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Youth and Family Programs

"I love a lot of things about American Swedish Institute. The building and mansion are beautiful, the garden is gorgeous. As the mom of two toddlers - I'm amazed by the play space for kids and the preschool programming. They have Kids at the Castle events, along with special classes you can enroll in. The classes are organized and entertaining. My kids love them." Kelsey N on Yelp, 2020

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. 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. 

Workshops

Handcraft

Events

  • midsommar magic preschool

    Midsommar Music and Magic Preschool Program

    • Friday, June 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am
      Calling all små grodorna (small frogs) … come hop, dance, sing and celebrate Midsommar the Swedish way. ASI's Preschool Program Explore Swedish (and Swedish-American) traditions with your little one. Together we’ll answer the questions of “What do Swedish families do throughout the year?” and “Why do they do it?” This program is specifically designed for children ages 3 – 5 and their important adults. Adult accompaniment is required (limit 2 adults per child).
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / free for adults
  • family yoga

    Family Yoga with Blooma

    • Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 5:15pm to 6:00pm
      Join us for Family Yoga in the summer sun! This class is designed for yogis of all ages and all levels (no experience necessary). You’ll bond through movement and breathing exercises and discover ways to unwind, together. You’re encouraged to have fun and laugh with your family through games, songs and movement. We encourage you to take tools from class into your daily life.
    Cost: $20 ASI member adult / $25 non-member adult / $10 children under 13
  • preschool camp

    The Amazing World of Astrid Lindgren Preschool Camp

    • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 11:30am
    This camp meets on Tuesdays June 16, 23 & 30 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. Suitable for ages 3 to 5.
    Cost: $100 ASI member child / $125 non-member child
    or Registration opens at 10 a.m. on March 2.
  • sigrid and the dragon

    Kids at the Castle: Sigrid and the Dragon

    • Friday, June 19, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    It’s a Viking saga for the whole family! Legends of dragons, epic music and Viking sagas comes together in this tale of bravery. Sigrid and the Dragon dares you to face your fears and join the adventure and fun – just remember that you’re NEVER supposed to wake up the dragon! In this show, children get to interact, count, rhyme and sing along to ancient musical instruments. Featuring performer and "riksspelman" Anna Rynefors from Sweden, who plays harp, bowed lyre, Swedish bagpipe and sings.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
  • babies at castle

    Babies at the Castle: extra/ordinary

    • Friday, June 26, 2020 - 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, extra/ordinary. Tours are approximately 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months. Also offered on Saturday, June 27, at 9 a.m.
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby. $10 for an additional adult. Limit 2 adults per baby.
  • babies at castle

    Babies at the Castle: extra/ordinary

    • Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 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, extra/ordinary. Tours are approximately 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months. Also offered on Friday, June 26, at 9 a.m.
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby. $10 for an additional adult. Limit 2 adults per baby.

Nordic Table

  • strawberry cake

    Nordic Table for Families: Nationaldagen Strawberry Cake with Jessica Karlsson

    • Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
      Celebrate Sweden’s National Day (Nationaldagen) with the most summery, Swedish dessert: a whipped cream filled strawberry cake. Instructor Jessica will share her favorite recipe and guide families through the process, while sharing insights into what makes National Day in Sweden special. Meanwhile, kids and their special adult will work side-by-side to help prepare strawberries, whip cream, and bake a cake, then sit down together for a celebratory fika, or snack time.
    Cost: $35 ASI member youth and adult pair / $45 non-member youth and adult pair

Handcraft

Language & Culture

  • midsommar celebration

    ASI's Midsommar Celebration 2020

    • Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    ASI's annual Midsommar Celebration is inspired by similar celebrations held across Sweden and Europe that mark the arrival of summer. Whether you’re a festival regular, or just curious what the holiday is all about, there’s something for everyone at this all-day, campus-wide gathering. Midsommar Highlights
    Cost: Included in museum admission. No registration required. Pay on arrival. Doors open at 10 a.m.

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