Jerusalem With Kids
Following is a list of attractions Jerusalem has to offer to those traveling with kids:
The Western Wall (Kotel) Tunnels
An amazing experience I recommend to anyone who is visiting Israel. The Kotel tunnels which have been opened a only few years ago give an extraordinary view of what the city of Jerusalem was like durin Herodian times.
The tour ends on the "Via delarosa" at the heart of the muslim quarter, from where you will be escorted with guards back to the Kotel.
Tours of the tunnels are taken only with guides and must be scheduled in advance.
Tours are available for individuals and groups in Hebrew and English.
Each tour lasts about an hour and a quarter.
The tour is suitable for the general public, for groups of up to 30 participants.
To schedule a tour call 02-627-1333.
Location: Next to the western wall's men's section
Adults: NIS 18
Children or Students: NIS 10
Senior Citizens: NIS 7
The Biblical zoo
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem - The Biblical Zoo is one of the nicest Zoos I have ever been to – it presents many kinds of animals who used to live in Israel during Biblical times, in a resort that resembles their natural habitat. I have been to the Zoo many times with kids at all ages, and they all immensely enjoyed it.
The Zoo animals are being taken care of by both professionals and volunteers (kids and grown ups) living in and around Jerusalem, and unlike other Zoos I have visited – the animals on this Zoo seem to be happy.
The zoo has a number of attractions in it, including the Zoo train which takes visitors up or down the hill every 15 minutes, guided tours of the Elephants’ habitat and “Noah’s Ark” visitor center. There is also very nice scenery planning with a big lake at the middle of the zoo and two big lawns that make a very nice place to stop for a snack. A reasonably prices Kosher snack bar is available right next to the big lawn.
In my opinion the biblical Zoo is a good place to plan on for half a day including lunch.
Location: Between Malkha neighborhood and Massuah hill
How to get there: For those arriving from Tel-Aviv or Bet-Shemesh, there’s a special train station right next to the Zoo. It is a very nice trip by train, and one of the only train routes which is surrounded by a natural resort. However, keep in mind that the ride from Tel-Aviv is long, and takes about 80 minutes each way, so be prepared for a long day out.
For those Arriving from Jerusalem: there are Egged bus lines 99, 26 and 33, or by car: take “Begin South” highway all the way to the last exit (Golomb), continue straight ahead toward the “Malkha mall”, and on “Malkha mall” take a right turn according to the signs.
Telephone: 02- 67501111
Sunday – Thursday: 9 AM – 7 PM
Friday: 9 AM- 4:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Children ages 3-18 – 33 NIS Children under the age of 3 enter free of charge
Adults: 41 NIS
More information on the Zoo website: http://www.jerusalemzoo.org.il/english/upload/
The Ammunition hill
The ammunition hill is one of the six day war remnants – the war during which Jerusalem was freed by the Israeli army. What you will find in the ammunition hill is the battle site, the trenches, bunkers, and observation deck – all free and open to visit; and the museum that is open during hours specified on the website. As a child I have visited the ammunition hill many times (actually on every school trip to Jerusalem), and always found it to be very interesting. It is a nice trip for children of all ages as well as adults.
The Science museum
A unique science museum especially designed for children. The museum demonstrates and explains all major science theories. A very nice experience for children as well as parents, and a good hideout for those very cold winter days and very hot summer days. From my experience - Children under the age of 4 will not find the museum interesting.
Address: Givat Ram, the Hebrew University, Rupin St., Jerusalem
Transportation: Egged Busses: 9, 28, or by car/taxi. Parking is Free
Monday - Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday 10 AM – 2 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM
Closed on Sundays
Admissions: Adults – 28-30 NIS, Children (5-18) – 18-30 NIS, Children under the age of 5 enter free of charge.
Entrance fee on Saturday is based on the visitors’ good will.
More information on the museum website: http://www.mada.org.il/english/
The youth wing of the Israel Museum
The youth wing of the Israel Museum presents experimental education to art and culture with changing exhibitions as well as all year exhibitions. There’s a family activity center, as well as a big Hebrew children’s’ books library and exhibit from all times.
Fridays and school vacations are a good time to visit the youth wing – there are usually special events and activities.
Be sure to visit the shrine of the book where old Dead Sea scrolls are presented in a unique dome shaped building designed to preserve the right humidity level for the ancient scrolls. http://www.imj.org.il/eng/shrine/index.html
The youth wing of The Israel Museum website: http://www.imj.org.il/eng/youth/index.html
Mon, Wed, Sat, and holidays 10 am - 4 pm
Tues 4-9 pm
Thurs 10 am - 9 pm
Fri and holiday eves 10 am - 2 pm
Closed on Sundays
Free entrance for all children Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-9 p.m.,
Adimssions: Adult – 40 NIS, Child (5 to 18) – 20 NIS, student – 30 NIS
Bible Lands museum
A very special museum which illustrates the cultures of all the peoples mentioned in the Bible - from Egypt eastwards across the Fertil Crescent to Afghanistan, and from Nubia north to the Caucasian mountains.
You will learn of the Philistines and the Arameans, the Hittites and the Elamites, the Poenicians and the Persians.
The Mesopotamians, the pyramid builders and the ancient Phoenicians are no longer with us. But the Bible, God's gift to Israel, is today found throughout a far wider world than of the ancient Israelites. The biblical vision became the basis of western civilisation and has shaped its history for centuries.
Address: Museum Row, 25 Granot Street
Adult - 32 NIS, Senior Citizens - 16 NIS, Student/Soldier/Disabled/New Immigrant - 20 NIS, Child (5-18) - 20 NIS. Children under the age of 5 enter for free.
Sun. Mon. Tues. Thurs. 09:30-17:30
Fri. & Holiday eves 09:30-14:00
Transportation: Egged Bus lines 9, 17, 24, 99
The Time Elevator
The time elevator offers a unique 30 minute multimedia semi - virtual reality time-travel feature about the history of Jerusalem. It is presented by Haim Topol in what used to be an auditorium and has recently been refitted with special chairs and a floor that provides special motion effects. The experience ends with a nice flight simulation over today’s Jerusalem.
Good for children over the age of 5, and in my opinion quite an expensive 30 minute ride (39 NIS a ticket).
Address: 37 Hillel st. (Agron house, next to Nahalat Shivaa pedestrian mall)