Beit Alpha is a kibbutz near the West Bank and Mt Gilboa. Growing up on a kibbutz is somewhat unconventional, as the playgrounds are often formed from everyday objects that would give many American parents heart palpitations.
Playgrounds look like junkyards, with the philosophy behind them being that children develop better when they can think of multiple uses for items. (And learn how to avoid tetanus without being coddled.)
Being a kibbutz, there is agriculture and farming. Beit Alpha had a lot of Thai farmhands.