From playing on the Mediterranean sand and floating on the Dead Sea, to educational museum visits and stargazing in Negev, Israel offers a plethora of activities to keep all kinds of kids happy on vacation.
Israel For Young Beach Bums
The beaches along Israel's four different seas – the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean and Sea of Galilee – are a must for families.
In the north you can tour the historical sites in the Galilee before cooling the kids off with a refreshing dip in the Sea of Galilee. Alternatively, explore the diverse attractions and family-friendly activities offered along the country’s 188-kilometre Mediterranean coastline, from Rosh Hanikra and Acre to Haifa, Caesarea, Netanya, Herzliya, Tel Aviv and Ashkelon.
Heading south, the Dead Sea is one of the world's most unique bodies of water, where even kids who can't swim will float! And in Eilat, the little ones can swim with tropical fish and dolphins in the Red Sea.
Israel For Young Artists
‘ArTricks’ is a new exhibition focusing on sensory deception and the exploration of the five senses at the Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The exhibition features 80 optical, geometric and illusionary-focused artworks from the Israel Museum's collection of world-renowned artists.
Tel Avivi’s Nahum Gutman Museum offers a special ‘Children’s Story Time’ workshop every Saturday morning. The sessions feature the Gutman’s illustrations and an arts and craft space so that the kids can create their very own masterpieces.
Alternatively, the Mahuti Interactive Visitors Center in the heart of Tel Aviv is offering 75-minute multimedia tours around interactive ‘fun stations’ and relaxation rooms.
Israel For Young Outdoor Adventurers
Eilat is an ideal destination for families, offering a diverse selection of outdoor activities, from snorkeling and swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea, to desert jeep excursions and guided hiking tours in the Negev.
Check out the guided ‘Dark Sky Safari’ stargazing workshops in the desert – a guided 90-minute stargazing program led by local astronomy specialists – or explore the city's Botanical Gardens, which feature easy trails for travellers of all ages.
Israel for Young Animal Lovers
Often referred to as the ‘Ramat Gan Safari’, Tel Aviv’s Ramat Gan Zoological Center houses the largest collection of animals in the Middle East – that’s some 1,600 animals in total, including Asian elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutan families, as well as a herd of hippos and a pride of lions. The centre also offers guided tours of the park, educational activities and endangered animal conservation programs.