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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

  • Kids Crafts

    Youth Handcraft Camp

    • Monday, June 25, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
    Youth Handcraft Camp Calling all crafty kids! In this 4-day camp, kids (ages 7-13) will work with wood, fiber, glass, ceramics and metal to create fun and useful objects. Kids will leave with handmade items and new skills. Campers should bring a water bottle and lunch each day. Camp meets from 9 a.m. to 3 .p.m. on Monday, June 25, through Thursday, June 28. Instruction will be provided by ASI Youth and Family Program staff as well as guest artists. 
    Cost: $200 per ASI member child / $250 per non-member child. Registration required one week before camp date.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Nordic Cooking Day Camp

    Nordic Cooking and Culture Day Camp

    • Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Nordic Cooking and Culture Day Camp Don your aprons and get ready to explore Nordic cooking and culture as we roll out tasty new treats!  Nordic Cooking and Culture Camp also held on:
    Cost: $50 ASI member child / $60 non-member child. Registration required one week before camp date.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Pippi Day Camp

    Pippi Day Camp

    • Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Pippi Day Camp The world’s favorite red-headed heroine is the inspiration for this day of adventure! Participants are encouraged to dress like Pippi or her friends. Pippi Day Camp also held on: Thursday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Summer Day Camps are tailored for young minds entering grades 1-5. Through story-telling, cooking, art and imaginative play, children will have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle and learning about Nordic history and culture. 
    Cost: $50 ASI member child / $60 non-member child. Registration required one week before camp date.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Kids at the Castle - Cabin Creatures

    Kids at the Castle: Cabin Creatures

    • Friday, July 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Cabin Creatures Also on Saturday, July 21, 9-10 a.m. It’s primetime fun! Kids at the Castle is a monthly morning playdate held one hour before the museum opens so that kids and their grown-ups can explore the Turnblad Mansion. Inspired by the season and ASI exhibitions, Kids at the Castle is encourages adventurous and curious young minds through circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music and movement.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Kids at the Castle - Cabin Creatures

    Kids at the Castle: Cabin Creatures

    • Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Cabin Creatures It’s primetime fun! Kids at the Castle is a monthly morning playdate held one hour before the museum opens so that kids and their grown-ups can explore the Turnblad Mansion. Inspired by the season and ASI exhibitions, Kids at the Castle is encourages adventurous and curious young minds through circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music and movement. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Viking Day Camp

    Viking Day Camp

    • Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Viking Day Camp Sail away to the world of the Vikings. Build Viking ships, learn the geography of the Nordic region and discover the mystery of runestones – all while having fun.  Summer Day Camps are tailored for young minds entering grades 1-5. Through story-telling, cooking, art and imaginative play, children will have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle and learning about Nordic history and culture.  Campers are asked to bring their own lunch and wear clothes suitable for outdoor play.
    Cost: $50 ASI member child / $60 non-member child. Registration required one week before camp date.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

Handcraft

  • Suncatcher

    Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft: Glass Suncatchers

    • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Wednesdays at ASI are fun for all ages this summer! Join the American Swedish Institute for our Wednesday afternoon Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft series! Taking inspiration from the Swedish tradition of slöjd, or handcraft, young makers will create beautiful and useful objects while working with new materials. An adult is welcome to register alongside their young student and complete a project as well. July 11: Glass Suncatchers – Fuse glass together to make a decorative piece for your window!
    Cost: $10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft: Exploring Wire Craft

    • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Wednesdays at ASI are fun for all ages this summer! Join the American Swedish Institute for our Wednesday afternoon Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft series! Taking inspiration from the Swedish tradition of slöjd, or handcraft, young makers will create beautiful and useful objects while working with new materials. An adult is welcome to register alongside their young student and complete a project as well. July 18: Exploring Wire Craft – Make fun wire decorations for your garden!
    Cost: $10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft: Wet Felted Beads

    • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Wednesdays at ASI are fun for all ages this summer! Join the American Swedish Institute for our Wednesday afternoon Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft series! Taking inspiration from the Swedish tradition of slöjd, or handcraft, young makers will create beautiful and useful objects while working with new materials. An adult is welcome to register alongside their young student and complete a project as well. July 25: Wet Felted Beads – Create colorful beads for a bracelet or keychain!
    Cost: $10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

Language & Culture

  • Viking Day Camp

    2018 Summer Day Camps

    • Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:00am
    2018 Summer Day Camps Join us for the Summer Day Camp program at the American Swedish Institute! Through story-telling, cooking, art and imaginative play, children will have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle and learning about Nordic history and culture. Summer Day Camps run Thursdays in July and August 2018, and are tailored for young minds entering grades 1-5.
    Cost: $50 per ASI member child per session / $60 per non-member child. Registration required one week before camp date.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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