I just had a very nice "Kabbalat Shabbat" (i.e. welcoming the Sabbath) activity with two sweet kids and a dad, (friends of the family) at Ashdod last Friday.
The Meorot Visitors' Center invites children and their parents to enjoy a technologically advanced journey of the Jewish people, which on holidays or special occasions may be combined with an additional workshop or play.
WHEN: July-August: 11:00-18:00, closed on Saturdays and holidays.
WHERE: Merkaz Meorot, 11 Agat St., Ashdod.
The main tour takes you through 6 stations starting from the Biblical story of Creation, a visit to Sarah and Abraham's tent, Mt. Sinai, The Jewish Circle of Life, the Shabbat Table and the Western Wall in Jerusalem. At each station there are videos, 3D landscapes, interactive games, quizzes, surprises, animations and other elements created especially for the visitors center. It's an engaging summer activity, which was particularly suitable fo the 11-year olds that we came with because it put all the biblical stories that they learnt at school in order.
Aside from the main tour, the center offers two additional activities such as the Challah baking workshop that we attended and plays for kindergarten aged kids. At the beginning of the workshop, the mothers, myself included, were invited to bless the "Hafrashat Challah" blessing (i.e. separating a piece of the Challah as a gift to G-d) and the kids then baked them in ingenious shapes, which of course we then took home. My buddy baked a snail Challah and the other went for a classic braid.
While the Challah's were baking the younger children saw a one-man puppet show. I was impressed by the educational message that was mainly about "gratefulness" and being thankful for what you have in life, key values that improve feelings of well-being and happiness. The play was full of songs and I thought it was well designed.
The duration of the main tour is about an hour and a half, and arrival must be arranged in advance. The additional activities are offered during the holidays and may be arranged for family occasions or group tours.
Price: child/adult 35 NIS.
Tickets may be purchased through the website only.
For more details call: 053-4707143
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