When the hot days of summer arrive, there are plenty of fun things to do with kids in Israel. Whether you choose to splash in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, visit the animals at the zoo, take a tour or strap on a pair of ice skates, there are many fascinating activities all over Israel that offer top quality experiences for children.
There’s no better way to have fun in the heat than at the beach. Israel has 170 miles of gorgeous coastline, and the Mediterranean Sea’s average temperature in the summer is a balmy 86 degree Fahrenheit. There are some great kid-friendly beaches to choose from. Shavei Tzion Beach near Nahariya has a natural seawater pool, Beit Yannai Beach near Caesarea offers amazing kitesurfing, Dor Beach in the Carmel lets you catch the waves and Palmachim Beach near Rishon LeZion is where you can build fantastic castle with the perfect sand.
If your kids love animals, Israel boasts two great zoos that are extremely popular. Check out the world’s biggest collection of animals that are mentioned in the Bible at Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem. Ride the train to observe thousands of other animals in their natural habitats. There are also guided educational activities and a petting zoo. The Ramat Gan Safari is another popular choice to combine the zoo and safari experience into one great day.kid friendly matches go
Something new and exciting in Israel are the indoor ice skating rinks. Step out of the sizzling Middle Eastern heat into a huge cooled arena for some fun on skates. There is a rink at Luna Park in Tel Aviv, the Canada Center in Metulla, Ice Space in Eilat and Ice Peak in Holon.
Tour The Bamba Factory
Childhood in Israel wouldn’t be complete without Bamba, everyone’s favorite peanut flavored snack. Did you know you can tour the factory in Holon for free and find out how it is made? Be immersed for an hour in all things Bamba! Tours are in Hebrew and you should book in advance because they fill up fast.kid friendly matches go
Walking Tours of Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a city full of mystery and history, and a great way for kids to learn all about it is by joining a free walking tour of the ancient city. Every Saturday, English speaking guides conduct tours all over the different neighborhoods of the city, checking out the Old City and many different historic sites along the way. It is a three hour tour, so check beforehand to see which route is best for your family. Also make sure you dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
Israeli Children’s Museum
The fantastic Israeli Children’s Museum is the 4th most visited museum in the country because kids love the experience. It is very hands on, and touching the displays and even climbing into them is encouraged. Stories in Hebrew are offered to children under 12, and there are also guided activities for all kids that are both educational and entertaining.
If you have soccer fans in your group, there’s a great opportunity to check out some exciting live soccer for free. The Netanya Poleg Beach Stadium presents the Israeli Beach Soccer League with live action every Friday during June and July. The kid friendly matches go on from 1PM until 6PM and admission is free.
There is so much to see and do in Israel, it’s easy to plan a great summer for your kids or visiting friends. Try a few things on this list and you’ll be hearing nothing but squeals of delight from the children in your life!