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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.

Workshops

Handcraft

Events

  • Kids at the Castle

    Kids at the Castle: Mighty Moose

    • Friday, March 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Mighty Moose 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

    Kids at the Castle: Mighty Moose

    • Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Kids at the Castle: Mighty Moose 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
  • Easter in the Castle

    Easter in the Castle

    • Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am
    Easter in the Castle
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $13 non-members. Free for children under age 2. Registration required by March 23.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Kids at the Castle

    Kids at the Castle: Searching for Spring

    • Friday, April 20, 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

    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 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

Language & Culture

  • Svenska Skolan

    Svenska Skolan: Spring Term Begins

    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am
    Svenska Skolan is a Saturday morning language and culture program for children ages 4 to 13 that offers an opportunity for children to learn Swedish while having fun. Games, music, art and fika (snack) are offered at class meetings. Instruction is structured to meet the needs of children at all levels of language ability with both fluent and emerging language classes. Take-home activities and a lending bibliotek (library) support families in extending class lessons.
    Cost: $125 ASI member/ $145 nonmember per student per term.
    or (612) 871-4907
  • 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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