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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

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    Kids at the Castle: Everyone's Earth!

    • Friday, April 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! Celebrate Earth Day with us by exploring the Castle as we learn about the wondrous world around us.  Also on Saturday, April 20, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • kids at the castle april 2019

    Kids at the Castle: Everyone's Earth!

    • Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! Celebrate Earth Day with us by exploring the Castle as we learn about the wondrous world around us.  Also on Friday, April 19, 9-10 a.m. Kids at the Castle program
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • SOLD OUT Outdoor Golden Egg Hunt

    • Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 11:00am
    Inspired by Solar Egg by Bigert & Bergström for Riksbyggen (the public sculpture and functional sauna in ASI's courtyard), this outdoor Easter egg hunt will have kids in search of - what else - golden eggs! The egg hunt will take place rain, snow or shine. Will start prompty at 11 a.m. For kids up to 12 years old. 
    Cost: $15 per child
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    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, April 26, 2019 - 9:15am to 10:00am
    ASI's carrier tours for baby and caregiver will immerse you and your young one in ASI’s new exhibition, Imagine: Surreal Photography by Erik Johansson. 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
  • youth craft jewels

    Youth Handcraft: Glass Jewels and Gems

    • Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    In this fun afternoon class, students will be introduced to the art of glass fusing while making a set of colorful “jewels” out of cut glass. These jewels will be fused in a glass kiln until smooth, then returned to be used as paperweights, necklace pendants, magnets, or just beautiful gems to keep in a pocket. Open to youth in grades 4-12.
    Cost: $25 ASI member youth / $30 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Preschool Program – Astrid Lingren’s Emil and Ida

    • Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    Join in the adventures of Astrid Lindgren’s playful prankster Emil and his well-behaved sister Ida on their family farm! 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
  • SOLD OUT SAORI Weaving Intergenerational Session

    • Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Weaving is an important tradition in many cultures, especially Scandinavia. Try your hand at a beginner-friendly Japanese weaving technique in this half day class! SAORI weaving is an expressive, “freestyle” weaving process, blending color into a beautiful piece of fabric you will take home. The prepared floor looms allow students to jump right in, regardless of previous weaving experience. Come ready to take part in this joyful process and exercise your creativity!
    Cost: $55 member adult/$65 nonmember adult/$35 youth, $20 materials fee per project
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
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    Kids at the Castle: Littlest Vikings

    • Friday, May 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! This May the Castle will be taken over by Vikings – come explore the open seas and learn what it’s like to be a little Viking.    Also on Saturday, May 18, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
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    Kids at the Castle: Littlest Vikings

    • Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! This May the Castle will be taken over by Vikings – come explore the open seas and learn what it’s like to be a little Viking.    Also on Friday, May 17, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, May 24, 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

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