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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

Handcraft

Events

Handcraft

  • Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft: Decorating Dala Horses

    • Wednesday, August 15, 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 (recommended ages 7-17) 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.
    Cost: $10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Kids at the Castle - Mini Makers

    Kids at the Castle: Mini Makers

    • Friday, August 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Mini Makers Also on Saturday, August 18, 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 - Mini Makers

    Kids at the Castle: Mini Makers

    • Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Mini Makers 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
  • Baby at the Castle

    Babies at the Castle – NEW at ASI!

    • Friday, September 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Babies at the Castle! It's a new Friday morning play experience for babies and their caregivers.
    Cost: $15 for Caregiver and Child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Pa Gang

    På Gång: 2018 Fall Term Begins

    • Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
    På Gång På Gång is part Swedish class, part social club for young people ages 13–18 interested in Sweden, learning Swedish and having fun! På Gång meets on one Sunday each month throughout the school year at ASI and includes fika, cultural activities and an opportunity to practice Swedish.  
    Cost: Cost: $125 / school year
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • start with slojd

    Starting with Slöjd: Start Weaving!

    • Sunday, September 16, 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. Starting with Slöjd schedule: October 14: Tell a story with puppets!
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • 3 billy goats gruff

    Special – Kids at the Castle: The 3 Billy Goats Gruff

    • Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    The Three Billy Goats Gruff gets a new twist in this music and storytelling presentation. This Nordic fairy tale is magical due to its universal themes and its ability to resonate in all cultures through music and laughter. Storyteller Anna Rynefors brings the story to life with her Swedish bagpipe in the form of a cuddly toy, and during the presentation we will meet many different creatures including trolls and goats.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

Language & Culture

  • Kräftskiva skal

    Kräftskiva Workshop

    • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Kräftskiva Workshop What makes crayfish so special to Swedes? We invite you to find out the answer (as well as how to pronounce kräftskiva!) in this family friendly workshop. Learn about the kräftskiva tradition, join in a festive song, and make a craft together just in time for the ASI kräftskiva celebration on August 24th.
    Cost: $15 ASI members / $18 non-members. Family (groups of 2 or more): $25 ASI members / $28 non-members.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Svenska Skolan

    Svenska Skolan: Fall Term Begins

    • Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:30am
    Svenska Skolan is a Saturday morning language and culture program for students ages 4 to 13 that offers an opportunity for children to learn Swedish while having fun.
    Cost: $125 ASI member/ $145 nonmember per student per term.
    or (612) 871-4907
  • swedish for teenagers class

    Svenska för tonåringar / Swedish for Teenagers – Class Begins

    • Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am
    Introducing Svenska för tonåringar (Swedish for teenagers) – a new class for students age 13-18 who are serious about learning Swedish. If you are thinking about traveling to Sweden as an exchange student, wanting to improve your Swedish to communicate with family or friends, or are simply interested in learning more about Swedish culture through language, this is the perfect class for you! In this course, you will speak, write and read in Swedish. Vi talar, skriver och läser på svenska. Kom och lär dig svenska hos oss!
    Cost: $125 ASI member/ $145 nonmember per student per term.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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