On the other side of the Emek Refaim valley – not to be confused with the well known street of the same name – across from the zoo, is the Ein Yael Active Museum. It is a step back in time with a Roman Road, Song Of Songs plantation, ancient terraces and agricultural equipment, period actors, orchards, farm animals and hands on craft activities. It is immensely popular with children and its summer camps are some of the most sought out in town. There is also plenty of interest for adults.
Ein Yael has many hands-on craft activities, such as paper making and mosaic building. Children love it. The can also pet and get close to the animals. You may prefer that they don’t visit in their brand new souvenir t-shirts.
The place is pretty much geared to locals; but you will find that most of the staff speak English; and that the children pick up the principles pretty quickly. It is worth the effort because it is such a special place.
Ein Yael is open 1000 – 1800 although it is not open daily in the off season. Please confirm opening hours and special programs by calling 02-6451866 before you visit.
For the very good walkers amongst us Ein Yael is accessible by public transport from Malcha shopping center or from the zoo; however, it is most accessible by car or taxi. It will seem a very long hot walk just to get there in the summer – and remember you will send the entire visit scrambling over the terrain inside Ein Yael. (It is easier to get there by public transport as it is downhill and, towards evening, considerably cooler.)
Hebrew website – www.einyael.co.il