While time off seems enticing, the Passover holidays can be a parent's nightmare. Finding things to do in Israel that both you and your children will enjoy can be a hassle, especially with the Tel Aviv beach balagan and Park Hayarkon playgrounds reaching maximum capacity. Well, it's time to escape the heat and enter the magical world of family-friendly museums in Israel. These museums have everything from special events to kids camps to kaleidoscope-crafting workshops and even Afikoman hunts that will keep your kids happy and parents happier. Check out what the best museums in Israel have to offer this Pesach.
Not-to-miss Passover events at the top museums in Israel
In preparation for Passover and the spring holidays, the Bloomfield Science Museum is offering a variety of workshops and tours on insects, flowers, and everything in between for both children and parents. And that's not all. The museum promises dress-up opportunities for kids, relay races, dance performances, presentations and opportunities to learn from the pros about the wonderful world of bees.
To top off their amazing new super hero exhibit, the Israeli Cartoon Museum is offering guided tours and a wealth of activities that are fun for the entire family over the Passover vacation. Kids will love the 'Super Heroes Camp' focused entirely on comics, whereby children will have a chance to create their own comics and get to know the superheroes within them; plus there will be a special exhibition on animals, as well as other guided tours.
In the spirit of Passover, from April 3-6, the Design Museum Holon is taking children aged 7-11 on a tour as design detectives. They will go on various missions using hundreds of glasses and at the end of their mission, will take park in a design workshop to create their very own kaleidoscopes inspired by the exodus story in Egypt.
This museum offers an interactive and unusual family experience for both adults and their children. The interactive experience includes advanced technology shows, 3-D installations, unique audio-visual technology and touch screen mapping designed especially for the museum. This Passover, family entry will be offered at the discounted price of NIS 100, OR children's entry can be bought at 50% off.
The Museum of Islamic Art is opening its doors for the ultimate scavenger hunt: the search for the Afikoman. On April 12-14 & 16, families will embark on a journey to help the sage Sultan save his lost kingdom and the princess find items for her wedding, and search for the astrologer to solve a difficult puzzle for an important scientist. The activity is free and also allows participants to dress up like characters from the story of Exodus.
April 12-13 bring a whole list of celebrations to the Tower of David. During the Passover Festival in the Citadel, kids will be able to dress up in costumes, parade around the grounds and celebrate the way the Jews did when they came to Jerusalem thousands of years ago. On top of that, the Tower of David is also offering special activities, workshops, a wonderful event that hosts families with children who have special needs and of course, their famous night spectacular.