The summer season of festivals in Jerusalem started with a big hit. Formula One raced through our city streets and the Jerusalem Light Festival lit up the Old City. In addition the opening of the "First Station" and the new Teddy Kollek Park have added to the excitement. See details below...
Fruit Picking in Gush Etzion- June & July
Gush Etzion is famous for its cherry picking festival but this year the cherry harvest was very short. Instead you can take your kids to Gush Etzion and enjoy an afternoon of raspberry and cranberry picking. Open on Fridays to the public and during the week with reservations. Visit our calendar for Fruit Picking details. Keep in mind that although this is a great family activity, it takes place in nature which means that as the weeks go by there will be fewer and fewer fruits to pick.
Miniature Train Exhibit at First Station-July
The Old Train Station in Jerusalem has been transformed into a lively new outdoor shopping complex with restaurants, shops and places to relax and enjoy the Jerusalem vibe. The station will host farmers markets, festivals and will be a popular venue for many of Jerusalem's festivals. For the month of July there will be an incredible miniature train exhibit of over 40 electric trains running on 1.5km of track. The exhibit will be in an air conditioned hanger and will also have an interactive portion. Purchase discounted tickets here. Tickets are required for ages 2+.
Additional Kids Activities at First Station:
- Baby & Toddler Gymboree: soft climbing and ball pit indoors (5 NIS)
- Free Daily Activities: Toy Trains, Straw Building Kit, Foam & Stick Building Kit (takes place on low tables covered by umbrellas for shade)
- Big Bubbles: 20 NIS (option to buy the Bubble Set)
- Purchase small wood creation kits: Build your own dinosaur, butterfly etc.
- Purchase paper toy airplanes to build and fly at the Station
- Rent Kids Bikes-15 Minutes: Two seater (20 NIS), 1 seater low bike (15 NIS), Toddler bike with no pedals (10 NIS)
Street Fairs at the First Station
- Chik Chik Chak is a permanent bazaar at the Old Train Station on Tuesdays 3pm-10pm and Fridays 10am-5pm. The bazaar is a celebration for the whole family with a variety of activities, workshops, and a fair with baby items, children’s items, and housewares for sale.
- Farmer’s Market at the Station takes place every Thursday and Friday and offers an amazing variety of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, boutique cheeses, breads, baked goods, and more.
- “A Matter of Design” market at the Old Train Station Plaza in Jerusalem features Israel’s leading designers, each one of which specializes in a specific material and creates a variety of products.
ArTricks at the Israel Museum
A new exhibit has opened at the Israel Museum in the Youth Wing and it is fun for the whole family. Using art, the museum has displayed a variety of optical illusions and exhibits that defy logic. In order to take a memorable tour around the exhibit with your kids, all you need to do is remember to ask them "What Do You See?". We don't want to give you too many details and spoil the surprises but one thing is for sure: Don't forget to take the elevator! In July (Tues & Friday) and all of August there will be kids activities related to the exhibit in the Activity Yard. I enjoyed this exhibit very much and highly recommend it.
Teddy Kollek Park Grand Opening- End July
This new park is located just outside the Old City at the bottom of Mamilla. The park features a large water feature combining water, sound and light as well as beautifully landscaped gardens. The park will be a new passageway from the New City into the Old City and a fun place for kids and families to relax. Come and enjoy the light show each night at 8pm. FREE. The Park is funded by the Jerusalem Foundation.
Coming soon in August...
- Chutzot Hayotzer Artist Festival: August 6-18, 2103
- International Puppet Festival: August 4-8, 2013