Last updated February 18, 2021
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 as Corona restrictions tightened, 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!
Nachliel Selavan from Museum Israel Tours offers special Jewish History and Tanach tours in museums in Israel and around the world, both in person, and in zoom. He has a unique and engaging approach which brings museums and Jewish history to life, connecting Torah, history, art, geography, archaeology and all in a fun and exciting way.
Nachliel knows his stuff…he creates a unique blend of the ancient and the modern, as he tickles your imagination at the Museum.
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!). In person tours are also available for small private groups.
Quarantine Quest 2021 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.
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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.
We recently ordered a Mosaic Name Plaque in a Box. It was a fabulous activity for the whole family. Dana from Creative Crafts delivered everything we needed in a box to create our own beautiful mosaic. We requested precut glass pieces but she can also provide you with the tools to do that on your own. Choose from a name plaque, chessboard, hanging ornaments and more.
Do you miss the “Paint Your Own Pottery” experience? JClay can deliver it to your door. All the ceramic pieces, paints and supplies you need. Then they come to pick them up and fire them at JClay. Want to do a family event for a small group in your home? – they can do that too.
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.
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!
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.