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Youth and Family Programs

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.

Virtual 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

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    VIRTUAL Lucia’s Legend Preschool Program

    • Friday, December 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
    Join the American Swedish Institute on Zoom to explore what “Swedish Christmas” means with your little one this holiday season! In this special online Preschool Program, we’ll learn about the legend of Sankta Lucia through stories, crafts and activities. Together, we’ll answer the big questions of “What do Swedish families do on Lucia Day?” and “Why do they do it?”
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child (adults free)
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    VIRTUAL Lucia’s Legend Preschool Program

    • Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
    Join the American Swedish Institute on Zoom to explore what “Swedish Christmas” means with your little one this holiday season! In this special online Preschool Program, we’ll learn about the legend of Sankta Lucia through stories, crafts and activities. Together, we’ll answer the big questions of “What do Swedish families do on Lucia Day?” and “Why do they do it?”
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child (adults free)
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    VIRTUAL Lucia Celebration Concert

    • Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 1:00pm
    Celebrate light during the long winter in this special Swedish concert featuring the youthful voices of the ASI Lucia Choir! The Choir performs traditional music in this magical 20 minute virtual Lucia Choir concert on Zoom. Registration is required. 
    Cost: $10 per connection
  • art and anecdotes

    Art and Anecdotes: Tomte

    • Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
    Art and Anecdotes is an online program that invites preschoolers to examine works of art from ASI’s collection through music, movement, interactive discussion and collaborative storytelling. This month we will look at playful tomtar from the collection to celebrate the Jul season. Advance registration is required as this program is limited to 10 participants. Register by 8 a.m. on December 17 to receive a sneak peek at the artwork and instructions to join us on Zoom. If you have multiple children you wish to register, please register them individually.
    Cost: Free
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    Kicksledding on the Lake Preschool Program with Silverwood Park

    • Friday, January 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    This program will go on sale to ASI members on December 4 and to non-members on December 7. Join us for a creative and active morning in the snowy surroundings of Silverwood Park. Together, we will make our own wintery works of art before heading down to the frozen lake to hop on a kicksled – an exciting pastime and mode of winter transportation with a Swedish origin!
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / adult free
  • brokiga books

    Virtual Preschool Program: Stina Wirsen’s Brokiga and Vem

    • Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
    This program will go on sale to ASI members on December 4 and to non-members on December 7.  Swedish illustrator and author Stina Wirsen is known for a range of popular children’s books, including the Brokiga and Vem series. This preschool program will celebrate Stina’s children book series through virtual story time, art and play. Register for this program by January 18. Kits available for pick up during ASI’s open hours. Option to ship the kits to your home for an additional $10 fee.
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / adults free
  • maple syrup preschool program

    Maple Syrup in the Springtime Preschool Program with Silverwood Park

    • Friday, March 5, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    This program will go on sale to ASI members on December 4 and to non-members on December 7. Return to the trails of Silverwood Park to search for signs of spring. We will discover something very special about this time of year that only happens in our part of the world – maple syrup! Take a walk to the sugarbush to tap a maple tree, learn how sap is turned into syrup and try a taste of this sticky sweetness.
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / adult free

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Onsite Programs: On Hold

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.