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Youth and Family Programs

The American Swedish Institute's Youth and Family Programming is extensive, varied, fun and welcoming to kids of all skill levels and backgrounds (and their grown-ups). ASI's eclectic range of creative activities and offerings includes: the Turnblad Mansion's Third Floor Family Gallery with rotating installations and an interactive play area; our regular Family Days and Kids at the Castle events; Youth Slöjd (Craft) Workshops; and our extended school year class sessions such as Svenska Skolan, which mixes Swedish language with music and games for kids ages 4 to 13, and På Gång, a Sunday afternoon Swedish class/social club for teens.

We encourage young people to explore their creative side through play, craft and language learning. Kids can express themselves, expand their imagination and develop a sense of innovation and experimentation through open-ended creativity.  Hands-on, interactive activities can build life-long skills and open up alternative perspectives of the world.

Events

Language & Culture

  • Paul Dahlin and Family

    Paul Dahlin Family & Friends Concert and Dance

    • Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
    You are invited to a rare event in the Turnbald Mansion’s Ballroom! Paul Dahlin, joined by family and friends, offer a concert of Swedish and Swedish-American music with plenty of time for dancing.  The concert will feature Paul’s exquisite musicianship on the fiddle, with Daniel Dahlin, Marikay Dahlin, Bruce Johnson, Ross Sutter and members of the ASI Spelmanslag rounding out the band. 
    Cost: $13 ASI members / $15 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • family day opening

    Handmade Holidays Begins with Family Day 2018

    • Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    ASI opens the 2018 holiday season with a day of fun for the entire family. Discover Nordic and Czech traditions throughout the rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, which will be dressed for this year’s theme: Handmade Holidays. Keep your eyes peeled for clever tomtes, have the whole family make a craft together, enjoy musical performances, and wander through the exhibition.
    Cost: Included in museum admission.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • julgladje

    Julglädje Noon Concert

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 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 celebration 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 ages 6-17 / Free for kids under 6.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • making traditions

    Making Traditions: Music and Family Craft

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 24: Julglädje performances at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Throughout the holiday season, experience the joy of gathering together at ASI! Encounter music, dance, handcraft and more while exploring the Handmade Holidays exhibition and the decorated Nordic Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions. Mark your calendars for other Music in the Mansion and Family Craft opportunities:
    Cost: Music in the Mansion and Family Craft are included with museum admission. There are additional fees for Julglädje performances.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • julgladje

    Julglädje 2 p.m. Concert

    • Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    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 celebration 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 ages 6-17 / Free for kids under 6.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • julgladje

    Julglädje Sunday Concert

    • Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    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 celebration 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 ages 6-17 / Free for kids under 6.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • making traditions

    Making Traditions: Music and Family Craft

    • Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Sunday, November 25: Julglädje & Family Craft at 1 p.m. Throughout the holiday season, experience the joy of gathering together at ASI! Encounter music, dance, handcraft and more while exploring the Handmade Holidays exhibition and the decorated Nordic Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions. Mark your calendars for other Music in the Mansion and Family Craft opportunities:
    Cost: Music in the Mansion and Family Craft are included with museum admission. There are additional fees for Julglädje performances.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • making traditions

    Making Traditions: Music and Family Craft

    • Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Saturday, December 1: Music in the Mansion & Family Craft throughout Julmarknad Throughout the holiday season, experience the joy of gathering together at ASI! Encounter music, dance, handcraft and more while exploring the Handmade Holidays exhibition and the decorated Nordic Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions. Mark your calendars for other Music in the Mansion and Family Craft opportunities:
    Cost: Music in the Mansion and Family Craft are included with museum admission. There are additional fees for Julglädje performances.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • making traditions

    Making Traditions: Music and Family Craft

    • Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    Sunday, December 2: Music in the Mansion & Family Craft throughout Julmarknad Throughout the holiday season, experience the joy of gathering together at ASI! Encounter music, dance, handcraft and more while exploring the Handmade Holidays exhibition and the decorated Nordic Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions. Mark your calendars for other Music in the Mansion and Family Craft opportunities:
    Cost: Music in the Mansion and Family Craft are included with museum admission. There are additional fees for Julglädje performances.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • making traditions

    Making Traditions: Music and Family Craft

    • Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Sunday, December 9: Music in the Mansion (2-3 p.m.) & Family Craft (1-3 p.m.) Throughout the holiday season, experience the joy of gathering together at ASI! Encounter music, dance, handcraft and more while exploring the Handmade Holidays exhibition and the decorated Nordic Holiday Rooms in the Turnblad Mansion. Any visit can become a joyous treat for all ages to build memories and new holiday traditions. Mark your calendars for other Music in the Mansion and Family Craft opportunities:
    Cost: Music in the Mansion and Family Craft are included with museum admission. There are additional fees for Julglädje performances.
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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