The summer is a great time to spend with your kids but the costs can add up. Here are some of our favorite free activities in Jerusalem for this summer 2015.
FREE Nature & Fun Activities for Kids in Jerusalem
Teddy Park — Cool off in the Teddy Fountains as the kids make a run through the water fountain show. There is very little shade here so keep that in mind. Daytime fountain shows (water only) at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4 pm. Evening fountain shows (light, music and water) at 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, and 10:00 pm
Jerusalem Skate Park — Located in the Gan Hapa’amon Park, skate boarders of all levels can practice their moves. With ledges, a pool (no water), rails, banks and stairs there is something for everyone. Open until 11:00 pm. Well lit and clean.
Park Jerusalem — Sunset Family Events: Every Monday in the summer there will be special family events at the two park Jerusalem locations, Nahal Refaim and Einot Telem. Enjoy an evening in nature with the community and lots of fun activities.
Take your bike or scooter to First Station and ride down the Park Hamesilla. Along the way, there are parks for kids and exercise parks for adults. You can also find outdoor “bus stop” libraries along the way.
Gazelle Park — This large urban park located in the center of the city is an oasis. Walk along the paths and see the different areas including a pond, streams and a waterfall. You may even be lucky enough to spot a Gazelle. There are a few shady spots and a nice small playground at the entrance.
Hikes — The Jerusalem Hills are filled with beautiful hikes to natural springs. My favorites are Ein Bamba, Ein Itamar, Lifta, and Ein Lava
Monster Slide Park — The classic Jerusalem park where kids can slide down the three tongues of the monster has recently been redone. The park is located in the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood on the way to Hadassah.
Volunteering in Jerusalem with Kids
- Pantry Packers — Reservations are required. Families sift, bag and label rice for poor families. Located in Talpiot.
- Ohr Meir & Bracha — Pack food each Thursday for families who have been victims of terror. Packing is for all ages and takes place in Arzei HaBira.
Israel Museum — “Happy Birthday to the Israel Museum” is the theme for this summer’s activities. The Israel Museum opens its’ doors for FREE to kids on Tuesdays in July and all week in August. The Happy Birthday exhibit is fun and interactive. Workshops are an additional fee.
Concerts at Hutzot Hayotzer — From August 3-15, the Hutzot Hayotzer Festival will take place in the Sultan’s Pool. Each night there is a different well known Israeli singer. If you are looking for a way to hear the concert without spending 70 NIS per ticket, then bring yourself a picnic dinner and sit on the lawn in Yemin Moshe. The sounds rise up the hill.
For a full list of Summer Activities in Jerusalem visit the Fun In Jerusalem Summer Family Guide.