Israel for Kids

There is a lot to do in Israel for children of all ages, from petting zoos to scavenger hunts in Jerusalem, according to AVITAL COHEN

by Avital Cohen

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Visiting Israel with your kids is fun, exciting, and educational. It is an adventure that you and your children will remember forever. There’s so much to do and see that it’s important to plan ahead to make the most of your trip.

If you’re wondering about how you’ll manage with language issues and safety, don’t worry. There are many activities geared toward English speakers. Most Israeli guides are fluent in English. Israel’s safety regulations are on par with those in other developed countries, so all you need to think about is how much fun you and your kids will have.

Here is just a sampling of ideas to inspire you. Your little ones can enjoy fun gyms, petting zoos, arts and crafts, puppet plays, donkey rides, or bee farms (yes, bee farms!). For slightly older kids with lots of energy, think Action Park, ATV/jeep rides, kayaking, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

There are plenty of educational experiences available as well: museums, tours of factories, learning the art of ancient spices, silk, and honey, and scavenger hunts exploring the various neighborhoods of Jerusalem. For fun in the sun don’t miss out on glassbottom boat rides, the dolphin reef, and Israel’s national parks.


Outside the Diaspora Museum, Beit Hatfutzot in Tel Aviv.

Outside the Diaspora Museum, Beit Hatfutzot in Tel Aviv.




Go to to get a full list of fun activities for children as well as discount coupons for many of these attractions.

Avital Cohen, MSW, is the founder of Israel Kids, a new website for activities, local events, and services in Israel, for kids and families.