Last updated April 27, 2020
Wherever you are in the world, you’ve probably been home with your kids for quite a while now – I know I have! Who would have thought that the tourism industry can be put on such a sudden hold – did someone press “pause”?
With the Coronavirus pandemic still spreading its fear around the world, parents around the globe are finding it more and more challenging to keep the kids entertained and educated.
At Fun in Jerusalem, we’re lucky to work with some of the most talented and creative people in Jerusalem. Many of our vendors stepped up immediately, and refocused their physical or onsite activities to virtual, remote and online platforms. Whether it’s an art kit or food delivered to your doorstep, or virtual tours of your favorite Jerusalem spots – we’re here to inform you and keep you updated!
As more vendors explore new options, we will continue adding ideas and activities to this post!
Ideas for Families – In Israel or Abroad
Inspiring family fun is one of the most special parts of my job. Here are some activities you can enjoy as a family, from anywhere in the world!
Beit Avi Chai have taken the plunge, and have launched a series of live shows for kids on Zoom, as well as a rich online archive of speeches, shows and more. The upcoming shows can be found in our calendar.
The Biblical Museum of Natural History have launched a series of fascinating, LIVE online tours with Rabbi Natan Slifkin. The tours are perfect for a fun family gathering – you can even book a private family tour for your family around the world (just make sure it’s not midnight somewhere!).
Quarantine Quest 2020 by Israel ScaVentures is sure to provide hours of fun! This team-based virtual scavenger hunt allows you to join forces with family and friends from around the globe, and reconnect with your loved one in an unconventional, entertaining way! Israel ScaVentures have developed a specialized app for the game and can customize the content for your family or a specific holiday. Contact Tali to get started.
Jerusalem Museums have also stepped up and taken a new approach during Corona. They are offering online video tours, live zoom tours, facebook live tours and even downloadable kids activities. Take a look at our Visit Jerusalem’s Museums Virtually blog post. Best part about it is that you can take these tours from the comfort of your own couch in the US, Australia, Europe and across the world.
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Perhaps one of the better outcomes of the lockdown is the fact that many art studios have started DIY kits delivered to your doorstep!
Hadara’s Clay Studio delivers complete clay kits including clay, sponges, tools and instructions, stamps for decoration and detailed tutorials which allow kids and adults to create stunning ceramic art! The studio even offers a pick-up option which means they pick up the painted ceramics, take them to the studio for firing, and bring them back for a long-lasting souvenir! Hadara travels across the country delivering so be in touch with her to see the next time she will be in Beit Shemesh, Raanana or Modiin. You can WhatsApp Hadara to place an order or email her with your questions.
Nina Brenner’s Paint Parties have been a hit in Israel for quite a while. Well, guess what? The newest paint parties are VIRTUAL, meaning you can paint with your cousins in New York, London and Jerusalem simultaneously! Make sure you all sign up for the same paint party here or request a private event for just your family or community. and enjoy online quality time! The online paint parties can also include paint kits for pickup or delivery, making it perfect for virtual birthday parties, celebrations and more! Contact Nina for more information about this amazing service.
Looking for hours of fun and crafty experiences? The Open Studio offers special art kits with materials and crafts designed to last for up to 10 hours of entertainment! Each kit includes materials, instruction sheets and access to instructional videos and online templates. Contact Avigayle for guidance, questions and other information! firstname.lastname@example.org – Mazal Tov to Avigayle on the birth of her baby boy!
Perfect for the upcoming summer or as a special birthday gift, Studio Kliche is offering a variety of sun printing kits and materials, allowing you to DIY your very own prints in your very own home! Contact Lianne at Studio Kliche to hear about the different options and kits, and to find out what suits your family most!
Always wanted to visit The Workshop Gush Etzion? Well, now is the time to visit the virtual shop, and find a perfect gift for your loved one! Whether you’d like to thank a healthcare professional with a prayer for doctors, show a loved one you’re thinking about them, or decorate your own home, Mandy will have the answer – go ahead, contact her!
After all these tours and crafts – who has time to make dinner? Think ahead and order some delicious family meals from Naomi Catering. I can tell you that knowing I have some back up healthy meals in my freezer has kept me sane in the kitchen. Give yourself a break and enjoy some fun with your kids.