Top 5: Purim events for families in Jerusalem

From carnivals to theatrical workshops, there are so many memorable ways to celebrate Purim in Jerusalem for families with children.

Purim (photo credit: Courtesy)
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Purim Carnival at Mamilla
Take a stroll through Alrov Mamilla Avenue for some mesmerizing Purim-themed entertainment with a stunning exhibition with the theme: "Humor and Satire" as well as lots of dance, fire juggling, stilt walking, colorful costumed characters and masquerading. One of the highlights is expected 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 Monday). Kids can get their face painted for a nominal fee or can play for hours with thousands of Lego blocks (indoor mall, second floor). Those who arrive in fancy dress can have their photo taken and made into a magnet for free.
Address: 11 King Solomon St, Jerusalem When: February 24-25 Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.Price: Free Purim Festivities at the Israel Museum
Kids 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
This 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 free.When: February25 Time: Noon – 4 p.m.Address: Safra Square, Jerusalem Price: Free 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 40.
When:February 24 – 25 Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Address: Jaffa Gate, Old CityPhone: *2884
Purim at the Museum of Italian Jewish Art
The Museum 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 Phone: (02) 624-1610 is a new online international travel portal offering all the latest information on things to do, places to eat and places to stay in Jerusalem