Children from Southern Israel Stay Active at Jerusalem Museums

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Sound and light performances, life-size giraffe structures, building and design workshops and zoo sunset tours are just some of the dynamic exhibits and activities that children from southern Israel are enjoying in Jerusalem this summer thanks to some of the cultural institutions established and supported by the Jerusalem Foundation. The Bloomfield Science Museum, the Tower of David Museum and the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo), among a handful of other Jerusalem institutions, have invited children from southern Israel to get their hands dirty, stay active, let off some steam and most importantly, have fun. 

In close collaboration with regional councils in the south, hundreds of children come to Jerusalem each day to enjoy the relative calm and the wonderful activities that this city has to offer. These visits provide a much-needed break from sirens and provide a taste of summer for these children, whose summer camps were cancelled this year due to the current conflict. Eleven-year-old Aviva, a resident of Be'er Sheva who visited the Bloomfield Science Museum was delighted to have the opportunity to come to Jerusalem. "Being here makes us smile and gives us strength," she said.


Coming with their families or through organized initiatives aimed at bringing groups of children to spend the day in Jerusalem, children are welcomed with open arms by local institutions. "We feel a sense of responsibility," says Hanita Bril, Marketing Director of the Tower of David Museum.

At the Bloomfield Science Museum, visitors have had the opportunity to view a new biomechanics exhibit about the wonders of the animal kingdom, among numerous other activities. At the Tower of David Museum, children take part in workshops and watch the Night Spectacular, a magnificent sound and light performance on the walls of the Citadel. The Biblical Zoo provides opportunities to feed animals, tour the zoo at sunset and numerous, exciting enclosures.