Recommended by: Yudit Frei
We love Ein Hemed. It's a national park right off Kvish #1. They often have a fairytale festival over Chol Hamoed, but even if they don't it's a lovely day out. There's a nice circular, stroller friendly "tiyul" (takes about 15 minutes at toddler pace) a great old castle to scramble around in, and a tiny little trickling brook. My kids always get soaking, so take dry clothes. There is a little playground and lots of picnic space. The link should tell you which days the fairytale festival is on.
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Hanni Zamir-has any one gone to the ein chemed knight thing?
Abbi Adest-I know a lot of people who tried to get there yesterday but couldn't make it because of the traffic.
Miriam Frolich- Following
Mimi Feigenbaum-Schuldenfrei- Is it open on Sunday?
Vikki Bruce -We made it there eventually yesterday after all the traffic. Had a really Nice time - short shows / stories and kids loved walking in the steams. Not sure about the dates
Deborah Dickson- Go early
Chana Wurtzel -Ein Chemed is beautiful, festival is very sweet, get there early or parking is a nightmare
Hanni Zamir -it starts at 11:00..
do they let you go in before it starts?
Vikki Bruce -We left late as I though it only started at 11 but I am pretty sure it opens earlier - just the activities start then
Yael Stekel Gabbai- We went yesterday - it took ages to get there, and my kids found it really boring - if you don't come prepared Israel style with full barbeque there really isn't much to do there, while we were there there was one lady dressed as an ancient witch, and a couple of plays on stage - not what we were expecting at all - Ein Yael would be a much better choice
Hanni Zamir -a 4 YO and 2 YO are enjoying it. the weather is nice and the place is amazing
Tanya Jacobs -Ein chemed is really nice when you go first thing in the morning NOT on chol hamoed . Then it is quiet and epaceful and the kids can explore and have space to play. Plus it's better when the stream is running. It's so small there it's only good for kids until ages 7 or 8 unless it is empty like when we went in the morning n Autumn.
Tania Mindel - August 2013
Spent a few hours in Ein Hemed this morning - lovely shaded paths and even a teensy bit of water to walk in (although signs tell you not to...hope there was nothing gross in there). My kids spent ages in the crusader castle ruins - if you go to the Israel National Parks, they have a little activity pack (פקח צעיר on left hand side of page) you can print off which my 7 yr old enjoyed - esp looking for stone mason's markings on the building stones. Later went for a walk by the renovated train station התחנה הראשונה lovely walkways and bike path and the station itself is filled with market stalls, a photography exhibition (as well as the train exhibit - going to that later in the week) and cafes. The vaniglia ice cream is divine!
Yael Webb Parnes Been a few times. It's nice when there is a tour. It's quite small, but it's a lovely place. There's also a playground and a picnic area. I can recommend it. I think you will all have a lovely time.
Deborah Dickson what is it? where?
Nicole Goldman At Pesach they usually have a fairytale festival which is fun
Shira Lewis Rosenfeld Yes- low key but fun. Playground, old fortress, water to play in (be prepared with a change of clothes). We were there on sukkot and there were a bunch of performers also.
Naomi 'Simenoff' Goldberg Where is it?
Shira Lewis Rosenfeld off of Rt 1 before Mevaseret
Rachael Risby-Raz Great place for a picnic - clean, grass, bridges and sometimes a little creek, lots of trees, a castle, clean toilets, picnic tables and water taps and you can even get popsicles at the guard station. One of the best places for a picnic in the Jerusalem area. Note that there is an entrance fee and it closes relatively early, like 4 pm, I think
Yudit Frei We love Ein Hemed. It's a national park right off Kvish #1. They often have a fairytale festival over Chol Hamoed, but even if they don't it's a lovely day out. There's a nice circular, stroller friendly "tiyul" (takes about 15 minutes at toddler pace) a great old castle to scramble around in, and a tiny little trickling brook. My kids always get soaking, so take dry clothes. There is a little playground and lots of picnic space. The link above should tell you which days the fairytale festival is on.
Just to let everyone know that Ein Hemmed National Park has lots of tadpoles right now. We have been twice this week and have collected 6 (with the help of a plastic cup and ziplock bag) for a home science experiment. It tends to be a quiet park with huge amounts of shade and a nice playground. As with most of the national parks once you get a membership it is free entry. Well worth visiting.
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Deborah Dickson What else is there?
Abi Taylor-Abt It has an old fort/castle and of course the stream that runs through the park with a couple of mini waterfalls. You go across the tributary on little bridges and climb up and down the slabs (easy and safe toddlers can do it). Lots and lots of grassy shady areas. Picnic tables with water basins and bbq stands. A nice playground. Kids take bikes and scooters. There is no store but they sell ice-cream by the entrance. As I said it is very local to us so we go often but you could easily take a picnic and spend quite a while there.
Deborah Dickson Thx!
Tanya Jacobs Is the stream running ? Not been there for a couple of yeas because were disappointed that there was no water there!
Abi Taylor-Abt Stream definitely there along with the tadpoles!
Ruth Corré Is there a fee to get in?
Abi Taylor-Abt I think that it is around 20 for an adult and 11 for a child or free if you have the Israel Parks membership.
Has anyone been to the fairytale festival in Ein Hemed in previous years? Recommended? And how is traffic during chol hamo'ed around that area (shaar hagai, abu gosh)? Thanks!
Deborah Dickson We are here right now...it's ok. Basically a place to relax with a picnic or BBQ and there are some shows and knight shtick-not amazing and def best for younger kids. My kids loved walking along in the water and collecting water bugs and algae stuff...nice to feel part of Israeli madness- kids made the most of it but I personally don't think it's the best day out ever...but it's nice enough and not too expensive-22 shek adults and 10 for kids over 5. Free with manui. Traffic not too bad-follow/check waze
Lizzie Noach We r also here now but left modiin late so we got stuck in traffic. There r hundreds here and we haven't seen much yet that impressed us. The Peter pan thing in gan habotani last year was much better
Shula Goulden Thanks.
Nicole Goldman We went last two years. Nice place for picnic, BBQ and paddling and tadpoles. Plus fairy tale characters wandering around and free plays and shows etc. nice for younger kids. Plus other activities for small charge (facepainting, crafts, stilts, etc). Parking gets bad (a long way from the gate) the later you arrive there.