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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.

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  • Babies at the Castle – NEW at ASI!

    • Friday, October 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Babies at the Castle! It's a new Friday morning play experience for baby and their caregiver. Friday, October 26, 9 - 10 a.m. Try out the American Swedish Institute’s new “Babies at the Castle” tours, designed for babies from newborn to 18 months and their caregiver. Leave your strollers at the door (we have designated stroller parking) and carry your baby through the Mansion before it opens to the general public.
    Cost: $15 for Caregiver and Child
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    Family Slöjd: All Souls Day Family Collages

    • Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Celebrate your family’s history in preparation for Alla Helgons Afton (All Soul’s Day). This important Swedish holiday on the first Saturday in November is an opportunity for family members to remember their loved ones, often by visiting cemeteries to leave luminaries or flowers. Guest artist Alison Aune, who works in mixed-media collages with a strong influence from Scandinavian design, invites family members to bring copies of photographs and other family mementos to incorporate into collages that will combine design, color and images into a unique piece of art.
    Cost: $25 ASI member adult / $30 non-member adult / $5 per child (age 7-17)
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Family Day - Opens Handmade Holidays

    • Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    ASI opens our 2018 holiday season with a day of fun for the entire family. Discover Nordic and Czech traditions throughout the rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, which will be decorated for this year’s theme: Handmade Holidays. Keep your eyes peeled for clever tomte, make a family craft together, enjoy musical performances and wander through the exhibition. What's Happening on Family Day:
    Cost: Included in museum admission.
    or For general ASI information, call 612-871-4907
  • Starting with Slöjd: Finger weaving fun

    • Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Join us for a new monthly program for early elementary children who are ready to start crafting! Whether we’re playing with wool, wire, clay or more, we’ll explore new tools, materials and skills that prepare kids for a lifelong love of handcraft, or slöjd. Programs suitable for students in grades K-3. In Finger weaving fun, kids will try out finger weaving to make a necklace, toy snake or other creature, as well as play with our big floor tapestry loom. Grab some yarn and make something fun with instructor Anna Ruhland! 
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Kids at the Castle: Let’s Talk Turkey

    • Friday, November 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the Castle!   Also on Saturday, November 17, 9-10 a.m. Gobble gobble gobble! Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. For an hour before the museum opens to the public, families can join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music inspired by the season. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • kids at castle turkey

    Kids at the Castle: Let’s Talk Turkey

    • Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the Castle!   Also on Friday, November 16, 9-10 a.m. Gobble gobble gobble! Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. For an hour before the museum opens to the public, families can join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music inspired by the season. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Gingerbread House

    Gingerbread House Morning Workshop

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    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. There is also a Gingerbread House Afternoon Workshop at 1 p.m. 
    Cost: $30 ASI members / $35 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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