Skip to main content

You are here

  • Youth & Family

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

  • outdoor egg hunt

    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
  • babies at the castle

    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
  • 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
  • kids at castle boys

    Kids at the Castle: Vikings!

    • Friday, May 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the Castle!   Also on Saturday, May 18, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • kids at castle boys

    Kids at the Castle: Vikings!

    • Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the Castle!   Also on Friday, May 17, 9-10 a.m.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • 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
  • 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

Handcraft

  • swedish immersion camp

    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

Pages