While some view Purim as an excuse for hitting the bottle with total impunity, many of us – regardless of age group – know that it is a time when we can let our hair down, get into some wacky threads and engage in some way-out fun activity.
As usual, there is an abundance of entertainment and hands-on fare to be had all over the country, indoors and al fresco. Traditional Purim Adloyada parades and add-ons will take place in Holon on March 5, in (March 5 and 6) and in Ashkelon (March 5). However, the Ein Hod “Adloyada” epithet is something of a misnomer.
The Janco Dada Museum and Ein Hod will hold a plethora of shows, workshops and other activities over the three days for children age four and up, and naturally, for their parents as well. Visitors to Ein Hod can create their own dada style works of art, enjoy a Train Theater production of Many Moons and even get out and about for a theatrical trek around the artist colony under the aegis of actress Shahaf Abadi.For more information: (04) 984- 2350 and www.jancodada.co.il
Over the last decade or so, Holon has taken on the unofficial mantle of the country’s “junior capital,” and the local Adloyada is always a sight to behold and a great time to be had. The parade kicks off at noon on March 5, although the big send-off will be preceded by all kinds of holiday-appropriate slots.
The Adloyada route goes through Sokolov Street and Hanesi’im Street, ending at the corner of Hahistadrut and Weizmann with a show by Dana International and a DJ party near the municipality building. The Holon parade is always a visual extravaganza, and this year’s theme is the 75th anniversary of the creation of Holon, as decreed by the British district commissioner of the time, Robert Edward Harold Crosbie. In recognition of the Mandatory role in kick-starting Holon, the Adloyadah props will include a giant figure of Queen Elizabeth and a smaller figure of one of her great-grandchildren.
The local mayors, present and past, will also be on board, as incumbent official Moti Sasson and four of his predecessors will ride the route on the back of an outsized blue bird.
There will also be an aquatic feature, with a five-meter figure of a swimmer as the centerpiece and plenty of kids having a splash around it.
Meanwhile, a few kilometers to the south, Ashkelon’s Adloyadah is a joint venture between the local municipality and the Hop! TV channel. There are plenty of fairytale figures in the parade lineup, including Snow White and her seven diminutive pals; Rapunzel and her bewitched tower; a giant dragon; and Hansel and Gretel and the famed confectionery house. The Ashkelon show is due to hit the road at noon.
There is more fun in store for junior Purim revelers in Holon at the Israeli Children’s Museum on March 4 to 7. The four-day program includes performances of the interactive play Where’s Mish? during which kids, and adults alike will be invited to don festive costumes.
There will also be guided tours of the museum’s regular exhibitions and other features.
For more information: (03) 650-3000 and www.childrensmuseum.org.il .
The Yaron Festival offers more theatrical entertainment for children at various venues throughout Tel Aviv. The program takes place on March 4 to 6 under the auspices of the Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth at the Tel Aviv Museum, the Smolarz Auditorium on the Tel Aviv University campus, the Duhl Center in Shechunat Hatikva, Rozin Auditorium in Ramat Aviv and the Frankfurt House Community Center in Afeka. The entertainment roster includes performances of A Heroine , a musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess ; The Siamese King ; In Bialik’s Garden ; Aladdin and the Magic Lamp; and The Animal Festival , based on Jo Hodgkinson’s children’s book The Talent Show .
There will also be some free hands- on activities at the Smolarz Auditorium. dining radio television events movies highlights
For more information: (03) 511-1444 ext. 9 and www.porat-theater.co.il .
The Mayumana troupe will offer kids an interactive high-energy mix of dance and percussion in its Adraba 2015 show. Junior members of the audience in Beersheba (Heichal Hatarbut on March 4 at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.); Herzliya (Beit Chel Ha’avir on March 6 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 3:20 p.m.); and Tel Aviv (Beit Hahayal on March 7 at 10 a.m.and 12:30 p.m. and 3:20 p.m.) will be invited to join in the fun and enhance the professional fare.
Meanwhile, over at Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem, children in the four to eight age group can enjoy the Two Hats show on March 4 and 5 (3 p.m.and 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively). The play tells the story of a man who gets into a head covering mix-up and subsequently discovers how assuming a different identity can change one’s life. The show will be followed by the Dressing Up in Hats workshop, designed to show kids how they can become someone else while retaining their own personality.
For more information: www.bac.org.il.
At the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the “Face to Face” exhibition of ancient masks will serve as the basis for the institution’s Purim offerings on March 5 and 6. The children’s entertainment and activities include The Secret of the Mask show about how masks have been used in cult ritual, carnivals and theater, while the Florentin Circus will wow the young audience will all manner of spectacular acrobatics and clowning.
There will also be a mask-making workshop, and the Key Theater troupe will perform The Orange Shoe comedy show.For tickets and more information: (02) 677-1302.
Down at the other end of Route 1, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has a rich activity program for March 4 to 6.
Creative endeavor for ages seven to 12 is front and center in the Storytelling Scroll – Painted Scroll slot in which children will work with their own parchment scrolls. And there is sculpting fun on offer in the Hat Flies High session, while silk screen printing techniques will be employed in the Masks from the World activity.
There is also the “Lines of Imagination” interactive exhibition for the whole family (free admission for children), which highlights the linear element in works of art. After viewing creations by such artists as Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Maurice-Henry, patrons will be invited to take part in a variety of endeavors, such as sound and line games, producing hi-tech interactive drawings, watching short films and completing famous works of art in their individual style.
For more information: (03) 607- 7020 and www.tamuseum.com
There will be plenty of pioneering spirit around in Rehovot on March 5 when the local Purim festivities mark the city’s 125th anniversary on the recently renovated Ya’acov Street, Rehovot’s first public thoroughfare.
The program lineup includes a joyful Orange Pickers parade and an entertaining Mad Professors parade, while street artists will evoke the spirit of yore by impersonating all kinds of iconic craftsmen, including the legendary barber Habibi, the proprietor of the Scheilsner photography shop and the sibling pastry chefs from the Ta’am Shel Pa’am bakery. There will also be interactive slots at the Rena Smilenski Bible Trees Park and a wide range of science-based activities at Smilenski School.
But it won’t all be kid-oriented fun over the holiday period.
Veteran rocker Rami Fortis will set up his artistic stall at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv on March 5 and 6 for two typically down and dirty concerts. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30 p.m.
For tickets and more information: www.barby.co.il