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Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Hosting Playmobil's "Journey Around the World"

Hi there,

The summer vacation has started and the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens have erected an enormous children's theme park called "Playmobil Around the World" throughout the garden. Along with the new Playmobil Film that has just come out this summer, the botanical garden has become a magical realm where children can experience a journey from mainland to continent with activities around the world, just like in a movie. I am happy to share with you some photos from the launch event.

The botanical gardens have turned into a Playmobil kingdom where every aspect of the game is in life size. At the beginning of the journey each child receives a passport, which will be stamped at each of the various stops of Playmobil attractions and Ninja nature challenges that are dispersed through the garden.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Hosting Playmobil's "Journey Around the World"

The journey begin in the continent of Europe where the children will experience some pirate training in a giant pirate ship built next to a lake blooming with lotus flowers that provide a lush sense of watery jungle. From the ship you can look and look for moorhens, small marsh birds enjoying the mesh of Holy Lotus flowers, the fish, the frogs, the ducks and the various species of animals that grow in the lake. Next to the boat, the children will enjoy challenging facilities, pirate training and a family pirate photo stand.

From Europe, the children continue to the Americas where among the high magnolia trees, they will meet the natives and undergo a maturation ceremony in an Indian village that includes tipi tents, a giant totem, a canoe, a bonfire and archery activities.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Hosting Playmobil's "Journey Around the World"

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Hosting Playmobil's "Journey Around the World"

From there they will continue to the palace of grand princesses with a screening room for a short film of Playmobil and games of princesses and princes.

Afterwards, the children will travel to Australia, where they will find a variety of crazy species of plants and experience farm work alongside spectacular flowering carpets. In addition, on the Australian mainland, the children will visit the fire station and be trained to fire gel balls in a designated training area and then climb among the eucalyptus trees on a huge webbed hammock. Finally, they will race up the hill to an Australian reserve where they will turn into rangers that locate koala bears on the treetops from a bridge that passes through the middle of the Australian outback.

At the end of the ranger activity, the children will return to the American mainland directly into the Wild West with lots of challenging facilities such as throwing a lasso and a Gold Rush station, where they will enjoy a gold quest just like the first pioneers in California between the Rocky Mountains and the Mesopotamian trees.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Hosting Playmobil's "Journey Around the World"

From the Wild West Town they will move to two more stations, a knights' fortress where they will train in swordsmanship and the infamous Alcatraz prison, that was placed in the middle of the North American Forest next to the garden's Trail of Discovery, a path of unique water and earth games.

After they "escape" from Alcatraz, they will begin a journey back to a modern air-conditioned Playmobil game room with about 10,000 imaginative Playmobil toys.

Most of the activity takes place in shady areas in the botanical garden and when darkness falls, the place turns into a magical garden with a fascinating atmosphere and wonderful lighting, created by the lighting artist Gil Teichman. Along the route, the children will be assisted by Jerusalem youth who will motivate and help them in the various tasks and will make the experience even richer and more enjoyable.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Hosting Playmobil's "Journey Around the World"

Bottom: Tom Amit, Director of the Botanical Garden

The "Playmobil Journey Around the World" facility, covers 50 dunams (~12.5 acres) and will open its doors to the public on July 21. So if you are looking for an activity that will pull the children away from the screens and give them a healthy outdoors experience that includes sports, nature and challenge alongside recreation and enjoyment, you are more than welcome to try it.

During the launch event, Tom Amit, Director of the Botanical Garden stated that, as in every year, the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens are happy to continue leading a unique summer event in Israel that combines values, nature, sports and imaginative games and are proud to continue their cooperation with Playmobil. The Jerusalem Botanical Garden invites the general public to get visit Jerusalem and take a trip to the "Playmobil Journey Around the World" to the variety of attractions and life-size Playmobil games in the magnificent nature setting of the botanical gardens.

OPENING HOURS: From 21 July to 30 August 2019 Sunday to Thursday Morning 09:00 - 13:00 AND between 16:00 - 21:30. Fridays - 09: 00-13:00 Saturday - closed. Last accessed about an hour before closing.

PRICES: Regular entrance fee from age 2 and up - 89 NIS 1 +1 deals are available with all credit card companies Discount tickets are also available through committees in various organizations and customer clubs

TICKETS: Phone *6226 or through the Hebrew Website

The University Botanical Garden at Givat Ram is a gem of nature in the heart of Jerusalem. The park acts as an educational and research center and contains a diverse collection of plants from all over the world in geographical presentation. The park is a focal point for recreation, tourism and cultural events as well as a center for education, training and research. It is the largest botanical garden in Israel, with an area of ​​150 dunams (~37 acres), with the largest collection of plants in Israel and the Middle East. In the garden, there are over 6,000 species and varieties of plants from around the world, presented in six geographic regions (South Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, Southwest, Central Asia and the Mediterranean). The garden plots resemble the flora and fauna of each area and provide spectacular greenery and scents throughout the year.

Best, Talma

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