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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, October 7, 2019

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. 

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    Kids at the Castle: Thankful Hearts

    • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    This month’s morning playdate at the Castle is inspired by Thanksgiving, where we’ll explore themes related to gratitude. Also on Saturday, November 16, from 9-10 a.m. Kids at the Castle Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. Join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, music and movement in the Turnblad Mansion. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
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    Kids at the Castle: Thankful Hearts

    • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    This month’s morning playdate at the Castle is inspired by Thanksgiving, where we’ll explore themes related to gratitude. Also on Friday, November 15, from 9-10 a.m. Kids at the Castle Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. Join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, music and movement in the Turnblad Mansion. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
  • SOLD OUT Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:15am to 10:00am
    More Babies at the Castle dates: Friday, December 27 Calling all Mamma Meet-ups, Latte Papas, Grandparents and Nannies! ASI's carrier tours for baby and caregiver will immerse you and your young one in ASI’s holiday exhibition, Time Tested, Tradition Approved. Tours are about 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months.
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby. $10 for an additional adult (limit 2 adults per baby).
  • SOLD OUT Gingerbread House Workshop

    • Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Kick off the holiday season by building your very own pepparkakshus, or gingerbread house. In this classic ASI holiday program, families or friends work together to decorate a pre-built gingerbread house. A little creativity and a whole array of candy and other decorative treats will make for a magical afternoon!
    Cost: $30 ASI members / $35 non-members; maximum 5 participants per household.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Julglädje (Christmas Joy) Concert

    • Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Songs, stories, games and smiles are the hallmarks of julglädje, translated from Swedish as “Christmas joy.” Bring the entire family to join in the fun and create memories at this annual holiday performance hosted by the popular performer Ross Sutter. Ross and his friends, Marya Hart on piano and Cheryl Paschke on nycleharpa and fiddle, play a rollicking collection of Swedish and American holiday tunes that evoke the feeling of standing around the family piano.
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $12 non-members / $5 kids 6-17 / free for kids 5 and under
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Julglädje (Christmas Joy) Concert

    • Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Songs, stories, games and smiles are the hallmarks of julglädje, translated from Swedish as “Christmas joy.” Bring the entire family to join in the fun and create memories at this annual holiday performance hosted by the popular performer Ross Sutter. Ross and his friends, Marya Hart on piano and Cheryl Paschke on nycleharpa and fiddle, play a rollicking collection of Swedish and American holiday tunes that evoke the feeling of standing around the family piano.
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $12 non-members / $5 kids 6-17 / free for kids 5 and under
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Making Traditions: Music & Family Craft

    • Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Experience the joy of gathering together at ASI throughout the holiday season! Beyond the beautifully decorated rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, on select weekend days there will be free,* drop-in events featuring music, dance, handcraft and more. Some take place during the Julmarknad Christmas Market festival – see below for the schedule. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions! Mark your calendars:
    Cost: Included in museum admission.
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    Countdown to Christmas Preschool Program

    • Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    Explore the Swedish Advent season though through stories, crafts and activities. Take home your own decorations (to keep the dark at bay) and a pepparkakor (ginger snaps) recipe to make at home!
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / free for adults
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Making Traditions: Music & Family Craft

    • Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am
    Experience the joy of gathering together at ASI throughout the holiday season! Beyond the beautifully decorated rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, on select weekend days there will be free,* drop-in events featuring music, dance, handcraft and more. Some take place during the Julmarknad Christmas Market festival – see below for the schedule. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions! Mark your calendars:
    Cost: Included in museum admission.

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