Interactive museums and tours
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has a children’s exploration room and an audio guide worded appropriately to keep young minds enthralled. The Rabin Museum and Palmach Museum are excellent for slightly older children seeking to understand the history of Israel. The Latrun Tanks museum is a hit with kids – whether it’s young children who love to climb over and inside the tanks, or older teenage boys who just love tanks. Another big success with kids are agricultural tours, whether its visiting a goat cheese farm where they can milk goats and make their own cheese, or taking a ‘Bio-tour’ of a kibbutz which uses all sorts of bugs and animals to help it produce organic fruit and veg. But it’s Mahon Ayalon (sometimes known as the ‘Bullet Factory’) which is our favourite interactive kiddie friendly wonder of Israeli history – this open air ‘museum’ is almost like participatory theatre, and will leave the whole family feeling inspired and invigorated.
You should also consider private guiding to keep your kids engaged – we have expert guides with a huge amount of experience in keeping kids of all ages engaged. They come ready prepared with many a bag of tricks including treasure hunts, all sorts of quizzes, frequent use of human props, and even dressing up costumes!
Dig for a day
Creative Educational Activities: One of our most loved family holiday ideas involves getting your hands dirty! In our experience the more interactive, the better, and kids (and parents!) of all ages love our archaeological dig –an activity located less than an hour outside of either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem which involves literally taking part in a live archaeological dig – buckets, spades, sleeves rolled up, and see what you find! The activity provides plenty of context for learning about the ancient world and can be twinned with caving.
Meet the locals & dress up like the past
Our family holiday packages can also include a visit to an ‘ancient village’ where your kids will dress up as Romans or Mishnaic period Jews, make bread, olive oil and wine exactly how the ancients did using traditional methods, and have a go at shepherding sheep ‘old style’ too. Another of our favourites which never fails to entertain is to interact with new cultures such as Bedoin and Druze through home hospitality experiences – and yes – the kids can ride a camel with the Bedoin!
We had an absolutely wonderful time in Israel! The girls, my husband and I enjoyed every minute of it. We have seen so much, learned so much and felt so incredibly well looked after by you, the guides you chose for us and in the places to stay you recommended.
Anne VB, London
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