Four great ‘Illuminated’ events at the Botanic Garden

Four great ‘Illuminated’ events at the Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Illuminated” midwinter festival is more than just a couple of pink gorillas playing to foxtrotting toddlers. Here are some other highlights on the line-up.

Schmear this talk

Lox lovers, this one is for you. Russ Federman, the owner of beloved Lower East Side deli Russ & Daughters, will talk about the history of his family’s East Houston Street store, and sign copies of his new cookbook, “Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built.”

Jan. 26 at 3:45 pm.

Taking it to the streets

How did kids keep themselves busy before Xbox and helicopter parents? Mick Greene, who runs a website dedicated to old-school street games, will lead a master class in classic after school activities from a bygone era, including box ball, jump rope, and bottle cap skelly.

Jan. 26 at 2 pm.

NYC in black and white

Grandparents and grandkids can share classic New York flicks from the 1940s and ’50s, such as “Chimp’s Jamboree, “Living in a Metropolis,” and “Rootie Kazootie.”

Jan, 26 at 5 pm.

Dancing in the dark

Kids can learn some slamming hip-hop dance moves — including the robot, the ripple, and the freeze — with Spoke the Hub dance instructor Ingrid Alvarez, then try them out on the dance floor at a glow-in-the-dark disco later that evening.

Feb. 1 at 4 pm and 6 pm.

“Illuminated” at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens [900 Washington Ave. at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, (718) 623–7200, www.bbg.org]. Jan. 25–26 and Feb. 1–2, various times. Free.

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