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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. 

Workshops

Handcraft

Classes

Language & Culture

Events

Nordic Table

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    Nordic Table for Kids - Potato Pancakes!

    • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    It’s time for lunch! Join instructor Anna Sharratt to make a Swedish lunchtime classic: raggmunk. Kids all over Sweden love eating these potato pancakes with bacon and lingonberries on the side. This class will get kids cooking as we go through the whole process, from washing the vegetables, to frying the pancakes on a griddle, to cleaning up. We’ll pair our raggmunk with some veggies and a simple, sweet dessert. Every kid will go home with recipes to share with their families and a full belly! Designed for young cooks ages 6-12.
    Cost: $25 ASI member child / $30 non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, August 23, 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. More Babies at the Castle dates:
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • fairies friend

    Fairies and Friends Preschool Program

    • Friday, September 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    Discover the legendary creatures in Swedish folklore including fairies, gnomes, elves and more! 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).
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / Adults free
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • felted pouch

    Starting with Slöjd: Sew a Felt Pouch

    • Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    In September, sew a pouch for pencils or treasures out of felt! About Starting with Slöjd Join us for this monthly program for early elementary children who are ready to start crafting! Whether we’re playing with wool, wire, clay or more, we’ll explore new tools, materials and skills that prepare kids for a lifelong love of handcraft, or slöjd. These drop-off programs are suitable for students in grades K-3. Pre-registration required. Starting with Slöjd dates:
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • sigrid and the dragon

    Kids at the Castle: Sigrid and the Dragon

    • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    A Viking saga for the whole family! Legends of dragons, epic music and Viking sagas come together in this tale of bravery with special guest Anna Rynefors. 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. Swedish performer and riksspelman (aka “master musician of the realm”), Anna Rynefors plays harp, bowed lyre, Swedish bagpipe and sings.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
  • sigrid and the dragon

    Kids at the Castle: Sigrid and the Dragon

    • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    A Viking saga for the whole family! Legends of dragons, epic music and Viking sagas come together in this tale of bravery with special guest Anna Rynefors. 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. Swedish performer and riksspelman (aka “master musician of the realm”), Anna Rynefors plays harp, bowed lyre, Swedish bagpipe and sings.
    Cost: $8 per family; no registration required
  • Vikings Begin family day

    Viking Family Day 2.0

    • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Stick around after Saturday’s special Kids at the Castle to celebrate the last month of The Vikings Begin with a day for all ages!
    Cost: Included in museum admission.
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    Slöjd Klubb

    • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Slöjd Klubb meets Wednesdays – September 25 through October 23 – from 6:30-8 p.m.
    Cost: $100 ASI members / $115 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, September 27, 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. More Babies at the Castle dates:
    Cost: $15 for caregiver and baby. $10 for an additional adult (limit 2 adults per baby).
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

Language & Culture

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    Svenska Skolan – Fall Term Begins

    • Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:30am
    Svenska Skolan is a Saturday morning language and culture program for students 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 members / $145 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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