Tel Aviv for Kids

| July 19, 2012 | 1 Comment
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Kids Tel Aviv

Traveling to Israel with your children? Kids of all ages enjoy the beach and splashing around, but there’s alot more for kids to do in Tel Aviv. Here are a few recommendations.

Hayarkon Park

You can easily spend an entire day with the family at Park HaYarkon. Situated at the northern end of Tel Aviv, its huge expanse of lawns, bicycle paths, jogging trails, lake, and mini- train will keep everyone happy and occupied for hours.  You can rent regular and family bikes, take a pedal boat out on the lake, or just relax and join a mini-cruise.

When you’ve exhausted all there is in the main park, pop over to the Zapari bird park.  Apart from seeing a wide selection of birds and reptiles and a lake full of flamingoes and swans, the kids will have a great time in the Junga. The Junga section describes itself as an African style ‘village’ full of physical activities to keep everyone busy: ropes and ladders to climb, a ball pool for younger children to ‘swim’ in, arts and crafts, and a petting corner – enough to tire out even the most active youngster.

Tel Aviv Luna Park

Tel Aviv Luna Park

Luna Park

Tel Aviv kids activities must include  Luna Park, located across the road from Hayarkon Park. For young children there are carousels and animal rides. For kids who enjoy stomach-churning rides, check out the Ferris wheel and Anaconda. If your taste is somewhere in between, there are bumper car rides, water slides,shooting ranges, ring throwing, and other side-shows where you can win prizes such as stuffed animals and electrical appliances.

Meymadion

In the summer months, head straignt to Tel Aviv’s Meymadion, the biggest water park in Israel. It  is open for your fun and enjoyment with an array of pools, water slides, sports facilities, and entertainment provided by the staff on hand.

Before heading out, a little prevention can make all the difference should your children  get separated from you.  If you have a cell phone, have your older children memorize the number. For younger children, write the number on a piece of paper and place in their pocket.

Runneralan2004  CC BY 2.0 Inline Skater at Tel Aviv Port

Runneralan2004  CC BY 2.0
Inline Skater at Tel Aviv Port

Charles Clore

Take a stroll southwards along the Tel Aviv promenade to the Charles Clore Garden, which boasts several play areas for children where kids can have fun climbing, swinging, rolling, jumping, and hiding from you.

Jaffa Port

Continue southwards to Jaffa Port and take a short boat ride along the Jaffa-Tel Aviv coastline. It’s fun, inexpensive, and you and your kids will love the feel of the sea spray on your faces on a hot day. It’s also cool to see Tel Aviv from the ‘other side.’  See if the kids can spot the route you just walked to reach Jaffa and where they played on the beach. There are many very distinctive buildings along the coast which will help you get your bearings.

Parents and older children may enjoy some retail therapy at the newly renovated Tel Aviv Port ( known by its Hebrew name the Namal)  and there are many great eateries there as well. But if the little ones are bored, there’s always something doing at Dyada in Hangar 17 (phone: 1-700-700-815), including activity and play areas for toddlers up to age 9; during the summer months there are special organized activities every day as well.

Tel Aviv for Kids: Did You Know?

Israel is a very child-orientated society.  Children’s portions are offered in most restaurants and many restrooms offer facilities for changing babies.

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