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Youth and Family Programs

American Swedish Institute's Youth and Family Programming is extensive, varied, fun and welcoming to kids of all skill levels and backgrounds and their grownups. The ASI's eclectic range of creative activities and offerings includes the Turnblad Mansion's Third Floor Family Gallery with rotating installations and a interactive play area, our regular Family Days and Kids at the Castle events, Youth Slöjd (Craft) workshops, and our extended school year class sessions such as Svenska Skolan, for kids ages 4 to 13, mixing Swedish with fun, music and games, and På Gång, a Sunday afternoon Swedish class/social club for teens.

Workshops

Handcraft

Events

Language & Culture

  • Karin Broos

    Karins namnsdag - Free Admission for Karin, Karen, Kajsa and Kajsa-Lena

    • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 8:00pm
    Wednesday, August 2 is the name day, or namnsdag, for Karin in Sweden. But Karin is not the only name honored on that day, the variants Karen, Kajsa and Kajsa-Lena are also celebrated. In honor of our featured artist Karin Broos, ASI will celebrate her name day by offering FREE admission to anyone with the name Karin, Karen, Keren, Kaaren, Kajsa or Kajsa-Lena. Just show proof of your name with a form of photo ID and check out the Still Life: Karin Broos exhibition on us!
    or 612-871-4907 | Registration not required. Please see front desk on arrival. Photo ID required.
  • Viking Camp

    Viking Day Camp

    • Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Join us for summer adventures at the American Swedish Institute!  Through story-telling, cooking, art and imaginative play, have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle and learning about Nordic history and culture as part of ASI's summer programming! ASI Summer Day Camps will be held Thursdays in July and August 2017 and are tailored for young minds entering grades 1-5. 
    Cost: $50 member / $60 nonmember
    or (612) 871-4907

Handcraft

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    Youth & Family Summer Slöjd / Handcraft Series - Painted Dala Horse

    • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Join the American Swedish Institute for our Wednesday afternoon, Youth and Family Summer Series of Slöjd / Handcraft. It's the perfect entertainment for curious young minds and a fun opportunity for learn while working with your hands to make items to wear or display at home.  Registered adults may also join the workshop with their child or young guest. Youth & Family Summer Slöjd / Handcraft Full Listing
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 Non-Members, per workshop
    or (612) 871-4907
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    The Great Makers Exchange - A Nordic Handcraft Celebration

    • Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Calling all makers—painters, crafters, potters, carvers, weavers and creators at all skill levels. ASI invites you to connect with fellow enthusiasts to enjoy hands-on learning under the guidance of skilled ASI resident instructors and respected guest artists. Two-hour mini-workshops and will be offered throughout the day. Artists and organizations will also lead on-site demonstrations. Crafters will make their wares available for sale at the Makers Market.
  • Birch Bark card holders

    Great Makers Exchange Workshop - Birch Bark Card Holder

    • Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Make your own card holder out of birch bark using traditional weaving techniques.  Learn about birch trees in Minnesota and how bark can be sustainably harvested and hand-processed into usable materials, while designing and weaving for own project. No prior weaving experience is necessary.  This is a great class foster a new appreciation of birch and weaving. Ages 15 and older welcome to register. Ages 12-14 welcome to register with a paid adult
    Cost: $25
    or Please call 612-871-4907
  • Angela Robins

    Great Makers Exchange Workshop - Hooked!

    • Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Learn how to hand carve your own wooden wall hook starting from the crook of a tree. Decorate your home, cabin or office with a useful and beautiful item that you made! Students can bring their own tools or use the carving knives and gloves supplied. All experience levels are welcome. People age 18 and older are welcome to register. Those aged 12 -17 may also to sign up to participate with a paid adult.
    Cost: $25
    or 612-871-4907
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    Youth & Family Summer Slöjd / Handcraft Series - Paper Crafts

    • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Join the American Swedish Institute for our Wednesday afternoon, Youth and Family Summer Series of Slöjd / Handcraft. It's the perfect entertainment for curious young minds and a fun opportunity for learn while working with your hands to make items to wear or display at home.  Registered adults may also join the workshop with their child or young guest. Youth & Family Summer Slöjd / Handcraft Full Listing
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 Non-Members, per workshop
    or (612) 871-4907
  • Butterfly Garden

    Youth & Family Summer Slöjd / Handcraft Series - Flower Pressing

    • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Join the American Swedish Institute for our Wednesday afternoon, Youth and Family Summer Series of Slöjd / Handcraft. It's the perfect entertainment for curious young minds and a fun opportunity for learn while working with your hands to make items to wear or display at home.  Registered adults may also join the workshop with their child or young guest. Youth & Family Summer Slöjd / Handcraft Full Listing
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 Non-Members, per workshop
    or (612) 871-4907
  • Pippi Summer Camp

    Pippi Day Camp

    • Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Join us for summer adventures at the American Swedish Institute!  Through story-telling, cooking, art and imaginative play, have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle and learning about Nordic history and culture as part of ASI's summer programming! ASI Summer Day Camps will be held Thursdays in July and August 2017 and are tailored for young minds entering grades 1-5.  The world’s favorite red-headed heroine is the inspiration for this day of adventure!  Participants encouraged to dress like Pippi or her friends. 
    Cost: $50 member / $60 nonmember
    or (612) 871-4907
  • Nordic Cooking and Culture Camp 2015

    Nordic Cooking and Culture Day Camp

    • Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Join us for summer adventures at the American Swedish Institute!  Through story-telling, cooking, art and imaginative play, have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle and learning about Nordic history and culture as part of ASI's summer programming! ASI Summer Day Camps will be held Thursdays in July and August 2017 and are tailored for young minds entering grades 1-5.  Don your aprons and get ready to explore Nordic cooking and culture as we roll out tasty new treats!  
    Cost: $50 member / $60 nonmember
    or (612) 871-4907

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