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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

  • Summer Lawn Parties

    Summer Lawn Party – August

    • Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
    Join us for the final Summer Lawn Party of the season! August's Summer Lawn Party features:
    Cost: Lawn Party tickets: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members / $5 children
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • SOLD OUT Open Faced Sandwiches, Family Edition with Anna Sharratt

    • Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Join Nordic Table instructor (and mom) Anna Sharratt for a fun morning of making Scandinavian-style open faced sandwiches. Kids and their special adults will peel, slice and whisk together ingredients to create delicious and beautiful towers of toppings. Open-faced sandwiches (smörgås in Swedish) can be great for packed school lunches, light dinners or even a quick and healthy breakfast. Instructor Anna will share some of her favorite combinations and tips for kids and adults working side-by-side in the kitchen.
    Cost: $35 ASI member adult + child / $45 non-member adult + child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • Youth Handcraft Camp

    • Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:00am
    Youth Handcraft Camp is Sold Out; please call the Admissions Desk at 612-871-4907 for waitlist information. This 4-day camp meets Monday, August 12 – Thursday, August 15, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day Calling all crafty kids! In this 4-day camp, young makers (ages 7-13) will work with wood, fiber, glass, ceramics and metal to create fun and useful objects. Campers will leave with handmade items and new skills.
    Cost: $200 per ASI member child / $250 per non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • kids at castle i love bugs

    Kids at the Castle: I Love Bugs!

    • Friday, August 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! Grab your magnifying glass and join us for a BUGtastic time. Creep, crawl, wiggle and worm as we scout for bugs throughout our Castle.  Also on Saturday, August 17, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • kids at castle i love bugs

    Kids at the Castle: I Love Bugs!

    • Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the American Swedish Institute! Grab your magnifying glass and join us for a BUGtastic time. Creep, crawl, wiggle and worm as we scout for bugs throughout our Castle.  Also on Friday, August 16, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • 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
  • 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

Nordic Table

  • raggmunk

    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

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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