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Youth and Family Programs

Make a reservation for your household or group of up to 10 people to play and explore in ASI's Family Gallery!

Youth & Family Programs with ASI

ASI's Youth and Family Programming is fun and welcoming to kids and their grown-ups. ASI encourages all young people to explore their world through play, craft and language learning. 

Events

  • SOLD OUT Kids at the Castle: Watch My Garden Grow

    • Friday, May 21, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    It’s a morning playdate at the Castle! This action-packed kids and family creative playtime is inspired by the season and encourages adventurous young minds through circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music and movement. Kids at the Castle will take place outside in ASI’s fenced-in lawns. In cases of severe weather, ASI will cancel the program two hours in advance via email (please look to your email for cancellation). If ASI cancels the program, you will receive a full refund.
    Cost: $2 per person
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
  • SOLD OUT Babies at the Castle: Papier

    • Friday, May 28, 2021 - 9:00am
    Calling all Mamma Meet-ups, Dads Groups, Grandparents and Nannies! ASI’s carrier tours for baby and caregiver will immerse you and your little one in ASI’s new exhibit, Papier. Tours are approximately 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months.
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby. Limit 1 adult per baby.
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
  • SOLD OUT Midsommar Music and Magic Preschool Program

    • Friday, June 4, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    Calling all små grodorna (small frogs)…come hop, dance, sing and celebrate Midsommar the Swedish way. This program will take place outside. Please dress according to the weather and for messy art projects. ASI may cancel the program in cases of severe weather. If ASI cancels the program, you will be notified by email two hours before the program’s scheduled start time. In this case, you will receive a full refund.  
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / Adults free
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
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    The Amazing World of Astrid Lindgren Preschool Camp

    • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 8:45am
    This camp takes place on Tuesdays June 15, 22 & 29 from 8:45-11:15 a.m. each day Summer is a time for play and exploration – and the perfect time to immerse yourself in the world of Astrid Lindgren! During this three-week camp, your child can join other preschoolers while socializing in a nurturing environment.
    Cost: $100 ASI member child / $125 non-member child
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
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    Kids at the Castle: Marvelous Me

    • Friday, June 18, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    It’s a morning playdate at the Castle! This action-packed kids and family creative playtime is inspired by the season and encourages adventurous young minds through circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music and movement. Kids at the Castle will take place outside in ASI’s fenced-in lawns. In cases of severe weather, ASI will cancel the program two hours in advance via email (please look to your email for cancellation). If ASI cancels the program, you will receive a full refund.
    Cost: $2 per person
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
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    Babies at the Castle: Papier

    • Friday, June 25, 2021 - 9:00am
    Calling all Mamma Meet-ups, Dads Groups, Grandparents and Nannies! ASI’s carrier tours for baby and caregiver will immerse you and your little one in ASI’s new exhibit, Papier. Tours are approximately 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months.
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby. Limit 1 adult per baby.
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
  • SOLD OUT Meet the Moomins Preschool Program

    • Friday, July 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    The Moomins turn 76 this year! Spend the morning with these beloved characters during storytime, craft and exploration of the Turnblad Mansion. This program will take place outside. Please dress according to the weather and for messy art projects.
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / Adults free
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
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    Kids at the Castle: VA-ROOM, SCREEECH, WHOOOSH!

    • Friday, July 16, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    It’s a morning playdate at the Castle! This action-packed kids and family creative playtime is inspired by the season and encourages adventurous young minds through circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music and movement. Kids at the Castle will take place outside in ASI’s fenced-in lawns. In cases of severe weather, ASI will cancel the program two hours in advance via email (please look to your email for cancellation). If ASI cancels the program, you will receive a full refund.
    Cost: $2 per person
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
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    Babies at the Castle: Kindertransport

    • Friday, July 23, 2021 - 9:00am
    Calling all Mamma Meet-ups, Dads Groups, Grandparents and Nannies! ASI’s carrier tours for baby and caregiver will immerse you and your little one in ASI’s new exhibit, Kindertransport. Tours are approximately 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months.
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby. Limit 1 adult per baby.
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907
  • SOLD OUT Pippi Day Camp

    • Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    The world’s favorite red-headed heroine is the inspiration for this day of adventure! Campers are encouraged to dress like Pippi Longstocking or her friends. ASI’s day camps are tailored for young minds ages 6 – 10. Through storytelling, cooking, art and imaginative play, children will have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle while learning about Nordic history and culture.
    Cost: $50 ASI member child / $60 non-member child
    or For questions, please call 612-871-4907

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Online Resources

Has an American Swedish Institute Youth & Family program inspired curiosity about Swedish or Nordic culture? ASI wants to nurture your child's curiosity and sense of adventure through our online resources lists. ASI has curated lists of books, activities, crafts and more for you and your family to learn more about Sweden from the comfort of your own home. We encourage you to gather as a family to share experiences around these themes informed by enduring links to Sweden.

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In-Person Programs

Find places to expand your imagination, like the interactive Family Gallery, or attend a monthly drop-in program like Kids at the Castle designed especially for early childhood. For those interested in Scandinavian culture and Swedish language, try one of the youth language courses for kids ages 4-18.