Fun stuff for kids might teach them a thing or two, too

Whether or not all kids love baseball is a debatable question, but even the most bookish children seem to enjoy going to the ballpark.

On Sunday, June 6, the San Francisco Giants will be on the road. But, with SBC Park hosting “Israel in the Ballpark,” kids (and families) will find plenty of things to do at the ball yard sans Barry.

In celebrating Israel’s 56th anniversary, kids (and adults, for that matter) can choose from theater, storytelling, music, arts and crafts, a carnival’s worth of puppeteers, jugglers, stilt walkers, face painters and more. And — don’t tell the children — they might even learn something.

Featured entertainers include Bay Area favorites, such as traveling storyteller Joel ben Izzy, puppeteer Jennifer Kantor and story performer Jane Golbert.

The festival will give kids a chance to learn about Israel in a lighthearted, fun atmosphere. The blue-and-white creations of balloon artists will surround them as they tap into their own creativity in many of the educational projects set up just for the occasion.

At “Israel in the Ballpark” youngsters (and their parents) will get a chance to find out what life was like in biblical Israel without having to leave the stadium. Just walk into one of Israeli archaeology tented workshops that will be set up on the Promenade Level in order to make your own Dead Sea Scroll; see actual archeological relics; create a tile mosaic like ones found in ancient temple floors; and find out about biblical cookbooks, clothing and lighting fixtures as well as cast replicas of ancient Israeli coins and put your nom de plume onto some pottery.

Incidentally, SBC Park’s trademark giant slides, miniature baseball field and fast-pitch zone will be open as well.

Activities for teenagers are planned as well. The Diller Teen Fellows will recreate an exotic Middle Eastern experience by setting up a Bedouin tent. Within the desert tent, teens can apply henna tattoos, make Hebrew bead necklaces and just escape from Mom and Dad.

Parents of babies and very young children should note that strollers are not permitted on the baseball lawn. Therefore, please plan accordingly. A staffed “stroller park” will be provided for your convenience.

Israel in the Ballpark