We have visited the place for our daughter's 9th birthday. The place was a total disappointment.
But let's start from the beginning.
Location is great. On the hilltops of Jerusalem suburbs, there lies kibbutz Zova (or Tzuba, as it is locally called). One can see some large tents on the right-side of the Tel-Aviv - Jerusalem highway, on the straight part from Shoresh to Abu-Gosh, right on the hill tops. It is it. The air slightly resembles the tell-tale "...clear as wine, with the scent of pine trees..." of the song.
If you do not have a car or do not wish to rent one in Israel - you would have to take a bus or a taxi. Taxi can be quite expensive, running up to 100-120 shekels from the central bus station to the place. The bus service is operated by the company "Superbus" (pronounced in Hebrew as soo-per-boos), the bus number 183. It's schedule is rather weird and not convenient, the bus rides off roughly every hour and a half.
Alternatively, you can take a bus to Mevasseret Zion, and thence take a taxi - it is going to cost half the sum than going by taxi all the way, and you have the advantage of rather successive bus service to Mevasseret.
It takes about 25 minutes by bus from Jerusalem central bus station.
The bus brings you some 150 meters away from the entrance to the place. The entrance fee is rather costly, 69 shekels per child and 44 shekels per adult, but some discounts are available, especially late-hours discount (last three opening hours are some 50% off). The fee would be okay, but for the place itself...
The park boasts 4 attractions - one carousel, a bumping cars circle, a bumping boats circle and a train. There are several multistoried climbing grounds for children of different age, a room of video games and a room of playing machines. Also several inflatables are stationed along the egdes of the grounds. Two or three areas are dedicated to bicycle-based vehicles for various ages.
All the rest of the place is covered by plastic tables and chairs - a kind of family picnic area.
One and ultimate - overcrowding.
The place was overcrowded some three times of its capacity. The lines for the rides took from 30 to 55 minutes. The bumping boats line had even a sign posted in the middle of the waiting area, noting that there is about 30 minutes of waiting from that point. The video games room was so packed that we literally did not manage to get in. No fun for the child, let alone the parents. We did most of the waiting, she went to the rides. The rides were ridiculously short (to accommodate the crowd), and you could end up standing some 1 hour line for 3-5 minutes ride.
Second drawback - garbage.
They have plenty of staff to handle the garbage, but it just overwhelms them. If you have a crowd sitting in the picnic area and littering all around - it is hard to handle. Spilled soda, sticky stains on the walkways, torn junkfood packages - it is all there.
Nothing extraordinary. Regular Middle-east attitude.
The good thing
The playing machines hall was not so crowded - perhaps because you have to pay for them? - but nevertheless, the crowd was less there. All the regular stuff - nothing extraordinary. Two air hockey tables, at cost of about 4 shekels per round - looks nice.
There is a refreshments station in the premises - a minimarket that sells insanely overpriced water - just like anywhere in Israel - can be nice in a hot day.
If you do not care for a loud crowd, a carpet of kids swarming all over the place - it is a place for you. Perhaps it is designed for younger children? Or not for the summer? I don't know.
It is hard for me to give a poor grade, but this time it was well deserved. The owners could definitely take into account that overcrowding the place doesn't do them credit. An admittance refusal would be even more fair than letting pay and get in.
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