Summer Survival Guide

Summer Survival Guide

Wondering what to do with your kids in the last week of August? We gathered a list of family activities, mostly free of charge. Check out our summer vacation survival guide.

You can smell the end of summer vacation, the return to school, the scent of new pencils. But somehow, there are two weeks left until that magic moment, when children return to their school-day routine. It can be a challenge to find ways to keep kids occupied during this time -especially without spending a fortune!

So we gathered a list of things to do with kids in Jerusalem during the last week of August -mostly free of charge. It goes without saying that these events and institutions are, of course, sponsored by the Jerusalem Foundation:

Muslala, the Roof of the Clal Building in the City Center -Monday afternoons, August -October, 4 pm to 7 pm: The Muslala Arts Collective is operating a special children’s play area for young families, including a rooftop farm and garden, and an area with a soft floor and hand-made wooden toys. Enjoy the cool rooftop breeze, as well as special activities that vary from week to week, including special movement classes and beekeeping.

Old Yishuv Court Museum in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter - Tuesday, August 22, 4 pm to 7 pm: Professional actors bring the Museum to life, telling the stories of the Old City’s residents throughout its history, in an interactive theater performance that promises to be fun for the whole family. Free entrance!

The YMCA Back to School Festival -Monday, August 28, 5 pm to 7:30 pm: Building on last year’s success, this festival is back and better than ever! This event is a vibrant happening focused on words and letters in honor of the start of the school year, including a bi-lingual Hebrew and Arabic concert, arts and crafts workshops, a juggler, a wishing tree, drum-playing and dance activities, and more. The event is open to the public, free of charge.

The Train Theater at the Koret Liberty Bell Park - throughout the week, times vary: This beloved puppet theater has daily performances for children of different ages, including: “The Queen’s Daughter and the Moon” (ages 3+), “Madam Kloom” (ages 4 +) and “Story Theater with Mia” (ages 2+). For schedule details and to buy tickets, check out their website:

The Bloomfield Science Museum – Bicycles Exhibit, throughout the week, 10 am to 7 pm: If you’re looking for a place to escape the oppressive summer heat, the Museum makes a perfect getaway. Its special exhibit, celebrating 200 years since the invention of the bicycle, offers fun activities for the whole family. The exhibit includes objects that travelled from museums in Canada and Holland, as well as contemporary bikes and bike-inspired art and video, with the opportunity to ride different types of bikes.