebrate Purim in Jerusalem for families with children.
Purim Carnival at Mamilla
Take a stroll through Alrov Mamilla Avenue
mesmerizing Purim-themed entertainment with a stunning exhibition with
the theme: "Humor and Satire" as well as lots of dance, fire juggling,
colorful costumed characters and masquerading. One of the highlights is
to be the fire-eating and circus acrobatics at noon each day (at the
amphitheater on Sunday and the entrance near King Solomon Street on
Kids can get their face painted for a nominal fee or can play for hours
thousands of Lego blocks (indoor mall, second floor). Those who arrive
dress can have their photo taken and made into a magnet for
Address: 11 King Solomon St, Jerusalem
When: February 24-25
a.m. – 6 p.m.
Purim Festivities at the Israel Museum
will love the creative and colorful activities on offer at the Israel Museum
this Purim. In addition to a recycling hat-making workshop, there will be a
related song and storytelling session in the Illustration Library by Israeli
musician Shulamit Dvir,who will play with books and hats while singing, laughing
and playing musical instruments.
On Monday, Shushan Purim, things really
heat up with juggling, acrobatics and trapeze by Cirque No Problem; a street
party featuring street theater group Nurit Katzir Center and music by DJ Darnell.
On Monday, there will also be a mask and noisemaker workshop in the Youth Wing
classrooms (ages 6 and up).
When: February 24 – 25
Time: Workshops: 10
a.m. – 2 p.m.; Storyteller/ Singer: noon; Cirque De Problem: noon on February 25
only; Street Party: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on February 25 only
Address: 11 Ruppin
Boulevard, Givat Ram
Phone: (02) 670-8811
Purim Happening at Safra Square
Shushan Purim, head to Safra Square for an afternoon of magnificent arts,
culture and festivities geared to families and children. The line-up will
include several theater troupes as well as Irish step, Flamenco dance, and Purim
costume contests.Activities and attractions all take place on the municipality's
open courtyard area at Safra Square, and best of all, the event is
When: February25 Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Address: Safra Square,
Purim at the Tower of David
Children (ages 5-10) can enjoy
a theatrical tour at the Tower of David entitled "The Same Lady in a Different
Disguise" that celebrates the idea of costume during Purim but combines it
cleverly with the history of Jerusalem. The original way this is done is via a
fortress "fortified" with various eras, each portrayed through a different
cloak. Using the Purim theme of dress up and disguise, the period gowns, suits
and hats allow you to "travel through time". Or, children can get involved in
workshops on mask design, building 3D castles and on drawing Jerusalem cartoons
and caricatures. There will also be a musical masked ball on the Friday before
Purim featuring songs from musical productions, films and operas. The ever-
popular Night Spectacular will take place at a reduced fee of NIS
When:February 24 – 25 Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Gate, Old City
Purim at the Museum of Italian Jewish Art
of Italian Jewish Art is offering a host of activities suitable for parents and
children, such as a humorous children's play "Harlequin's Treasure Hunt" (in
Hebrew) by the Psik Theater (suitable for ages 4-10) in the style of Commedia
dell'Arte. There will also be a screening of the animated film "Pulcinella" and
a Purim surprise especially for children. The slightly older members of the
family may appreciate "A Walk with Esther" exhibit in honor of Purim. You'll
feel as if you're truly within the Scroll of Esther with stunningly decorated
and rare Megillot Esther (Scrolls of Esther) from Venice and Northern Italy.
Enlarged digital images of the gorgeous illustrations add to the experience.
When: February 25 Time: 10 a.m.
Address: 27 Hillel St, Jerusalem
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