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Youth and Family Programs

The American Swedish Institute's Youth and Family Programming is extensive, varied, fun and welcoming to kids of all skill levels and backgrounds (and their grown-ups). ASI's eclectic range of creative activities and offerings includes: the Turnblad Mansion's Third Floor Family Gallery with rotating installations and an 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, which mixes Swedish language with music and games for kids ages 4 to 13, and På Gång, a Sunday afternoon Swedish class/social club for teens.

We encourage young people to explore their creative side through play, craft and language learning. Kids can express themselves, expand their imagination and develop a sense of innovation and experimentation through open-ended creativity.  Hands-on, interactive activities can build life-long skills and open up alternative perspectives of the world.

Workshops

Events

  • Gingerbread House Morning Workshop

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    The morning Gingerbread House Workshop is sold out, but there is a Gingerbread House Afternoon Workshop at 1 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with gingerbread and a little creativity. In this workshop, families decorate a pre-built pepparkakshus (gingerbread house), drawing from an array of treats found in the Candy Shop Stuga! Maximum 5 participants per household.
  • Julgladje

    Julglädje - Join-In Family Performance

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Songs, stories, games and smiles are the hallmarks of julglädje, translated from Swedish as “Christmas joy.” Bring the entire family to participate in the fun and create memories at this annual, kids-join-in holiday celebration hosted by the popular performer Ross Sutter. Ross and his friends, Marya Hart on piano and Cheryl Paschke on nycleharpa and fiddle, play a rollicking collection of Swedish and American holiday tunes that evoke the feeling of standing around the family piano.
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $12 non-members / $5 ages 6-17 / Free for kids under 6.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • making traditions

    Making Traditions: Music and Family Craft

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 24: Julglädje performances at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Throughout the holiday season, experience the joy of gathering together at ASI! Encounter music, dance, handcraft and more while exploring the Handmade Holidays exhibition and the decorated Nordic Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions. Mark your calendars for other Music in the Mansion and Family Craft opportunities:
    Cost: Music in the Mansion and Family Craft are included with museum admission. There are additional fees for Julglädje performances.
  • Gingerbread House Afternoon Workshop

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Kick off the holiday season with gingerbread and a little creativity. In this workshop, families decorate a pre-built pepparkakshus (gingerbread house), drawing from an array of treats found in the Candy Shop Stuga! Maximum 5 participants per household.
    Cost: $30 ASI members / $35 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Julglädje!

    Julglädje - Join-In Family Performance

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Songs, stories, games and smiles are the hallmarks of julglädje, translated from Swedish as “Christmas joy.” Bring the entire family to participate in the fun and create memories at this annual, kids-join-in holiday celebration hosted by the popular performer Ross Sutter. Ross and his friends, Marya Hart on piano and Cheryl Paschke on nycleharpa and fiddle, play a rollicking collection of Swedish and American holiday tunes that evoke the feeling of standing around the family piano.
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $12 non-members / $5 ages 6-17 / Free for kids under 6.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • making traditions

    Making Traditions: Music and Family Craft

    • Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Sunday, November 25: Julglädje & Family Craft at 1 p.m. Throughout the holiday season, experience the joy of gathering together at ASI! Encounter music, dance, handcraft and more while exploring the Handmade Holidays exhibition and the decorated Nordic Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions. Mark your calendars for other Music in the Mansion and Family Craft opportunities:
    Cost: Music in the Mansion and Family Craft are included with museum admission. There are additional fees for Julglädje performances.
  • julgladje

    Julglädje Sunday Concert

    • Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Songs, stories, games and smiles are the hallmarks of julglädje, translated from Swedish as “Christmas joy.” Bring the entire family to join in the fun and create memories at this annual holiday celebration hosted by the popular performer Ross Sutter. Ross and his friends, Marya Hart on piano and Cheryl Paschke on nycleharpa and fiddle, play a rollicking collection of Swedish and American holiday tunes that evoke the feeling of standing around the family piano.
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $12 non-members / $5 ages 6-17 / Free for kids under 6.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Babies at the Castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:15am to 10:00am
    It's a Friday morning play experience for baby and their caregiver. Meet other caregivers and babies for a fun session of singing, clapping and dancing. In November and December, explore our Handmade Holidays exhibition, a fabulous opportunity to immerse yourself and your young one in bright patterns, colors and textures.
    Cost: $15 for Caregiver and Child
    or Register online.
  • making traditions

    Making Traditions: Music and Family Craft

    • Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Saturday, December 1: Music in the Mansion & Family Craft throughout Julmarknad Throughout the holiday season, experience the joy of gathering together at ASI! Encounter music, dance, handcraft and more while exploring the Handmade Holidays exhibition and the decorated Nordic Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions. Mark your calendars for other Music in the Mansion and Family Craft opportunities:
    Cost: Music in the Mansion and Family Craft are included with museum admission. There are additional fees for Julglädje performances.

Handcraft, Language & Culture

  • Julmarknad 2018

    Julmarknad - ASI's Christmas Market & Festival 2018

    • Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Weekend Christmas Market and Festival Saturday, December 1st.  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, December 2nd.  11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Julmarknad is ASI’s holiday market and festival – and one of our most popular weekends! There will be handmade items for sale by more than 40 talented local and regional artists – including distinctive artisan glass, clothing, wood, jewelry, ceramics and textiles. Our own ASI Museum Store and Jul Shop will also be open for gift seekers to browse more Nordic-inspired items.
    Cost: Festival included in museum admission. Tickets sold at the door. Advanced sales not required. $12 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Students & Children, Free for Members & Under 5

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