3 Suggestions to Enjoy Jerusalem in Stormy Weather

3 Suggestions to Enjoy Jerusalem in Stormy Weather

This time of year, in Jerusalem, Israel, with the beginning of the Hebrew month of Shevat and the approaching “New Year of Trees,” we anticipate new growth and spring.

First flower of spring in Valley of Cross

Walking yesterday toward the Knesset, I spotted the first wild flowers in bloom.

New paths are being prepared through the Valley of the Cross.

There are no blossoms on the almond trees yet, but new olive trees have been planted.

New benches in Valley of Cross bike path

New benches have been placed along the new walking and bike path under development.

Israel National Library cranes with Knesset in background

The Knesset rises beyond the construction site of the new National Library.

Fog in Jerusalem Israel so thick to obstruct view of Monastery, bird perched outside window.

But then the weather turned from sunny to rainy and cold. Thanks to this bird who perched outside my window, I had something else to photograph other than the grey foggy sky.

People ask, “What is there to do when it is too nasty to be out on the Jerusalem streets?”

Here are three of the easiest answers to this often asked question:

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem – BLMJ

Bible Lands Museum main entrance Jerusalem Israel

BLMJ main galleries take visitors back to the earliest civilizations.

Judea and Samaria archelogical finds

A new exhibit opened with pieces  looted from archaeological sites in Judea and Samaria and recovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Judea and Samaria finds on display in Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem Israel

Each piece has a story, going back many centuries.

 The Israel Museum 

Across the road from BLMJ, one sees the dome of the Shrine of the Book, the home of Dead Sea Scrolls.

Israel Museum antiquities menorah from synagogues

In the Israel Museum, the largest of Jerusalem’s dozens of museums, are collections of ancient Jewish life in the land of Israel.

Israel Museum mummy

Learn about ancient Egyptian Mummies on a audio-guided tour with the latest modern technology.

Israel Museum children's room

Of late, Jerusalem museums have taken a special interest in attracting and engaging children.

Israel Museum Jerusalem children's wing

Multiple exhibits provide young people opportunities to explore and learn.

 The Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem 

Science Museum sign Jerusalem Israel

The science museum had special exhibits on fire for Hanukkah, which were very popular the last days when it was raining.

Jerusalem Science Museum

Check in with information when you enter.

Science museum new exhibit

There are exhibits which are temporary

Safety equipment on display at jerusalem Science Museum

and are constantly changing to engage young minds.

Science Museum exhibit to make and launch paper airplanes

Makerspace was in the main hall on my last visit.

Jerusalem Israel Science Museum

Young people were encouraged to design and fly their own paper airplanes.

Science museum reading corner

There was a reading section called Challenge and Risk.

Science Museum exhibit Fields of Tomorrow

Notice that everything in these museums is in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

Science Museum in Jerusalem Israel colorful light

Colors and technology are used to attract visually,

Science Museum two boys at exhibit

though sometimes simple things can be made interesting too.

Outside area of jerusalem science museum

Outside areas are much more popular when the weather is pleasant.

Outside play area Jerusalem Science Museum

Play areas outside change regularly and are designed to teach basic scientific principles.

Jerusalem Science Museum dinosaur

This new age dinosaur can be found on the grounds outside.

Science Museum in Jerusalem Israel

I do not think this is the tree of knowledge.

Jerusalem Science Museum play area

But there is no better place to start for toddlers to explore and learn.

These museums, located near each other, have places to eat, and provide more than shelter.

But I must repeat my warning, if you are supervising young children,

do NOT try and do any of the amazing Jerusalem museums if you are a tired adult.

Another piece of advice: check museum hours before going, as they vary day by day.

If you do not have membership, there are days free for children, but costs vary and can be expensive.

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However, in honor of Space Week, the Bloomfield Science Museum is offering free entrance.

Even if Jerusalem is warm and the sun is shining, worth checking out.

Enjoy!

