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BBG launches winter hours, brings back Light in Winter programs

Winter is back at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: weekday admission is now free, and a slew of cold-weather fun—workshops, tours, festivals—is on its way.

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    Brooklyn Craft Workshop at Illuminated 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    Brooklyn Botanic Garden event

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    Illuminated 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    Young visitors on the Winter Bird Stroll at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    Outdoor games at Illuminated 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Photograph: Mike Ratliff

    Illuminated 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Photograph: Mike Ratliff

    Illuminated 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Photograph: Mike Ratliff

Brooklyn Craft Workshop at Illuminated 2013 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden


If you think the Brooklyn Botanic Garden goes into hibernation over the winter, think again. It may not have the bells and whistles of the NYBG's Holiday Train Show, but the BBG does go out of its way to signal its presence with two great offerings: free weekday admission through February 28 (Tue–Fri 8am–4:30pm) and the return of its Light in Winter programming. Among the highlights for families are its series of Chase the Winter Blues guided tours (Dec 1, Jan 5, Mar 2 at 1pm; free with admission); dance workshop Waltz of the Flowers with American Ballet Theatre, for kids ages 4 to 12 (Dec 8 at noon, 2pm; preregistration required; no dance experience required);  the exploratory Discovery Workshop (Jan 5, 12, Feb 9 2–4pm), where kids learn the ways in which wild animals survive the winter; and the garden's Nature Walk for Kids (Jan 5, 19, Feb 9 2:30–3:30pm), on which children ages 8 to 12 explore the garden sans parents on a guided tour. Also, mark your calendars for the BBG's "Illuminated" weekends (Jan 25–26 and Feb 1–2), jam-packed with festive midwinter activities for the whole family. The fest is back for the second year in a row starting in late January.

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