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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

  • kids at castle february

    Kids at the Castle: Love Monster!

    • Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the Castle!   Also on Friday, February 15, 9-10 a.m. Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. For an hour before the museum opens to the public, families can join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music inspired by the season. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • mini transmission

    Mini Transmission Dance Party with Jake Rudh

    • Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am
    Show off your best moves at a dance party hosted by DJ Jake Rudh. Families can stay after the February 16 Kids at the Castle (or just come for Mini Transmission) to boogie and create a make 'n take activity. 
    Cost: $10 per family; no pre-registration required.
  • kids loom weaving

    Youth Handcraft: Tapestry Weaving

    • Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Weave away an afternoon by making a small tapestry to lay on a table or hang on a wall. Starting with prepared tapestry looms, students will choose their colors and consider design elements and texture to create a unique woven piece. This program is open to makers in grades 4-12.
    Cost: $25 ASI members / $30 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, February 22, 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
  • tomtebobarnen

    Preschool Program – Elsa Beskow: Tomtebobarnen

    • Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    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). Preschool Program dates:
    Cost: $15 ASI member child / $20 non-member child / Adults free
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • kids at the castle april

    Kids at the Castle: Over & Under the Snow

    • Friday, March 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the Castle!   Also on Saturday, March 16, 9-10 a.m. Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. For an hour before the museum opens to the public, families can join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music inspired by the season. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • kids at the castle april

    Kids at the Castle: Over & Under the Snow

    • Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
    Make a morning playdate at the Castle!   Also on Friday, March 15, 9-10 a.m. Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. For an hour before the museum opens to the public, families can join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music inspired by the season. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.
    Cost: $8 per family. Registration not required.
  • diy dala

    Starting with Slöjd: DIY Dala

    • Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Join us for a new 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. Programs suitable for students in grades K-3. In DIY Dala, listen to a story about a Dala horse, then decorate your own wooden horse any way you like! Other Starting with Slöjd dates:
    Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 non-members
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • babies at the castle

    Babies at the Castle

    • Friday, March 22, 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

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