 

15 August Activities and Fun in Jerusalem

15 August Activities and Fun in Jerusalem

Tisha B’Av and the days of mourning have ended,

and the month of August is holiday time.

sunset on baeach at Old Jaffa

Jerusalem does not have a beach with a sunset view.

The new water activity in First Station

Kids water soccer game at First station

 for children to play soccer under a water spray,

water park lit at night, Jerusalem photos, Jerusalem new tourist attraction

the Teddy Park Fountain

Children splashing in Lion Fountain to cool off on hot Jerusalem, Israel night

and Lion’s Fountain are poor substitutes for a dip in the water.

Lacking in water, Jerusalem compensates with

summer activities and festivals

during the long summer school holiday,

both for locals and the tourists arriving daily.

new hotel in Jerusalem Israel Orient

After years of construction,

the new Orient Hotel is open near First Station

and boutique hotels have popped up all over town.

 Khuztot Hayozer, the annual international arts & crafts fair,

attracts thousands to the Sultan’s Pool, and opens next week.

The Bloomfield Science Museum has

a special bicycle exhibit and other popular activities.

National Library for children in summer

Summer programs for children are advertised by the National Library.

The 26th International Puppet Festival is this week.

And again this summer,

free August admission for children at the Israel Museum.

The colorful and popular umbrellas over streets downtown

are back up for the summer,

Radio on Ben Yehudah for summer

as is this new giant radio on Ben Yehudah pedestrian mall.

Shakespeare in Motion opens on August 10

in Bloomfield Park near the Montefiore Windmill.

The Wine Festival and Beer Festival are popular,

 night time adult only happenings.

There are also many Tu B’Av night happenings,

White Night on Emek Refaim

like this one on Emek Refaim Street.

Ice skating at Sports Arena in Malha goes until August 13.

Consider taking one of our Photo walks 

 which are so much better as evenings get cooler.

This is getting too long!

For more August happenings see:

Fun in Jerusalem 

or the special Summer Fun Guide

 HERE

As I was slowing down in the August heat,

Kitah Aleph postcard welcome from Mayor Nir Barkat

Mayor Nir Barkat sent a

“Welcome to Kitah Aleph” postcard message

to all incoming Jerusalem first graders.

I love how “Welcome to Kitah Aleph”

is bigger a deal than most Israeli university graduations!

Only in Israel!

I am getting exhausted thinking how to do everything,

still not enough happening for you,

check out this new video:

More than Jerusalem Heat

Everyone is talking about the weather,

the hot, hot weather.

It has been beastly,

outside of science museum

like this monster perched outside the Bloomfield Science Museum

even before the intense heat arrived.

science museum

On Monday, there was a special event for children

who had no school on the day after Shavuot.

special riding bikes

These unusual riding machines are outside the museum.

Science and motion can be fascinating,

and while for some it is a learning experience,

for others,

it is a living experience.

ALEH is a very special school for children with severe disabilities.

The annual ALEH March was Monday afternoon.

I love Aleh

Teachers, students, volunteers and ALEH families

all walked across the Jerusalem String Bridge.

Aleh school releases balloons on Chord bridge

In the middle of the walk the group released green and purple balloons,

made noise and held banners for cars to honk.

march aleh school

Walkers, special wheel chairs and flags,

all marching forward – to make each day count.

And as with most Jerusalem facilities,

Arab women

ALEH serves both Muslim and Jewish children, religious and secular.

The holidays are over,

but things are not quieting down,

and even in the mid-day sun tourists were out.

New signs have been posted,

festival Jerusalem

for the Israel Festival’s

sign in Hebrew

varied programs.

Festival season has begun.

sign in Jerusalem

For other new events

sign for festival Jerusalem

and festivals we will have to wait and see.

But next week is the Jerusalem Light Festival,

Jerusalem light festival

and this big ad was up in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park.

I sure hope it cools off when we walk around the Old City.

It will be interesting to see what new light pieces

the international festival can come up with this year,

 and how many thousands of people will attend.