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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

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    Kids at the Castle - Searching for Spring

    • Friday, April 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Searching for Spring Also on Saturday, April 21, 9-10 a.m. We're searching for Spring - when will it arrive? Join ASI as we search for signs of the season in insects, flowers and little animals.
    Cost: $8 per family. No registration needed.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Kids at the Castle: Searching for Spring

    • Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Searching for Spring It's primetime fun for kids and their grown-ups during this morning playdate at the castle! For an hour before the general public can enter the museum, ASI throws opens its doors to the younger crowd for creative activities including visual games, storytelling, crafts, and music and movement inspired by the season and current exhibitions. Suggested for ages 2–5. Adults must accompany children.   Other upcoming Kids at the Castle events are:
    Cost: $8 per family. No registration needed.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Kids at the Castle - Muddy May

    Kids at the Castle: Muddy May

    • Friday, May 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Muddy May Also on Saturday, May 19, 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 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 - Muddy May

    Kids at the Castle: Muddy May

    • Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Muddy May 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 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
  • Mini Transmission

    Mini Transmission Dance Party

    • Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
    Mini Transmission Dance Party Back by popular demand at ASI! Mini Transmission is hosted by DJ Jake Rudh, who has been bringing serious dance floor grooves to the Twin Cities for over 20 years. Families can go to ASI’s morning program, Kids at the Castle (admission gets you into Mini Transmission!), and stay afterward to boogie, create a make ‘n take activity, and nosh on healthy snacks provided by Whole Foods.
    Cost: $8 per family. No registration required.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Kids at the Castle: Watch My Garden Grow

    • Friday, June 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Summer is a magical time at the American Swedish Institute - and June's Kids at the Castle: Watch My Garden Grow - highlights the joys of plants and gardening. It's primetime fun time for kids and their grown-ups at this morning playdate at the Castle! For an hour before the general public can enter the museum, ASI throws opens its doors to the younger crowd for creative activities including visual games, storytelling, music and movement inspired by the season and ASI exhibitions. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must attend with their children.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • 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

Language & Culture

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    Midsommar Celebration 2018!

    • Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Midsommar 2018 Join us at ASI to celebrate one of Sweden's most joyous and traditional festivals – no Nordic heritage needed!
    Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 ages 62+; $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID; free for ASI members.
    or No advanced registration – tickets must be purchased the day of the event.
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    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

Handcraft

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    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

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