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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

  • Suncatcher

    Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft Series: Design A Glass Suncatcher

    • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    In Design A Glass Suncatcher, you'll create a design for a beautiful glass suncatcher, which will be fused after class and returned a few weeks later.
    Cost: $10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • pippi camp

    Pippi Day Camp

    • Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Pippi Day Camp The world’s favorite red-headed heroine is the inspiration for this day of adventure! Campers are encouraged to dress like Pippi Longstocking or her friends. ASI's Summer Day Camp Program:
    Cost: $50 ASI member child / $60 non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • v for viking preschool

    Preschool Program – V for Viking

    • Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    Grab your shields and your swords – the vast seas await our littlest Viking explorers! 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
  • summer slojd

    Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft Series: Paper Bead Decorations

    • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    In Paper Bead Decorations, you'll turn paper into amazing strands of colorful beads, perfect for jewelry or decorating your room. Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft Series Join the American Swedish Institute for our Wednesday afternoon Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft Series. Taking inspiration from the Swedish tradition of slöjd, or handcraft, young makers will make beautiful and useful objects while working with new materials. This summer, we explore projects using natural materials and recycled elements.
    Cost: $10 ASI member youth / $15 non-member youth
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • viking day camp

    Viking Day Camp

    • Thursday, August 8, 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 11 and July 25.  ASI's Summer Day Camp Program:
    Cost: $50 ASI member child / $60 non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907
  • family edition smorgas

    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.
  • raggmunk

    Nordic Table for Kids!

    • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    It’s time for lunch! Join 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! This class is designed for young cooks ages 6-12.
    Cost: $25 ASI member child / $30 non-member child
    or For information, call 612-871-4907

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