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Youth and Family Programs

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. 

Events

  • watch my garden grow

    Kids at the Castle: Watch My Garden Grow

    • Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! June is here, which means our gardens are in full bloom – colorful carnations, vibrant vegetables and buzzing bees help us discover the joy of gardening with dirty hands and warm soil.  Also on Saturday June 22, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • watch my garden grow

    Kids at the Castle: Watch My Garden Grow

    • Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! June is here, which means our gardens are in full bloom – colorful carnations, vibrant vegetables and buzzing bees help us discover the joy of gardening with dirty hands and warm soil.  Also on Friday June 21, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:15am to 10:00am
    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 newest exhibition, The Vikings Begin. Tours are about 30 minutes plus 15 minutes of sensory play. Designed for babies up to 15 months. Other Babies at the Castle dates:
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • viking voyagers day camp

    Viking Voyagers Preschool Camp

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 8:45am to 11:15am
    This camp meets on Wednesdays July 10, July 17, July 24 & July 31 Morning session from 8:45-11:15 a.m. Afternoon session from 1-3:30 p.m. Summer is a time for play and exploration – and the perfect time to become a Viking at the American Swedish Institute! In this camp, your child can join other preschoolers while socializing in a nurturing environment. For ages 3 to 5.
    Cost: Cost: $100 per ASI member child / $125 per non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • summer slojd

    Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft Series: Bind A Summer Memory Book 

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    In Bind A Summer Memory Book, you'll make your very own pocket sized book, ready for filling with stories, notes or summer memories!
    Cost: $10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • viking voyagers day camp

    Viking Voyagers Preschool Camp, Afternoon Session

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
    This camp meets on Wednesdays July 10, July 17, July 24 & July 31 Morning session from 8:45-11:15 a.m. Afternoon session from 1-3:30 p.m. Summer is a time for play and exploration – and the perfect time to become a Viking at the American Swedish Institute! In this camp, your child can join other preschoolers while socializing in a nurturing environment. For ages 3 to 5.
    Cost: Cost: $100 per ASI member child / $125 per non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • viking day camp

    Viking Day Camps

    • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Viking Day Camp Sail away to the world of the Vikings. Build Viking ships, learn the geography of the Nordic region and discover the mystery of runestones – all while having fun!  Viking Day Camp also offered on July 25 and August 8.
    Cost: $50 ASI member child / $60 non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Summer Lawn Parties

    Summer Lawn Party – July

    • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
    New at ASI – Summer Lawn Parties in June, July and August! ASI's Thursday night parties, inspired by The Vikings Begin exhibition, are held once a month over the summer on the unsurpassed grounds of the Turnblad Mansion. Each features live music, Viking-era craft demos and pop-up activities, kubb tournaments, and special cocktails, beverages and light bites from FIKA for purchase. Every party will end with an outdoor showing of a different Vikings-related film at dusk. All ages are welcome. 
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • preschool program swedish sommar

    Preschool Program – Swedish Sommar

    • Friday, July 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    Swedish Sommar: cabins, lakes, hiking, oh my! ASI's Preschool Program Explore Swedish (and Swedish-American) traditions with your little one. Topics will be explored through creative storytelling, music, art and more. 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). Other Preschool Program dates
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / Adults free
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

Handcraft

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    Sommar På Slottet: Swedish Immersion Camp

    • Monday, June 24, 2019 - 9:00am
    This 4-day camp meets Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day Explore the world of LasseMajas Detektivbyrå (a popular Swedish children’s book series) in this day camp. Kids (ages 7-13) will have fun expanding their Swedish skills through literature, games, craft and movement, with the books by Martin Widmark as our guide. Swedish language instruction is embedded in activities throughout our day. Instructors stress language skills and customize to all levels of Swedish language familiarity.
    Cost: $225 per ASI member child / $250 per non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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