Purim officially starts on Monday night, 9th March but Purim in Israel really starts from the beginning of the month of Adar (Rosh Chodesh is on Tues 25th, Wed 26th February 2020) as the schools start getting festive and the dressing up shops sell out. The Hamentashen have been in the bakeries since Chanukah ended and most importantly, Purim means we finally have a day or two we can take off with our families for some Purim fun!
Here is a list of some of the fun things going on around the country but check this list again as more will be added as events are publicized.
Apart from those listed below, if the weather is sunny, go out and just enjoy the many hikes and National Parks all over Israel.
It is also the perfect time to visit the incredible parks in many cities, such as Park Raanana (which now has a new Kosher cafe by the lake), Park Kfar Saba, the Tel Aviv Port, Sarona, Hadera, Herzliya…Modiin and many more.
You can be sure that most of the big attractions will have something Purim-themed going on – but here are just a few ideas!
Tel Aviv and Center areas:
Shows for Children
Watch an amazing show at the Yaron Theater Festival at the Tel Aviv Art Museum and the Kamari, 9-11 March – run by The Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth. This link shows you all the shows for different ages!
So many events have already begun in Tel Aviv – Click here for the full list.
Lots of carnivals going on in cities in Israel (see below), but one your kids may love is the FREE carnival on 21.3 at Dizengoff Park in Yaffo! Starring Israeli pop stars Statik and Ben-El Tavori!
Also worth a mention is the free puppet parade in Florentin on March 10 at 11:00-14:00.
The Rave Purim street party in Tel Aviv is taking place on Friday March 6, 12:00-17:00 at Charles Clore Park, overlooking the sea. This is a huge party with two stages, tons of different perfomers, food and art on sale and it is free entry. Great for the whole family! More details on their Facebook page – click here!
Adloyada – Parades:
You can check this list in Hebrew (that is still being updated), but here is information about the biggest carnivals in cities in Israel:
Holon – the largest parade in Israel will take place on 10.3 from 12pm all along Sokolov Street, Hanesiim, Weizman and ending at Golomb. Cebrating 80 years of Holon. Featuring Static and Ben El Tavori, Mergi and and Noa Kirel!
The Dragons of Barcelona at the Holon Parade
Tel Aviv – There are so many events going on in Tel Aviv so definitely worth clicking to find the event that suits your family best. Some free events include carnivals, parties, mask making, outdoor performances and music. There is no ‘parade’ as such.
Modiin – 6/3 – Parade along Rechov Emek Hahula from 12:30 but events start at 11:00 with activities in the Hula Ampi and Park Hadagim. The theme is Shvil Yisrael.
Raanana – Achuza Street – 8.3 from 11am Street party for the Youth, and then the Adloyada will take place at 16:00pm on 11.3. Circus events and more will take place in Hayovel car park after the parade.
Netanya – Info coming soon
Jerusalem – Will be updated soon
Feel free to add other events in the comments below! Happy Purim!
Ideas for Days out/ Events around Israel
Madatech – Purim and Dragons is the special event at this wonderful science museum in Haifa! Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
Jerusalem celebrates Purim on Shushan Purim, so if one day wasn’t enough, head to Jerusalem to keep celebrating!
Light-Up Purim Masks | Fun with Mirrors and Illusions | Amazing Experiments and Demonstrations for Kids | Take a Ride on a Backwards Bike And More…
9-11.3.2020 | Hours: 10:00-18:00 Activities include:
Building Workshop: Light-up Masks- In this workshops, parents and children will make comical Purim masks illuminated with LED lights (from age 4+, with a parent/guardian. The masks are a present to bring home).
Tour of the “Mirrors” and “Illusions” Exhibits- In the “Mirrors” exhibit, parents and children will have fun with a variety of mirrors, ‘get lost’ in a huge mirror maze, peer into mirrors that distort and multiply, and learn why mirrors show objects in reverse! In the “Illusions” exhibit, visitors will try to understand what happens in the brain that makes us perceive reality as something else entirely. During the tour, participants will take part in various challenges with the help of “inversion glasses”, which make it extra fun. (For the whole family).
Wednesday and Thursday, March 20th – 21st: 10:00 – 18:00 Friday, March 22nd: 10:00 – 14:00 Saturday, March 23rd: 10:00 – 16:00
Everyone knows the story of the Book of Esther, but what were their daily lives like back then?
On a colorful tour of the parkland, visitors will walk through the Moors-persimmon gardens, and enjoy the seasonal flowers that are now at the height of their bloom,
In the ancient agricultural facilities scattered throughout the area, you will discover how each of them has an important part in the story of the megillah.
What’s on the tour?
Hear fascinating stories about the era and the star characters of the megillah! ⭐ Experience a variety of experiences from the ancient Persian kingdom! Preparation of Incense | Picking perfume plants | Colorful Bracelets | Henna from nature ☘️ In addition, you will learn how to make wine and tread on grapes until you get a delicious juice. To complete the picture – you can dress up and take photos with period clothes 👑 In this fascinating tour of Neot Kedumim Park, visitors will understand what life looked like at a time when nature was the main resource.
For the half year before her fateful encounter with King Achashverosh, Queen Esther was perfumed with a special perfume made from the Mor plant.
The Jewish Mordechai was very proud of the royal clothing he received, in light blue and crimson colors, but did you know that the colors were produced from the crimson snail growing in the shallow waters of the Mediterranean coast?
The wine that King Achashverosh loved to drink so much would have been produced in a an ancient winepress like the one seen in Neot Kedumim Park.
When: Wednesday, March 11, at 9:00 Price: 40 NIS per participant from age 4. For further information, please call 08-9770770 and www.n-k.org.il
(This information is from 2019 – will be updated for 2020 soon!)
The Tower of David Museum
“Catch the King” Purim fun!
FREE ENTRANCE FOR CHILDREN on Purim AT THE TOWER OF DAVID MUSEUM
Thursday-Friday, March 21-22. Suitable for children ages 4-8
To celebrate Purim, the king of Jerusalem decided to have some fun and play “hide & go seek” in the Citadel. The court jester asks children to help him find the king. Families are invited to join a challenging and entertaining search in the impressive ancient citadel, where they will be given exciting and amusing tasks in the spirit of the holiday of Purim.
The 90 mins activity takes place at the following times: March 21 – Thursday: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 March 22 – Friday: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
The museum is free for children over Purim period. Adults cost 40.00 NIS. You must register in advance. • The activity is in Hebrew
Book a workshop with Rave Mosaics!
Rave Mosaics is based in Jerusalem and running weekly workshops and private workshops. Click here for more details and to book!
Book a Graffiti tour with Creative Yael in Tel Aviv or Dead Sea!
Desert Shepherd Tours!
Book an exhilarating and breathtaking jeep adventure in the Judean desert with Liav Levi of Desert Shepherd. Great for all ages! You can read great reviews here!